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A good plan

24 Mar 2014

A good plan

Kelly and Simon’s well-organised wedding was perfectly lovely – despite a few breakages!

Simon Wiseman and Kelly Peppin

Where: Ceremony and reception at Salmestone Grange, Margate, Kent

Photography: Webb and Wright Photography

From the outset we had our heart set on Salmestone Grange. I am a very organised person and took control from the beginning, asking for advice from family members (and occasionally my husband’s opinion). I had roughly a year and a half to plan and I used all of the time available to me. I created spreadsheets for the invitations to monitor how many I required and when I had received RSVPs, and set myself small, but achievable targets each month. I divided the list of things to do according to expense and time, then allocated one month to an expensive item and less timely/expensive things to do, so we were paying them off each month as we went along. I had a list of things I really wanted/needed and bought extra things like the magician and other extra little touches at the end when I found I had money left over.

I had a horrible feeling I had forgotten something so rang all the suppliers about two weeks before the wedding to double check. But I hadn’t. I was too organised but that’s not a bad problem to have.

The week before my dad snapped his Achilles tendon and so couldn’t walk me down the aisle (he waited at the end to give me away), so I asked my brother Steven to walk me down instead. I had to have my dad’s suit altered as he was in a cast and hire another one for my brother at very short notice. My husband had been on his stag do in April and fell over and broke his knuckle – of his ring finger.

We had hoped the swelling would go down but the week before the wedding we picked up the rings and realised he couldn’t get his on. Catastrophic. Needless to say I was quite cross. We ended up going to a family friend (Simon Johnson) at the Gold Exchange in Ramsgate who was able to help us out.

I hadn’t been particularly nervous but on the morning of the wedding I was so overwhelmed I burst into tears.

Salmestone Grange has a lot of character so I tried to keep the venue looking fresh with touches of green and cream/gold. The reception room looked fantastic and was exactly what I wanted – romantic with candles and fresh with bright colours. I was really taken back by how beautiful it looked.

The photography was done by Webb & Wright. They were fabulous, very relaxed and took lots of natural shots. The weather was brilliant and everyone was kept entertained before dinner by magicians.

The speeches were just as entertaining. The groom had props, my nervous dad did wonderfully and the best man (14 years of age) had everyone in stitches while he was taking the mickey out of his older brother the groom, with some rather embarrassing photos.

On my invitations I asked guests to request a song, so everyone got up on the dance floor and the DJ managed to keep everyone entertained. My nan was still dancing at the end.


Photography: Webb & Wright Photography, Broadstairs, 07896 770076/07581 511973, www.webbwrightphotography.co.uk

Venue: Salmestone Grange, Margate, Kent, 01843 231161, www.salmestonegrange.co.uk

Dress: Bridal Way, Ramsgate, 01843 850620, www.bridalway.co.uk

Accessories: Cherry Bomb Crafts, www.cherrybombcrafts.co.uk

Make-up: Chloe Silver, 07530 053359, www.chloesilver.com

Groom’s outfit: Well Suited, Broadstairs, 01843 603564, www.bridal-gallery.co.uk/menswear

Stationery: Flawless Wedding Stationery, 07885 591990, www.flawlessweddingstationery.com

Flowers: Simply Floral, Margate, 01843 220674, www.simplyfloral.co.uk

Cake: Celebration Cakes, Broadstairs, 01843 869413

Venue Dresser: Thanetian Weddings, Events & Venue Styling, Birchington, 01843 446224, www.thanetianevents.co.uk

Entertainment: DJ, Like Minded Music, likemindedmusic@hotmail.com; Magician, Sam Watson from Perfect Parties, Thanet, 07595 514833, www.perfectpartiesthanet.co.uk

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