Tara + Joe's pretty DIY wedding at Bartle Hall, Preston

Monday, August 24, 2020

Mr + Mrs Slinger   
Thursday 29th August 2019 | Bartle Hall, Preston
Instagram: @ourlayeredhome
Tara and Joe had a gorgeous rustic wedding with a colour palette of soft pinks and neutrals, full of lots of DIYs including lots of faux flowers and floral hoops for the bridal party. Bride Tara tells us all about their special day, and how they stuck to their £8,000 budget without compromising on everything they wanted. We are obsessed with the beautiful gown and headpiece, as well as their adorable customised denim jackets!
Tell us a little bit about the day..
Originally we were going to have a really tiny wedding, married at a local venue and then moving on to renting out a whole pub to party with those we loved. But as things evolved Joe said 'you deserve more' and we ended up having our favourite venue Bartle Hall for the whole day, the ceremony was in a grand traditional room and the wedding breakfast and evening do was in an old converted barn on the premises. We did a lot ourselves though to save on money and the day was just perfect.
What was the most emotional part of the day?
The most emotional part of the day for me was knowing Joe and Henry had arrived at the venue. Me, my Mum, my two sisters and my best friend had all stayed the night before to set things up. All the boys came the next day and as soon as I could hear my son outside with Joe and I knew I couldn't go near the window incase they saw me I started to tear up! The rest of the day before and after I was absolutely fine!
How did you meet each other?
Our story of how we met is actually quite funny, but if you knew us, you'd know it is the perfectly 'us'. So much so that our welcome sign at the wedding read 'All because two people met in Tesco Car Park and fell in love' - yup... Tesco Car Park. Joe actually was friends with my Dad before me! My Dad is a musician and has been ever since he was 18 - and he turns 50 in July - he had a new drummer a few years before I met him, and that drummer was Joe. By the time I met him I was 16 and Joe 21 and a big group of us were meeting at Tesco Car Park to start a journey to one of the festivals they were playing - that's when I met Joe! 
I don't remember much about being young for some reason, maybe because I'm a Mum now [mum brain is REAL] but I remember vividly the first time I saw him, he was wearing skate shoes, baggy jeans, a band tee, aviators and a flat cap and I thought he was the best thing on earth! I however, looked very much like a 16 year old of the noughties in bright coloured tights and clashing patterns, but he says he just remembers thinking 'wow'. Whilst at the festival we met in secret one night and just walked around for hours whilst everyone was asleep just talking, I'd never got on so well with someone ever. Obviously the next day my Dad found out and warned him off me. But we continued to speak every night for a few months before it fizzled out. We stayed friends but he was 5 years older and my Dads drummer. Fast forward to me turning 18 and we started talking every night again - he'd take me on dates in the daytime when I wasn't at college and he wasn't working and he'd never have me home late. And really... the rest is history... 11 years, one house and one toddler later and we're still here!
What was your favourite wedding purhchase?
My favourite wedding purchase is my dress! I just adore it and can't bare to part ways! I actually first found it when pregnant and tried it on ha! And then when it was actually time to buy it had gone in the sample sale so I got it for less than half price! A steal! And I felt like a total princess! It's an Ellis Bridals dress bought from Lotties Bridal.
How did you celebrate your hen do?
My Hen Do was better than I ever could have imagined - I cried and laughed so much! All thanks to my Mum and Sister!! We went to a Bistro on the beach in Blackpool and had a gorgeous meal and cocktails and they'd decorated it beautifully with balloons and pom poms and goodie bags for everyone [my sister deals with Influencers for Nasty Gal so she bagged loads of goodies to make them the best gift bags ever!] and then we went onto Funny Girls where we laughed and danced and played games - it was the perfect mix of classy and a little tacky and it was amazing! We then caught the end of one of my Dads gigs that just topped off the night. My mum had also secretly gotten my Husband to write me the most beautiful letter that she read out and I cried like a baby!
What was your budget - and did you stick to it?
We managed to do it all for £8,000 and the venue cost around £5,500 of that inc the food and drinks. We never really set a budget because we intend on it being the one and only special day like it. But we know couples that have spent £22-30k and we didn't have to miss anything out in order to make the day perfectly us. We even had so many compliments on all the details, which made it so special because we'd done so much ourselves!
Tell us about the cake...
We're a really low maintenance couple so we didn't want anything too fancy so a local lady created it for us for £80, it had two layers in a naked cake style with white chocolate drip, gold leaf and topped with 3 bears I'd bought online from Beau Bows - A mummy, Daddy, and Henry bear. The cake was by the insanely talented Lytham Cake Co.
Did you make any wedding DIYs?
Wow - what didn't I DIY? I made a giant floral hoop which went over the registers table and then behind us during the meal which I then sold on to an events company after the wedding [I know I could make it for about the same as renting it - meaning I could make and then sell it and even made a little profit!] My job is making clothing and accessories for families with my business Whoopsie Daisie, but I also do vinyl for signs and walls etc, so I made all my own favours [leather look clutches for the ladies and card holders for the men] and also made all my own perspex signs.
 I bought an old bathtub on Facebook Market place for £70, filled it with pink and white ball pool balls and that made a prop/fun feature at our wedding. My sister helped me make floral hoops with faux flowers instead of bouquets - which saved us money and we get to cherish them forever. The list goes on - but basically the day was perfectly us, and all done for under £8,000 for the dream day!
Funniest moment of the day... 
Hmmm... how about my toddler shouting BOGIES!!!! All the way through the carefully written best man speech! Oops!
Tell us about the rings...
Mine was my Grandpas eternity ring to my Grandma, he's no longer with us sadly, and I've had the ring since my 18th but it only fit that finger.
Favourite wedding supplier... 
I think the thing that made us [well me and anyone who's watched it that's not my Husband] cry the most is the wedding video which was done by Jake Flint Film. Him and his wife went above and beyond in capturing the day to its full essence - parts we never saw, parts we love to remember, its just beautifully shot and something I'd recommended every couple have done!
Did you have anything unusual at your wedding?
Unusual to us IS usual!! But the two things that our guests enjoyed the most was the ball pool bath tub I made and also the pink camper van photo booth [Birdie Campervan].
Tell us about your first dance...
Our first dance was Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol [or racing cars by paw patrol as out toddler likes to say] - it's a song Joe would play when in my Dads band and he'd always watch me dancing and I'd be watching him drum  whilst it was on. It's always been 'our song' and we have words from the song in wire lettering in our bedroom!

Watch Tara and Joe's wedding video below...

Keep up with Tara and Joe, and their gorgeous home, on Instagram @ourlayeredhome
Photographer: Jayne Barri Smith
Videographer: Jake Flint
Stationery: Fancy Post
Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade Locally
MUA: Mum + Sister
Hair: Mairead from Wedlocks Bridal
LOVE Letters + Chairs: Emma Coppock Weddings and Events
Photo Booth: Birdie Campervan
Flowers: DIY (bride + sister)
Decor: DIY
From Brides, With Love xo

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