I've been a little bit naff at blogging since I started our little business (it's been a little on the busy front what with styling heaps of weddings, being a mom, running our etsy shop and of course planning our own big day!) But now we're hitched and the end of busy season is approaching for us as winter sets in I thought it was time to set it right!
As such, I'm going to write a little series of blog posts and tutorials to share my experience of planning, making and surviving our wedding at Rock Village Hall in August.
If there are elements of planning you'd like a little advice on that I haven't written - or just fancy being a nit nosey - I'd love to hear from you! Just drop us a line through the contact page and I'll get straight onto it!
First on the list...the venue.
The first thing we worked out was our venue. We knew we wanted to invite all of our nearest and dearest (which includes an army of little folks) and we didn't want to exclude any of our guests from the service either so we knew from the get go we wanted all of our guests there for the whole shabbang as opposed to inviting some people just for the evening. This had consequences on a few sides...it's more expensive as you have to feed and water folks for the day (it seems only fair to throw some lunch at people who have kindly travelled to see you get hitched!), and it's a long day to keep your guests entertained until the evening reception (there's always a couple of hours lull between speeches and the party starting which can sometimes result in a bit of an atmosphere dip).
So we set to work researching venues that would work for us...
We looked at hotels, a castle, barns and pubs and then one day whilst perusing pinterest, I can across a blog on a website of the epic lady who would become our photographer. Amy had captured a wedding at Rock Village Hall and as I scrolled the pictures I instantly fell in love with the idea of a diy wedding. Not only did it mean that we would save heaps of cash, it meant that I would have the freedom to create every little detail (and I do mean EVERY little detail!) for our special day. So I bundled Mr. Jam Jar into the car and off we went to see it.
All village halls are insainly cute for weddings - but Rock is really something else. Mr. J is an Architectural Designer by trade so when he saw this eco friendly beaut of a wooden building it didn't take much persuading to get him on board with my idea. It has all the charm of a village hall, with a bright, modern feel to the rooms and an enourmous village green to boot. For less than £1,000 we had the whole hall from 5pm on the Thursday evening to 3pm on the Sunday to set up, enjoy our day and then take it all down - including the use of a fabulous kitchen, a room for me and my girls to get ready in, another room we used a parenting room, the fabulous hall which seats over 100 people, the bar, a massive car park for our guests and of course the gorgeous decking area and grounds for us all to play in. BARGAIN.
On our visit to Rock, we also realised that less than a 5 minute walk away was the gorgeous St. Peter and St. Pauls Norman Church which, once we'd been in for a cheeky look around, solved our problem of what kind of ceremony to have. Although it wasn't our local church - you can marry in ANY Church of England Church if you are willing to make a connection with it by attending services for 6 months which was exactly what we did. The end result - we got hitched in a glorious church and then our guests pottered down the road behind us in our wedding car to our reception which saved anyone from driving around for hours during the day.
So after an official tour with Ann, the delightful lady who manages the hall, we sent off our deposit and booked the hall for our wedding....2 YEARS away! Fairly quickly after that we went to a lovely service at Rock to meet the parish vicar and church warden to arrange our connection making bits and bobs, and et voila, our wedding plans were officially on their way!
Up next (hopefully over the weekend if I have time between wedding-ing at the Granary Hotel for the Jarrett wedding and working through etsy orders) I'll be chatting all things guest list-ing and stationery.
See you all soon and have a fab weekend my lovelies xxx