GIDDY KIPPER GETS MARRIED
Ever wondered what the wedding of a super creative notonthehighstreet.com partner would look like? Well, we can tell you: awesome. Heidi and Steve – founders of Giddy Kipper – tied the knot last month, bringing all the splendor of the seaside to land-locked Lincolnshire, to create their dream DIY wedding.
From designing and making all of their decorations and stationery, to hosting their very own wedding day Bake Off, Heidi and Steve’s big day was jammed packed full of creativity, imagination and fun.
We caught up with Heidi and Steve to find out what went into creating their perfect day…
Our big day was definitely a wedding less ordinary. We’ve been together for 17 years and have two little boys, so when Steve got down on one knee, I thought he’d lost something.
We got married at our local church in Allington, followed by a knees up at the village hall. My grandparents live in the area and my mum and dad were married in the very same church.
Walking down the aisle was such an emotional moment – seeing Steve at the altar with our sons sons as his Best Men was magical. They all wore blue suits with touches of red and converse boots. They travelled to the ceremony together in our pale blue camper van, Burt.
The ceremony was a family affair. We had a special double ring box made for the boys to carry our rings in, and asked Steve’s siblings to both do a reading.
We had THE most amazing naked wedding cake made by Steve’s sister Julie. We’d shown her a photo of a cake we really loved, but never expected her to make one that was even better!! I cried when I first saw it – it was so beautiful.
We did all the styling and decor ourselves – a total DIY-fest. Both myself and Steve LOVE the English seaside but our budget wouldn’t stretch to a wedding on the coast, so we tried our best to bring the seaside to Lincolnshire! We decided on a traditional red, white and blue colour scheme to give our day the warm, nostalgic feel we wanted.
My Mum and Dad need a special mention for being absolute superstars. I showed them my ideas for the day and after some eye rolling from Dad (!), they helped to make outdoor games (a coconut shy and a ball-in-a-bucket game) a full-size beach hut frontage for photographs and fabric banners. Mum also made hundreds of metres of red, white and blue bunting. Dad & Steve even made ‘buoys’ for the tables, we made and painted all the signs ourselves.
I painted a seaside peep-through board for silly photos and we also made tiny beach hut, sandcastle, helter-skelter and lighthouse place card holders for the tables – guests then took these home as a wedding favour for their own photos. My brother hand lettered an old blackboard sign for the reception venue with our itinerary on it.
Outside we also had ice cream, bubbles for the kids, blow up beach balls, vintage cases, inflatable seagulls and lobsters, deckchairs, a life buoy, silly hats and glasses…all used as props. The beach balls were used in a inpromptu game of volleyball over the bunting in the afternoon!
We also had a temporary tattoo station, which was hilarious seeing relatives and friends putting them on – especially the kids who ended up with them all over – even their faces!!
One of the most amazing parts of the day (apart from marrying ‘my lobster’ of course!) was hosting our very own bake-off. We asked our guests to bring a baked creation to the day instead of providing a dessert table. We were totally blown away by the entries…there were so many and the standard was incredible!!! The runners-up each got a personalised wedding day spoon from Auntie Mims and the winner got a beautiful personalised wedding day tin from Delightful Living and a card written and signed by THE Mary Berry!
There were a few special people missing form our wedding day but the ones we missed the most were Steve’s Mum and younger brother. We made sure they were included in our day by having two special postcards printed with their photos on and ‘wish you were here..’ message. We placed these on our top table to keep them close.