Food (and drink!) lovers rejoice as we have a gorgeous wedding up our sleeves for you today – James and Katherine’s foodie feast wedding at Brighton Pavilion and Ginger Pig gastro pub in nearby, Hove, East Sussex.
The Bedfordshire-based couple tied the knot in sunny Sussex, last September and wanted their big day to centre around “good food and drink”! Sounds like a winning formula to us.
Here’s gorgeous bride Katherine to dish all the details on her laid back, foodie fabulous wedding…
We chose to get married in Sussex as I went to Brighton University and absolutely loved the city. I have family there now, so it seemed like the perfect place. There are a lot of country houses near us in Bedfordshire, but we were looking for something a bit different.
Recommendations were so important to us!
Word of mouth was very important to us – especially as we don’t live in the area.
We found inspiration from googling “wedding ideas”! One really nice touch we found online was the alternative to a guest book; we set out 3 empty bottles for everyone to place messages in for us to open on our 1st, 5th and 10th wedding anniversaries.
We didn’t have a theme – the important things were to have a relaxed wedding, with good food and drink! We also tried to make reference to Brighton when designing invitations (we used Brighton postcards for save the dates) and for our favours (sticks of rock).
I saw the dress on the Phase Eight website before I had even tried anything else on, but didn’t get it straight away as I was a bit worried it wouldn’t be as nice as any in the wedding shops. After trying on what felt like 100 wedding dresses I realised I was comparing everything to this one and just decided to buy it… only to find it had sold out. After weeks of checking the website 10 times a day it finally came back in stock. As soon as I tried it on I knew it was exactly was I was looking for.
Finding bridesmaids dresses was stressful!
I think finding a bridesmaid dress was the most stressful thing for me! I knew my bridesmaids would have happily worn anything I gave them and said it was lovely, but I wanted to find something they all actually liked and felt happy in. After much searching I got the dresses from ASOS. It sounds strange but I quite liked them because they don’t really look like bridesmaid dresses!
My top tip for other brides to-be is…
Ask the venue what suppliers they have used before to get some inspiration. One of the staff at the Pavilion suggested the Ginger Pig (our reception venue) to us – we had been there before but didn’t know they could do weddings – it turned out to be the perfect venue for us.
What we enjoyed most about planning our wedding had to be…
Visiting the venues and imagining what it all look like on the day! The wine and cocktail tasting at the Ginger Pig was also great!
Our least favourite part of wedding planning was…
Definitely managing the budget! It was really hard when we had to choose between two things which we really, really wanted but I think we would have regretted pushing ourselves and spending more than we planned!
We spent most of our budget on food and drink. We had cocktails on arrival at the Ginger Pig and after dinner cocktails (the espresso martini was a favourite). Worth every penny!
The Royal Pavilion has WOW factor! We had family-only in the actual ceremony, but then all our friends were invited to a ‘mini reception’ at the Pavilion before getting on the bus and heading for the Ginger Pig. This was great as it meant that everyone got to see the amazing wedding venue.
Making and creating
We made the invites, name cards and thank you cards ourselves (using printed.com). We really struggled to find stationery that we liked, so we designed it ourselves. This also meant that we could match up all the stationery to tie it all together. My mum also put some of the flower arrangements together for the Pavilion which looked great!
If we could do it all again we would…
Be more organised! The few weeks before the wedding were spent frantically arranging last minute bits and pieces which meant we didn’t even have time to plan for the honeymoon/ check flight details. We were actually sure that we were flying out on the Tuesday (after the Saturday wedding), and realised with only hours to spare that we were actually flying out on Monday.
Honeymoon hotspot: We went to Bali, stopping off in Kuala Lumpur on the way for a few days. The whole honeymoon was amazing.
We hope this delicious wedding whetted your wedding planning appetite! It was so lovely to see such a relaxed, laid-back wedding that was really family-focused! How awesome was it that Katherine and James just invited family to their intimate ceremony in Brighton’s stunning Pavilion? They really thought about including friends and extended family too though, by inviting them along for a ‘mini reception’, just after the ceremony and we bet all the guests loved boarding that vintage bus too!
Of course, we just have to mention how BEAUTIFUL Katherine looked in her High Street dress! Proof that it is always worth checking out your fave stores, not just for bridesmaids dresses or party dresses, but for your all-important wedding dress, also.
Thank you so much to the happy couple and to their photographer James Winspear for sharing this wonderful wedding with us!