Norfolk country girl can put the wow into a rustic reception

Penny Baldry, who is running a rustic wedding hire business from her garage. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Penny Baldry, who is running a rustic wedding hire business from her garage. Picture; Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

When country girl Penny Baldry tied the knot, she wanted a laid-back, rustic reception.

Finding the right accessories for the hoe-down after the ceremony proved such a slog, Mrs Baldry, 28, is now offering to hire the lot out to save another bride all the trouble.

'We had a barn wedding,' said the farmer's girl from Whaplode, who now works as a fashion designer and lives at Watlington with her 35-year-old husband Ant.

'We got married in July in the church at Shouldham, then we went to the Red Barn, near Downham Market. It was me doing all the planning and everything and I found I couldn't hire a lot of stuff. We couldn't get bunting in the colours we wanted, so my mum made 120 yards of it.'

Mrs Baldry said she believes weddings are becoming more relaxed, with some choosing to welcome guests to their reception with drinks in jam jars, simple place settings on apple crates, china cake stands and old-fashioned games like croquet, sack races and a tug 'o war after the speeches.


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Instead of disposing of all her accessories when she and Mr Baldry returned home from their honeymoon in St Lucia, she decided to hold on to them.

'I've got a garage full,' she said. 'I'd say to brides come and have a look at what I've got, come and have a rummage in my garage.'

Mrs Baldry has set up a website, click here.

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