I have got to start this blog post off by saying NEVER have I ever been to a wedding where people have danced as much as as they did at Kathrin and Ajay’s wedding at Hackney Town Hall! And you know it was not just ooooooh, hands in the air dancing just because, it was full on mini battles, sing offs, lots of picking up, confetti cannons exploding, tie round peoples heads type dancing and I LOVED IT. But back tracking a little first….
Here is what they had to say:
What made you decide to get married where you did? We wanted something close by, that showcased East London, where we are currently living and enjoying. These were perfect.
How did you spend / allocate your budget? That was quite hard. We didn’t realise how expensive it was. It was only after talking to wedding planners that we realised it would cost us more than we thought. They also helped us budget what we wanted and be realistic with us.
The decor, styling and theme? We wanted it to be a bit rustic. Wooden Chairs, greenery, candles, copper etc. Every other table had a big flower decoration, with the others having something small. We had a bit copper frame with leaves and a massive greenery piece on the top table.
How/Why did you choose your photographer? We both knew we wanted a photographer who didn’t take posed photos. Someone who shot the day as it happened. Only after speaking with Alex (The Bijou Bride) did we realise there was a name for that style – Reportage. She gave us a list of photographers and we met them all. Kirsty really stood out. Her website was great and the photo’s looked cool, not posed, very ‘in the moment’. Speaking with her over video conference, she was infectiously happy, as if it was her getting married! She ticked all the boxes, and having just seen our wedding photo’s, it was one of the best decisions we made.
What did you eat? Food from The London Kitchen. The canapés were great, and they did go out of their way in the tastings to try and get everything right, especially with the little German inspired food we had in the canapés and late night snack. We had an Indian main course.
And the wedding cake? Panache Design. A Belgian double chocolate 2 tiered cake, with a side of chocolate brownies (and vegan brownies). Served with whipped cream and fruit. If you didn’t like chocolate, this wasn’t the dessert for you!
Entertainment: Firstly, Max from the Wedding Smashers was our DJ. A laid back guy. We were a bit nervous that he wouldn’t be able to mix in the Indian music with the western. We gave him a sample playlist and a list of Indian songs. He did exactly what there name said – smashed it. Really new how to mix, got everybody on the dance floor and there was no point it was empty. He did a great job. Secondly, we had Nicholas Bronowski from Warble Entertainment – A Caricaturist. He was in the bar doing photo’s for pretty much 2 hours straight. The kids loved him, the adults loved him. A great replacement for a Photo Booth.
Any personal touches? We had German Schnapps go round to every table for our speech. We also both did our vows in German & English (Ajay is not German but learning it!). Had a London Bus come and pick everybody up from the Registry and take to the Reception venue which was a nice touch.
What were the highlights of the day? Ending the night in a karaoke bar tops it! But the dancing, the downing of German Schnapps and the general fun we had together.
Words of wisdom? Don’t let it stress you out. We certainly had a few arguments that in the end were needless. They didn’t matter. While we were doing our first dance we were both telling each other that we shouldn’t have argued about it so much. Try and enjoy it, have fun. Book a wedding planner! Don’t let friends and family take over, do what you want to do.
What was your biggest surprise of the day? How much we would dance. A good few pounds were lost on that dance floor.