As Georgie and Michael walked into a meeting with myself and Tabby a number of months ago it was clear they’d begun their wedding planning engulfed in apprehension. Was a formal wedding what they wanted? Were they both happy being centre of attention for the day? Was it possible to have all their friends and family there within their budget?
Although their package had technically already been agreed and the wedding booked, it seemed as though the weight of planning their own wedding still lay heavily on their shoulders. But one thing that was abundantly obvious was how much they loved each other and how they were ready to make the commitment to each other which declared their love to the world! Whether they knew the fine details of their wedding or not, they knew exactly how much they wanted to be together!
Armed and ready to take that burden off their shoulders myself and Tabby chatted with them at length about the way in which we could alter what they had so far planned in a way which made them more comfortable with their day.
The first hurdle came in the form of the guest list. Georgie and Michael were eager to have all their friends and family join them for all the celebrations and didn’t like the idea of having to separate guests between the day and the evening reception. However, this meant they were looking at a total of 150 guests attending their wedding, with a price tag that obviously reflected this (you guessed it, hurdle number 2…). We spoke through a number of ways in which we could make this work, but settled on the perfect solution: Georgie and Michael would have a 4pm wedding, which allowed all elements of their day to be pushed further down the schedule, and making the need for evening catering redundant! This drastically reduced the cost of having such a large wedding, and allowed them to have the wedding day they wanted without breaking their budget. A later wedding day also tends to have a more relaxed and informal feel to it – it reduces the chance of guests becoming bored while waiting for the next element of the day and takes away the necessity for additional elements, such as canapés, to make sure that guests don’t tip themselves over the edge while guzzling the bubbles.
This recipe for Georgie and Michael’s perfect wedding day worked a treat! Working in events herself, Georgie knew the importance of delegation for the sake of low stress levels and so had some fantastic friends on hand to help style and manage her day so that she could relax. Michael excelled himself by hand crafting the stunning wooden archway and surprised Georgie with the gift of an engraved stone plaque which took pride of place as the aisle centre piece under the arch.
The day was just as relaxed as this beautiful couple – they ate great food, drank lots of booze, played games, sang songs, and listened to fantastic live music! The day was filled with personal touches. A tree trunk was brought in for the friends and family who go skiing with the bride and groom to play the beloved game of ‘Nails’ (Google it! and don’t play it with children…), the bride’s uncle took control of the fantastic live music throughout the day, and friend of the happy couple, ‘DJ JD’, took the reins on the decks to kick off the party in the evening. Even the cake was hand crafted by loved ones who flew in from Malaysia to celebrate Georgie and Michael’s special day with them. I think the icing on the cake for Georgie in particular was when her Dad shocked everyone by putting on a pre-dinner show consisting of a song written especially for their wedding. It was a real team effort to create the perfect day for them!
It was such a pleasure to have been able to get to know Georgie and Michael throughout the planning of their wedding day! The love they have for each other was so evident that it really was a joy to help them create their dream day, and an honour to watch them make their vows to each other. Georgie and Michael, congratulations! We couldn’t be more pleased for you. We wish you many years of blissful happiness together.
Planning & Coordination: Mode for…Events
Venue: The Arches @ Dean Clough
Caterer: Eat Me – Drink Me
Official Photographer: Mark Dolby