This beautiful Welsh wedding with a classic theme ticks all our boxes! Bride Leanne tells her story…
How did Dai propose?
He proposed on our baby gender reveal party. It was our second baby and we had just announced it was going to be a boy by cutting a cake that had blue sponge inside. Our whole family was there to find out the baby’s gender, and he got down on one knee in front of everyone and asked me to marry him.
What dress did you wear?
I wore a white, fitted dress with a long train and buttons down the back. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew it was perfect. I had a belt added to it as well.
And the accessories?
I wore a hair piece that match the belt, which was also from the same shop. I wore stud earrings, which I bought from Claire’s Accessories, and my white and silver shoes were from New Look.
What did the groom wear?
The groom wore a three-piece navy suit from Next and a pink tie, which matched the groom’s party. They were all bought from Amazon.
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
I felt nervous at first but then just really excited to say our vows.
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
I had three bridesmaids, which were my sisters: Michelle, Rachael and Alison, and two flowergirls – my daughter Poppy and niece Ella, and my son Jack was the page boy. The bridesmaid dresses came from Debenhams, the flowergirls’ dresses were from Monsoon and the page boy’s, which matched the groom, came from River Island.
What was your wedding theme?
The wedding theme was quite classic. I wanted lots of flowers with simple white chair and table accessories. I ordered synthetic flowers and silver stands from a wedding decorations company in Cardiff. They used white sashes for the chairs and decorated all the tables on the day. I chose pink as the accent colour and matched the bridesmaids’ dress, flower girl sashes and men’s ties to this colour. The venue already had a white flower wall for the picture background and we sprinkled pink rose petals down the aisle to complete the ceremony room. I opted for only silver accessories to keep my dress simple and classic.
What was the highlight of your day?
The highlight of the day was a surprise singing waiter that my mum had organised as a wedding present. He sang for half an hour and got all our guests up on their feet singing and dancing. It really got everyone in the spirit for the evening on the dance floor.
What was your best buy?
My best buy was the table decorations. No one would know they were artificial flowers and they didn’t go to waste after the event. I didn’t have to organise anything on the day and it made the morning run smoothly. They were reasonably priced, too.
What’s your saving tip?
To not waste money on the small things. We didn’t do table favours or photo booths. We didn’t have any signs or slippers for guests. It saved us money and we didn’t notice them missing. I’d also say to shop on the high street for wedding accessories. So many shops have wedding sections now, making it more affordable and easier to try things on instead of ordering online.
Location: Llechwen Hall Hotel, South Wales
Photographer: Lee Dare Photography