If you look behind the foliage of Didsbury Park you may just be able to find this hidden treasure. Nestled away in the suburb of Didsbury is Didsbury House Hotel. This elegant and stylish Victorian villa is the perfect venue for a personal and romantic day. Let’s hear what Alice has to say about her Didsbury House wedding.
What was it like planning your Didsbury House wedding?
Planning our wedding was amazing! We had 18 months so we took our time, we knew exactly what we wanted and how we wanted the day to feel so that really helped us. We split the jobs up, I was in charge of all things pretty ( flowers and venue dressing) and Will was in charge of all the music, the suites, the rooms for the hotel) It worked really well as we worked as a team. I started with a scrap book and it went from there! (hours and hours of cutting magazines, Pinterest and prit sticking!)
What was the most memorable/special part of the day for you?
The most memorable part for us was meeting at the end of the isle, everything felt perfect! Everything we had imagined just fell into place.
Were you nervous?
I think Will was more nervous than me, (the Remi Martin helped with that!) I was more excited.
Did everything go according to plan?
Almost! A few minor details that didn’t go to plan such as the last dance being way later than we expected (10pm) and not enough table places at the BBQ! (This was quickly sorted out by the lovely hotel staff) But my advice would be to any brides and grooms to be – don’t fixate on times, just go with the flow and the day will be perfect!
Were there any funny/emotional moments that stand out for you?
So many! I don’t know where to start… Emotional moments.. Opening my rose gold earrings on my wedding morning from Will… A card from
One of best friends posted through the door that morning with lovely words, wearing my Grandma’s silk robe as I was getting ready and the hilarious speech from my Dad. (see the toilet roll Holder) He reeled off “Alice-isms” which are a family joke, (silly things I’ve said over the years) he kindly saved them all up for that moment! But it was so funny. Another special moment for us was to have my Dad and his best friend (a classical guitar player) playing for us after the meal sat outside in the sunshine while everyone was enjoying the ice cream van. It was perfect!
How did you prepare for your first dance?
We didn’t! We danced around in the kitchen after dinner one night and in Wills words “I’ll spin you round and then we will just dance”
Tell us about the proposal!
The proposal was on New Year’s Eve 2014 , at the very first place we ever met (a road just outside my house) he got down on one knee and I was so nervous I told him to stand up! He presented to me the most amazing ring I’ve ever seen, a peach sapphire on a rose gold band and we celebrated the night away with lots of champagne and family!
Are there any other special little touches you planned that you’d like to tell us about?
Little touches were a huge part of the day- everything from massages in our room the night before, to having my sister and best friends around me while I got ready it was just amazing. I’m very lucky to have my Sister (make up artist) and one of my best friends (Amber the hairdresser) who are both incredibly talented and they made me feel beautiful!
Throughout the day I wanted little touches to be the main theme, so our first drinks for us and the guests as Mr and Mrs Kenworthy was a French martini- we chose this (as Will explained in his speech) because it was on one of first dates that Will took me to the bubble room in Alderly Edge, however he didn’t have enough for both of us to have a drink (after telling me I must not bring anything!!) so we shared one and that’s how it all began…
We wanted music and food to be at the core of the day, so we had all our favourite food included in the day. The canapés were olives and feta, nuts and crisps with coconut
Chicken and Brie parcels to accompany the French martinis! (whilst listening to jazz on the piano by Conal Duffy) we then headed downthe road to eleven Didsbury park where we were greeted by the dotted crotches on violin while we had a beautiful BBQ, finished off by the vintage ice cream cart and homemade cakes from dish and spoon!
We then had a deli table in the evening, with a beautiful selection of cakes, biscuits and sweets by the fabulous Dotties pantry and pizza for midnight munchies!
Were there any surprises?
Yes I love surprises! I got Will a lovely Hugo boss watch and all the groomsmen a personalised flask with miniatures of whisky! I got all my friends matching earrings, and my mum and sister I treated them to their favourite Jo Malone perfume! For Wills mum I got her a gorgeous gold necklace that read behind it “thank you for raising the man of my dreams”
I also booked the amazing, very talented Sam Fitton Magician as a surprise but I ended up having to tell Will as I was so excited!
Do you want to give a special mention to anyone who really helped a lot in planning your day?
Jenny from Didsbury house, Gemma and Keeley from Betsy button and Dotties pantry (could not recommend their services highly enough!!!) Emma from Love Bridal Boutique, Sian from the Flower lounge made our day stunning, and of course my sister and Amber for my hair and make up! All my friends and family for listening to me talk all things wedding for two years and of course Will because we planned it perfectly together!
Venue dressing/decor – Gemma from Betsy Button
Light up letters – The word is love
Bridal hair accessories – Jenny Packham
Bridal Hair- Amber Owens #hairbyamberx
Bridal Makeup- Molly Field #mollysbeautylife
Bridesmaids dresses- Monsoon
Groom’s suit – Whitfield and Ward
String quartet- Dotted Crotchets
DJ – Antony Perella
Jazz singer – Conal Duffy
Classical guitar player – Paul Martin and James Field
Saxophonist – Dax on sax
Magician – Sam Fitton
Ice cream Cart-The vintage icedream experience