Why did you choose your Bridesmaids?
Jumoke and Tayo are my very best friends – we’ve known each other for 20 years, and so when it came to choosing bridesmaids, there was never any doubt in my mind.
How many did you have?
Just two – I only wanted people around me on the morning of the wedding who would know how to deal with me if I started freaking out! My two best friends and my Mum were the perfect ‘getting ready’ party.
What was your budget for the dresses?
We were aiming for around £100 per dress.
Why did you choose your colour theme?
I knew I didn’t want to go for the normal pastel colours that bridesmaids normally have. My husband and I had decided on a vague ‘sunset colours’ theme for our wedding (pink, red, orange and yellow) and so the mustard dresses went perfectly with that, and looked amazing against the girls’ skin.
How did you decide on style?
The three of us knew we wanted long, flowing dresses and when we saw the dress on Stacy’s Instagram (originally in grey), we all instantly agreed it was perfect!
Did you let your Bridesmaids choose their dresses?
We all agreed on the dress together luckily, but if they hadn’t have liked it, I definitely would have gone with something else! It was important to me that they felt comfortable on the day.
How did your husband propose?
We were on holiday in Crete and having breakfast on the balcony of our apartment. He went back inside to ‘get some milk for his coffee’, came out, sat next to me and proposed! I burst into tears, of course.
How long were you engaged for?
We got engaged at the start of June 2017 and married at the end of April 2018 so just under 11 months.
Where did you get married and why did you choose that location?
In an amazing barn called Kingsote Barn in the Cotswolds. The venue was just beautiful, not too ‘wedding-y’ and had fantastic views of the local landscape.
Is there anything that you now consider to be an unnecessary expense?
Not that I can think of! My husband and I aren’t very high-maintenance and didn’t feel pressure to have expensive decorations or typical wedding stuff. We got our fairy lights from eBay, had cupcakes instead of a fancy cake, and didn’t do wedding favours at all (instead, we put the money into an open bar!)
What would you have changed if you could?
Maybe getting ready a little earlier?? We got our hair and make-up done on time and then got a little toooo relaxed in the morning, so getting into our dresses was a bit of a rush in the end!
Did anything go wrong?
Other than husband going to put my wedding ring on the wrong finger AND the wrong hand during the ceremony – no!
What was the funniest/best part of the day?
Seeing my father-in-law dancing to James Brown’s Sex Machine with my family – I’ve never seen him dance before but he was just so relaxed and having a great time. That memory really sums up the wedding for me: our loved ones just having loads of fun!
What advice would you give for wedding planning?
The only things you’d HAVE to do to get married are the legal bits – everything else is optional! If you don’t want a three-course sit down meal, or disco lights, or super expensive flowers: don’t get them! Do what you want, not what you think you’re ‘supposed’ to do. It’s your day!