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Our perfect wedding… part three

So, you’ve read parts one and two (hopefully), what more could I possibly have to say about our perfect day? Oh so much more. This will be my last post about it though for fear of boring the tits off you.

Other things that made our day perfect.

Having a very clever husband who could create this wedding website for us www.robandk.co.uk. It not only saved us loads of money in invites (we only sent Save the Date cards) it also showed off his talent and “set the scene” for the wedding.

Lots of our guests still refer to how special they were made to feel during our wedding. This was exactly what we wanted. Because it was such a small affair the people who were invited knew that they were the most important people in our lives. We also tried our best to make them feel valued during the weekend too. One of the ways we did this was by preparing welcome baskets for the guests who were staying for the weekend, including those staying in the hotel, those staying locally in self catering cottages and even my uncle and auntie who came in their camper van.

In these baskets were:

Home made iced shortbread biscuits

A couple of bottles of Cotswold spring water
Cadbury’s dairy milk miniatures
Scottish honey blossom bath bombs (bought for the Scottish wedding, obviously)
Cadbury’s creme eggs
Packet of polos
The White Company mini toiletries set – bubble bath, shower gel and body cream
Broadway tourist leaflet
Broadway Tower tourist leaflet
Postcard of the village centre
Sewing kit
Shoe shine wipes

In the ones who had children with them:
Kids sweets
Fruit shoots and Appletiser
Toys

And in the self catering ones:
Bottle of wine
Cheese straws

All also had a welcome letter, which read as follows:

We’d just like to say thank you for taking the time and effort to celebrate our wedding with us. It means a load to us both that you’re here to share this special occasion.

For our part, we’ll do our best to ensure that you leave us having had a fabulous, relaxed weekend and with some great memories.

All you have to do is…

Read and digest the times and locations detailed below for the events we have lined up over the weekend. Feel free to join us for as many of these as you like. As long as you’re at the ceremony and formal reception we’ll be happy. The rest is up to you.

Relax and have fun.
Simples!

FRIDAY

Pre-wedding day drinks and dinner – The Crown & Trumpet from 6pm

We’ll be meeting for drinks and dinner at The Crown & Trumpet Inn, Church Street. This is only a short walk from the hotel and can be found by turning left out of the main entrance of the hotel, walking to the end of the green (past Roberto’s), and taking a left. You’ll see the Cotswold Stone pub on the left in front of you.

It will be pretty chilled out. We’ll be meeting for a drink from 6pm onwards, with tables booked for dinner at 6:45pm. We hope it will be an opportunity for you to catch up with those you already know and get to know those you don’t.

The menu is pretty basic but reasonably priced so will hopefully suit everyone.

SATURDAY – WEDDING DAY

We have lots of preparation to do in the morning so we’ll be going for breakfast at 8:30am. We’d love for you to join us if you’re early risers. Breakfast is served 8am to 9:30am.

The ceremony will be held at 1:30pm in the lounge. We’ll need you downstairs and ready to go in for around 1pm as the Registrar’s are really strict on timing.

The ceremony will be followed by a drinks reception in the bar and then lunch in the restaurant. We’ll officially finish at 6pm, however we will be relaxing in the lounge and bar into the evening where you are free to join us.

SUNDAY

The Recovery Day – No rest for the wicked!

Breakfast is served 8am to 10am on Sundays. We plan to get there closer to the 10am mark.

Then, if the weather is looking good we’ll be taking a trip to Broadway Tower and Country Park. There’s a leaflet enclosed in your basket. If you would like to join us we’ll have plenty of Champagne (courtesy of the Rawlinsons – thanks guys) and disposable plates, cutlery, glasses and hot drinks. You will need to pick yourselves up an impromptu picnic lunch from Budgens, which is just across the road from the hotel behind the High Street, or one of the other local shops. Budgens is open from 8am on Sundays.

Again, this will be pretty chilled out, providing the chance for us to get some fresh air, have a walk around the country park and take in the stunning scenery and then relax over a picnic.

If the weather is not so good then we’ll probably just have a mooch around the village or hang out at the hotel and then lunch at one of the local pubs.

From there we’ll be heading home….boooo!

Whilst you are in The Cotswolds…

The Cotswolds are well-known for their gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), sleepy villages and for being so ‘typically English’. There is so much to do we won’t go into it all here, but take a look through the brochures enclosed in your basket for more information.

Should you need to contact us…

If you have any problems or questions regarding the weekend you can contact us on the numbers below:

Thanks again for coming to celebrate with us. We hope you enjoy the treats and useful things in your basket. The weekend starts now!

All our love
K & Rob
xx

As you’ll see from the welcome letter above we really did make a weekend of it, and because of the glorious weather we were really able to take advantage of the area.

Friday night us and 27 other guests wandered around the corner to a lovely country pub for an evening meal. It was so lovely looking back at all our guests as we led them round the corner. That was the point when I knew that all our hard work was paying off. Everyone was already chatting and making new friends and they all looked like they were really enjoying themselves.

After the meal we went back to the hotel and into the bar. While I had an early (ish) night and retired at about 10pm (pregnant and tired) hubs stayed up with our guests. A lot of fun was had so I hear. One guests antics resulted in father in law having to shout out of his bedroom window at a group of them to “quiet down” and I believe a stone frog in a pond got some fondling!

There were friendships forged that night that are still going strong now. That makes me very happy!

The morning of our wedding we woke up in the same room. We’d lived together for years so I wasn’t into the idea of separate rooms the night before, didn’t see the point. It was lovely to wake up next to my husband to be knowing that the next time I got into that bed he’d not be my “to be” any longer.

This was the last photo as fiancé and fiancee.

We opened gifts from one another. He bought me a white gold locket studded with a diamond and containing a lock of his purple hair (he’d had purple high lights for the occasion) and a Baby Signing book. For an unromantic he didn’t do bad did he? I bought him a watch and some yellow VW camper van cufflinks to wear on the day.

We had breakfast with all of our overnight guests. We then said our final farewells and off I went with the Mums and my niece (also my bridesmaid) to get glammed up.

Mum in law had a manicure while I had my make up done at The Spa at The Lygon Arms.

We then headed over to Tabitha James Kraan Organic hairdressers to have our dos. My then 8 year old niece was just brilliant all day and so, so patient having her hair done. Isn’t she beautiful?

I wore a birdcage veil which I made myself following these instructions. I also wore a yellow and black fascinator, I couldn’t find one that I really liked so bought a yellow one and a black one and then dismantled them and mashed them together :) It worked though.

I spent the last few minutes before the ceremony getting ready in our room with my Mum, my best friend.

Dad popped in for a quick “good luck” too.

While I was getting ready hubby and all our guests were chilling out on the patio (overlooking the village green) having a drink.

Our ceremony and vows were the typical civil ceremony ones. We considered writing our own but decided against it as we’d either have to memorise them, not my strong point or read them, which would take the focus away from each other. We personalised our ceremony by our choice of readings (read by my two nieces) and music.

Extract from Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.

I promise – Dorothy R Colgan
I promise to give you the best of myself
and to ask of you no more than you can give.
I promise to respect you as your own person
and to realise that your interests, desires
and needs are no less important than my own.
I promise to share with you my time and my attention
And to bring joy, strength and imagination to our relationship.
I promise to keep myself open to you,
To let you see through the window of my world into
My innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams.
I promise to grow along with you, to be willing to face changes
In order to keep our relationship alive and exciting.
I promise to love you in good times and in bad
with all I have to give and all I feel inside
In the only way I know how.
Completely and forever.

I came in to Andy Williams “Can’t take my eyes off you”

We played Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, sealed, delivered” while we signed the register

And we went out to our favourite version of the first song

That night, when we eventually made it to bed, I gave my new hubby a couple more presents (not those you filthy readers). I bought and named a star for us. I named it Glenfinnan Broadway after the place where he proposed and the place where we wed. I also gave him a t-shirt that he could wear the next day…

This might sound odd but I think I probably enjoyed the day after the wedding the most. We had a leisurely breakfast. There were no nerves, there weren’t many nerves the previous day as we’d deliberately not put pressure on ourselves, however there were a few, that’s perfectly normal right? But on the Sunday all the pressure was off. We could truly relax.

Our guests wandered over to the local deli and Budgens to get themselves a picnic.

We wandered around the local shops too looking for another souvenir of our special day. We settled on this…

And then we headed off to Broadway Tower country park where we ate, drank champagne and three different flavour lemonades, cut the top tier of the cake, played games and sunbathed (yes, sunbathed in April, the weather was THAT good).

All of three parts put together are why our wedding was so special and why I have no regrets. It was totally us and totally perfect!

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Our perfect wedding… part two

So, this is where I left you on Tuesday with part one

So, did we have a fabulous wedding in the end? Why yes.

Was it everything we’d dreamed of and more? Yes, without a doubt.

Did I bag the man of my dreams? Yes. I thought so then and I still think so now. Well, most of the time :p

Did we have only who we wanted there? Yes. There was none of that “you must invite your second cousin seven times removed” for us. We invited exactly who we wanted there. All the important people in our lives. When we realised the small numbers we could have (we were limited to 40 people for the ceremony) we sat down and drew up a list and then narrowed it down to the people we pretty much knew we would still be in touch with in 10 years time. That was our criteria and that’s who we invited.

A brilliant hotel with great ambience, lovely caring staff and the right price? Definitely. The hotel we eventually settled on was The Broadway Hotel, Broadway, The Cotswolds. It is beautiful. Nestled in a gorgeous Cotswold village just behind the village green. It has all the olde world charm but is modern at the same time. It was just right for us and the staff made it wonderful.

The food we wanted? You can view our wedding day menu here so you decide. It included our own personal favourites though, om nom nom.

We had my favourite drinks and nibbles – amaretto sours and traditional lemonade with olives and nuts before the meal.

The clothes we wanted? I wore yellow and black, certainly not the usual wedding attire, even for a second wedding. The dress was just me. Hubs wore clothes he was comfortable in and looked handsome as.

Did we have a host of talented friends and family helping us out? So much so we saved literally thousands of pounds. From my lovely friend Lee doing the photography for us, Auntie Marie who did the stunning flowers, Rob’s sister who made the cupcakes, Amy and Mark who put the favours together, Alison who picked up the wedding cake top tier, my nieces who did the readings, my niece and nephew who were bridesmaid and ring bearer, my mum who was generally just there to help including wrapping my sea bands in black ribbon (I was 8 weeks pregnant and suffering from terrible nausea) and running to the pharmacy for help when I broke my tooth the morning of the wedding. On top of all of those pretty much everyone mucked in. That’s what made it so special.

Everything we wanted and nothing we didn’t? Absolutely. We genuinely did it our way. I think the only, and I mean only, thing we altered for someone else was that we added gravy as an option for the roast beef as my step dad is such a fussy eater we knew that would make him happy. Which in turn would make us happy. So I guess it could be said that was for us anyway. And we still had the béarnaise sauce as an option anyway.

The ceremony was just as we wanted. Not too formal but still meaningful and special to us.

I think the best part of the ceremony had to be when the registrar announced “Congratutions to Mr & Mrs Harris”. Try Wilson love!

I had the cake I wanted. A mixture of limoncello cupcakes and amaretto cupcakes and a fabulous top cake.

We both hate those weddings that have loud disco’s at the evening do. Each to their own as I know to some this is their perfect wedding, but it’s not for us. Our guests played Mr & Mrs while munching on sandwiches, chips and onion rings and sat around chatting for the rest of the evening.

We had no speeches, other than a few thank yous from me and a quick toast from dad-in-law. So there was nothing to get worked up about on the day.

The whole thing was totally relaxed and enjoyable.

Oh, and one thing we couldn’t control that was perfect too was the weather. Booking an April wedding you just never know what the weather will be doing, but it was a glorious weekend. Sunny, warm, clear skies (amazing as it was the weekend the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted).

That brings me to the only thing that makes me sad about that day. My step brother was grounded in Italy because of that sodding volcano. He tried his best to get back in time but just couldn’t make it for our wedding. It’s not a regret as it’s nothing we could have changed, act of God and all that.

The wedding didn’t just last a day either. Most of our guests stayed for a couple of nights so we got to spend the whole weekend with them and planned other entertainment. More about this in part three…

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