Actually, if I’m being honest, that’s a complete fabrication. The Bloke and I got engaged in May (after an unbelievable proposal overlooking a 13th Century Scottish castle, and yes, I’m never going to get bored of saying that), and by June I had pretty much decided on what was going to happen on the big day. The Bloke laughed at my initial proclamation that I wasn’t going to do anything until the summer and he was right to do so – I started thinking of ideas the very next day.
Now, when I say ‘I,’ I of course mean ‘we,’ but with me having more free time than The Bloke does I’ve been able to immerse myself in Pinterest for ideas and fill out the necessary paperwork. He’s got used to coming home only to be greeted by my phone being shoved in his face with the question “Now, what do you think of this?” and to his credit he has given me his honest opinion and offered his own suggestions along the way.
I’ve never wanted a big, fancy wedding. I’ve been to a number of them, all which were fabulous and unique with loads of fantastic things to do, but as cliche as it sounds I’ve always liked the idea of a small ceremony and a lack of pomp and circumstance. We get married, we eat, then we get our dancing shoes on and have a great time with people that mean the most to us. I am determined that The Bloke and I get the chance to spend the day together, as one of the biggest regrets that my family and friends say they have about their own weddings is that they were so concerned about everyone else having a good time that they forgot to enjoy it themselves.
For now, everything is going well. The venue is booked for October 2017 and paid, the food ordered, the registrar is booked and a deposit paid, I’ve secured a fabulous photographer and hairdresser, my sister will be doing our make-up, I’ve pretty much completed the centrepieces and seating cards (posts on those will go up at a future date) for virtually nothing, I’ve got a design for invitations ready, my friend is making me a cupcake tower instead of having a massive cake (and she really does make the best cupcakes – I know, because I’ve tried them all), I know exactly what we’re doing for favors and where we are going to get our flowers from, the guest list and seating plan is done and I’m currently looking for a DJ. I haven’t got a massive bridal party, only having a family of four (with no extended relatives) – my mum will be walking me down the aisle and my two sisters will be my bridesmaids, but we’ve already decided that dresses will be bought off the rack next year (including my own – I refuse to spend thousands of pounds on a dress that I’m going to wear once), and they will be sold after the day is over. The Bloke’s family is considerably larger (and they’re all northern and hilarious), but the only member of his grooms party is his sister, who will be his Best wo-Man. There are no children invited (my friends have a collective group of about 35 children between them), and I can’t believe that I still have to wait a year!
The most fun aspect of it all, I’m discovering, is what I think of as the extras. The stuff that I didn’t know I wanted – dessert table, candles, photo booth, even the confetti I want to put on the tables. And I’m getting a kick out of working out how I can do it simply and for minimal cost and meeting some new and interesting people along the way!
What about you guys? Any hints and tips for fun and inexpensive things to do on the day?
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