Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Our Vegan Wedding


It's taken me ages to write about my wedding - it happened back in April but oh my the time has just flown by! I've had my daughter (who's now 18 months) keeping me really busy, and you know... Just life. 
I was really lucky when planning the wedding that I found an amazing bunch of super cool and lovely suppliers and that my husband turned out to be a wedding planning wizard! Yup, that's right.... Not traditional at all but he ended up planning 90% of the wedding. It was super special that he was able to do this whilst I was busy with our daughter, and it's an amazing testament to how well he knows me that he was able to create such a perfect and special day. 


We found our venue really quickly (ahem, or I should say Mr B did) - Buckland Hall in Wales is a 100% vegetarian country house venue which we took over for the weekend with our family and friends. I was really worried about finding good vegan catering as so many venues insist on you picking from their list of approved companies and we didn't want to end up with salad or stuffed peppers! It was also our decision that as it was our special day everything would be vegan. That's why we were so lucky with Buckland Hall as they were able to create us a wonderful menu for the meals and breakfasts during our stay. 


We actually found most of our suppliers by visiting the first EWE wedding fair at the Custard Factory in Birminham. We'd visited a wedding fair pretty soon after we got engaged at the N.E.C and it was just hell - everything we didn't want. In fact we walked out after only about 5 minutes! EWE was lovely though (they've held several more since) and full of independent businesses that suited our alternative tastes. 


All our photography was by the lovely Shelly from Toast of Leeds, my dress from The Couture Company and my all vegan felt bouquet (and the pins for my husband & guests) was made by Jamball Creations. I even had vintage hair and make up by The Vintage Salon (Lekeux Events) who I still visit to get my hair cut.


Mr B found a lovely company based in Wales to make our vegan wedding cake & cupcakes. We had a rainbow layered top cake covered in white icing (so there was a surprise inside!) and our cupcakes were carrot cake and red velvet. Our cake topper robots were found by Mr B on Etsy and were custom made to represent Mr B & I with our daughter.
As some of our guests stayed the night before the wedding, and most stayed on the evening of the wedding we were concerned about getting our timings right - but I think in hindsight it's easy to get overly worried about these things. We made all our table centerpieces ourselves (with the help of Mr B's mum and the lovely Sarah Beth) which included wrapping glass bottles we'd collected in red synthetic wool and making our own paper flowers to be displayed in them. We also made our name card holders from vintage cotton reels (to reflect my sewing & crafty interests) and I designed our namecards and had them printed on Moo Mini Cards. 
Mr B put loads of effort into creating our all vegan candy bar - everybody thought it was a really nice touch.
We also set up a children's room inside the venue. Since I've been a parent I've almost seen the world through the eyes of a child again and we realised that events like this with loads of people they don't know can be boring for them. We hired an adult safe bouncy castle and kitted the room out with toys & games and a Nintendo Wii plus projector. We had lots of lovely feedback from parents saying how much their children had enjoyed our efforts. Also for the same reason Mr B put together activity books and vegan crayons which were placed at every child's place setting during the meal to keep them entertained!


On the evening we had both a DJ and a band. We had the totally amazing 'Johnny Cash Show' providing us with live music which was amazing. We also had fireworks outside - There were limitations in place as the venue is in a National Park but luckily Sky Dazzle had done displays at the venue before so were able to create us something great.


It was a truly amazing day. We both put so many months of effort and planning in it that on the day it's suprising how fast it all goes by! We were also lucky enough to be featured on Rock n Roll bride which you can see HERE 

9 comments:

  1. Your wedding looks like it was amazing! A bouncy castle and a cake with robots on it ♥♥

    I love when weddings reflect the couple's personality rather than just following the status quo.

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    2. I talked about the bouquet being vegan as the felt they normally use is wool based which isn't suitable, whereas for mine they tracked down some eco synthetic stuff. So yeah.... If it was just flowers then fair enough but mine was made from felt &buttons.

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  2. Your wedding is looking so different and very innovative.
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  3. Cherry

    I emailed you a wee while ago but have lost the response, I am so sorry could you help me again?
    I am having a vegan wedding (sorry if I say vegan too many times in my own post anonymous *insert rolling eyes) at Buckland Hall and wanted to know where you got the sweets.
    Also, where did you get the bouncy castle and wii too?
    Thank you xx

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    1. The sweets were ones we found that were accidentally vegan. We wrote to various companies and got their allergy or vegan lists and then ordered those that were suitable in bulk packs (quite a few were swizzles matlow). We collected the jars from various places online including ebay.
      The bouncy castle was from a local firm, but i cant remember the company name as my husband sorted that out - i think Buckland Hall may have given us their details though. The wii and projector were our own from home that we took with us and set up.
      i hope that helps!

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    2. The sweets were ones we found that were accidentally vegan. We wrote to various companies and got their allergy or vegan lists and then ordered those that were suitable in bulk packs (quite a few were swizzles matlow). We collected the jars from various places online including ebay.
      The bouncy castle was from a local firm, but i cant remember the company name as my husband sorted that out - i think Buckland Hall may have given us their details though. The wii and projector were our own from home that we took with us and set up.
      i hope that helps!

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