I love prosecco! We agreed early on that we were going to have a “pimping station” at the wedding and the idea grew from there.
I was looking for something a little different to a standard table for this, then on eBay I found an old school desk for 99p. Usually when I find amazing things on eBay they end up being the other end of the country, but this was just 20mins drive from work! I ended up paying a whole £10 and the guy I picked it up from when very confused as to why I wanted it, it was in pretty bad condition. It was covered in glittery fairy stickers and a few dinosaur ones (which I couldn’t get off so painted over) and it had been left in a shed for a year, so was looking a little sad for itself.
So after removing as many stickers as possible, I sanded it down and cleaned it up. I then turned to my trusty Annie Sloane chalk paint. After two coats of paint, which dries very quickly and then added a layer of clear wax with a lint free cloth, this protects the paint and stops the chalk going everywhere.
I did a few trials of how we wanted it to look on the wedding day - apologies for the messy garage. We filled the two big Kilmer jars with, as the labels show - gin! The terecotta pot had a mint plant I it which my dad picked up the morning of the wedding so it was fresh. We filled the three small jars with strawberries, raspberries, lemon and lime slices, again purchased the morning of the wedding. We chose a few chordials and Chambord raspberry liquor, they all fit nicely in the old school desk.
It was such a hit on the day of the wedding! And almost all the gin went!
I don’t have particularly nice handwriting, Robbie has the art of beautiful script writing as he has to teach five year olds, but I spend my days typing and scribbling unlegible notes that only I can read. However Pinterest has shown me the beauties of chalkboards and I wanted to be able to acheieve that look. So I set about finding how I could do it, I found a tutorial online and gave it a go.
Step one: Print onto paper that you want to write and the size that you want it.
Step two: Using a piece of chalk cover the back of the paper, the side that will go onto the board.
Step three: Position and tape down the paper.
Step four: Using something pointed, but that won’t rip the paper (I used a blunt pencil) trace the outline of all the words.
Step five: Remove the paper and you should have a faint outline of the words you want.
Step six: Trace the outline and fill it in. I used a chalk pen which is water resistant, so it we have rain all this hard work won’t wash away.
I’m rather chuffed with myself - I know I cheated a little, but I did it with my own fair hands.
So all of that fun and work in the lead up to our wedding paid off - we had the most amazing day. I know that everyone says it is the best day of your lives and it’s true it really was. Everything went really well, we were even lucky enough to have amazing weather, it was so sunny, we were able to have drinks outside in the courtyard, it was perfect!
There are a million photos, our photographer Danni was just amazing, she was there the entire day and captured beautiful photos, I don’t even remember her being there for some of the wedding, she was like a lovely tiny stealth photo pixie. We can’t recommend her highly enough, we were very lucky to find her.
Peggy looked stunning! Everyone went inside and got photos, people couldn’t believe that we (Robbie, my mum and I) did it all and that we own her, we’re very proud and so glad that we could make her perfect for us - she has her own little personality.
The confetti that Clare and I made was an outstanding success, it looks brilliant in the photos, the colours worked really well and there as sooooo much that my brother took his confetti last and filled his giant hands and drowned us in petals = it was hilarious! All captured in photos.
The cranes worked so well, I know that the guys had some issues putting up the 800+ cranes behind the top table. They were heavier than expected and it was bowing in the middle. Apparently my dad found some wood in his car and fashioned a support that wasn’t visible! Luckily they weren’t all tangled, that was my main worry but we laid them down on Peggy’s seats for the trip to the venue and it worked.
The “Pimp your Drink” was a hit! Although a few people did think that the gin was water. We did offer an large array of alcohol. Prosecco, gin and ale for the drinks reception. We actually did the speeches before dinner, I didn’t want my dad, Robbie and Jon (Robbie’s best man and brother) to worry through dinner. So we had bread and olives on the table for people to have while we did the speeches. In place of champagne for Robbie’s speech we collected vintage shot glasses for everyone and on the tables we had different drinks (port, sherry, limoncello and jagermeister for our party friends).
I could talk about the wedding all day/year but hopefully the photos do it justic.
I am lucky enough to only have a mum that can make curtains, but that has also recovered a few sofas and she was willing to help me get rid of Peggy’s original bright red velvet cushions, with a slightly calmer grey.
Now this post will be short and if you are looking for a step by step instruction of how I recovered the cushions, this will not be it (sorry). I really wanted to help, I really wanted to be able to contribute to the work but my mum did all most all of it!! We did strip the old material off together - which sounded like it might be quick and easy but oh my gosh those cushions were made extremely well. We used scissors, picks, screwdrivers, knives - there were a lot of staples!! I actually got Robbie and Eddie to help as my little weak hands just couldn’t do it (hehe! I played the girl card and it worked?!).
After we removed all the old material, I then recovered each cushion with wadding (a slightly padded material) and then wadding stockinette (a stretchy tube of netting) and I used a running stitch to sew it all up. Luckily this part doesn’t need to be neat as it’s covered up. The purpose of this is to give the cushions more rounded sides and edges.
Thank you again Eddie for your help. So this is when I have a little mealt down and called my mum in tears. She said that she was having an issue with them as well and that she found finish them for me! Yay! Such a hugs relief as still had so much more to do. Part of mum’s deal was that I had to do all the buttons as she hated doing them, luckliy we found this bit really fun. We brought a button cover gizmo from Amazon, really easily to use. Robbie cut out the material into circles and I covered them, there were a lot but it was something we could do together and watch TV at the same time!
The I brought a GIANT needle that was long and strong enough to go through the cushions and used ribbon to secure them. We did buttons on both sides in case we ever needed to turn the cushions over. And da daaaa!
We are so pleased with how they look! Before we put them in Peggy by brother treated them with a protective spray - Scotchguard just in case anything got spilt. I kind of want him to do the whole house, I thought it might feel strange and not soft, but I couldn’t tell at all - he’s a professional car valeter (Evolve Detailing) so I trusted him.
I also made matching cushions from spare curtain material, both blue and grey.
We can’t wait to surprise our guests with Peggy. A massive thank you to my mum for all her help, I literally couldn’t have done it with out her.
So my amazing mum has finished Peggy's curtains and I'm going to attempt to hang them. I've had instructions from mum regarding what to do, these are pleated curtains so I was "advised" to:
I then used ribbon to tie the curtains in position and ensured they were folded in the correct way, following the pleats. I then loosened the ribbons so they didn't dent the curtains too much.
I left them like this for a few days and ta daa! The pleats will soften a little over time, but ensure the curtain fold back nicely when they are opened.
We spent quite a while choosing the right wallpaper for inside Peggy, we wanted it to complement the blue spotty curtain material and the grey sofa. We also wanted to add a pattern but not too much as it is quite a small space after all. We got a few samples and decided on Kelda by Scion in pewter from John Lewis.
We measured everything out and only needed one roll, which was lucky as this is rather expensive wallpaper for a little old caravan! After measuring and remeasuring each small cupboard door, we cut the paper using a fresh craft knife and trusty metal ruler.
Again we used the extra strong and gloppy wallpaper paste and a firm wallpaper brush. We way over applied the paste to the first cupboard - always have kitchen roll handy to wipe away the excess. So we were off..... we just kept going around the caravan, checking each piece before sticking it down. Again a few pieces needed trimming with the craft knife - do this once the paper has dried though to avoid it ripping.
The fiddly bit was the inside of Peggy's front door, we only wanted to paper the lower half as the top is going to be black board painted. I was a little overzealous with the knife and we had a chunk missing by the latch, but I'm pretty proud of the patch up I did!
We are so pleased with the outcome and think she looks great. Next up, hanging her curtains!
Update: Our confetti was perfect on the day! It worked so well and there was more than enough for everyone. Clare actaully sent home another box just days before the wedding, we had so much that one of my memories was seeing my brother at the very end of the confetti line with two HUGE handfuls of confetti which, after an approving nod from Robbie, he launched at us! I was finding confetti in my dress all night!
They looked perfect for the photos, we so pleased that we did this. Not only did it save a few pennies, but a few friends that had given me dying rose heads also spent some time convincing me they had seen their own petals in the confetti.
I can't believe that there is only 19 weeks and five days until we get married, until it all comes together (hopefully) and I get to marry my "the one", my best friend. I can't wait! The first thought is pure excitement; putting on the dress, standing at the little wooden door with my dad, waiting to walk down the isle and spending a day with all our friends and family. Then I remember all the things we have to do, still excited though. So with a very long to-do list and no too long to go my first big task to finish (and yes the emphasis is on me for this one) the 1000 origami cranes.
I introduce you to the big milestone of crane number 500!! I'm half way there. Thumbs nails warn down on one side, paper cuts and screwed up pieces of paper, but worth it.
One day while on Pinterest (ha! So many posts all around the world could/do start like that!) ....I came across string art, it's one of those things I thought looked amazing and hopefully quiet easy. I can confirm it looks amazing, is quiet easy but takes AGES!
I really wanted to make sure all of the fonts for the wedding matched, as we had our invites done, I used this font, it's called Beautiful Mess (link to download, I also purchased it for this website!!)
So stage one was to find the wood, we went to Homebase and got a large piece of chipboard as I really liked the look. Then to dull the yellow colour I mixed white satin wood paint with water and kept layering it until I got the colour that I wanted.
I printed out the title, aptly named Table Plan in the wedding font and cut around it, leaving just a little white around the edges. Then positioned the words on the board, after a few rearrangements I then taped the words down.
Once everything was in the right place the looong job of carefully positioning the nails and hitting them in. I traced the edge of the letters with the line of nails, trying to keep them as straight and inline as possible.
I used a mini pair of pliers to keep the nail in the right place. This was really helpful as I had to place the nails so close together. It also reduced, not eliminated and amount of times I bashed my fingers!
So I just kept doing this, all the way around each letter. Then I had a little break!
And back to work.... Making sure to follow the outline on the inside as well. And a while later! Ta daaaaa!
Next, remove the the paper, I caught a few pieces of the paper which made it slightly difficult to get out, but I gave it a pull, if any nails came out I just hit them back in.
Next using embroidery thread I tied one end to one nail using a little knot and then lopped around the next nail. I forgot to take a photo, sorry, but I always kept the thread on the outside, looping inwards so that a line is on the outside of the letters. Once the outline was done I just went zigzagging across the whole letter. No pattern, just making sure that each area was evenly covered, then moved onto the next letter.
I then designed and printed the tables, again using the Beautiful Mess font for the table name and a font called District Pro for the names of our guests. I then arranged the tables onto the wood, once I was happy I then used the same nails as I did for the string art, and hammered one nail into each corner!
So with all of the planning in place to get Peggy ready for the wedding, we need to start actually doing it!
This weekend we cleared her out, took away all the cushions and started to take off the old bright wallpaper. In doing so we also took off some of the original wallpaper! Opps! It was clear that she's had a little damp at some point, which the previous owners had told us about and we'd checked it everytime we went to see Peggy and so far so good, no sigh of reoccurring damp. It did mean that we needed to do some repair work to give her a nice smooth wall surface though.
So who can wallpaper the walls of a caravan? We can, apparently! We used super think lining paper with extra strong and think wallpaper paste (we added less water than normal). We just went for it! Cutting out templates from spare paper and using a little trial and error. Around the Windows was difficult as it curved, but we also knew most of it would be covered by the curtains (argh, really need to do those!).
We were really happy with the outcome, a little neatening up with a craft knife once it dries - don't try to cut wet wallpaper, it rips!
I'm a happily married 30 something who has a fondness for planning and organising, an appreciation for spreadsheets, a love of all things wedding, a passion for DIY and am totally smitten with our two cats Bruce and Eddie.