I couldn’t move on from The Wedding Project without a nod to our suppliers and helpers. Following my Wedding Q&A post, here are the details.
Venue: Arundel Town Hall
While I usually follow the ‘get three quotes’ rule, we only viewed one venue. Barns in our area were out of our price range and our families combined would pack out a village hall, so we found an option in the middle.
On a charming road in historic Arundel sits the Town Hall. It had the space we needed, period features, a terrace with great views and plenty of natural light. Even better, we could have the ceremony and reception in one place, to save on transport costs and faff.
Sue and her colleagues were very helpful and invested in us having the wedding we hoped for.
Catering: Elizabeth Caton Food and Wine
Elizabeth and her sister Charlotte were a pleasure to work with. In May 2018 we met at their kitchen in East Sussex and were impressed with the menu they had created after receiving a few ideas from us. They were happy to chat back and forth with details, especially in the month before the wedding.
Starters were Italian-inspired dishes to share around. The homemade flatbreads and dip were the talk of the tables! The vegan/vegetarian main course was a butter bean and vegetable pot pie, while meat eaters enjoyed chicken breasts with lemon and garlic. Everyone got to dig into bowls of roasted baby potatoes and tenderstem broccoli with chilli. I could eat it all over again.
We had cake as pudding after speeches, then a table of cheese, crackers, vegan pâté and other bits was set out at 9.30pm. One of my aunties also made delicious meringues – I took ten minutes away from the dancefloor to have some with berries.
For drinks, we had wine and fizz from Majestic Chichester, water from Hildon and Belvoir Light Elderflower Presse from Tesco, bought half price after Christmas. The catering staff ran the evening bar, paper straws included.
Elizabeth’s company caters for all kinds of events in Sussex, London and the south-east, so do check out their website if you’re based around here.
Flowers: Sussex Roses
Cathy and Paul from Sussex Roses put together beautiful bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements at a good price. We went for classic white roses with lots of greenery.
They delivered to both the venue and the house we were staying at with no trouble. I think the moment the flowers arrived was when the excitement hit.
Photography: Harry Crotty
My creative cousin was our photographer. Harry was around for the whole day and made us feel really comfortable. His approach was thoughtful and relaxed, which I think shows in the pictures. You can find more of his photography on Instagram.
Before and during our ceremony, two of my husband’s cousins (there’s a theme here) played a selection of pieces on violin and cello. I walked down the aisle to The Way You Look Tonight. Our signing the register tracks included Wonderful Tonight and Here Comes The Sun.
Family friend George (of HUX) did a guitar and vocal set after evening guests had arrived and we’d cut the cake. It was special having someone I’ve known for twenty years playing as we did our first dance.
My husband’s older brother made our wedding cakes, pictured below. Despite the long list of dietary requirements, he generously took on the task. We had one lemon cake with blueberries and another ultra-chocolatey one.
These are just some of the people who helped to make the day we’d imagined for a long while run smoothly. Thank you to them and to you for reading!