Seaside Wedding – East Quay Venue
Where did you get married? What made you choose your venue? We looked at so many venues, we knew what we wanted.We instantly connected with East Quay Venue when we visited! Lucy has always loved Whitstable, and the location on the seafront was gorgeous.The the set up inside the venue meant we knew that they day would flow well no matter what the autumnal weather threw at us. The industrial history and the rustic style inside had a real unique charm that almost came as a surprise as you come through the door. After speaking to the relaxed staff we felt it was right for the type of day we wanted.
Did you have any type of theme to your day? We don’t really think we had a theme! Others might disagree with us! We just wanted it to be quite relaxed and by happy accident it came together. We let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses first. Jane did a great job at bringing them all together!
We made elements of the decorations ourselves and we always tried to keep front of mind that it mattered more that our guests had fun rather than the look of the day – so it would never be the end of the world if we couldn’t find 100 perfect oyster shells from the beach for the place names, or if the colours and metals of different items were complementary rather than a perfect match. Though we did definitely try and squeeze in a few details that we thought would ramp up the fun!
How did you feel the day went as a whole? It was just amazing! The day had a great atmosphere right from the start of getting ready through to an impromptu singalong around the hotel bar piano after we called it a night. All of our suppliers were fantastic and felt that they were part of the celebration too. The pace of the day was just right, the food was exceptional, and it was incredible just seeing everyone enjoy themselves. We also loved that as we were in Whitstable the days either side of the wedding we ended up bumping into loads of our friends and family exploring the gem that is Whitstable, which really extended the occasion!
What would be your #1 tip to other couples? You just need to remember what’s most important to the pair of you when planning – it’s all about finishing the day married to each other and starting married life with some great memories. Before you get caught up in the wedding industry machine write down the top things that will help create those memories and look back at it whenever you need to. On the day if anything goes a little off plan, it really doesn’t matter, and as there is little you can do at the time don’t let it impact your enjoyment of the day as a couple.
Venue: East Quay Venue
Photographer: James Grist (obvs)
Flowers, lights and table decorations: Jane at Graham Greener
MUA: Lydia Rae
Hair: Kent Wedding Hair by Karlie
Bridal Dress: Madison James from Paverly
Bridal Headpiece: Silver Sixpence in her Shoe
Groomswear: Moss Bros Tailor Me for groom and Moss Bros Hire for groomsmen Bridesmaid Dresses: TFNC and Asos
Campervan: Retro Rides 4 Brides
Acoustic Duo: E&O
Cake: Bride’s Sister
Photobooth: Kent Booths
DJ and Beer Pong: Foxes and Braces