An Alternative Brighton Royal Pavilion & Hove Club Wedding (Part Two)

So today we are back at Katie and Brad’s alternative and British themed Brighton (and Hove actually) wedding. In Part One Katie told us about the planning and inspiration behind their beautiful day at The Royal Pavilion and The Hove Club (and their unexpected guests: East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service)!

Today Katie tells us all about her gorgeous lace wedding dress, Brad’s dapper hand-made suit and those fab floral bridesmaids dresses. We also hear about their wedding reception and their epic honeymoon.

The lovely photos are courtesy of Emma Lucy Photography.

Over to beautiful Brighton bride, Katie…

I just love my dress

“I got my dress from White Leaf Bridal in Brighton, which ticked all the boxes of local designer/dress maker, lace, vintage feel, relaxed, accommodating and fairly priced. I just love my dress and want to wear it again! It’s totally different from what I thought I was going to have but I just loved it and felt amazing in it.

I’m not a heels kinda gal so it seemed pointless going crazy. I went to trusty old Dorothy Perkins as they had some shoes that matched the colour of my dress. (I didn’t want satin or shiny wedding shoes and leather was too heavy so suede was the perfect solution).

A pretty pout

Emma Lucy had suggested having hair and makeup done (I hadn’t thought about it before) as the pics look a whole lot better, so being the pro I took her advice and asked if she could recommend anyone. She put me in touch with Nicky from Pretty Pout who instantly understood what I was looking for on my wedding day and came up with perfect makeup and hair to match. I’d definitely recommend her as she is great at interpreting what you need and at a really fair price, as well as being lovely! She also did my Mum’s make up the morning of the wedding.

A romantic wedding present and a ring from Nan

Brad got me the beautiful art deco drop earrings as a wedding present and somehow they were just perfect. I was having a nightmare trying to find something that looked right and he got it! The only other jewellery I wore was my Nan’s eternity ring (sadly she passed away a few years ago) and some of her pearls that I wrapped around my wrist to make a bracelet.

A vintage veil and stole with 1940’s gloves

I’d bought my stole a year before from Tramp and had never worn it! When I saw it I just knew I had to have it, even though I didn’t know what for. At that point I didn’t even know I was getting married! So, once we planned an autumnal wedding I knew I had to wear it and it went to every dress shop with me.

My gloves and bag were a last minute purchase from Bobby and Dandy on Blatchington Road and for original 1940’s were in great condition. My ‘bird cage’ veil was made especially for me from the same shop as my dress White Leaf Bridal. I struggled to find the right feathers so ended up getting some on line and adding them the morning of the wedding.

Pretty maids all in a row

I knew that I wanted something different for the girls to wear as everyone has different body shapes. Different styles suit different people and I wanted them to be comfortable but ‘uniformed’.

I found Suzi through one of my Bridesmaids as she’s just started out making dresses for other people. After only the first few minutes of meeting and looking at different images she knew just the sort of look I was aiming for and we met up a few weeks later to look for fabric. I had no idea what to look for so her guidance was a godsend. I think we were lucky to find some gorgeous fabric in Brighton Sewing shop that the girls also loved. I had to order in slightly more from the sister shop in Chichester but it was obviously meant to be! I had no idea how they would turn out and didn’t really have a plan B so I put my trust in the fact that it was going to work and that Suzi is a fantastic dress maker! We had a lot of people comment on how refreshing it was to see Bridesmaids in something different that suited them all, I was really pleased with them and thought they all looked fab. It was also a fairly inexpensive way of doing things which helped the budget!

I bought the belts separately online (from Jane Norman, they were the first thing that came up on Google search for wine coloured belts) and the shoes were also from. . . Dorothy Perkins (of course!) as none of them wanted mega high heels. I’d given the girls some earrings I’d got from Etsy as part of their thank you gifts so they all wore the same style (flowers) but in different colours.

Suits you sir

Brad had his suit made at Hugo Morris in Brighton as it’s something he’s always wanted to do so our wedding was the perfect excuse! He went for a really classic style and I was only involved in helping to choose the colour. It inspired me to buy him his wedding gift: an old pocket watch which I had engraved. It looked awesome! He bought his own tie and pocket hanky as wanted to stick with green as the colour. His shoes were also custom made.

The boys

The best man, Ushers and fathers all chose their own suits (we gave them a brief of a mid grey colour) and then we got burgundy colour ties and hankies from Debenhams that complimented the bridesmaids dresses.

Grains of gold

Our wedding rings were from Grains of Gold in the Laines and mine had to be especially made around my unusual engagement ring!

Wedding colours

We didn’t really have a colour scheme for the wedding. The only thing I needed to make sure complimented each other were my flowers and the helium balloons (for the bridesmaids instead of posies) and the bridesmaid dresses. Luckily Brad had chosen ties and pocket hankies for the Groomsmen that happened to work perfectly with the colours in the Bridesmaid dresses and also my posy.

He went for an entirely different colour for his own tie and pocket hanky. We didn’t have flowers as Brad doesn’t like them (hence finding something else for the bridesmaids to carry) so we chose a range of seasonal vegetables/foliage to go on the tables including blue pumpkins to match the walls inside the Royal Pavilion.

Live music

Brad and I both love live music and as its one of our passions it seemed natural to bring a band in rather than a DJ. We searched a few websites but nothing really caught our eye. Then my parents mentioned that they’d seen a good band called Replica Radio  at their local pub in Plumpton Green so we went to watch them one night and liked what we saw/heard. I contacted Russ (who deals with the bookings for the group) who was really accommodating as they already had a booking for the same date. He was so flexible, helpful, reliable and friendly and knows his stuff! We stuck with their suggested set list as it was a mixture of old and new and we weren’t disappointed. They rocked the party and were great at getting people up and dancing and having a blast, so many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed them and the photos prove that.

Lanterns, balloons & sparklers

We didn’t have any decorations in the rooms other than the table arrangements (the pumpkins/cabbages etc). We added tea lights to them in Hove Club once it started to get dark. The balloons from the bridesmaids lingered in the rooms we were in and it was enough to state that there was a celebration, (plus it was a handy way of finding them!) The Royal Pavilion is detailed enough inside and The Hove Club is very masculine and traditional looking and didn’t need any enhancing. However, as we provided sparklers outside (we weren’t allowed fireworks) we dressed the garden in coloured paper lanterns which looked fab and romantic when it got dark early.

A best of British menu

We used Arch 139 at the Pavilion as you have to use their preferred caterers list. We had a few meetings with them to create a choice menu that was British and seasonal, so the guests got to chose a menu.

The Hove Club provides all catering arrangements and Krysia (The coordinator) was absolutely brilliant with our request for a ‘British Buffet’ theme and sourced everything locally where she could. She was so flexible and welcoming. We even had Marmite on toast towards the end of the night!  We bought our wine separately and negotiated corkage at both venues.


We didn’t really see the point of favours so stuck with the ‘minikins’ for each guest at the breakfast (small root vegetables). It was a great talking point during the meal.

A retro photo booth

We had a wedding booth which was one of the best investments of the day as it’s kept a hilarious diary of the wedding party (digital and original snap shots, one for guests to take home and one for the diary book). I chose Retro Me as they were so well priced in terms of value for money and the team that managed our party were just brilliant.

I’ve got you under my skin

We found the music pretty tough to crack because we both have such a varied taste. We do have ‘a song’ but didn’t want to use it as Brad thinks it’s been overplayed since the Olympics. So! I had the idea (whilst away in Miami) that rat pack would sound nice as background music in the Pavilion whilst we were eating and from there we chose ‘Somewhere beyond the sea’ for the music I walked into for the ceremony. For our first dance we loved the simplicity of ‘I’ve got you under my skin’ by Frank Sinatra and it stuck!

An epic honeymoon

We are fortunate to have very generous friends/family and had the most amazingly epic trip! We flew into Cape Town, spent 7 nights driving through and staying in the vineyards and across the ‘garden route’. Then we flew up to Sabi Sands for 3 nights to a private game reserve and from there we flew onto Mauritius for 8 nights. Incredible!!”

Team Wedding:

Photographer: Emma Lucy Photography
Bride’s dress: White Leaf Bridal
Reception/wedding party venue: The Hove Club
Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Royal Pavilion
Bride’s shoes: Dorothy Perkins
Wedding rings: Grains of Gold
Bride’s Stole: Tramp
Groom’s suit: Hugo Morris
Bride’s gloves: Bobby and Dandy
Rings: Grains of Gold
Hair and Makeup: Pretty Pout
Bridesmaids dresses: Suzi
Bridesmaids belts: Jane Norman
Bridesmaids earrings: Etsy
Paper lanterns: Hanging Lanterns
Catering: Arch 139 and The Hove Club
Photo Booth: Retro Me
Band: Replica Radio

See more suppliers also listed in Part One of this wedding.


Wow! That really is an epic honeymoon! Well jel and a half!

Thanks so much to Katie and Brad for sharing their beautiful Brighton wedding with us. They all look so gorgeous: love Katie’s vintage inspired look: the lace dress, vintage stole and birdcage veil are such a beautiful combination. The bridesmaids dresses are just so cute and the heart balloons are a brilliant idea! Brad and the boys look totally dapper too. Big thanks to Emma Lucy Photography for sending her beautiful photos our way too.

Do check out Part One if you haven’t done so already.

We are back with more amazing Sussex weddings soon, including a beautiful rustic wedding with the mother of all naked wedding cakes too (check out a sneak peek on our facebok page).

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