Marriage Prep and Meal tasting!

The last week for us, had been busy on the wedding front, from marriage preparation to menu tasting and sending the first batch of invites out! Super exciting!

So first thing is if you’re having a church wedding do you have marriage preparation? We were so dubious about this to start with as we’ve been together nearly 10years, nothings going to change but my name. However this was a great day for us focusing on after that “one” wedding day and focusing on our marriage together. It really does make you think. We learnt a lot, from new ways of talking with each other, financial management to family relationships.

They let thing to take forward was about learning to listen and communicate effectively!

After a great day learning lots of new things and meeting some awesome couples we then got onto trying our menus! Yummmm! If I’m honest we didn’t know what to expect at all. The hotels restaurant where we are getting married has 3 Rosettes and won they best hotel restaurant award last year!! So being foodies we were keen to see what it was all about, and it did not let us down, the service was great and the food was delicious!

Desert to test the tastebuds

As you can imagine after all that food, we walked out about a stone heavier! But in such excitement for our big day!

Did you have a meal tasting? How was it?

DIY Brides

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It’s that time of the week again, wedding Wednesday. This week I want to talk about all the things that are super easy to make your self to help save a few pennies…

Being in the design industry and starting off my wedding planning journey I knew stationary wise this was something I was going to do myself. (So far I’ve made save the dates and invites) I’m not going to lie, you need to be super organised and have some time to play with, or a great group of friends to help you out as ours took a good while! (Get some prosecco in and make an evening of it) Alternatively you can get pre-made templates on Etsy that you can edit and print which look just as good!

I bought all the materials on eBay to make these and had a stamp made with our names on. Which has been used on just about everything so far to personalise our wedding stationary in a unique way!

The other thing I have been making is for the table, some cute custom tea light jam jars all wrapped in cute string and lace. These are super easy and cheap. Jars, any size, I’ve just collected mine and asked family to collect them too. Lace and twine from eBay, you can get some really nice stuff on there, and wrapped around a jar with a candle in, looks really special.

I hope these bits that can help cut costs help, as I continue my journey, I’ll post about more things brides can DIY

Also any brides out there any DIY tips, I’d love to here them!

New Year New #WeddingWednesday

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Here’s to 2018, the year I get to have my special day, and 1 year since I got engaged! WOW time really has flown by. Huge congratulations to all the Happy couples out there who got engaged over the festive period! It’s such an exciting time. – I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I am and you find these posts useful.

Today I want to talk save the dates, when should these be sent out? Who should I send them to?

We gave all our save the dates out last year, mostly (because we had time on our side) we handed them to people in person, I was so excited we started handing them out around May last year, around 18 months before the wedding. Coming from a design background myself and my MOH hand made our save the dates, I had such fun doing it! (See picture below).

Now in my excitement and naivety I thought it would help, however now with less than a year to go we both keep getting asked to remind people of the date. So I guess my top tip on your save the dates would be to send them out at 1 year to go. That way it builds excitement and it’s easier for people to remember the date a year in advance.

There is no strict rule when it comes to save the dates, who should they be sent to etc. I recently saw a great idea in a wedding feed, sending save the date and save the evening cards. The choice is however yours! – please comment and let me know your thoughts on save the dates! I’m a real bride and only go on my own experiences!

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So… you’ve just got engaged! You’ve let everyone know! The next question they ask is so when do you think you’ll have the big day! 

Being in the UK we knew there’s no guarantee sunshine, and we really don’t feel the weather is going to effect our wedding, we’ve been to so many great weddings in October, a great month with beautiful autumnal leaves! (Also October falls out of wedding season *WIN for costs*)

We spent a long time thinking about places we could get married places we’ve been and loved, places near my parents (traditional) and his. We personally loved the idea of choosing somewhere that meant something to both of us, Brockenhurst Hampshire, where we first met at college! Once we had a rough idea of the location, out came the spreadsheets!

Google sheets has literally been my wedding planning best friend! I initially started looking at locations in the area that put on weddings- all put into a list with links so that me and josh could sit down one evening and think about what suited us and what type of wedding we wanted! It was also a great way to see costs and grasp some idea of a budget (I had no idea where to start with that) and how many people they could cater for. Once we narrowed down our options we contacted the relevant wedding venues to ask to view them. 

Something we really hadn’t thought about was guest list and how many guests we could/wanted to invite and keep the cost at a reasonable amount. And that was the first question we had back from the venues. “What’s you approx number of guests”. At the the time I chucked a ball park figure out there. Don’t do this. Spend some time on the guest list, make sure your happy with it! We underestimated how many people we we would invite and therefore lost negotiating deals!

Don’t forget most of all to enjoy it – I can tell you now this this was the funnest spreadsheet I’ve ever done!

Photo taken in the middle of our viewings