Hannah and Steven love all things vintage and old-fashioned looking, but wanted to keep their own personal style for their wedding day. They pretty much aimed for the opposite of a big, fairytale wedding, instead focusing on all their guests having fun with them!
With a £13,000 budget, they held both the ceremony and the reception at Dragon Hall at the National Centre for Writing, Norwich. A medieval merchant trading complex with exposed, original oak beams and a lot of history for the couple, too – not only did they get married on the street in which it sits, but they met and live there as well!
They stuck to their vintage-inspired theme wherever possible. For decor, the couple sourced antiques from a local dealer. Hannah opted for a vintage-inspired pinup look for her make up. They even cut their cake with one of Steven’s vintage hunting knives from his personal collection.
The majority of their budget was spent on the catering as the meal was an important part of the day for the couple. “I made sure that there was good food, good wine and pretty table settings,” said Hannah. “As inevitably these are the things that people remember the most!” They managed to save money by limiting their daytime guests to close friends and family, and DIYing their photo booth and decorations.
Above all else, the couple wanted to make sure that they didn’t take anything too seriously, and that the lead-up to, and on, their wedding day, was super chilled out and enjoyable. “Just enjoy yourself,” advises Hannah. “Being solely responsible for planning everything was quite stressful for me as organisation is not my strong point.”
“Do try to make peace with the fact that inevitably, something won’t go to plan on the day itself but that you won’t care once it’s over! Oh, and don’t get too drunk and forget how the night ended – take it from us!”