Harriet and Craig’s Big Day

02 Oct 2014

The gorgeous Harriet & Craig had an absolutely beautiful wedding this summer inspired by Pinterest… our guilty pleasure!

I was lucky enough to catch up with the newly-weds last week to talk all things style after their wedding in June. 

Attention Hyde Barn Brides and Grooms to be: Tips ahead!!

Harriet & Craig

Did you have a checklist when choosing your venue, if so what were your most important points?

It was really important for our wedding venue to have some kind of accommodation as all of Craig’s family were travelling down from Scotland. We wanted somewhere that was exclusively ours for the day and we really wanted it to be a modern venue. We booked our venue 2 weeks after getting engaged, and Hyde Barn was the only venue we looked at! We knew it looked perfect on the website, but coming to view it confirmed that.

It was completely our style – modern, yet it still had beautiful features and it was so light and airy! It also had the bedrooms, exclusivity and was fairly close to Cheltenham, where we met at University which we thought was lovely and very fitting.

We loved your gorgeous styling; did you use social media (Pinterest/Facebook/Instagram) for ideas?

I religiously used Pinterest! My lunch hour at work was taken over for the whole 18 month planning period looking for ideas of things we could do or make. I also found it really helpful to look at real weddings online, and read what brides had to say about their suppliers and experiences.

Craig had to reign in my ideas a few times as my Pinterest board kept on growing! It definitely helped give us inspiration though, and a place to start as when you get engaged it’s actually quite a daunting having to start planning and styling a whole wedding from scratch!

Tell us some more about your styling (e.g. did you use a wedding stationer? florist? did you hire items? Was there much DIY styling?)

Styling was really important to us, so we decided quite early on how we wanted to table and venue to look meaning we had a long time to get everything done that we wanted to make the venue look unique to us. We wanted the day to really reflect us a couple, and we felt the best way to do this was to make and do as much as we could ourselves.

We spent our evenings and weekends for 18 months being crafty and making all we could. We made all of our invitations, my little sister even drew a gorgeous picture of Hyde Barn, that we then got turned into a stamp for the inside of the invites. We also used the stamp one the menus and wedding advice sheets that we designed.

We made the table plan with the help of my mum, transforming a huge old framed mirror with some crackle effect decopatch paper and twine. Our place names were corks that we sliced to fit name cards with guests names on.

We chose wild flower seed packets for our favours, so we spent a long time stamping small money envelopes with a bespoke stamp reading ‘let the love grow’. My Grandad made us the most amazing bunting to hang around the venue. My favourite part of the tables was the heart confetti, cut from old novels, and the napkin ties we created using twine and porcelain hearts reading ‘love’ that we got made for us.

We used the lovely Laura from Cotswold Blooms for our table flowers and bouquets and they looked stunning. My mum and I did the rest of the flowers for the venue, putting summer flowers in jam jars that we had decorated with twine and lace.

My dad made us a wonderful cake stand that fitted in perfectly with the rustic feel of everything else, to house the cake that my Auntie made for us. Every aspect worked so well together in the end, and all the time spent was totally worth it.

Was there a stand out moment of your big day?

For me a real stand out moment of the day was sitting at the top table, with my new husband next to me, and just looking at all our friends and family laughing and joking and enjoying themselves. It’s such a lovely feeling to have everyone you love in one room all celebrating together.

Walking down the aisle was also one of my favourite parts of the day. I was so calm on the morning of the wedding but when the doors opened I started to get nervous, luckily the first person I saw my best friend Katie smiling at me so seeing her calmed me before then walking down the aisle to meet Craig. I managed to walk slowly with my dad to try take it all in – a tip many other brides had told me before the wedding.

Is there a tip you would pass on about setting up the barn on the morning of your wedding? 

We found it really helpful visiting the barn a few weeks before the wedding to take pictures and measure up all the spaces that are available to decorate. That way you can plan where you want everything so on the morning it’s fairly stress free.

We also divided everything we needed for the tables into numbered plastic tubs – one per table so on the day it was just the simple task of styling the tables one by one, knowing all the favours, place names, tables names and menus etc. had already been checked and counted. My mum and I disappeared off to the hair dressers at 10am, so all the venue set up was really down to my dad and bridesmaids and it looked amazing! The staff at Hyde Barn were on hand to help with anything we needed though, and helped in any way they could.

Thank you both for your lovely words and for choosing Hyde Barn!!

Lots of Love and the best of wishes for your future together!


And of course of huge thank you to Ben @ Blooming photography for sharing the stunning images!!


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