08 Sep INTERVIEW WITH A DIY BRIDE: Rhiannon Nunn
Today we’re introducing you to Rhiannon, a true DIY bride who opted for a country style (with a twist) marquee wedding with her childhood sweetheart, Sam. We love a good love story here at DIY Bride Guide UK and Rhiannon and Sam are the definition of soul mates with their story starting from when they were just babies! We’re in awe of just how much Rhiannon and her family and friends put together to make her wedding to Sam utterly beautiful, personal and unique.
YOUR NAME :Rhiannon Nunn (Wilson)
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: @Rhi89Rhi | Facebook: Rhi Nunn
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR WEDDING
Mine and Sam’s story started from the very moment we entered this world! Our parents were friends, so we’d been brought up together and later became childhood sweethearts at school. After he moved to Switzerland at the age of 10, we lost contact. When he moved back to the UK to study at uni we met up again – this was 9 years ago!!
Sam proposed on the 15th July 2017, after a long wait! We started planning the wedding immediately and finally tied the knot on the 1st September 2018.
We got married at a Church in Ringwood (St Peter and St Paul’s), and our reception was held at an equestrian centre which I have been working at on and off for around 13 years, I’ve been a manager there for 5 years now and it just seemed like the perfect venue for us to use. Our theme was country wedding with a bit of a horsey twist – whilst remaining classy!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DIY?
I chose a DIY style wedding primarily because I always like something slightly unique which not every other person has – my wedding was no different, I knew I didn’t want something which was the same as many other brides. I wanted something which was truly special to me and Sam which we could enjoy with our closest friends and family. I’ve always been quite artistic and creative, and luckily I am very organised too!
WHAT HAVE YOU MADE FOR YOUR WEDDING?
Where do I start!? I made signs on pallets, table decorations, signs with quotes on, quizzes, a photo booth frame and even a coconut shy!
With the help of others we also created 3 archways, decorations for outside, fencing, wedding favours (small bottles of alcohol with personalised tags), hair decorations, customised wedding shoes (flip-flops and wedges) cake stand, ladies loo hamper and a hay bale castle!
Our card box was a really unique touch, we had suggested that money towards our new home would be really appreciated as a wedding gift, so we added a personalised papier-mâché house on top of our card box and it turned out great.
We created a huge wooden backdrop for behind the top table made of scaffold boards which we projected writing on to and hand coloured. The entire marquee was decorated ourselves and we managed and maintained the field too!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE DIY PROJECT?
My favourite DIY project were my table decorations as they were the most personal to me, However, the DIY item which stands out the most has to be the scaffold board that we used behind the top table, it looked absolutely stunning!
WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?
A lot of my inspiration came from Pinterest, but I found that a lot of my ideas I actually already had in my head and searching them online just confirmed the best way to do things.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE ANY OTHER ASPIRING DIY BRIDES?
My biggest piece of advice would be to start your wedding DIY early. If you’re planning to do things on a budget make sure that you have all of your ideas, and the materials you’ll need for them, as soon as you can.
Try out different things before the big day! I had a first draft of my table decorations completed about 9 months before!
Look out for bargains and always think outside of the box.
Plan for every eventuality (rain, shine, snow etc.)
And remember, just because it might not seem perfect in your eyes, friends and family always appreciate you putting effort in and making things yourself.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
My wedding was beyond perfect and I truly believe it’s because I went the extra mile to create things which I didn’t see anyone else have (or I adjusted to better suit us). Prepare to be very stressed and for every minute of your free time to be taken up BUT the outcome is SO rewarding it is more than worth it. 4 days in to marriage and I still feel like it’s all been a dream!
THANKS RHIANNON for your amazing words of advice for other DIY brides. Your day was simply stunning and your hard work and effort really paid off!
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