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The personal touch

19 Jul 2011

The personal touch

Getting family and friends involved made Nichola and Nick’s day even more special – and affordable. Dawn Maidstone spoke to the couple about their DIY wedding.

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Nichola (29) and Nick (30) Wright first met in 2000 while studying at Greenwich University. The couple moved to Wymondham six years ago, and in March 2008 Nick popped the question while walking their dog in the Thetford countryside on Nichola’s birthday. A true traditionalist, he even asked Nichola’s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage beforehand, and got down on one knee.

“We’ve always enjoyed walking in the forests,” says Nick. “The weather was a mixture of light snow and beautiful sunshine so it looked even more amazing!”

Nick also chose the ring himself: “I had thought about asking some of Nicky’s friends, and of course my mum for help, but decided to go with my own instincts in the end, which thankfully paid off!”

Nichola had always wanted to get married at Wymondham Abbey, so they set the date for Friday, August 27, 2010, and then turned their attention to the reception.

“We wanted to keep it local so that everyone could be in one place without a lot of travel in between,” says Nicola. “Nick has a large family so the venue had to be big enough to cater for everyone.” The couple visited a few venues and finally chose Park Farm in Hethersett.

Due to Nichola’s hugely creative personality, much of the wedding preparation was DIY and involved family and friends. Nick and Nichola’s mothers created most of the flower arrangements for the day, and Nick’s mother also offered to make the all-important cake.

The traditional cake had four tiers – fruit, ginger, sponge and chocolate – covered with ivory icing and laced with orange and ivory flowers to complement the colour scheme.

Nicola made the jewellery and tiaras for the bridesmaids, mother of the bride and herself. They were embellished with pearls and Swarovski crystals, and took Nichola more than 18 hours to complete.

Nick was happy for Nichola to take the lead with planning and decisions, but he chose the men’s suits – brown Prince Edward-style with ivory and gold embellished waistcoats, all hired from Classique.

The first dance, Something by Frank Sinatra, was chosen by Nick, and together they choreographed a simple but effect routine – with a little help from You Tube. “Nichola and I have always liked listening to Frank Sinatra and this song in particular reminds me of when we first went out at university,” says Nick.

Nichola didn’t have a style in mind for her dress, but after a full day’s shopping and four shops later, she found the right one at La Crème. It was an ivory, strapless number with sweetheart neckline, chiffon overlay enhanced with a few embellishments.

Her bouquet was a combination of orange and red roses, mango calla lillies, orange gerberas and hypericon berries by Elizabeth’s Florists. This emphasised the wedding colour scheme along with the bridesmaids’ dresses, which were rose orange.

Both Nichola and Nick wanted everyone to enjoy their wedding breakfast. After a Park Farm tasting session, the menu was set – duck or goat’s cheese tartlet to start, beef steak or roast vegetable tagliatelle, followed by Bailey’s cheesecake or raspberry and white chocolate mousse.

Having so many people involved with the preparation made the day even more special. “It gave a personal feel to everything and made each small detail meaningful,” says Nichola.

Nick said his special moment was waiting at the end of the aisle and seeing Nichola arrive and walk toward him. “It was good to see the two families come together to celebrate the day with us,” he adds.

The couple also chose to have an informal celebration on the Sunday, so they could invite family children. “We had a BBQ, bouncy castle and pop corn machine – enjoyed by the adults as much as the children,” says Nicola.

As the new Mr and Mrs Wright, Nick and Nichola spent three nights in Rome followed by seven nights in Sorrento for their honeymoon.

Nick’s advice to future grooms-to-be is “your fiancée is always right!” He also adds that it’s good to get involved with some decisions and, most important of all, enjoy the process – it should only happen once!

For the brides-to-be, Nichola suggests being well organised. “Allow yourself to enjoy the day and take in the most important part of saying the vows,” she says, adding that making eye contact with the guests as you walk down the aisle is as important as it is with your groom.

She also says it’s very important to stick to your budget. “Have an amount that you don’t want to go over and make sure you shop around,” she advises. “We all like discounts and offers, so be brave and ask.”

Nichola’s mum was paying for the dress, which made it easier keeping the cost down. Making your own stationary and having family and friends help also enabled them to keep to their budget.

Photography by Alan Goodchild, 01493 700542

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