Eclectic, Vintage Wedding in Cheltenham…
Kate + Dan’s vintage inspired, laughter filled wedding day features not only one, but two Mr & Mrs Unique suppliers; the incredible Sassy from Assassynation and Suzie from Kushi Cars, our favourite Indian ambassador car. When you know both these lovely ladies are involved.. it’s gonna be a great wedding!
The wedding took place at The Queen Hotel in Cheltenham and the bride and groom made sure to include Chinese details to their special day… a nod towards Kate’s roots.
Kate + Dan…
Tell us how you met and got engaged…
We met approximately 25 years ago – we have know each other for a lot longer, but it was New Years Eve and we both suddenly seemed to take notice of each other! We got engaged in Hawaii about 17 years ago whilst Dan was studying for his Social Work degree at Uni.
How would you describe your wedding theme…
Relaxed, eclectic, vintage, nod to chinese roots.
What were your main hopes for the day…
That all our guests had an amazing party, and to celebrate our love for each other that has definetly stood the test of time! Also that our two daughters now have some amazing memories to cherish of their folks day!
Was your favourite part of the day…
Seeing Dan for the first time, walking down the isle with our girls (not knowing at the time that he was feeling a bit faint as the room was so warm!)
How was your day unique…
Getting married after 23 years plus together is unique on it’s own!
Our Indian Embassador style car from Kushi Cars set the tone of the day! Literally looking like it had been decorated inside with red and gold sari’s (the colours are the same for traditional chinese weddings), and we used this to go off after the ceremeony and have some photos taken with Sassy our fantastic photographer from Assassynation.
Music was of huge importance to us and a lot of it featured Reggae and Dance music which reminiscent of the era of when we met.
There was a chinese theme running throughout the day- my chinese relatives wore traditional outfits/ our favours were chinese, for the men we gave the double happiness wedding symbol for key rings, and the ladies received a pretty oriental lipstick case and our cake was also decorated with Chinese bloosms, and peonies.
To start the evening reception we had a local Kung Fu group perform the Lion Dance. They were amazing!
One of my close friends Jane designed our invites/ a chinese lantern entwined with our initials.
Our eldest daughter Paris sang at the reception with an acoustic guitarist.
What was your budget…
It started off as £10,000 but we probably spent nearer to £15,000 but that included everything/ dress, suits etc, flowers. That was for 100 day guests and 160 in total for the evening.
What was your biggest expense…
Definitely the food and drink- we were quite canny on bargaining per head with the hotel and came up with our own package rather than something put together.
How did you save money…
I managed to talk the lady that has a small florists at the back of a fruit and veg stall to do our 3 bouquets and 10 button holes, plus a bog box of flowers for my hair. What I didn’t know was that she used to work for the town’s main florists a long while ago. I told her I wasn’t fussy but had a speficic idea of what I wanted, the main request was having peonies and Amnesia roses. She did an amzing job and all for £148!
Venue flowers were bought wholesale for £330 and my two friends did them the day before.
We also bought Dan’s suit for £99! We actually tried loads of other expensive ones on but good old M&S came up trumps for a slimline italian look we were after.
My wedding dress was a sample from a boutique- literally nearly new and cost half the price of ordering in a new one. My shoes came from an outlet store and cost £50 instead of £250.
We bartered the hotel down on price per guest and didn’t over order for the evening buffet.
The best man brough his DJ equipment and PA and that also saved us a massive expense.
What was it like working with your photographer…
I wouldn’t even know where to begin with Sassy from Assassynation! But I’ll try and summarise, that we both feel like we have made a friend with someone who we would love to keep in contact with forever! Sassy only lives down the road but I actually stalked her from a blog about her work and knew she was exactly what we would love for our wedding photos. There is something very raw, beautiful and natural about Sassy’s work. Not to mention her warmth, intelligence and lovely personality – she was a total star on the day and honestly made us feel like we were incredibly special.
The time we got to go off with Sassy and Suzy from Kushi Cars will probably be one of the things we really loved about our wedding- Sassy made us feel very relaxed (even though we both hate having our photos taken) and I seriously don’t think we stopped snogging whilst she tried to take some great snaps! Locations included a pizza restaurant which used to be a venue for gigs/ our local antiques centre and our independent record shop which is tiny!
Advice to any couples about to get married…
Stay true to yourselves/ only invite folks you really want to be there, and totally do what you want to do! That includes seating arrangements and music- we didn’t have a top table as we wanted to sit with our closest friends and party!
Thank you so much for sharing Kat + Dan! If you would like to find out more about Assassynation and her wedding photography you can visit her website HERE
Wedding Venue: Queens Hotel Cheltenham
Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia
Brides Accessories: Fresh flowers, veil from Provanos
Brides Shoes: LK Bennett
Grooms Attire: M&S Suit and waistcoat, Reiss shirt and tie, shoes Bertie.
Bridesmaid Outfits: Monsoon and Coast
Transport: Kushi Cars
Flowers: Bought wholsale and done by friends/ bridal and bridesmaid flowers done by Jane at Roots and Fruits Cheltenham
Stationery: Designed by my friend Jane Farrar
Cake: Enchanted Tea Rooms,