And finally, pictures from our wedding reception, on the Saturday night (wedding was on Friday). This was a slightly more like what most weddings are like, with a first dance, cake cutting and favours.
I wouldn’t really describe our wedding as a handmade one by any stretch of the imagination, but we did have some fun thrifty bits. We had initially intended for the table centres to be something handmade inviolving the giant lollies, but the sticks ended up being quite short, so no punches of lollies and in any case we ran out of time and brain power, so we used the lollies as favours and got some potted chrysanthemum balls from the garden centre as table centres. They’re now all happily donated to people with gardens.
The cakes were properly handmade. I baked the giant cupcake (hence it’s slightly wonky appearance) and some of the little cupcakes, and three or my friends made the rest of the cupcakes. I didn’t bother imposing a colour theme, so they’re just a random mix. Ended up looking great though, didn’t it? Evidently tasted good as well, as there were 110 cakes for 80 guests, and only 3 were left over at the end.
We also didn’t have a band or dj and just made a playlist on our ipods and played that through the speakers. we had loads of fun and heated discussions in putting the playlist together! It was a good mix of cheesy and indie, old and new, songs that basically only Dave and I knew, and ones that everyone did.
For the first dance, we did a swing dance/lindy hop thing to a new song. We’ve been going to classes on and off for about two years, but hadn’t been for a while (they always break over the summer, because the venue is used for stuff in the festival, and before that we were lazy). We had to really pull ourselves together to come up with enough moves to fill the song, we literally chucked everything in there we knew, from 20s charleston, 30s charleston, 6 beat and 8 beat. We did end up messing it up quite a bit, and were oriented at completely the wrong angle for people to actually see anything, but it was fun! The dance passed really quickly and I actually completely forgot about all the people watching and it was just as if we were practising in the kitchen.
This was the song we danced to:
On a random note, Robert Smith looks funny when he’s young and with eyeliner rather than Panda Eyes! I love the Cure, but as an asthetic choice, and a style to emulate, I’ve never really seen the appeal. I guess I’m just a tiny bit too young to get it. Though I can see the attraction of 80s Morrissey!
And after the dance and cake cutting we proceeded to get happily drunk running around trying to speak to all the guests and dancing away! It was a good night!