A blue wedding dress and Brighton’s exotic and iconic Pavilion, it’s fair to say, we’re a little bit in love with Londoner’s Kathryn and Richard’s intimate March wedding. Shunning the traditional, in favour of personal preferences and planning it all in just three months, this wedding is a breath of fresh Brighton sea air. So grab a cuppa and be inspired! Over to bride Kathryn to hear all:
I proposed to Richard on 29th February 2012. I often tried to dissuade him from the idea of marriage, so once I’d come round to the idea, I felt it was incumbent upon me to do the honours! I wrote a poem and knitted a gold ring, he said he felt swept off his feet, though at the time he looked more like a rabbit in the headlights.
We chose to get married in Brighton as it’s a place we both love (I grew up near Brighton and Rich studied here) and we hoped people would come for a weekend by the sea. The weddings we’ve been to abroad are always great because people stay for longer than one night, we hoped to recreate a little of that.
Originally we were going to have the reception in a Greek restaurant (I lived in Greece for a while), so we had some Greek elements mixed with a bit of a seaside theme. However that venue fell through with three weeks to go! Terraces came to the rescue but it meant the Greek theme was pretty redundant…
We arranged the whole thing in three months. When our first venue fell through, we found a new venue and rearranged the lot (with new invitations) in three weeks. It’s perfectly possible if you get married off-season like we did. Also, with less time you reduce the pressure on yourself to create the perfect wedding!
We did most things non-traditionally! I wore a long blue dress with an orange design all over it and teamed it with bright orange heels! I got ready quietly with two friends in my hotel room and one of them did my hair and make-up. Rich had four best men. And of course we had the reception in a restaurant, which was fantastic – Terraces (now closed) it was round with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea and Brighton Pier. I hope it created a great atmosphere.
We also had a giant picture of our dog by our Macaroon towers (instead of a cake – they went down very well!). As our guests stayed locally, the day after, we all went for a walk on the beach ending with a pre-booked Sunday roast, which was lovely.
Doing it in a city, especially Brighton, is brilliant. All your suppliers are within walking distance, your guests can stay in hotels a stone’s throw from the venue, and people come and make a weekend of it. If you don’t wear a white wedding dress, you can spend a lot less on something gorgeous that you’ll wear again. We felt our favourite weddings had been about the people and the fun we’d had, so we focused more on informality and atmosphere than posh food and favours.
Making the invitation, getting to know Brighton so well, food tasting, meeting lots of lovely people and of course, the excuse to try on lots of designer dresses!
My least favourite parts of wedding planning were . . .
Finding a venue and working out the guest list – we wanted a small wedding which meant we couldn’t have many of our friends and family there.
Well, what a wedding! We loved that our breath of fresh air bride, Kathryn proposed and that the couple stuck to their three month plan (and theme!) despite losing their reception venue, just three weeks before their big day.