2019 Bride Nikki & her husband Michael, wanted to share their wedding story with us on the blog. If your dreaming of sandy beaches, a relaxing and intimate vibe with an ocean view for your wedding day then this wedding abroad that doubled up as a family holiday could well inspire you. So let's get swept away with their beautiful tale.
I asked Nikki to tell us about their day?
We chose to get married in Mauritius on an exclusive small island with 12 people in attendance our immediate family and best friends. We decided to get married abroad as we wanted a small and intimate wedding with our family and close friends. Also, we love our holidays so it just seemed fitting and we didn’t think we would ever get a chance to have both of our families on holiday with each other again so it seemed like the perfect idea! We also thought if we did it this way we could then have a wedding reception once we were home so we could celebrate with everyone who did not come abroad with us. This way, we had the best of both worlds and I also got to wear my dress again!
In Mauritius, as we had exclusive use of the island for our venue we had a private BBQ. This consisted of fresh Mauritian food which included a variety of salads for starters, fresh local curries, chargrilled food cooked on the BBQ and also local desserts which were amazing! We didn’t have a traditional sit down meal, our guests got up from the tables and helped themselves to the food they wanted. It was very relaxed and such a beautiful way of doing it as there was not many of us. As there was only 12 of us, we did not have any entertainment in the evening in Mauritius, we had created a Wedding Playlist which we played through the speakers on the island. We had a relaxing evening with our family and close friends, danced the night away and had a few drinks to celebrate our marriage. For our wedding reception in the UK, we had a DJ (Dan Goode) who provided our evening entertainment, he surprised our guests by playing the Saxophone during our first dance. We did not tell anyone before our Wedding Reception that our DJ was going to play the Saxophone on the night so this was a lovely surprise and everyone loved it!
A stand out moment for us and one we will treasure forever is seeing each other for the first time at the bottom of the aisle, the expressions we had on our faces are ones we will remember forever. Another stand off moment for us was celebrating our marriage by opening our bottle of champagne with a Mauritian sword and flying the cork into the sea! This made everyone laugh and smile, it is not something you do every day, therefore making the whole Mauritius wedding experience even more memorable!
So Nikki, how did you choose your wedding colours and style?
I always knew I wanted plain colours however we didn’t have a set theme as such. I was happy for my bridesmaid (who was my sister) to wear a colour she was happy with so we opted for a peachy nude in the end which complimented my dress beautifully! Our flowers were simple whites and creams and our invitations were a grey and white passport themed! I was quite relaxed about colours as long as everyone was happy with what they were wearing then I was happy! In relation to the style, we wanted a modern approach however on the island we got married on the décor was quite rustic (we didn’t have a choice in this) however we put a modern twist to it which turned out lovely! As we got married abroad we tried to embrace the culture as much as possible whilst trying to maintain the modern look we were trying to achieve!
Where did you look for inspiration?
Pinterest was my main place for inspiration, but I also looked at a lot of bridal magazines and suppliers on Instagram!
What part of the planning did you enjoy most?
All of it! I enjoyed visualising how I wanted our wedding to look and it was so lovely seeing it all come together!
Do you have any tips or advice to give to other couples planning their big day?
Not to rush into anything, and to take your time with planning it is a lovely process so try and enjoy every moment! Also, try not to not sweat the small bits as it all comes together eventually and everything turns out how you want it too! Try not to get too stressed (easier said than done, I know!).