So its been a couple of months since Mr C popped the question and the events organiser in me has gotten straight to it with the planning. I cant quite work out if im being over organised or over eager but either way, so far im smashing this wedding planning malarkey.
I bought myself this super cute planner from House of Fraser at the Paperchase concession and its been a lifesaver. For the sentimentalist in me, I save everything, borderline hoarding I think. I find value in everything and struggle to part with it e.g. ‘I cant throw this away it was from my first ever wedding fair’ but thankfully, this little planner allows me to document everything and has handy little pockets to keep things in without being in the way or filling up yet another drawer with stuff that I should just throw away.
After quite a bit of research (and pinteresting) the first thing we needed to do was find a venue so we browsed the internet for venues that suit our personal styles and our wedding requirements within the local area and landed on a few we liked. Sadly, I can’t afford the venue I would have my dream wedding in (Blenheim Palace if you’re interested) and the alternative venue after driving there a few weeks prior was just too far. This was before we had even seen the venue we have booked. I got an email out of the blue from Charlotte who runs Dyl&Co informing me about a wedding fayre happening. I ummed and ahhed about it because we were already due to visit Kelham Hall but after looking at the company website and having a ‘we got this email for a reason, perhaps this is where we should be going’ moment, I responded to Charlotte and we were put on the list. I’m not going to disclose the name of the venue but oh my is it everything I think I ever wanted. We both felt it ticked all the boxes, the location is perfect, the grounds are beautiful as is the building itself and inside is just perfect – not to mention the honeymoon suite – OMG is that a gorgeous room. So, the deposit has been paid and a date has been set. This was the moment it all became a little more real!
Obviously, before we committed to signing a wedding contract with the venue, we had to secure a registrar as we are having the ceremony at the same venue too. Thankfully they had our time available on the day and so that is all booked. We are due to have our interview in May so I’m in the process of asking quick fire questions to Ben just in case!
We decided on a colour theme (finally… I’ll tell you now it’s not easy explaining to your future husband that everything needs to coordinate) which then enabled me to organise our Save the Dates which might I add; I am absolutely in love with. I used a template on Papier to create our own unique style and one that I hope people will save and cherish forever. Here is a sneak peek without giving too much away at the kind of thing we are going for
I also took my nearest and dearest friends out for Afternoon Tea at the Lace Market Hotel / Merchants Restaurant in Nottingham which was so good. At only £14.50pp, it’s a steal! Of course, I included a bottle of champagne in there too, whilst it was not a champagne I’d ever heard of, it’s certainly made it’s way onto my favourites list despite the £52 price tag.
After demolishing delicious desserts, we headed over to a bridal shop to have some fun with the dresses and unbeknownst to them, I had a surprise for them all. I presented each of them with a gorgeous pink box filled with dusty rose, rose gold and white items such as Bottega Prosecco, a heart necklace, pink macarons a Cath Kidson pen and a notebook along with a card simply asking if they would be my bridesmaids. It was a little more emotional that I thought it was going to be – I had it all planned out in my head what I wanted to say but when it came to crunch time, I just couldn’t and cried instead. Thankfully they did too so I wasn’t a sobbing mess on my own!
(L-R: Emma (my longest friend and personal MUA), Heather (the best one and Matron of Honor), Me (the Bride, obvs), Layla (my sister and personal hairdresser) and Hannah (my best coffee catcher-upper and tapas taster)
I haven’t 100% decided on a dress yet but we still have loads of time to make a decision, I think we might have helped narrow it down though to what I like. There is just TOO many styles and whilst I love them all, they were not the most helpful in saying I look good in everything haha!
I’ve got an appointment at The Bridal Room in Atherstone soon though with Heather to try a few more on in a more intimate environment with bubbles of course.
Oh, I’ve also purchased some shoes… not THE shoes I initially wanted but after much deliberation over the cost of them, I managed to find an almost identical alternative for a little less than half the price of the Jimmy Choos – I must admit, these ones are probably more comfortable too! They are the Freya Rose Chandelier in Ivory and they are simply beautiful. I have an alternative pair that I might change into in the evening that I bought from Kurt Geiger. A slight contrast to the Chandelier’s but these gold glittery ones will sparkle on the dancefloor during the reception.
I think that’s it for now. I must say, I am loving having this as a focus and everyday getting a moment closer to making my best friend my husband. I still get a bit giddy when I think about the moment I saw him get down on his knee and present me with my now most treasured item. If you haven’t yet read how he did it, you can read all about it here.
Are you getting married soon? How is your planning going? What are your thoughts on mine so far? 😊