This week for the Behind the Bride series, I have been talking with Gemma, who blogs at Yorkshire Mum of Four.
Hi Gemma, first of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?
We got married in May 2017.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?
Craig is a lorry driver, he loves gaming and reading comics. I enjoy looking at property and learning all about finance, I enjoy reading, ice skating and playing netball. We met when out with mutual friends and everyone else went home so we were just left together and we saw each other pretty much every day after then. We met on the 7th Feb 2015 and we had our son on the 7th Feb 2017.
How did they propose? Or was it you who popped the question?
We went to York for the day out just me and my husband Craig. We went to York Dungeon which was great and then to the York Chocolate Story before having some lunch in a nice conservatory restaurant there. Afterwards we had a walk and shop down the shambles and when we came home he ran a lovely bath for me and made me a drink. I was in the bath relaxing and he said go and lay down on bed for a little after and he put magazines on the bed. Then he led me downstairs and in about 100 candles he spelt out will you marry me. It was so romantic.
Tell me a bit about your big day. Where did you tie the knot? Did you have a theme or a colour scheme?
Our big day wasn’t very traditional, when we first said about getting married all the families had ideas and suggestions so we stopped discussing it, we went to loads of wedding fayres, found inspiration, venues etc and then got it all booked before sending out wedding invitations that way it was all done and no one could interfere.
We picked the church to get married in because of the long aisle and then we choose a local venue that would accommodate a sit down area, a dance floor and also space outside for an assault course. We also had a photo area with props, a large ball pool, fun games for the kids and also a sweet cart.
Many people also said get a limo as it would sit more people, however I wanted a beauford car that would just sit 3 and it did so we just had to do 2 trips and only take the most important people.
Our theme was purple and grey and we kept this consistent but other than that it wasn’t about a great deal of money or decoration, although we had that it was just about having a fun day that meant something special to us, I think too many weddings these days are just for show and the couple don’t look particularly happy just stressed
What was your favourite memory from your day?
My favourite part of the day was saying our vows as we had written them ourselves so it was special and we were both pretty emotional.
My other favourite was when we got home by ourselves and we were sat at the kitchen table eating our left over cake.
Was there anything that didn’t go to plan? Or that you would perhaps have done differently?
We actually wanted a take away for the food but our family convinced us to get a buffet for the older guests and it was awful, the cakes and gateau were still frozen and the sandwiches didn’t taste good at all so I wish we had gone with what we wanted.
Do you have any advice for future brides to be?
My advice for future brides is Don’t try and please everyone, remember it is your day, your special day and you should have what you want. We didn’t really let people have a say, it was our special day and we did it our way.
Thanks so much for taking part in the Behind the Bride series, Gemma. You can hear more from Gemma on her parenting blog.
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