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Name and address of the church: Christ Church
Warley Hill, Warley, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3AA

Music played at the ceremony
Pre-wedding music;
Barry White – You’re the first, my last, my everything
Hanson – A minute without you
Joshua Radin – I’d rather be with you
Kylie Minogue – Into the blue
Shane Filan – About you
Europe – The final countdown (last song played before the bridal march song)

Hymns played on the Church organ;

Bridal March (Mendelssohn)

Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
Be Thou my Vision The Vows
Lord the light of your love is shining

Music played during the signing of the register;
Glenn Lewis – Fall again
Shania Twain – From this moment
Michael Jackson – Speechless
Jennifer Lopez – Feel the light

Name and address of reception: Stock Brook Manor
Queens Park Ave, Stock, Essex CM12 0SP

Colour theme: Bright summer colours – bright yellow and bright green

The timeline of a successful wedding The menu: The wedding was based on the cinema, so they broke the menu down into Trailers (starters), Main Feature (mains) and End Credits (desserts). The menu was also tweaked for the four groups of people eating – adults, vegetarians, mini adults (age 8-11) and children (toddler-age 7).

Full Adult menu;
Trailers (starters) – Warm Mushroom Bruschetta
Feature Film (mains) – Breast of Chicken filled with Brie served with a Tomato & Basil Sauce, Dauphinoise Potatoes and Vegetable Bundles
End Credits (dessert) – Baileys Cheesecake and Cream

Vegetarian menu;
Trailers (starters) – Warm Mushroom Bruschetta
Feature Film (mains) – Basil Potato Cakes with Mozzarella, Poached Pear and Pesto
End Credits (dessert) – Baileys Cheesecake and Cream

Mini Adult menu;
Trailers (starters) – Warm Mushroom Bruschetta
Feature Film (mains) – Breast of Chicken filled with Brie served with a Tomato & Basil Sauce, Dauphinoise Potatoes and Vegetable Bundles
End Credits (dessert) – Profiteroles with Hot Belgian Chocolate Sauce

Children menu;
Trailers (starters) – Cheesy Bread
Feature Film (mains) – Chicken Goujons, Dauphinoise Potatoes and Vegetable Bundles
End Credits (dessert) – Profiteroles with Hot Belgian Chocolate Sauce

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“We were really lucky in that we rarely argued through planning our wedding – however that’s not to say that we didn’t get tired and snappy! Wedding planning is all about teamwork. We were both working full-time jobs with long hours and trying to sort out a wedding, which was very stressful to do all at the same time, so it helped that we both knew when the ‘team’ had had enough for that particular day. To take a ‘wedding free’ day, was really helpful – it meant that we could recharge, refocus and re-evaluate what we was important for us our day, without a conversation that was going round in circles.

Also, having a time plan really helped to make us aware that not everything had to be done all on the same day. I downloaded a free app called Wedding UK–which even though was American–it gave a superb general idea of times, plus it was readily available on my phone!

A tip that friends gave us was of the ‘save a date’ invitations. Our friends had been sent a ‘save the date’ and had kept the whole day free, however when the invitation came through they realised that they were only invited to the evening and not the full day. It highlighted to us the importance to let people know in advance what we invited them to (all day or evening invitation) and what arrangements they would need to make–i.e.–babysitters, transport, etc.

It is also worth pointing out that keeping the younger guests in our wedding party happy meant that their parents were also happy, which made everyone happy! We made sure that the parents were asked in advance if they needed high chairs, if their child would like the food menu we had chosen for them, if they had allergies, etc. We also had the older children in our party – boys who were aged between 8-11 years old–given a ‘mini adult meal’ rather than a ‘children’s meal’. It might sound silly, but it meant minimal whinging of why they were classed as a ‘baby’ having a children’s meal.

How was it dealing with the various suppliers? any tips you’d pass on to other couples planning a wedding?
We had a rule of ‘if we like them we would go with them’ and a friend had also said, if you like the product they offer and the price is right then just book it otherwise you will always compare and end up wasting your own time.

However, above all of these tips and advice, the most import thing to remember is to go with what you want. On the day we didn’t want to see something that we thought was a waste of money, or see something that no one was using or that no one was enjoying – it’s your day.

The timeline of a successful weddingThis was the music playlist from the evening:
Nat King Cole & George Shearing – Let There Be Love [Cutting of the cake]
Beyonce – Single Ladies [Throwing of the bouquet]
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love [Father Daughter Dance]
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (Extended) [First Dance]
Anastacia – Underground Army
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Yazz & Plastic Population – The Only Way is Up
Black Box – Ride On Time
Cameo – Candy
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
Five – If Ya Gettin’ Down
Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer – Give Me Everything
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Tough Love – So Freakin’ Tight
Years & Years – King
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Erasure – A Little Respect
Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
Hanson – Mmm Bop
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
Peter Andre & Bubbla Ranx – Mysterious Girl
Ub40 – Red Red Wine (12″)
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Rembrandts – I’ll Be There for You
Contours – Do You Love Me
Beatles – Twist & Shout
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Backstreet Boys – Drowning
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Boyzone – Picture Of You
Killers – When You Were Young
Killers – Mr Brightside
Bruno Mars – Marry You
N-Trance – Set You Free
Culture Beat – Mr Vain
Original – I Luv U Baby
Livin Joy – Dreamer
Artful Dodger& Craig David – Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)
Shola Ama – Imagine
Shanks & Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate
Usher – Scream
Ed Sheeran – Sing
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (Alex Adair Remix)
Take That – It Only Takes A Minute
Take That & Lulu – Relight My Fire
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Five – Keep On Movin’
Rudimental – Waiting All Night
Take That – These Days
Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull – On The Floor
Freemasons & Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited
Chris Brown – Yeah 3x
Don Omar & Lucenzo – Danza Kuduro
N-Sync – Bye Bye Bye
Dean Martin – That’s Amore

The timeline of a successful wedding!

The timeline of a successful wedding