I’m aware that I am fast becoming a wedding bore!
But lots of you have asked about the details at our wedding so here they are.
I’d describe the theme and vibe of our Kentish seaside wedding at The East Quay as vintage chic with a love of music thrown in!
At first I thought I wanted a proper ‘seaside’ theme. But after a number of visits to the venue, I realised that the venue and location did that all by itself! It is literally on the beach and the venue pays homage to local oyster fishermen from years gone by with pictures and memorabilia on the walls. To add shells and bucket and spades personally felt like overkill to me.
So I focused on a few keys things that I (and we!) loved and went from there. These were:
- Fairy lights
Things we did ourselves
Jam jars – For months and months mum and dad collected jam jars and dad had the unenviable task of cleaning them out and soaking off the labels. Mum then hand decorated them all with our initials, our wedding date and some little pictures of flowers. Mum and I then had a couple of long sessions of lace, string and hessian tying round the jars to give them a vintage vibe.
The contents of the jars were a mix of Gypsophila (which was the only flower used apart from in my bouquet), tealights and battery operated tealights.
Name places – Mum and I decided to use stones for our place names to give a relaxed, beachy feel. We bought a load of stones from a local builder’s merchants (who thought we were bonkers!) washed them, sprayed them silver and mum wrote names on in white pen.
Our music themed table planner – I spent HOURS looking at table planner ideas on Pinterest and there are some BEAUTIFUL ideas on there. We were really keen on incorporating music into our wedding as we were both music radio presenters when we met. Although I loved loads of the pretty, vintage table planner ideas out there, I saw an idea using old vinyls and it stuck!
We bought a load of big and small vinyls from charity shops and then chose 8 songs that were special to our relationship.
Jay then found pictures of the singles we’d chosen as our songs and printed them off to stick over the existing pictures on the vinyls we’d bought.
Mum had the task of writing names on the vinyls (apparently very tricky!) for the tables. We used the big vinyls for the table planner which was put on top of a barrel, and then used the smaller vinyls on the actual tables. I was so pleased with how it all looked!
Jane the florist and Dylan from Big Love Hire
We were also very lucky to have two people helping us out who know the venue inside out.
I had a chance meeting with Dylan from Big Love Hire the year before our wedding when we were visiting. To cut a long story short, Dylan got married at the venue in 2015, realised what a huge job it is to decorate and started working alongside Jane the florist from Graham Greener in Whitstable.
They can literally make any of your wedding dreams come true and it takes away so much of the hassle.
It dawned on me that after the wedding I didn’t want to end up with 50 strings of fairy lights, a load of bunting and a giant deckchair back at my house! So we hired them from Dylan and Jane instead.
The best part of it all was the stress that was taken away from me!
On the morning of the wedding I sent my brother along to the venue to help out, but apart from that I left it all in the capable hands of Dylan and Jane.
They were then back in the venue at 7am the next day to pack it all away. They were worth their weight in gold – I simply cannot recommend them highly enough.
Dylan knew that we wanted a vintage/music theme so among the fairy lights, hessian runners, bunting, festoon lights, drapes, arches, curtains, etc he provided – he also sourced us some INCREDIBLE vintage radios and a vintage announcer microphone for the top table! I was blown away. It couldn’t have been more perfect, it really couldn’t.
*please note everything at our wedding was paid for in full! This blog post has been written out of love for everything wedding-y and for the people who made the venue look incredible x