Freelance journalist Leean, 27, married schoolteacher Sam, 28, 10 years after they met on the first day of university. Leean says: "We had our reception in a marquee in Sam's parents' garden. It's a lovely house surrounded by English countryside and we had complete control over which suppliers we chose. I couldn't have done it without my wedding planner Susan. I chose the details, but she made our ideas come to life."

"Mum made the heart confetti; the bridesmaids made hangover cures that we put in all the guests' bedrooms! We had two themes. The daytime marquee was English Country with a green and cream palette. Later on we had a 'reveal', behind which was an Asian-inspired nightclub, with sushi and dim sum stations, a cocktail bar and lanterns."

"Entertainment was a priority. When guests were arriving, there was a Cuban band. In the evening, we had a big band followed by a DJ. We hired two bartenders who served cocktails while throwing bottles in the air. My stand-out part of the day was when our dads' band came onto the stage. It was a total surprise. My dad, Sam's dad, my dad's cousin Arnold and my mum (as a groupie) sang a medley of songs. People still talk about it now. My advice to other brides would be not to rush into things. I'm pleased we spent 18 months organising our day. We took our time choosing suppliers and got exactly what we wanted."