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Planning a green local wedding in Brighton during Covid times
Finding the perfect sustainable suppliers
I always loved Brighton as I think it’s the perfect place to be in if you’re planning a fun and green wedding. With so many creatives and beautiful humans who care about the planet, it’s easy to find the best suppliers here. From sustainable wedding dresses, to biodegradable confetti and local wedding venues, you can have your fun with no plastic in sight! This is exactly what Sally and Matt planned and I must say it was such a great day.
The Ivy and The Joker as wedding venues
We started in their lovely home capturing Sally getting ready with the girls and then we made our way to Brighton Town Hall for their civil partnership ceremony. After confetti was thrown and hugs were shared, we went to Brighton beach where Sally bravely took her shoes off and embraced the cold slippery pebbles for some photos by the sea!
We giggled during speeches and lunch was served at The Ivy, a gorgeous restaurant nestled close to The Brighton Lanes, with colourful vintage prints and artwork inspired by the The Royal Pavilion and the origin of Brighton as a fishing village. The party continued at The Joker and it was so much fun to be around their family and friends, awesome bunch of people!
Passing the keyboard to the happy couple:
How did you meet and how did you become engaged (or whatever fun moment you want to share about you two)?
“We met at uni and were actually in a wider friendship group, but didn’t pay each other much notice! After we both did separate year abroad, we reconnected in fourth year and that was it! We’d been speaking about getting a civil partnership for a while and I essentially booked and paid for it while at work then Whatsapped Matt to tell him!”
What was the highlight of the day for you and why?
“The long lunch at the Ivy was brilliant as it was so intimate so we could properly talk to everyone. It was a small enough room that we could hear everyone and we had some amazing speeches and lots of tears!”
What made you choose the Brighton Town Hall and The Ivy?
“We always knew we wanted a registry office do to keep it simple and the Regency Room in Brighton Town Hall is beautiful. The Ivy private room was part Covid and part wanting a private space with guaranteed good food!
6 weeks later we had another party celebration in Loughborough (Matt is from there originally and his huge family couldn’t all fit in our Brighton do!).“
What made you choose the details, outfits and accessories for you and your partner?
“To be honest, we wanted to keep the day as cheap as possible as we recently brought a house and needed to keep costs down! We were also keen to make the day as sustainable as possible – biodegradable confetti, a dress from a sustainable company, keeping travel to a minimum and no plastic tat! One of our wonderful friends went to a flower wholesalers the day before the wedding and made Sally’s bouquet and Matt’s buttonhole.”
Do you have any comments about your wedding photographer? What was it like working with Corina?
“Corina was brilliant and was a seamless addition to the day. We really appreciated her great sense of humour – especially when sheltering in a fishing museum from the rain and she took great pictures of us in an antique wooden fishing boat!”
Any advice for couples planning their wedding day?
“Don’t overdo it or plan a really complex day! We had the ceremony, made everyone go for a coffee, had lunch and then a party in a pub in the evening and we loved the freedom and lack of stress! Also people don’t need favours or special attention – everyone is still so thankful to just be together!”