We got married at the end of February in beautiful Belfast. It is a perfect place for a wedding with everything so close and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.
We went from engaged to married in just under 3 months. Primarily because we decided we wanted to be married, engagement was just a formality it terms of announcing the date and because my future husband really wanted to “put a ring on it.” Thanks Beyonce. Neither of us wanted a fuss so the traditional big day didn’t suit us. We instead opted for a small ceremony with our immediate family and big party with wider family and friends. Knowing how exhausting the big day can be we decided to split it up so we could really enjoy the time. We got married on a Tuesday afternoon and then celebrated with a big bash on the Thursday night as we know and love a lot of people.
Belfast is our home, it is where our friendship started, our love grew and a place that holds many memories for us. At it’s heart sits Belfast City Hall, an impressive dome topped building that plays host to civil ceremonies. This is where we wanted to get married. From the first phone call the staff were amazing. So warm, welcoming and helpful. Each time we met them and on the day itself from the security staff to the wonderful deputy registrar Peggy who did the honor of marrying us were chatty, putting us completely at ease and helping us enjoy every moment. It’s staircase an impressive backdrop for family photos if you can’t make it out to the front lawns.
When picking where to go post ceremony Belfast had lots of choice with many hotels and restaurants. With not wanting a traditional wedding day hotel packages didn’t really suit. We were looking for somewhere that could work for both our family dinner one evening and big party that week.
A dinner trip to The Ivory, the roof top restaurant overlooking the city in Victoria Square and we knew we had found the spot. From the modern decor, handy location, impeccable service and some of the tastiest food we have had in the city it was exactly what we were looking for. The manageress Maggie was a delight to work with and again couldn’t do enough to make sure we enjoyed our day. It really is one of the coolest venues in town. Even in February our guests were able to make use of the stylish balconies overlooking the city. Everyone commented on the delicious food and made use of the well stocked bar and selection of cocktails.
Whilst we live in the city, with having the wedding over a few days we wanted to stay somewhere in town. A hotel that would let us chill out on the Wednesday and enjoy some facilities swimming pool and spa. After some searching we opted for an executive room in The Clayton Hotel. The rooms were a good bit bigger than other hotels, very comfortable too. I was even able to use the on site hairdressers for the Thursday evening. We really enjoyed our stay. Only minor disappointment was the breakfast. It was only served until 9am, which is pretty early when you are off work and if you wanted room service you had to book it the night before which wasn’t clear in the booklet, which said it was 24 hours. I was also surprised knowing it was our wedding they didn’t note it. Other guests did give us a cheer both nights we rocked in as bride and groom though which was lovely.
Whilst this meant we didn’t make use of the breakfast at the hotel, it did give us the excuse of nipping out to our favorite spot for breakfast in town, Harlem Cafe for two of the days. As somewhere we regularly went whilst dating it was a lovely way to reminisce on our journey and the many awesome teapots along the way (checkout #teapotsofharlem on Instagram to see a few).
More to come on the rings, the dress, flower etc.