DOTTY DISHES GETS WED - WEDDING DETAILS - 30TH AUGUST 2014
It’s very rare that I run a personal post on Dotty Dishes but I got married just over a couple of weeks ago and it was SUCH an AMAZING day with so much detail (that took a lot of effort and planning!), that I just had to share some images from our wedding day (in the previous post).
I have been with my partner Steve for 10 years and we got engaged in October 2012 by the sea in Cornwall - you can read about it here - http://dottydishes.tumblr.com/post/43821728764/a-trip-to-cornwall-part-3-the-scarlet-hotel. We spent the last 18 months saving for our wedding and planning all the little details of our big day, which we quickly decided post-engagement, that it would be a 1960s themed day to match our love of the era.
We always knew we wanted to get married somewhere different and unique and as soon as we went to visit Manchester’s Victoria Baths (http://www.victoriabaths.org.uk), knew we had to get married there. Being able to say ‘I do’ in a Victorian swimming pool - there isn’t much cooler than that! It truly is an outstanding venue with so much history and detail and we are honoured to have got married there.
So, with the venue booked in the January after our engagement, we excitedly got on with our planning. From collecting vintage suitcases, retro milk bottles, limited edition Campbell soup tins and gold patterned vintage vases, to designing one-off band posters, retro vinyl invites and placemats, we had a very enjoyable time planning our big day. You can see our incredible vinyl invites in the previous post of wedding images, which were made with the help of the fantastic Old Vinyl Factory out of 1960s 7” records and designed by my husband, Steve Parnell (http://sjpdesign.tumblr.com).
On the day, we have to say, the venue looked outstanding! You always imagine how your wedding is going to look after picturing it in your head for so long, and you always hope that it’s going to look as amazing as you think, and ours really did. It took two full days of hard work to get it looking like that though!
The ceremony room - the Gala Pool - looked beautiful with paper pom-poms hanging down the aisle in our colour theme of pink, white and blue (taken from the fabric of the changing room curtains alongside the gala pool) and 6ft helium balloons at each end of the room (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Balloon-Ur-Room-The-Village-Card-Gift-Shop/218280851626981). We also a retro vanity case filled with vintage handkerchiefs for guests and orders of service, made from the leftover record covers from our invites, which we gave to everyone from a retro vinyl box next to a matching record player with our invite vinyl on.
I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and we walked back up to one of our favourites, The Stone Roses ‘Ten Storey Love Song’.
We had an ale (named ‘Parn-ale’ after our surname Parnell!) and champagne (drank from retro champagne saucers of course!) reception where people could leave their cards in retro suitcases, write in our guestbook, advertised by a retro typewriter and sign, and look at old pictures of our parents on their wedding days and various polaroids of us attached to an old step ladder. Guests were also able to take their drinks and do a historical tour of the baths while we had pictures taken with the bridal party.
We used the Sports Hall for our wedding breakfast and the room really was magical with paper lanterns (http://www.hipswing.co.uk) and bunting lining the ceiling along with huge handmade B&S and LOVE light-up letters on the dancefloor (http://www.thewordislove.co.uk), underneath Victoria Baths very own ‘Well Loved’ sign, and band posters, designed by Steve, all around the sides of the room. We gave these to guests to take home at the end of the night as a gift!
The tables, named after Northern Soul clubs, were filled with personalised 12” record placemats (again, which we gave guests to take home), Babycham and ‘Parn-ale’ favours, gorgeous vintage inspired flowers from Manchester florist Luisa Pecchio (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luisa-Pecchio-Flowers/264693703542223) and menus detailing the 1960s themed buffet and evening ‘Takeaway Street’ from local Manchester “Champion of the North” chef (from The Guardian’s Jay Rayner), Robert Owen Brown (http://robertowenbrown.com).
There was also a pretty cake table with biscuits made with the same logo as the invites and artwork, heart shaped cake pops and a wonderful 4-tier retro mod inspired wedding cake (with fillings including lemon and rose cream, chocolate and lime and coconut) with crocheted hearts on top from Manchester’s Little Button Bakery (http://littlebuttonbakery.co.uk).
As the light faded, the venue looked even more spectacular with lanterns and jam jar candles lighting up the room. It was perfect for a performance from Morecambe four-piece The Heartbreaks (http://theheartbreaks.net) followed by DJ sets from London based music journalist Andy Welch and John Talbot, of the club night and album ‘Yacht Rock’. Music is a huge part of our lives so we selected the music based on some of our favourite genres with set hours so the best of each era could be played! They were ‘Motown and Northern Soul’, ‘Decades - 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s’ and ‘Madchester and Indie’.
We danced to one of our favourite songs, Al Green ‘Let’s Stay Together’, for our first dance, which you can see me spinning around to to in my 1960s inspired wedding dress in the previous post! Then the Photo Booth opened which was pretty much full all night! Instead of a traditional booth, we chose a company called Polka Dot Fox (http://www.polkadotfox.co.uk/splash/) that uses a retro TV on top of an old chest of drawers as the camera, fitting around 8 people in a picture with tonnes of props to make it even more fun!
It was an absolutely amazing day spent with all our friends and family and we wish we could do it all again! We had such fun organising it and even though it was hard work, it was so worth it when we saw the day all come together. We have fantastic memories and couldn’t stop talking about the whole event on the way to New York for our honeymoon!
Look our for ‘NYC Week’ where I review hotels, restaurants and give some of my top food and drink tips for New York coming on Dotty Dishes soon…
In the meantime, check out the wedding detail images from our wedding day in the previous post!