Rachel and Ian’s Small Islington Wedding at The Canonbury Tavern pub
What was it like to work with Parrot and Pineapple on your Islington Wedding?
Working with Rowan on our Islington Wedding was amazing. I’m a bit useless with technology so wasn’t great with video calls but it was really good to speak a few times. Rowan really helped us order our day and added an official structure, but yet kept it real at the same time. We couldn’t have picked a better wedding photographer. Much more than just a photographer – an organiser, a mentor, and a friendly voice!
How did you get started planning your Islington Wedding?
We went to a few wedding fairs. When we started by looking at venues, we went to Islington Town Hall open morning and we fell in love instantly. We knew we wanted to get married there. We had both lived in Islington and love it, so it was an easy choice. We also looked at receptions venues, mostly London Pubs with character. We picked The Canonbury Tavern.
What was it like to plan your small wedding?
We’re both Librarians so we are very well organised. Planning was fun! As the bride I became a bit obsessed, Pinterest was my bible. I also brought some wedding magazines but didn’t really find these worked for me. Some of the wedding fairs we visited were good, especially the more indie type ones.
We had a very clear idea of what we wanted, but the wedding industry is probably one of the most exploitive businesses out there! Weddings don’t have to cost what the industry tells you they cost. The hardest part was dealing with our venue, the organisation, staffing and communication was really bad and very stressful. It all came good in the end though.
How did you bring your individual personalities to your intimate wedding day?
We discussed very early on what type of wedding we wanted and agreed that we wanted a small wedding, that reflected who we are. Our vows that were non- religious and personalised, we made our own website in place of invites, created our own playlist for the evening, made some of the decorations, flower displays, buttonholes and cake stand. We also wanted a vegetarian/ vegan wedding which was a challenge for the venue. Our cake maker, on the other hand, made a small vegan version of our cake, which was great.
Why did you choose to get married at Islington Town Hall and The Canonbury Tavern?
We were married in the Council Chamber in Islington Town Hall, because we lived and work in the area, as well as having some of our first dates there. The Council Chamber is the largest room and although we only had 40 guests the room still felt full and intimate. It’s a beautiful room and felt really official.
Our reception was at the Canonbury Tavern in their Blue Room. We looked at a few venues in Islington. Our priority was somewhere with character where we could have a sit-down meal in and a party afterwards. The Blue Room is beautiful and the cost was reasonable. It was also in walking distance of the Town hall and we had a beautiful sunny day. It was a pleasure for the whole wedding party to walk down Upper Street and through leafy Canonbury with members of the public cheering us on! The reaction of people who we didn’t know being so positive really was very life-affirming.
What is your advice to other couples planning a small wedding?
Agree on a budget and the size and type of wedding you want from the start. Plan, look around, research. Stay true to yourself. We might have gone with a different venue because communicating with them was very difficult, however on the day it was lovely. I booked ‘Get a Cab’ for a London white cab to take me to the Townhall and they didn’t turn up… It’s YOUR day, so don’t listen to other people. The wedding day is one of the few days in your life it’s ok to be self-obsessed!
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Ceremony: Islington Town Hall
Reception: The Canonbury Tavern
Bride’s outfit: The Dress Maker Essex
Groom’s Outfit: Adam of London
Brides shoes: Charlotte Mills
Flowers: Floral Design House
Cake: Kat Bakes
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