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Just thought I’d do a quick update. We’ve booked a few more things now, so I can tell you about the suppliers we’ve booked:


We’ve met and looked at so many photographers since we started planning the wedding, but none made us go “Wow!”. Until we went to the wedding fayre at Horsley Lodge. Merv, from Field Photographic, is such a great guy, and was so friendly when we first met him. The work that he and his partner do is amazing. They take gorgeous photos. It was lovely that when we told Merv where we were getting married, he instantly found photos he had taken at our church to show us. It really helps to see photos from previous weddings at your venue. He also showed us pictures from all of our prospective reception venues (as we hadn’t decided one at the time). We knew as soon as we left the fayre that we wanted Merv to photograph our wedding, so booked him the next weekend at the Makeney Hall wedding fayre.


At our very first wedding fayre at Breadsall Priory, we saw two beautiful cars from I Do Wedding Cars. This was the first time I’d heard of a Beauford, and I completely fell in love. They are absolutely gorgeous cars. After this I went on a mission to find all wedding car companies in our area that had a Beauford. I contacted all the ones I found that I liked for quotes, and received 3 quotes back. 2 of the companies were based an hour from our house, so quite far to travel to see the car before we booked. The other, was from I Do Wedding Cars, so although they aren’t based very close to us, we’d already seen the car. It was also the cheapest quote, so we went with it!


I hadn’t really thought about booking the DJ until we met Paul from Spirits High DJ at the Makeney Hall wedding fayre. He was a really nice, down to earth guy, but really professional. I took his details home with me after, and just put them in my wedding folder. A while later, I added him on Facebook, and saw that he was taking bookings for 2014, and already had a few. I had always thought I wouldn’t book the DJ until about a year before, but hearing that he was already in demand made me change my mind! I emailed him for a quote, and he got back to me straight away. As soon as we’d secured Shottle Hall, we contacted Paul and booked.


I was thinking about what entertainment to have in the break between the speeches and the evening reception, browsing the internet, when I found a list of caricaturists in our area. I had my caricature drawn whilst on holiday in America when I was 12, and absolutely love the picture, so thought it was a great idea, and a lovely momento for our guests to take home with them. I found one caricaturist that I particularly liked the look of, and saved his website to my favourites. A couple of weeks after, I was showing my Man of Honour my idea, and noticed that Mark (caricaturist) had updated his website as he had started taking bookings for 2014. So I sent him an email asking whether he was available, and confirming the price. Thankfully, he was available, and so we added him to our list of suppliers!


That’s it for now! We think we’ve chosen our videographer, but haven’t booked him yet. Then I WILL stop planning until June!!!


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Drum roll please!

We’ve finally chosen our venue! We went to see it last week, and went back yesterday to put down the deposit. So it’s official!

Our venue is…

Shottle Hall!

Me, J and my Mum all went to see it last Monday, when the weather was gorgeous, and we all just went “wow”.

The Orangery is gorgeous. Full length windows, starlit ceiling, baby grand piano, beautiful big chandelier, just perfect.

And, it’s got two bridal suites! J prefers the first one (the Red room), whereas I prefer the second one (the Rococo room). They’re both so different, so it’s hard to choose which we use! At least we’ve got 2 years to decide!

It’s just the perfect venue, and I’m so excited to be able to plan all the other details now! I have sorted a couple of other things out, so will post about them soon.

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