Something blue bridesmaids, beautiful bunting and a sweetie buffet

…”A family affair wedding filled with country flowers, vintage ideas, flowing wine, bunting, laughter and PIE!!!”

What can we say other than that here at Under the Vintage Veil we fell in love with this couple and their thrifty ways of making their wedding so personable and unique to them. Penny and her now husband, John really show that you can have a fun filled day with a budget in mind.

The church was a done deal from the get go. It is John’s family church and held a lot of meaning for them, us getting married there.

My dress was by Maggie Sotterro and was from Rebecca Jaynes in Rugeley. The dress actually set the theme for the wedding. I’m not a show off and I’m very self-conscious,  before I found that dress I felt like I was missing ” the wedding gene” I couldn’t get excited I didn’t know what I wanted I just knew I didn’t like contemporary stuff. The dress was made of lace and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was what I wanted! I felt beautiful in the dress but me! And that’s what I was missing with the wedding up until then, I teamed the dress with Benjamin Adams shoes and head piece also from Rebecca Jaynes.

At that point the dynamics changed, I stopped looking at wedding reception venues that were overpriced and generic and started looking for quirky alternatives. We fell in love with the blank canvas that Weston village hall had to offer and at £250 for the whole weekend who could complain! We had found a venue finally that let us make a wedding about us!

I HATE wedding food it’s rubbish it’s always a tiny Sunday dinner that is overpriced so when John had a brain wave whilst eating pie and mash in Urban Pie Birmingham we knew what we wanted! When speaking to Andy of Peacock Pix , he gave us the heads up about  Pieminister at Trentham Gardens. I enquired and met with Graham and that was it we were hooked on pie!!!! I’ve got to say Graham and his team were brilliant. Nothing was too big an ask and he was always at the end of the phone for any questions. I even had free pie with my chief bridesmaid two days before the big day when we went to pick up napkins.

As I said I’m not a wedding person and disliked those awful shiny prom looking bridesmaid dresses and what’s more, they cost a fortune for something you know people will NEVER wear again. I found my beautiful tiffany green dresses online in the House of Fraser sale, a steal at £25 each. My bridesmaids loved them and will all be wearing them again!

My wedding cars were by Three Spires Cars in Lichfield and fitted into the vintage theme. I hired tables, chairs and table linen from The Chairman who because I booked them so last minute did them at a great price. The cake was by Emma Bromley from The Mixing Bowl in Newport she had just launched a budget bride range and so our cake was a steal at only £160 compared to the likes of M&S who charge £250 for a cake you have to put together yourself!

The bunting was hand made by my rather thrifty mother in law and was still being made right up until the day before the wedding. My tip for bunting is make it yourself. Don’t buy it or hire it, raid charity shops for old sheets and cut them up. The flowers were from the traditional flower company in stone and are all grown on a farm. They do a DIY package so it’s great for the lowest of budgets!

 I raided charity shops for old decorative pieces to dot around the hall.
 The Green Man pub did the bar for the wedding.
 Dapper Dan in Wednesfield supplied the suits.
 My make up was done by me, I wanted to be natural and look like me but a more refined me.
♥ My hair was done by my 3 talented bridesmaids 2 of whom work for Toni and Guy in Stafford and Danni my matron of honour has just gone mobile.
 All in all for my wedding Google became my life line and eBay was my best friend.
 I bought tons through eBay! Including personalised stickers for the brown paper bags we put pop corn in and personalised sweetie bags!
 Our sweet table consisted of jars from TK Maxx and ones we had around the house and bags of sweets from pound land
 Our evening buffet was very much a make your own meal that was prepared by my mother in law and my father in law’s sister in law!
 Our disco was a wedding present from a family friend.
 We borrowed the box for cards and presents from Trentham Gardens farm shop two days before the wedding.
♥ Our wedding stationary was all hand made by myself. I love finishing touches so loved adding ribbon, buttons, brown string and  raffia to things.

All in all we had a very inexpensive family wedding. It was relaxed, easy going and casual. Our wedding was for us perfect. My tip to all budding brides… Shop around, use Google to search for ideas and images, don’t get tied up in what others want and personalise your day after all it’s a day about you and the man of your dreams!

 











































© 2012 Photograpy by Peacock Pix

We would wish Penny and John a wonderful life together and a happy marriage. Looking at the pictures really shows how inventive you can be when you put your mind to it. Even the pictures of the Pies are making us hungry!

♥ Sara, Meryl & John. x

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