Big day approaching for Star’s wedding winners

The Star's win a wedding couple, Diane Eyre and Alec Smith, are pictured at Whirlowbrook Hall, where their reception will be held.
The Star's win a wedding couple, Diane Eyre and Alec Smith, are pictured at Whirlowbrook Hall, where their reception will be held.
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With only a month to go until the big day the nerves are starting to kick in for The Star’s Win a Wedding couple.

Diane Eyre and Alex Smith won a £15,000 wedding in hotly contested competition in February and have been busy with preparations ever since.

All the big things have been chosen and organised and the couple are now finalising the details of their big day.

They were over the moon when they met with Diane Spink, from Simply Seated, to see a mock-up of a wedding breakfast table at Whirlowbrook Hall, including chair covers and centre pieces.

“It’s going to look beautiful. We definitely had a clear idea of what we wanted when we first met with Diane,” said the bride-to-be, of Lindholme Drive, Rossington, Doncaster

Although the couple also discussed the finer details of the decoration, they wanted to keep it under wraps so not to spoil the surprise for guests.

Alec, aged 47, and Diane tie the knot in the Grade-II listed Victorian pavilions at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens on Friday, October 3.

The wedding will be followed by a photo shoot worth £1,249 with photographer Lloyd Siddall, before they are whisked to Whirlowbrook Hall for a three-course wedding breakfast and afternoon tea for 40 guests.

The venue will also host an evening buffet for 80 complete with DJ.

Diane, 38, said: “The venue is beautiful.

“When we saw it for the first time it was amazing, we couldn’t believe it. It is wonderful, the views are amazing.”

The prize also includes a bespoke wedding gown to the value of £900 by designer Kelly Marie Redhead – a finalist in the Best Student Designer of the Year category in the Bridal Buyer Awards.

Diane Spink, of Simply Seated, said the couple had a very clear view of what they wanted the room to look like on the day.

“Diane and Alec have been really easy to work with because they knew exactly what they wanted,” said the retired textiles teacher

“They knew what table decorations they wanted and what colour and in the first meeting we had it all sorted.

“With all my clients I always come to whichever venue to set up a table.

“It’s usually about six weeks before to see if there is anything they watch changing.”