Monday, 16 May 2011

Got the t-shirt - Alicia & Michael

Alicia & Michaels big day started at Our lady of Lourdes church in Rayleigh, then we all went to Crabbs barn Kelverdon where the drinks flowed and the Bride & Groom pulled off the dance routine they have been practising to are Alicias thoughts about her big day.

In the build up to your big day, what excited you the most and what (if any) anxiety’s did you have?   

I was very excited about the church service as I wanted it to be enjoyable for everyone.  

I'd had a few comments from various aunts etc along the lines of "It's not going to be one of those long boring Catholic services is it?"  I don't think a service in which the bride and groom walk out of the church to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, "Who Loves You Pretty Baby?" can be called boring.  

I was so pleased my children were there to sing (I'm a teacher) and that the church was full.
I was also excited about my dress, but also I suppose that is what I was most worried about too.  Even after numerous dress fittings there is always that fear of will it fit on the day?  I just wanted everything to go well and it did.

Can you describe how the pair of you felt on the morning of your big day?

I think we were both looking forward to seeing each other and also excited about seeing family and freinds and having them all in the same place sharing our happy memories.  
I didn't really feel nervous, just happy and excited.  Michael always had in the back of his mind the speech which is what he was most worried about, but there was no need to be as it went very well.

Past bride & grooms-to-be have told me that any nerves they had on the day subsided the moment they came together in the ceremony room, would you concur with this?

I wasn't nervous about anything, I got a bit emotional walking down the aisle but I think I was overwhelmed.  Michael says he 200% concurs.  He didn't realise that was how everybody felt.

What was the best source of advice and inspiration you found in planning your wedding?

Good advice was not to rush into booking things.  Visit as many wedding fayres as you can.

If you had your chance to do it all over again, what (if anything) would you do different?

Different suit shop as we were let down very badly by ours.  Also I wouldn't book Honey Moon with a certain big company as we had quite a few unnecessary problems in this area.

What advice would you give my future brides & grooms to be?

Enjoy every minute of your day, it goes so quickly.  Take it all in.  Have fun.  You can't change anything on the day so relax and enjoy.