After hoping for an outdoor wedding but finding it was just not meant to be, I’d always had it in the back of my mind that we could go for the next best thing and find a venue where we could bring the outside in and use trees and bunting to make it feel like the English country garden setting we’d been hoping for. Funnily enough, later that year, Kate Middleton chose trees to decorate Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding which made me think it wasn’t such a hare-brained idea after all (although I’m sure the in-laws thought I’d lost the plot, as probably did hers).
As our search continued, we were lucky enough to stumble across the gorgeous Lutterworth Town Hall. The Town Hall was full of lovely features but was a huge empty space. I started searching for trees and pretty things to help create our garden scene and found the perfect solution. I was hoping for real trees but after seeing the price, and not being engaged to a prince (not in the monetary sense anyway), realised we would have to go for artificial ones. They weren’t a cheap option either and quite difficult to track down but once they arrived I knew they were perfect as, not only were they very realistic but, they proved to be much more practical than having the real thing. Even better – they looked magical dripping in fairy lights! I hadn’t realised how time consuming and stressful it can be sourcing bits and bobs for a DIY wedding.
When it came time to packing up after the celebrations, I was asked what I was going to do with all our lovely things we had bought, and that’s when I had the idea of hiring a few things out to other brides-to-be who, like me, wanted to put together their own style for their wedding..a sort of pick ‘n’ mix approach if you will. With the growing trend for DIY weddings, it turned out that there was a real demand for quirky and individual items that could be rented for a small fee rather than having to stretch the budget even further by having to buy them (then having the headache of what to do with it all afterwards). And so began extremely lovely wedding rentals! I got myself a WordPress online shop, acquired some more gorgeous stock and away I went.
Over the last six months I have been asked more and more for advice, and to be involved in the whole planning process, so we have had a wee revamp and have now morphed into extremely lovely weddings – we still do our lovely rentals but we now also create weddings that fit a couple’s style perfectly – something unique just like you. I love what I do and am very lucky to have a job which allows me to mix my love of being creative with my love of organising parties..and who doesn’t love a wedding!