Partial Wedding Planning: Winter Wedding in Greenwich, London

Painted Hall, Greenwich / Photo by Gomes Photography

Many couples wish to plan their big day, but as the months start to tick away the seemingly endless stream of emails, calls and paperwork that planning a wedding entails suddenly becomes too much, especially if, like most couples this is all being juggled with a full-time job.

With only three months before their big day at the stunning Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich London, this couple knew that they needed an extra pair of hands to assist with the ever-growing list of tasks that needed to be completed. The groom contacted Weddings By Mary and after our initial consultation, we divided up the job list. The couple still very much wanted to be involved in the planning of their big day but needed guidance and advice to move the plans in the right direction and knowing that the stresses and strains on them had been lessened made for a more enjoyable time. The bride was very creative and wanted to do the ‘pretty things’ like hand making all the shortbread favours, which were then beautifully wrapped and labelled to create not only a favour but also each guests name place card.Christmas Flowers / Photo by Weddings By Mary

I attended viewings and meetings at the venue, created a time plan for the big day, assisted with the search for additional suppliers and became the main point of contact for all those already involved. There were a few issues that needed to be ironed out so with a fresh pair of eyes these were quickly resolved, which made a huge impact on the plans moving forward.

The couple and their families were staying at a hotel close to the venue so the day prior they hosted a family lunch in one of the hotel’s private dining rooms. I arrived late afternoon enabling us to have one last final meeting to run through the arrangements for the following day. The evening was then spent meeting other guests and family members in a secluded area of the hotel, which was the perfect opportunity for me to get to know the family and bridal party before the big day.

The wedding day dawned and what a beautiful, surprisingly warm December day greeted us. The ceremony was not due to take place until 4pm, as this was a condition of the venue, so unlike most wedding days, quite a relaxed morning was spent. I ensured that a hearty breakfast was had before meeting up with the bride in her room as the hairdresser and makeup artist arrived to start the preparations.

I fielded calls and was on hand at the hotel before heading to the venue to assist with the set up. As previously mentioned the ceremony was not taking place until later, as the venue was still open to the public until 3pm, however myself, caterers and venue staff alike, having done this on many occasions, swiftly transformed the space ready for everyone’s arrival.The Entrance of the Bride – that special moment between father and daughter atThe Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London / Photo By Gomes Photography

As the bride made her entrance on the arm of her extremely proud father, whilst I ensured that the music, which we had timed to perfection, played at the appropriate moments and the ceremony was conducted by the registrar on the steps of the Painted Hall in front of family & friends.

Post ceremony drinks were served along with delicious canapes in the main hall, but as the couple were truly blessed with an unusually warm December afternoon they and their guests braved the outdoors for a few photographs. With another transformation of space required during this time, once again myself and the venue staff prepared the dining area.  Huge wooden tables were laid with beautiful flowers, which gave a hint of the bride’s Scottish heritage, alongside grand candelabras.

After dinner the evening celebrations continued in an underground room to the fun and upbeat sound of a ceilidh band. The cultural mix of this wedding made an interesting and memorable celebration for all.

Guests had the opportunity to sign little tags and hang them on a miniature Christmas tree giving good wishes and words of wisdom to the newly married couple.

Should you wish to have a guiding hand over the final few months of your wedding please contact Weddings By Mary.

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