Pretty & Homemade Disney-Inspired Wedding: Megan & Grant

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Did you grow up dreaming of a fairytale wedding? If so then have I got the wedding inspiration for you. When Megan married Grant in September she knew she’d be taking cues from her love of Disney. In fact it started with the proposal on the top of Sleeping Beauty’s castle!

“Grant knew how much Disney meant to me, so he popped the question on the balcony of Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland Paris”, Megan explained. “We wanted to bring some of that Disneyland magic and escapism to our big day, and we did so with bright, happy colours, Disney motifs, and a medley of Disneyland Park music playing in the marquee during lunch.”

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“Our ceremony was quite non-traditional”, she continued. “I wrote it myself, and we were married by Grant’s best man, a close friend who knows us better as a couple than anyone else. Instead of being walked down the aisle by my dad, I asked him to perform a song for me to walk to. On the day he surprised me by playing an acoustic version of ‘Part of Your World’ from The Little Mermaid. It was so touching and it really set the tone for the day. The ceremony itself was full of funny anecdotes that had us both laughing and crying, then we finished with a handfasting. It was extremely personal, and perfectly suited to us a couple.”

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“Although we always knew we wanted to have our reception in my parents’ garden, initially we looked into licensed ceremony venues locally. Unfortunately, since it’s rural Cornwall, we were limited to churches and registry offices, none of which suited us. I did some research and found stories from other couples who’d had two ceremonies; a private one to deal with the legalities, and another at their dream location taking whatever form they fancied. This opened up a world of possibilities, so we decided to get married on the veranda of one of my parents’ converted train carriages. It was perfect, as we could tailor the entire area to our needs and we were able to have our completely personalised ceremony.”

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The marquee for the reception was decorated from top to bottom by the couple and lots of willing volunteers. “The buffet, décor, and flowers were all homemade”, she said. “There was definitely a homespun feel to the day. That was really important to us.”

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“We’re lucky to have an extremely creative and hands on family, along with a bunch of very willing, enthusiastic friends. My dad helped us craft our light up letters, face cut-out board and signpost completely from scratch, My mum helped me hunt down scores of old photo frames, glass bottles and conversation pieces to upcycle. The swinging seat and dressing table had both been abandoned in their garage for years, but between us we sanded and painted until they really looked the part.”

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“Since we were in one of the last proper working fishing villages in the UK, we also decided to cater the buffet ourselves, the centrepiece being a table piled high with seafood caught by local fishermen – some of whom came along to join us in the evening!”

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“One of my favourite parts of the day was straight after the ceremony when we escaped with our photographer, bridesmaids and groomsmen down to the beach to have a few photos taken. That half hour of peace after all of those high running emotions was blissful. Also, after lunch, my dad performed a couple of songs he’d learned for us. It had my bridesmaids and I (and one or two of the groomsmen!) in tears. Although we didn’t have the traditional father-daughter dance or have him walking me down the aisle, this was far more special for us, and perfectly suited to our relationship.”

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“My main advice for future brides and grooms would be don’t get suckered in by the romance of a DIY wedding without giving it some real consideration,” she concluded. “If you have the resources, time, and support network, it’s immensely satisfying, but still a lot of hard work. But mainly, don’t get so absorbed by all things wedding that you forget to be a couple in the months running up to your big day. The little details that you think will make or break the day will pale into insignificance when all wedding day emotions spill out, so try not to stress over them!”

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