My pink handmade wedding
At one of my sewing group evenings recently we were talking about my favourite colour ‘pink’ and I mentioned that my wedding theme had been pink and that I had made all the wedding accessories and designed (but not made) my dress. So I thought I would share this pinkness with you.
Our venue was the botanical gardens and ‘Restaurant in the Park’ in the middle of Jephsons Gardens in Leamington Spa. We got married under a large palm in the large greenhouse then had our reception and evening do in the adjoining restaurant. We had a fabulous day and couldn’t have wished for a better setting.
I had decided from the beginning that I wanted to design everything about the day. Luckily my husband went along with all my suggestions! I wanted the theme to be ‘Pink’ as everyone who knows me knows I love pink. I also wanted to make everything that I could (although I passed on the dress, cake and flower arrangements – best left to experts!).
My dress: I was lucky enough to have a friend who’s friend made wedding dresses and lived in Leamington. She managed to create my exact design and ideas to create my perfect dress. I knew I wanted a three quarter length dress with a full skirt and bodice but I wanted it to be completely unique and one of a kind. So based on my pink theme, I chose the same bright pink hibiscus flowers from the venue’s greenhouse to have embroidered on to the bodice, along with lots and lots of crystals and beads. I also went for a bright pink sash. The same sash fabric was also used to make my husband and his best man’s cravats and pocket hankies.
Invitations and menus: I used a design of pink flowers and butterflies for the invitations and printed them myself. As I used to make and sell handmade greeting cards I already had all the blank cards and envelopes.
Table planner: As I used to do a lot of flower photography for my greetings cards, I chose my favourite six pink flower photographs and used them to make very simple table number signs. I then used the same images on the table plan, incorporating the butterflies from the invites, and the ribbon from the tables but keeping it simple at the same time.
Tables: I wanted very simple flowers so I chose bright pink gladioli which were tall and striking but simple at the same time. I spent many evenings stringing hundreds of beads onto wires, to be wound around the tall vases. I loved the final effect! I also got my Mum to sew the table runners using pink organza fabric with sparkly things inside the layers. The favours were little white boxes wrapped with pink ribbon with a pink gladioli bulb inside. People woulc then plant these at home and hopefully be reminded of the day when the gladioli bloomed. For the table number signs, I painted six terracota pots pink, added some ribbon, painted some garden canes for the stalk, then made some wire flowers with beads in the centre, to slot the cards into.
I think the overall effect was pink and fun. I had spent many many long hours making everything, with some help from my Mum, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was really delighted with how it all looked on the day. Everything I’d made found their way home with our guests and have been kept as a souvenirs of the day which is really nice.