Archive for January 2012

We had a super fun day yesterday. We worked on our wedding website which should be sent out today as our Save The Date. It was so great sitting together designing it and putting all of our information in there. Makes the day feel so real now! There’s even a video of Mr Pig on there!

I also emailed the bridal party to find out their top 3 choices for rooms at our venue. All the rooms are lovely but different so it was so much fun getting emails saying ‘we’ll have March!’ followed by ‘no, Summer is better, swap for that one!!’.

They all said how excited they were and how they can’t wait for the big day! I was so pleased that they all chose different rooms as a first choice so everyone was happy.

It was the first experience of properly involving our guests and it was brilliant! I can’t wait for the website to go out and we start hearing from others!

It feels like its all really happening now!

Have a lovely Sunday



So, it’s 7 and a half months until the big day – gulp – and there is still a lot to do! (haha every time I write ‘a lot’, I think about this post – have you seen it? It’s GENIUS)

Anyway… so, all of the big decisions are made and I talked about them here. But the details are killing me!

We know from various posts (that I won’t bore you with again) that the bridesmaid dresses are still undecided. With 7 and a half months to go, I still have time to find dresses but the colour needs deciding soon. EVERYTHING revolves around the colour – the flowers, the stationery, my shoes, the groomsmens’ ties, the Mother of the Bride outfit, the decorations and the cake. What’s most annoying is that I’m taking so long to decide. The colour is NOT. THAT. IMPORTANT. I really don’t mind what I have! Well, I know what I don’t want – I don’t want bold colours or dark colours. But I don’t know what I do want or whether I can afford what I eventually decide that I want!

My weekend with the bridesmaids is coming up and I’m sure we’ll make some progress then. That relaxes me about the colour issue but then the dreaded style of dress issue pops into my head. Should they be the same fabric as my dress? The same neckline? Is there a rule about all of this? I know, I know, it’s ‘my day’ so I can do what I want but anyone who knows me, knows I’m a rules and details kinda gal and I want it to look good.

Even bigger than this though we have received a letter from our wedding venue to say that they have had planning permission for building work to ‘improve’ the hotel. Problem is, they’re adding 30 extra rooms! I’ve been telling people we’re getting married in a gorgeous boutique hotel with only 17 rooms (or however many there are at the moment) and now they’re throwing 30 more on?? I’m quite disappointed. I’ve asked them to confirm the impact on our day – are we expected to fill the rooms? If not, do they plan to allow non-wedding guests to stay? I thought we had exclusive use of the hotel and now the after-hours bar and breakfast might be shared with non-wedding guests! I’m waiting for their reply but I’ll certainly have something to say if that’s going to happen. I really don’t want this issue in my wedding planning!! They say the building work will be completed by March but finishing 30 rooms in 2 months? I doubt it.

Other brides will sympathise with me I’m sure when I say that I’m living and breathing this wedding at the moment! Not in an overly stressy way. I’m not putting too much onto the day, it’s just that I’m excited to get planning the finer details and everything has to wait until the bridesmaid weekend. It’s tough isn’t it because a lot of what we plan comes from the style of the dress but you can’t tell anyone about the dress so you can’t share the planning with people and ask for help! It sort of makes it tricky even talking about it to the Groom!

G and I have a rare weekend off together and we do plan to do a bit of wedding organising. We’re going to look at the budget today and then just make some plans for when we’re going to do stuff. Our priority is to get the Save the Date website out so we actually have some guests!

I just want to mention and thank Wedding Sparrow who so kindly helped me with ideas for bridesmaid dresses through Twitter yesterday. I just jumped to her website to link to it on here and spotted her Blush Bridesmaids and Wedding Styling post – I think she may have written that for me – it’s GORGEOUS! *inspired!*

Having woken up this morning thinking about the first dance, I feel so excited. It was a gorgeous feeling. I’m focusing on that and not worrying too much about venues, dresses and colours!! Whatever happens, it’ll be fantastic.

Here’s to a fabulous weekend.

Much love


So, as you know from a previous post, I am being incredibly indecisive when it comes to colours for our wedding. I started on yellow, left yellow for a pale green and then returned to yellow. I haven’t yet found anything yellow (dresses/flowers/accessories) which makes me say ‘oooooh’ and so, as much as I love the colour, I just don’t think it will work.

So, with it all being a bit of a stress and knowing I’m not seeing my bridesmaids until February, I tried to stop thinking about it.

Of course as a wedding planning bride, it’s impossible to actually stop thinking about planning your wedding so I didn’t actually stop. I began to think that perhaps what I’m worried about is my wedding being too ‘themed’. I don’t want a ‘pink wedding’ or a ‘yellow wedding’ or any colour wedding. I just want it to look beautiful. Is that asking too much? Gah!

So, with a clear mind, I identified the issue was one of not wishing to have a block of colour. So, I started to consider neutral colours. How about neutral coloured bridesmaid dresses? Like this colour (dress from Coast):

In fact, I quite like the dress with the black ribbon – it would tie in nicely with my groomsmen’s suits!

And then I started to see dresses with patterns on them and found myself wondering whether that was my solution!? Not a block of colour, but a few different colours? I love florals but originally didn’t want a ‘fussy’ wedding so avoided the look but if the only florals are on the bridesmaid dresses, I think they could really work? I loved this dress from Pied A Terre:

Screen shot from House of Fraser but is no longer on the website so can't link!

I don’t think the colours are quite what I’m after but it got me thinking that if this kind of dress was in lighter colours, I could really go for it?? The style would certainly work although may be a bit warm for a summer wedding.

I’m thinking that I’d like my bridesmaids in high street-ish dresses but then there is the risk that a guest might wear the same dress! I guess if that happens, you say well que será será and you invite them into the photos!!!

Can you suggest a website where I could get dresses like this, not too expensive but also not too mainstream so I can lower the risk of guests looking part of the bridal party??

Thank you!



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