Rich and Fran chose Romsey Town Hall as the venue for their April wedding. They wanted a day that was fun and personal but didnât break the bank. With a lot of help from friends and family and a truckload of DIY, they created a wedding day that was the perfect reflection of them and their love.
âOur wedding was defined by our families and friends and the huge amount they supported usâ, began the bride. âWe are both very close to our families and our friends are just like a little family to us too. From start to finish our wedding was a real team effort. Having my grandma, aunts and uncles making pompoms the week before and then turning up to the venue the day before the wedding to see my oldest friend hanging them up with my cousins was really humbling. On top of that my Mum pretty much organised the whole thing and my Dad made nearly everything. We owe them so much and are so incredible grateful. They didnât say no to any of our crazy ideas, even though at first they werenât convinced by us eating lasagne and curry (our favourite meals) or having a male bridesman.â
âThe ceremony was so special. I was so nervous but we actually both really enjoyed it. My only regret is that we didnât have it filmed. It went by in such a blur and I would love to be able to watch it back and relive those special moments. We didnât want it to be too traditional and I insisted on having The Cureâs âFriday Iâm In Loveâ instead of a hymn. This was such a highlight and hearing the whole congregation singing it is something Iâll remember forever. Our ceremony concluded with us dancing back down the aisle (literally!) to âYou Make My Dreams Come Trueâ by Hall and Oates.â
I said this was a DIY wedding and on boy was it! These guys really did go all out to make their wedding personal. Fran added glitter to her and her Motherâs shoes, they looked amazing and saved her a truckload of money. Friends and family helped to make the pompoms and she made the bouquets. âWorking with my parents was one of my favourite things about our weddingâ, she explained. âBut my all-time favourite moment was when we were lined up with our bridesmaids and groomsmen jumping for some photos. They looked brilliant and really sum up our day. Our photographer, Nabeel, was amazing and our guests loved him too. I was adamant after reading wedding blogs that I wanted a great photographer and although my parents took some convincing, Iâm so glad I did. Nabeel was wonderful and we love the photos!â
âMy advice to anyone else planning a DIY wedding would be to know when to stop!â Fran concluded. âThere were a few projects that we abandoned because they werenât really working or it just didnât seem worth it. The ones we did do I loved but no one would have known or cared that we didnât make the houmous. Lifeâs too short!â