Trying to do all the DIY for your wedding yourself is an insane undertaking. Alie and Adam knew this, so they roped in family members to help them as much as they could!
The cakes were made by the groom’s mum, dad and sister and he and his sister also made every single one of the 400 felt flowers used in the table decorations, bouquets, corsages and buttonholes. Adam also did all the stationery and paper goods himself and Alie’s mum made the table runners. The party bags to keep the kids entertained were out together by the bride’s sister.
“Pinning down an inspiration and theme for our wedding wasn’t easy, but basically it was about us, who we are, being local, quality, hand-made and crafty”, explained the bride. “The colours simply came from our favourites, turquoise (Alie) and red (Adam).”
Alie’s dress was made by a local dress maker, Frock. She fell in love with a 50s style polka dot dress and had it made just for her. “The fifties style was carried into the invites, mainly with the font choices, this is also where the polka dots came from”, she continued. “Other things that we did a bit differently was that my mum gave me away as my Dad passed away a couple of years ago. We also decided to walk though Nottingham City centre to get to the ceremony. To get to the reception we just caught a taxi. The driver’s face was a picture when we turned up!”
“We saved a lot of money, if not time, by making so much ourselves. The area we splashed out on was the honeymoon in South Africa, not the wedding! We don’t regret this as the day was amazing, but it was also a bit of a blur where as we have a lot of lasting memories from the honeymoon.”