What was your best single moment of the whole day?
My best moment was probably trying to keep a straight face through the “I dos” – I get the giggles when I get nervous anyway, and our son Freddie (10 months) was putting on quite the show behind us, enjoying the echo of the chapel/ballroom and trying to take my Mum’s hat off!
Why did you pick your venue?
Clearwell Castle had always been on our radar, but we never thought we could afford such a beautiful venue. We went to have a look around anyway, and were offered a very good deal, as they had had a late cancellation. We ended up planning our wedding in 12 weeks!
Did you have a specific style or theme for your big day?
Because we planned our wedding in such a short amount of time, we really had to prioritise and streamline what we wanted to do. Luckily, Clearwell Castle is an inclusive venue, and it was really reassuring, knowing that most of it was taken care of (to the best possible standard too!) We knew that we wanted a simple ceremony, and a really good party, and the people we surrounded ourselves with on the day were what would really make it special and unique to us.
How did you hear about the act?
Good ol’ Google! I listened to about twenty different sample tapes from different bands before selecting them, they were the right mix of a slightly rockier sound, but still a wedding band that plays all the hits!
What did they bring to your day?
A REALLY good party! They made the night. We could have just gone with the disco provided by the venue, but I’m so glad we booked Bring The Noise. Everyone got up and danced, and then danced some more!
Did you have a first dance song and what was it?
We had our first dance to You’re My Best Friend, by Queen, which the band kindly learnt for us. We’ve never really been dancers before, so we had a lesson in Foxtrot a few weeks before our wedding, and then hired our local village hall to practice a few bits.
Where did you draw inspiration or find suppliers for your wedding? (online, blogs, magazines etc – Did any in particular stand out and why?)
Most of our day was included in the package, but otherwise we went local. People were more than happy to give recommendations on our local facebook noticeboard. I took a dulux colour swatch to our florist and baker with a rough idea of what I would like, but I gave them creative license – they’re the experts after all!
What did you think of the service provided by Warble?
Warble were fantastic! All my emails were replied to the same day, even at the weekend, and everything was super efficient and slick.
Best piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding?
So much pressure is put on brides by the industry to be “unique” by spending extra on stationary, or favours which half the guests will leave behind… You are already unique, you are already special, and your wedding will be so too, without going overboard on the extras! Your wedding is meant to be enjoyed, don’t turn planning what is essentailly a big party into a three year chore!
Looking back is there anything you would change?
Michael: I would have kept drinking! Cathy: I would have packed more carefully. We lost a bag going into the venue containing my Bra and our Son’s shoes (I found it in the playroom at about 11.30pm!) I had a very personal “Something Borrowed” from a very organised bridesmaid!
Name your favourite suppliers from the day: (as many as you like)
Brontë Williams – Photographer
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