‘My rubbish wedding report’ was the subject of the email Amy sent me when I shamelessly begged her to tell us about her day. Readers, it is definitely not rubbish. It shines with as much joy and love and downright awesomeness as Amy and James’ big day itself did. Those things that when wrong? Just things. As Amy says, ‘things don’t matter.’
And with those wise words, I hand you over to the mermaid herself…
The weather was atrocious
My hair did not go how I wanted it to
Nor did my bouquet (wrong colour)
Or our vows (we ended up giving a very weird version we hadn’t chosen)
Because of the aforementioned weather we couldn’t decorate the way I’d wanted to
Neither of us got a bloody cup of tea after the ceremony as we were too busy posing for photos
The marquee was smaller than we thought making it a squeeze to get everything in and meaning we couldn’t use a couple of the things I’d made such as my DIY photobooth/screen (which was really awesome!)
I was about an hour late getting ready (but still made it to the ceremony early)
I forgot to make a sign indicating the parking area so everyone parked in the field
We forgot to put the soft drinks out for the kids and non drinkers
We forgot to put out the scissors and glue for campervan building
There was a problem with taxis due to there being 2 big regional events in the area on the same day
We had 3 annoying guests (one arriving late then being a dick – my response – ignore his existence, one moaning at me about not liking the music – my response “Tough!”, one moaning at me about the taxis – my response “Where do you think I have hidden my phone in this dress? Go and ask them at the pub to call them”)
What went right at our wedding
It stopped raining apocalyptically an hour before and our venue manager (who is a forest manager, not a wedding planner – they do 3 a year) ran around like a headless chicken moving everything from inside to outside to give us the ceremony we wanted as soon as it stopped
Our photographer showed up early and somehow managed to get me out of the massive flap I’d gotten myself into
My brother’s girlfriend put streamers on our chairs seeing as we couldn’t have them strung from the roof and they looked ace
Our registrars were two of the loveliest women I’ve ever met
Everyone came (including my friend Liz who we thought might miss the ceremony because of her train and I saw sprinting into the venue just before us)
All of the kiddies had a great time and no babies cried during the ceremony – not even the ones we’d been told probably would be wailing (not that we’d have minded)
We saw people we hadn’t seen in years and realised how much we miss them
We got to drive into our reception in Bertie with everyone waiting outside cheering and waving
People brought some effing amazing cakes!
There was some excellent welly coordination going on
The dancefloor was full pretty much all night
We had 117 BRILLIANT guests
We got married.
My conclusion – things don’t matter, people do – surround yourself with good ones.
*this is not a moan, merely a fact, and hopefully a reassurance to future brides.