Real Wedding: Tara and Robs Beautiful Hallowe’en Inspired Day

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Well I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but there is suddenly quite a chill in the air – autumn is coming! And you know what that means, autumnal colours, jumpers, warms fires, fireworks and hallowe’en!

And we have a super gorgeous wedding for you to get you all inspired if you’re planning an autumn wedding.  Shot by the very lovely Elaine Williams, Tara and Rob show you how to do a theme right! With gorgeous colours and tones throughout, with just the right amount of nodding to the 31st October, you’re about to completely fall in love with the idea of a hallowe’en inspired wedding…..

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Tara and Robs Beautiful Hallowe’en Inspired Day

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What was your budget?

£7,000…and even that was much than we initially thought it would be!

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Halloween, autumn & harvest festival!

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We loved being surrounded by everyone we knew and seeing everyone having a great time and mingling! The speeches were great too…who doesn’t like hearing nice things being said about them!?

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I knew from the start I didn’t want a wedding dress, but equally I didn’t really know what I wanted! I went shopping with my bridesmaids looking for them really. I saw a dress in the Phase 8 concession and loved it, the girls persuaded me to try it on and it fit me perfectly and looked awesome on! After thinking about it for a bit i bought it there and then…i didn’t need any alterations and it was well under budget!

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Bridesmaid:
Best friends from school, Jodie, Fiona and Mary as well as my sister Nadia. I had a flower girl, my niece Millie and ring bearer was my nephew Nathan.

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Bestman:
Best man was Robs mate Jamie.

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Why did you choose your venue?

I loved the barn! I loved that the chairs didn’t match, the fairy lights in the ceiling and the little touches. Having our own bar and outside area ment that the guests wouldn’t be spread all over the venue.

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Tell us about your photographer

We searched for a while as it’s a big investment (our biggest after the venue), and decided on Elaine based on her relaxed style and th fact that she did a documentary style. We didn’t want to have lots of posed photos we just wanted to relax enjoy our day and trust that the photographer would capture the best photographs that way, which Elaine defiantly did!

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How did the proposal happen? 

Outside Cardiff City Hall walking home after a dinner out!

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

I made toffee apples for place names and favours, they were surprisingly straight forward after a practice run I would defiantly recommend the use of a thermometer.

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I would also recommend the creating of table settings until as last minute as possible in case of cancellations or last minute changes to who sits where!
I enjoyed searching for vinyl records of the songs we used during the ceremony for a ‘guestbook.
We also had signs and bunting made by a talented friend which helped a lot!

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What was your first dance & why?

Foo Fighters – Everlong
We saw Foo Fighters live at a festival and have loved them ever since. The acoustic version of this song is the right mix of not being too mushy and a nod to the rock/indie/metal music we like!

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Nope!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Do what you want! Making a budget early on helps too!

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Know when to say sorry and mean it!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Hanging out with friends and getting to be a bit creative!

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Elaine Williams Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ty Mawr 
Bride’s Dress: Phase Eight
Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Melissa Metallics 
Bride’s Headpiece: My Lavaliere
Groom’s Outfit: Master Debonair 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHS
Cake: Alison Celebrations 
Flowers: Jan Lima
DJ: Cardiff Wedding Disco 
Stationery: Vista Print
Any Reception Decor/Props: Signage by Artisan WD 
Transport: Bijou Wedding Cars 
Other:

The Wedding Album

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Lynsey & Jason’s Halloween Themed Wedding at Margam Orangery by Catherine & Angharad

As the spooky night that is Halloween approaches, we have a lovely treat for you (no tricks sorry). Lynsey & Jason had a brilliant Halloween themed wedding at Margam Orangery. We’re so excited to share this with you today. If you too are planning an unusual wedding, we think you’ll love all the effort and detail that went into making this day truly memorable. It looks such great fun, we wish we were invited!  All images by Catherine & Angharad.Bradley-412Bradley-317

What was your budget?

Our budget was £20,000 but we ended up spending an extra £14,000 my poor dad!

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

Halloween… pumpkins, skulls, orange & black funBradley-377Bradley-416Bradley-387What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Travelling to the venue knowing that I was ready &: on my way 2 enjoy the day we had been waiting for for so longBradley-210

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

Loved the experience once I’d found my dress which took 3 shops… 19 dresses until I found mine which was from rowberrys swqnsea it was a princess style which I’d always wantedBradley-122Bradley-178

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

I had my two sisters, two best friends & two older nieces my sisters because they’d never been bridesmaid before & my best friends be coz we are so close, jason picked his two brothers as his best men not to affend one & our oldest son was usher/ring barer & jas had 2 of his best friends as usher plus our youngest son was paige boy
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Why did you choose your venue?

Because I loved margam castle it went well with our halloween theme the grounds are amazingBradley-302

How did the proposal happen?

Jas after 10 long years lol! Bought my ring & put it in a Xmas crackerBradley-557Bradley-288

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

Lol we were going to attempt carving pumpkins! But we soon changes our mind when we spoke to our lovely florist who had won a pumpkin carving competition the year beforeBradley-220Bradley-420Bradley-389Bradley-363

What was your first dance & why?

My first dance was a father & daughter dance his last chance to give me to jason I chose the song celine dion my angel.. there’s wasn’t a dry eye in the house & then he gave me to jason we danced to ellie goulding how long will I love youBradley-525

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Only wish we booked the venue all Weekend so we could of enjoyed it all a little longerBradley-311

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Go with a wedding which is unique to you as a couple not just because it’s traditionBradley-568Bradley-577

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Enjoy every second of the day & make sure you make time to go with your knew husband just for 5 min to spend time with himBradley-295

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

The whole theme every time I’d find a knew halloween idea I’d get excitedBradley-392Bradley-371

The Suppliers

Photographer: Catherine & Angharad
Videographer: Steve Radcliffe
Reception Venue: Margam Orangery
Bride’s Dress: Rowberry Bridal 
Bride’s Shoes: Rowberry Bridal
Bride’s Jewellery: Diamond Centre Wales
Groom’s Outfit: white orchid
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: silk designs skewen
Cake: cakes by gemma
Flowers: eve Wetherby
Hair: halo Hair
Band: julie julz
DJ: daley bee
Stationery: clare bebb
Any Reception Decor/Props: 1st class wedding
Transport: eternity cars

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Featured Vendor: Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus

As tomorrow is Halloween we have a special featured vendor for you today. We have spoken to Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus‘ Ringmaster Peter Gamble to tell our Halloween brides what they have to offer. But they aren’t just for Halloween- Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus did a wonderful job entertaining the guests at our Cwtchmas Party last December, so if you are planning a Christmas wedding this is for you too, or any time of year you want a circus! 

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

"Do you wanna build a snowman?" Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

“Do you wanna build a snowman?” Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

Why have a Halloween Wedding?

Thinking of having a Halloween Wedding? Why not .. think of the venues you could use… that crypt , that old barn, the lovely old village hall or how about Castell Coch ? Think of THAT Back Street Boys video, think of the wedding dance you could have, or Michael Jackson’s Thriller!

Why book Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus?

To set the scene and keep the heads rolling you’ll need the services of Cwtch The Bride’s recommended circus entertainers “Gamble and Wells” from Pick -N- Mix Circus, they’ll bring their friends and you can have:

An 8 ft “Lurch” from The Addams Family to meet and greet your guests, a Red Devil, or The Biker from Hell or fire swords and fire whips with fantastical stilt walkers to loom over your guest serving them a “Blood Sucker” cocktail or a “Morgue-a-Rita” or perhaps served on a ghostly glowing human table.

The Giant Red Devil and Biker from Hell

The Giant Red Devil and Biker from Hell

Masked Showgirls

Masked Showgirls

Instead of a toast master why not book a ringmaster?

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The fun doesn’t stop there , during the Reception they‘ll teach your guests how to throw a knife to deal with the Zombie hordes or crack a whip to chase the ghoulies away, then glowing fluorescent balloon models and scary close up magic at the tables and then finish you off with a cabaret “More Danger Show” with whip cracking , fire eating, and real knife throwing!

Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

How much will it cost?

Tip: The more performers you book the cheaper it gets!

Budget £250-350+ per performer depending on how long they will be with you, or double for a good magician

You will get a discount the more you book. n711331260_1584267_8151

Thank you for talking to us Peter! Happy Halloween!

Unless otherwise stated, images were supplied by Peter Gamble.