The day finally came when I was not only going to be married but when I could also display the special things I had gathered together for the event. Sadly, the wedding cake was not homemade, as I had previously planned (lack of culinary finesse, logistics and time constraints put paid to that) but I was able to display my very own homemade cake toppers. I had laboured intensively over these little papier maché doves in the months before the big day and they looked great on the cake! Lots of people commented and I’m sure they featured in many photographs.
Another AMAZING homemade touch was provided by my dad. I wanted some kind of post box because whenever I’ve been to a wedding myself I’ve felt a bit awkward carrying around my card for the happy couple if there’s no obvious place to put it. Well, Dad came up trumps. He built us a wooden pillar box, which he painted white and completed with a collection time notice. It proved a hit with the guests and is a precious souvenir of the day.
Keeping the handmade creativity in the family, my cousin surprised me with a lovely horseshoe she sewed together from small pieces of colourful fabric. Another eyecatching detail that prompted a lot of comments.
Many wedding details weren’t exactly homemade (indeed, a graphic designer friend did a very professional job of designing our invitations and orders of service) but I loved using my creativity to come up with a look for the wedding. To keep costs down I didn’t have big floral centrepieces on the tables. Instead, on each table I set a tealight lantern in the shape of a house on small mirror and made a ‘cloud’ for each one out of laminated card, which I attached with wire.* Each cloud had a number in it to signify the table number. Some blue petals were scattered on the mirror and to add a bit more colour a small vase of daffodils was placed beside each house. It was simple and budget friendly but very effective at delivering the spring look I wanted.
For the evening entertainment, we did a DIY disco. We hired lights and a PA system, through which we played several hours of songs we had saved onto a laptop. It worked brilliantly; only the songs we wanted to hear were played and because of this everyone loved the variety, and we set the music to a level that made great dancing (and dad-dancing!) but people could still have a conversation on the other side of the room. Another huge advantage was that it saved us a packet on paying for a cheesy DJ who’d do his own thing!
I am a bit sad that, now the wedding is over, I’m no longer putting my energy into making things for such a significant event, but it does mean I have more time. I intend to get more acquainted with the sewing machine I bought on a whim and perhaps craft some more papier maché objects.
*The credit for this should really go to my parents. It was my idea but they had the task of putting it into practice!