Super Dereham mother sews up a wedding day solution

After the venue for her dream wedding went into administration earlier this year, Heidi Weight turned to her seamstress mum for help.

Today was supposed to be the happiest day of Heidi Weight and Richard Clemo's life.

But when a luxury Norfolk hotel went into administration earlier this year, their hopes of a dream wedding appeared to have been dashed.

Tomorrow, the couple will be married in a bigger and better ceremony than they ever thought possible – largely thanks to the mother-of-the-bride's sewing skills.

The wedding was originally planned as a two-day event at the Broad House Hotel in Wroxham.

Beginning with a civil ceremony today for just 30 guests, the couple had a party for about 100 people planned for tomorrow.

In February, Miss Weight, 29, received a call to tell them the venue had gone into administration three months earlier.

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'We were utterly devastated,' said the bride-to-be, who grew up in Dereham.

The couple lost half their money and were left with an entire wedding to arrange in just two months.

But Miss Weight, who, together with her twin Daniel, was a member of the Dereham Operatic Society's youth group, said it gave them a chance to do some soul searching.

She said: 'We both looked at each other and realised we wanted a church wedding after all.'

The couple will now be married at East Bilney church tomorrow, in front of 100 friends and family, with a wedding breakfast and reception at Hunter's Hall at Swanton Morley. It means Miss Weight and 34-year-old Mr Clemo, who now live in Cambridge, will get their fairytale wedding – but it has also thrown up some obstacles along the way. With a new venue in need of decorations, the bride turned to her mum.

Jane Weight, 56, who is a trained seamstress, was already making the wedding dress and two bridesmaid dresses, but suddenly found herself with a lot more sewing to do.

Her daughter, who credit's her mother with creating 'the perfect day' for her and her fiance, said: 'My mum is amazing. I know everyone thinks that, but mine really is.

'Mum quickly stepped up to challenge making 10 table runners and 80 metres of bunting.'

With newly-appointed ushers and a more formal dress code for the church wedding, Mrs Weight also rustled up six cravats for the groomsmen.

The mother-of-the-bride, who lives in Beetley, near Dereham, with husband Mick, 58, is also still in the process of sewing hearts to go on each of the chairs.

She said she was distraught when she first heard that the Broad House Hotel had gone into administration.

Mrs Weight, who works at Morrisons in Dereham and had to use her evenings and weekends to make the decorations, said: 'I have never felt like that in my life and I hope I never do again. I felt absolutely numb.

'It's lovely to feel I've been able to help. It's going to be a fantastic wedding and wonderful day.'

victoria.leggett@archant.co.uk

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