The countdown has finally begun. Okay, it should have begun long ago but there’s nothing like a bit of pressure to get your butt in gear right!?
It’s no secret that I’ve been rather unorganised when it comes to wedding planning. My mind was completely preoccupied with becoming a new mum and with the humungous list (that of course I LOVED writing) to complete, I think I just felt a tad overwhelmed.
Well the good news is I’ve gotten stuck in and have actually ticked off a lot from my list. I won’t go into too much detail as I’ll be doing separate posts on different aspects, such as bridesmaids and flower girls, page boys and the groom, table decor, stationary (yes another one); so I’ll just give you a quick update on where we are at.
I’m having mine made as I found that every dress I fell in love with had something I’d change about it. So, why not have the perfect dress made for me? Plus it saves on additional alterations as it’ll be made to measure! Price wise it’s not working out much cheaper but I’m loving the thought that I’ll be in something unique and made for me. I’ve been to an initial meeting and then my first fitting where I got to see the lining pinned together to give me a rough guide of shapes and lengths and sizes etc.
At my next appointment I’ll see the lining all sewn up and secure and we can decide on necklines, train lengths and sleeve styles.
I’ve been set homework (the geek in me loved this), to choose my bra, shoes and lace in time for my next appointment. I ordered some beautiful lace samples this week from eBay so hopefully one of those will be perfect!
I also ordered my wonderful bridesmaids dresses that arrived today from ASOS.com. The fab thing about using ASOS is that I could order a variety of sizes, my girls can join together, try them on, decide yay or nay and I can send back which ones we don’t want. I’m not going to be showing the dresses on here until after the wedding but I can tell you they are floral and I’m a little in love (as long as they fit).
I’m hopefully having my flower girls floral crowns made for them by an independent seller on Instagram. This is all in the making now but I thought going for artificial flowers would mean the girls could keep them after.
I then ordered my youngest flower girl a fairy wand from eBay which I’ll decorate with ribbon and either real or artificial flowers; and then my eldest flower girl a basket and silk petals to throw from The Range.
For my mini men Rhys and Jasper I bought some braces, again from eBay and I’m on the hunt for bow ties and the right shoes, shirts and shorts.
You may have seen in my Ikea haul video last week that I’ve bought 10 small tin pots in a cream shade. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll fill them with artificial flowers or real yet but I did go to a wholesale florist today to explore the route of doing my flowers myself or atleast cutting out the middle man and having them done at a more inexpensive rate. The florist was out though so I’ll need to pop back again soon.
As initially we were getting married in a barn I had plans for an archway to stand under that I’d decorate with a combination of artificial and real flowers. Now however we have a garden ceremony under a Doric Temple so we don’t need the array of flowers that we bought from The Range but I’m confident we’ll find other places for them. I have ivy garlands, small leaf garlands and garlands with white roses. I think these would look beautiful running along the front of the top table and maybe around the columns of the temple. (I say temple but it’s nothing huge, just a small one with enough room for 3 or 4 people to stand under).
My mum picked me up two artificial rose trees from Home Bargains that I’d like to stand at either side of the aisle either next to myself and Pete or where the guests first come in. This is all something I’ll decide when the weather is nicer and we can see the garden in full bloom.
I also picked up three giant white balloons from Hobbycraft which I think will look fab for pictures. I may even add some paper tassel garlands to them if I’m feeling crafty! I also got a ‘Wedding this way’ sign to go on the driveway to the venue and some driftwood from eBay to make some more signs.
My invitations for the day and evening guests have been ordered! I made them on an awesome site called Dazzle; not one that I’ve worked with before and I found them absolutely amazing! I custom made so much of them, they fit perfectly with my colour scheme and were pretty inexpensive!
We’re yet to find a DJ for the evening but for the ceremony and drinks reception we have a wonderful singer. I’m so excited to hear his beautiful voice as I walk down the aisle and while everyone is milling around at the drinks reception.
We still have a load to do; suits, hair, make up, favours, flowers, DJ, transport etc etc etc; but I’ve definitely found that doing little bits every week is chipping away at my mountain of a list and making me feel a lot less anxious and much more relax and excited.
I can finally see it coming together; my wedding is no longer a pinterest board in my head but more a reality. I’m also loving that our ‘to pay’ list is slowly getting smaller and our paid, ticked off, finished list is ever growing. Of course our initial budget has been exceeded; I should of known when I put all of my wedding plans into the Wedding Cost Calculator and found a £6000 difference between our budget and the realistic cost of what we want! It’s definitely worth giving it a go as it’s pretty spot on and much more realistic than my not so fabulous maths!
Truth be told I had to lower my expectations slightly and cross off a few unneccesary (doves to fly down the aisle and pace the rings on our fingers, Ed Sheeran to sing to us … you know the sort).
Well I’ll be doing lots more posts as time goes on. A lot I’ll save until after the wedding; not because I want it to be some big secret but I do want that element of surprise for my guests rather than them turning up and knowing exactly what it’s going to look like.
Thanks for reading lovelies,