‘We popped to the Savoy following work one day, after John suggested a posh pre-dinner drink. After we’d ordered Prosecco, John gave me a gift that he said he’d wanted to give me on our anniversary a few weeks before, but hadn’t been able to finish it. It was a photo album charting the entire history of our relationship. I was overwhelmed,” says Rose. “Whilst John had popped to use the bathroom, a waiter walked into the bar carrying red roses and said, “these are for you madam” - I was more than a bit confused!” she laughs. John had left a note amongst the roses, telling Rose he’d booked them a room for the night. With John being an old romantic, Rose still didn’t twig that she was about to become engaged. “The waiter showed me up to the room and when I opened the door John was on one knee with a diamond ring my Grandma had left to me. It was magical,” smiles Rose.
First things first
Following the excitement of their engagement, Rose and John decided they’d approach their wedding planning in a logical manner. The couple began to sort out their venue and secure their date before doing anything else. But finding their perfect venue when they weren’t too fussed about location made their decision a little hard. “We eventually decided that were looking for somewhere rural and traditional, and most importantly wanted everything on one site. We set aside a weekend and made a number of appointments. Wasing Park was first on the list, and we very nearly didn’t bother with the rest!” laughs Rose. “The place was beautiful; it had a wedding chapel, reception venue and accommodation all on site as well as plenty of lovely indoor and outdoor space. The fact the price was so reasonable was also a huge relief,” she adds.
All in the detail
The couple’s priorities were good food, good wine, and good music. Deciding on priorities helped keep the couple focused and control their spending. “If it wasn’t a priority, we knew it really didn’t matter that much and wasn’t worth stressing over,” explains Rose. One thing that was important though was personalisation, to create a ‘John and Rose’ feel to the day. “We’re always taking selfies so our save-the-dates were a collage of loads of the selfies we’d taken over the years. They were printed in postcard form, with save-the-date fridge magnets attached to the front,” says Rose. The couple also incorporated John’s love of WWE Wrestling into their big day, with a wedding cake made to look like a wrestling ring with a wrestling bride and groom on top. “Everybody also knows how much we both love the TV show, Man Vs Food, so our tables were all named after Man vs Food challenges,” adds Rose.
Like the rest of their wedding, Rose and John decided to bring their personalities to their wedding outfits and choose something unique to the both of them. Rose wore a two piece; it comprised of a loose fitting, high neck top – with just a single button at the back of it, and a full-length fairy tale style skirt. She also wore a pearl encrusted sash around the waist, which did up with a big fluffy bow at the back. Her outfit was accessorised with Jimmy Choo shoes, nabbed for just £100 second hand, and dried lavender crown, bought from Etsy. The boys bucked tradition too and chose to wear blue suits and white shirts.
On the day, Rose and John exchanged vows at the church. Keeping in with their unique day, they signed the register with the sound of James Bond theme tunes in the backdrop, expertly played by their organist. The flowers in both the church and reception venue were all Rose’s creations. She made little bunches of lavender to hang off church pews and made a bouquet from dried lavender, finished off with a pretty ribbon. “The dried flowers were only £3 for a bunch, it helped keep costs down – and the scent was amazing,” says Rose.
A taste sensation
The couple’s magical ceremony was matched with an equally magical wedding reception with food that did wow. “Food and wine was one thing we didn’t want to scrimp on. The venue’s caterers were excellent - we had so many comments about the food. Luckily Wasing Park don’t charge corkage either, so we picked some lovely wines up ourselves and delivered them the day before,” says Rose.
A touch of Mexico
“One of our splurges was the Doritos Mariachi band. We were looking at a Doritos poster on the tube one day and thought it would be hilarious if we could get the Doritos Mariachi band to play – and we did! They weren’t cheap, but they were open to a bit of negotiation! It was worth every penny,” laughs Rose.
From one fun filled day, to weeks of honeymoon fun. Just two days after their wedding day, Rose and John headed off to Disney World, Florida, followed by time in Miami and the Florida Keys to relax and celebrate married life.
Rose’s top tips:
- Don’t allow yourself to take too long over decisions – ultimately it is you and your guests that make the day special, not whether you picked X flowers/food/music instead of Y. Trust your instincts and enjoy the process.
- Decide what your priorities are for the day and focus your attention there.
- Don’t worry about the weather. It rained all day long on our wedding day, and didn’t matter one bit. In fact, it just meant there was a lovely atmosphere because people were all together indoors rather than in separate groups outside.
If you’d like to find out more about Wasing Park and the wedding packages they offer, contact the team on 0118 907 0199, or visit them online at www.wasing-weddings.co.uk.