Sally Halls, 33, married Cian Plumbe, 33, at Town Hall Hotel, London, followed by a reception at The Tab Venue, Shoreditch, on 23 June 2012. She says:

In the end, we only had 12 weeks to plan our wedding. Our original venue double-booked and so, in a last-minute scurry, we decided to celebrate in East London where we live - a much better reflection of us.

We wanted our guests to experience a taste of our local neighbourhood. The Tab Venue is two minutes from Brick Lane, famous for its Indian food, which inspired us to serve vegetarian and chicken curries.

We had our reception in the lecture hall, which has fantastic light, high ceilings and a wrought-iron, balustraded gallery. We loved the feel of the space immediately.

Our colour palette incorporated lots of pastels. It began with the yellow 'maids dresses, then we added pinks and greens to create a relaxed, cheery approach.

We both work in the design industry and made the art-deco-style table plan and place settings using a typeface Cian created himself. We then had them printed locally.

Instead of table numbers, we used lots of different hats - I love them and thought it would be a good icebreaker and get people who didn't know each other talking.

Cian is from the Middle East and we spent weekends on holiday there collecting shells on the beach for the place settings.

My top tip: Make the most of your ushers. Ours helped coordinate everything on the day, which enabled us to relax completely.

Photography by Anushé Low;