Rustic Hotel Wedding - Moonraker Hotel, Wiltshire

Meg & G

We love a wedding with three cakes... Top food and footstomping live music are at the heart of Megan & Gerard’s Indie-Folk wedding, set in a converted milking parlour.

The Moonraker Hotel hosts the day, David Scammell Photography captures every drop, and their Mumford-style party band The Glastonburys help the good times flow.

Their rustic big day is filled with thoughtful details to DIY for...from the puppy & party-loving favours, to the Insta ‘I spy’. Come on in, pimp your prosecco and neck your Jägers with our newlyweds!

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The Playlist

Processional: Times Like These by Foo Fighters

Signing of the Registers: Fields Of Gold by Eva Cassidy, How Long will I Love You by Ellie Goulding, Make You Feel My Love by Adele, Grow Old With Me by Tom Odell, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Recessional: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

First Dance: Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart

Evening Reception: tailored party set by The Glastonburys

The Entertainment

G loves music and had always wanted a band to play at his wedding. We decided we wanted a folk style band and The Glastonburys were perfect. As wedding guests previously ourselves, we felt that the weddings with bands had a better party atmosphere and a full dance floor. The most important thing was to see our family and friends have a good time and celebrate with us on our special day.

“We found The Glastonburys online after watching several wedding band videos, and knew from that moment we needed them to play on our day – they sounded just amazing and had the perfect vibe. We loved everything we’d heard on the band’s set list, so we just asked them to perform what they wanted; from Mumord and Sons covers to Kings of Leon at the end of the night. There was not one part of the night where the dance floor was empty.”

Watch The Glastonburys in action

The Music

“I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Times Like These – Gerard is a massive Foo Fighters fan – and we walked back up the aisle as husband and wife to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, which has been my favourite song since I was a child.

“Our first dance was Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart. We had heard the song several times on Spotify and it became ‘our song’. My nan and G’s mum are massive Rod Stewart fans, and it just felt right. We were very nervous for our first dance, but it was nice when our guests joined us part way through.”

The Glastonburys’ Top Tips...

  • Hire a band that you feel best represents you as a couple. We’re often booked by bohemian brides and for festival style weddings – and with our look, our set list and the atmosphere we create, it works just perfectly!
  • Choose a band who love what they shows when they perform live! A great band can get your crowd on their feet by the sheer energy in their performance.
  • Recruit your groomsmen or bridesmaids to guide guests to the dance floor and encourage maximum fun. Speaking from experience, nothing gets the room shaking more than when the bride and groom themselves take to the tiles. Use props! Blow up guitars, microphones, wigs and hats – and have your band join in…we always do! Who doesn’t love a dress up? It really helps get everybody in the party mood!

Mumford Style Band, The Glastonburys

The Photography

“Our photographer was David Scammell, a Wiltshire based photographer who had photographed several of our friend’s weddings previously. He was perfect for us, fun but without the cheese.

The Venue

We didn’t want a traditional church wedding. We loved the character and the manor house feel of The Moonraker Hotel, with the benefits of the beautiful permanent marquee (where we had our wedding breakfast), converted milking parlour, and lawns for photographs.”

Advice On Your Perfect Wedding Venue...

“When searching for the perfect venue, it’s useful to know what is important to you both for your big day, however be open minded, as ‘the one’ may be the venue that you least expect.

“First impressions go such a long way, and this is very important when choosing a venue for your wedding day. From the initial enquiry, right through to the actual day, the service must be of quality. The process also needs to be easy, as you’re already having to organise other elements.

“Make sure you are aware of all of the important timings for set up the day before or on the day and check in/check out times if you have accommodation.

“If you’re looking for suppliers, ask your venue for advice. We have a list of handpicked preferred suppliers that we recommend to our clients. 

“There were lots of personal touches around The Moonraker that Megan and Gerard introduced. We are a super-flexible venue and want all of our couples to create what they envisage for their day. Make sure your venue is flexible and supportive in meeting your requirements.”

Jodie Willcox, Events Manager, The Moonraker Hotel

The Decor

“Our florist decorated the venue with a stunning yet simplistic vibe...everyone complimented her spectacular work. My bouquet was a ‘cascade’ style which I loved. I chose wild flowers with roses, lavender and gypsophilia, and included ‘love in a mist’ as this reminds me of my nan. I had a photo frame in my bouquet with a picture of my dad who passed away in 2013.

“Our labrador puppy – Paddy – is our baby, but he was too bouncy to join us on the day so we had a ‘dog table’, which was an idea from Pinterest. We had Polaroid pics of Paddy, and ‘Love Paddy x’ favours from him... these included dog biscuits for guests with pups of their own. I’m a veterinary nurse so we had a lot of animal loving guests.

“We also made hangover kit bags for our guests who were staying in the hotel rooms. These included paracetamol, chocolate, bottled water, plasters, and tooth brushes.

“Our table plan was an idea from Pinterest too. We used a wooden pallet to hang plant pots on with fresh flowers and mounted card with the table plans in each pot. We also used a wooden pallet to paint on our order of the day and decorated this with fairy lights.

“‘Pimp your prosecco’ was our own idea. My mum made prosecco cork bride, groom and dog figures, and we had fresh fruit and flavoured syrups.

“The Instagram ‘I spy’ was an idea from online that we recreated with some of our own ideas. We do have some lovely guest photos and created a hashtag for the day on instagram. (#thewhitewedding2018)”

The Outfits

G’s suit was classic tweed from Fox in the House. My idea of the perfect dress was always traditional... I wore a satin and lace ‘Arabella’ dress from Wed2be.

“My shoes for the day were satin with a pointed toe and a glitter heel, from ASOS, and then in the evening I wore gold Superga pumps for dancing.

The Ceremony

“We had a civil ceremony and we were both nervous yet excited...G was extremely nervous! We had several readings from close family and friends – our best friend Rachel wrote a reading dedicated to our Labrador puppy.

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The Food

“At the Moonraker, we had a banquet style roast dinner with the best chocolate brownie we had ever tasted!

“Our three cakes were a cheese tower made by The Bath Cheese Company, a pork pie cake, and – last but not least – a naked victoria sponge, chocolate and lemon cake made by a family friend with a small cake making business.”

Favourite Moment

“Our favourite moment of the day was just after the ceremony when we were able to share a moment alone to take everything in before the confetti walkway.

What We Learned

“Stay calm and enjoy every second as it all goes so quickly. And eat the canapes – we didn’t get time for any!”

The Magic Makers

Music, atmosphere and vibes of love and fun Alive Network, UK-wide | Wedding Band The Glastonburys, Alive Network | Photographer David Scammell Photography, Salisbury & Wiltshire | Venue The Moonraker Hotel, Wiltshire | Wedding Dress ‘Arabella’ Wed2Be, UK-wide | Veil Wed2Be, UK-wide | Bridal Shoes ‘Be Mine’ glitter heels ASOS, UK-wide | Bride’s Evening Shoes Superga, UK-wide | Hair Clip Accessorize, UK-wide | Hair & Beauty Chief Bridesmaid, Beth Inder | Groom’s Tweed Suit & Tan Brogues Fox In The House, Devizes | Groom’s Labrador Cufflinks, Sweet William, UK-wide | Groom’s Watch Hugo Boss, World-wide | Wedding Rings Goldsmiths & Ernest Jones, UK-wide | Flowers Occasions, Wiltshire | Bouquet Photo Frame Not On The High Street, UK-wide | Scented Candle Favours ‘wedding day’ Yankee Candle, World-wide | Shot Favours mini Jager shots, Just Miniatures, World-wide; Personalised mini bottle stickers Etsy, UK-wide | Hangover Kits, DIY and available from Not On The High Street, UK-wide | Wedding Cake by family friend, Gail at The Cat’s Whiskers Cakery, Upton upon Severn, Worcs | Pork Pie Cake Marks & Spencer, UK-wide | Cheese Cake Fine Cheese Co., Bath, London & UK-wide | Catering The Moonraker Hotel, Wiltshire

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