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Eat, Drink & Be Married: A Wedding Story

Friday 11th March 2011 – The Robinson-Preest Wedding

I woke at 6.30am on the morning of my wedding in the spare bedroom of my bridesmaid, Laura. The previous evening had been spent pampering, having our nails done and getting spray tans. After trying to trick me the previous evening by giving me the ‘gifts’ Sam had got me, some really naff cheap earrings,  I got my real gifts from my husband to be; a bottle of champers (he knows this girl well), some diamond heart earrings and a necklace.

Sam spent the night at his parents’ house. Somewhat unbelievably, despite his parents having a five bedroom house Sam spent his final night as a single man on a camp bed in the living room. No special treatment for this Groom!

At around 7.30am I walked the two minutes round to my parents’ house. What a glamorous start to my wedding day, walking through the village in trackies and flip flops, hair a mess and covered in the spray tan from the previous night!

At around 10.30am, after I had de-oranged and washed my hair I went back to pick Laura up and we drove to the wedding venue, Bagden Hall Hotel. 

The ceremony was at 1pm at the hotel so arriving there at 11am gave us two hours to get ready. They were a very fast two hours!

Once I was in my dress we cracked open the champagne.

Along with Laura, my sister Amy was also a bridesmaid. My neice, Lillia, was a very cute flower girl.

At about 1.10pm the Master of Ceremonies came up to get me. I had completely lost track of time and I had really wanted to be on time and not keep people waiting. Whoops!

Fortunately we (well, I) had put together a playlist to keep the guests entertained. I used music by The Vitamin String Quartet, who play string versions of modern songs. The playlist included the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Verve, a bit of Crazy In Love by Beyonce and a cheeky Gold Digger by Kanye! I walked down the aisle to the string version of Wonderwall by Oasis.

As it was a civil ceremony we know it would be quite short so we asked Sam’s sister Cathy to do a reading for us. I trawled the internet for readings but we didn’t like much and the ones we did like we had heard several times at other weddings. We wanted something unique. 

After much to-ing and fro-ing we opt for the reading to be the lyrics from ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles.

The whole ceremony went by in a blur and before I knew it we were on our way out and ready to get on with the party!

I knew it was likely that Sam and I would disappear during this time for photos taking so we wanted something to keep the guests entertained and the atmosphere lively. We had a little jazz quartet to play during the drinks time. They went down very well, lots of people commented afterwards on how good they were.

Sam and I had our photos taken around the grounds and, despite it being early March, we just managed to avoid the rain! We also has the obligatory family photos, although I was keen that people didn’t get fed up so we whizzed through these quite quickly.

After the photos it was time to sit down for the food! I had made all the centre pieces, place names, favours and the seating plan myself. I am not a very artistic person so I was very pleased with how they turned out.

We opted to have the speeches before the meal was served. This was Sam’s choice; he wanted to get it out of the way so he could enjoy his meal!

The speeches went well and it was time for the food to be served. Sam isn’t a fan of wedding food so we chose Steak & Ale Pie with chips and peas for the main. This went down very well!

The day part of the wedding absolutely flew by and before we knew it evening guests were starting to arrive. We hadn’t even left the room to let them turn it round. 

There is often a lull at a wedding between the day do and the night do and with that in mind we hired a caricaturist to provide a bit of entertainment. He was brilliant and people were queuing up to get a drawing done.

Our first dance came next. This is not something that either of us had massively been looking forward to. We are no dancers! I actively encourage people to get up and join us very quickly!
We didn’t have ‘a song’ so we spent a long time thinking about our first dance song and looking for something that would suit. I eventually found an Arctic Monkey’s B-side called ‘Baby, I’m Yours’ which suited us perfectly. And the fact that it is sung with a thick Yorkshire accent was a bonus!

After the first dance it was time to really get the party started. A mixture of alcohol and excitement means that the whole night passed in a blur. We were busy chatting to guest, thanking people for coming and dancing. The photos indicate that I was dancing a lot!

Anyone getting married will hear all the old clichés; it’s the best day of your life, it’ll go so fast. They are so true.
I look back on our wedding day with wonderful but hazy memories. A wonderful, special day.
Friday 11th March 2011.

Claire blogs at What Elsa Wears and you can follow her on Twitter here.xoxo


1 comment

  1. Beautiful- your day looks perfect! Totally agree, it goes far too quick! Vx


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