Welcome to the laughter infused wedding of Claire and Ben
Claire and Ben's wedding was certainly not lacking in personality; in fact it had it in abundance. Not only did they marry on Aprils Fool Day because 'it reflected our funny side' but they had a court jester as a logo and their wedding was filled with laughter, as you'll see from the beautiful images.
Love and laughter - what more could you ask for at a wedding?
Here's Claire to tell us more;
"We got married at the beautiful Stubton Hall near Newark. We fell in love with the modern twist of the big country house and having the venue exclusively was a must for us, along with plenty of rooms for our guests to stay".
"We were keen to make our wedding elegant but also inject some personality"
Working in the industry, we’d seen so many themes and styles over the years that we were keen to make our wedding elegant but also inject some personality.
We chose April the 1st, April Fools Day, as it reflected our ‘funny’ side, so this was the perfect starting point. We designed a little jester in our chosen colours, which we used throughout the wedding, from the invitations through to the menus on the tables. We even adapted a funny poem which my sister read out during the ceremony, to add a little humour to the proceedings. Our love of Leicester City Football Club was also featured during the day, as we walked into the wedding breakfast to the post horn gallop, which is music played when the players come out onto the pitch and Ben’s dads Leicester scarf also made a couple of appearances!
I actually found the dress one of the hardest, most stressful parts. Like most people, I had a budget and didn’t want to go over this. I think if you have an unlimited budget, the process is probably a lot easier but trying to find something you love and that fits like a glove under your budget is difficult, or at least it was for me!
I thought I knew what I wanted before I set off to my first appointment but ended up with a totally different style.
I did love my dress in the end though, so it was all worth it and it even had pockets!!
"Being an event planner, I did all the planning and styling myself"
Being an event planner, I did all the planning and styling myself but I also made the most of my talented friends and family!
I got my friends mum, who is amazing at baking to make my beautiful cake, one of my other friends designed and made all my stationery and another close friend made my cracker favours!
I think it’s really nice to get people involved with your wedding, especially if they have a particular talent. It’s usually cheaper than using suppliers and makes people feel involved.
However there are some things that you need the professionals for! We can’t thank our suppliers enough!”
Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day?
Be organised! And if you aren’t the organised type, consider getting some professional help, even if it’s just on the day co-ordination, to help you relax and enjoy the day.
I had an on the day co-ordinator, just to make sure things ran smoothly and all the suppliers had a number to call that wasn’t mine, so I could focus on all of our family and friends that had travelled from far and wide to spend the day with us.
Also just go with it! Whatever happens on the day, just enjoy it!
You only do it once so make the most of it, dance until your feet hurt and make some amazing memories that will stay with you forever!
Oh and if you can afford it, get a videographer. Photos are great (and we love ours) but our highlight video was something else. It was the best money we spent!
Also leave at least 3 days between the wedding and going on honeymoon, there is so much to sort out and you want to have time to open all your cards and presents and pack!