Face Value Wedding: When My Pinterest Inspo Became Reality

The wedding pictures are here! After 16 months of wedding planning (the first 6 of which were mostly making Pinterest boards), I can finally pay it forward and contribute my own content to the inspiration destination that is Pinterest.

And the best part? Everything was on time and within my wedding budget of £20k. Well, what else would you expect a newly-wed accountant to say?! 

Take 1 string quartet in a Grade II listed Orangery, 100 people, 5 bridesmaids, 6 ushers, 3 outfit changes, 3 makeup looks with 2 photographers and 1 videographer to document it all.

Then ADD 50 bottles of wine, 300 glasses of prosecco, 500 canapes, 100 bacon rolls, 1 inflatable photobooth, 5 tiers on a cake and 415 after-party drinks (boosted by 50 Wedding Hangover Kits the next day).

To stay on the visual Pinterest theme, these are the only numbers I’ll hit you with for now but with the average cost of UK weddings soaring to 27k last year, I managed to get a lot for my money.

So if you’re planning a wedding and thinking about your bridal budget then come back next time to learn how I spent it and- maybe more importantly- how I saved for it. Until then, enjoy lots of pretty pictures as taken by our great wedding photographer Will Patrick.

For even MORE wedding inspo, I also shared the amazing, tear-jerking wedding trailer by Agnes Wedding Films over on my Instagram.

The Venue

We chose Barton Hall, a beautiful boutique hotel in Northamptonshire.

I’d been googling ‘Orangery Wedding Venue’ since the beginning, plus it had rooms onsite AND was easy to get to if you didn’t have a car (London-residents, I know you know this pain)

The Theme

Despite plenty of ideas on the internet, I basically couldn’t commit to a colour scheme. Possibly too many options to choose from?

Instead I opted for the classic, elegant wedding look of greenery and white flowers. With so much natural light in the venue, I wanted to keep it simple and minimal.

For the wedding reception flowers, we kept the flowers the same and added gold touches with gold plates and wedding favours. Our florist was JulieAnnaFlowers.

The Outfits

The groom and ushers wore navy with metallic ties and the bridesmaids were in metallic gold, accessorised with large, round Hydrangea bouquets.

Since we had three sections to our day, a Chinese ceremony in the morning, the wedding at 1pm and the evening reception, I had three outfits made in China.

In the morning, I wore a traditional Chinese kua, with a floral arrangement in my updo. The main wedding was in a classic embroidered ballgown, with a heart shaped neckline and an elbow length veil. For the evening reception, I chose a dazzling embellished design, with many layers of tulle and sequins.

I did all three hair and beauty looks myself, using GHD styling tools which were an amazing wedding gift. (I cannot recommend the GHD Soft Curl Tong enough, which conveniently is 25% in the Summer Sale!)

Are you planning a wedding? What do you think the biggest challenges are when it comes to the cost of a wedding? 


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Zoe is a Forbes '30 under 30' finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.