Real Wedding – Recreate the winter wedding look
Tashi and Jordon met within weeks of Tashi moving to London for University. The rest they say is history.
Following five years together, Tashi and Jordon took a trip to Bali to celebrate their anniversary in October of 2015. I’m not sure Tashi knew as she left the UK, that their Bali holiday was going to mark the start of her winter wedding planning. But before they got home, she’d already found their venue. And it was the only one they visited before deciding it was everything they needed. Choosing a February wedding, they opted for a winter romance theme.
Tashi found their wedding venue just days after getting engaged. And after just one visit, and only venue visit, they decided together it was the perfect one.
North brook Park is a fantastic venue for getting creative and really allows you to design and plan your own wedding. There is no cash bar, so you can bring in your own alcohol without having to pay any corkage. A huge plus for a big party. But with the wedding venue ticked, it was time to decide upon everything else. Jordon knew that he wanted a Jazz band to play, and Tashi knew that she would like to have a choir singing. So they settled on the choir for the ceremony. And the band for the reception.
It was actually Tashi’s mum that picked out her wedding dress from Pronovias. A must stop shop for any bride to be. And the veil made her look like an actual princess. Tashi also waltzed the aisle in the most gorgeous glitter Jimmy Choos – A gift from her hubby to be. Her bridesmaids also looked stunning in white. White for a winter wedding, but would you pick white for your maids?
Although I’ve been at many a wedding, I’ve never seen so many tears and so much love at the alter. An open fire and a glass of champagne in the Vine Room started off the celebrations.
A winter wedding tip
The definition of winter wedding is really all about making the venue cosy. We suggested the idea of Tashi and Jordon supplying blankets for all of the guests. That way, if they got cold, they could wrap up in a blanket. Or they could use them as an additional layer whilst toasting marshmallows on the open fires outside. Although a beautiful winters day – it was freezing. So the blankets went down a real treat and they were guests to keep at the end of the night.
As Northbrook Park is a dry hire venue, you can use a number of suppliers. Although they do have a preferred caterer, you can use other caterers for an additional fee of £1,000. If you wished to recreate the exact look of Tashi wedding, here’s a list of all the suppliers that were used on the day.
Tashi grew up in Nottingham and so she decided to use a few Nottingham suppliers including The Florist and The Confetti Cakery. It was actually cheaper to pay for them to travel down than to use local suppliers, so always do your homework.
Tashi and Jordon had visited the venue on several occasions before the wedding. With both family and friends and with us, House of Three. That way we all knew exactly what they both wanted from their winter wedding. You may choose to plan your own wedding without any help, but if you do hire a wedding planner, or a wedding coordinator, then it’s great to visit the venue with them prior to the big day.
As we acted as the Wedding Coordinators for Tashi’s wedding, we weren’t really involved in the planning or the contracting of the suppliers. Visiting the venue with Tashi was therefore important to visualise her dream. A wedding coordinator or planner would usually charge between £100-300 to meet on site for an hour meeting, depending on the location.
What questions to ask them
If you do decide to just hire a wedding coordinator rather than opt for a full planning service, here a few questions you might want to ask when you visit the venue with them.
- What time will the coordinators be there from on the day of the wedding?
- What time will the coordinators leave the venue?
- Will they liaise with all of the suppliers in the run up to the wedding? Or would you need to liaise with your suppliers right up to the big day?
- Will they let you know if they spot anything that you may have missed in the run up to the big day?
How we helped Tashi and Jordon
We would always let you know if there was anything out of place, or missing from the big day. On this occasion, we spotted that there were no tablecloths within the linen order for the cake table, sweets table and card table.
Tashi and Jordon had a beautiful cake made by Sophie Taylor of The Confetti Cakery. But sadly they’d forgotten to allow for the cutting within their catering specification. Caterers do charge a fee for the cutting of the cake. And they also charge more to box it up too, so make sure you have a discussion with them about this before your day.
With a real family vibe, Tashi and Jordon wanted to make sure that the children were included within the whole day, and didn’t at any point feel out of place. Each child had a colouring book and a stick of bubbles at their table. There was also a sweet table and toasting marshmallows to keep them entertained. Although all the sugar might have put them all on cloud nine, they really were all having the best time.
Would you invite children to your wedding? If they are young, make sure you have something to entertain them so they enjoy the day just as much as you do.
The kids most certainly enjoyed the sweet table, which included cookies and doughnuts too. Although it didn't last long!
Guests were treated to an open bar, with an impressive choice, and so were drinking into the early hours at this winter wedding. The energy in the room was electric. There were even a few rapping battles took place throughout the evening. Which was fun for both adults and children. The dance floor was full at all times and everyone was having an absolute whale of a time.
Tashi’s photographer was Adam from Adamowicz Adamski. As a portrait photographer based in London, he manages to tell a story through his images. Creating a lasting memory for you to treasure forever.
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