Where I’m at with the wedding planning

For those of you that don’t know, I got engaged on Easter Sunday this year. My now fiance proposed almost 8 years after meeting me and about time right?

Pretty much straight away we decided to get married in around a years time and started looking at venues to try to find the perfect one. After umming and ahhing my fiance went to play golf at a manor house outside of York and decided that it was the one. A couple of days later I popped to the venue myself with my mum in tow and agreed unanimously it was the ONE!

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We also popped into the church along the road and pretty much made the decision without the fiance’s input, that it was going to be a church ceremony. (We had discussed this already and knew it was something we would love to do) Photo below of my mum posing at the end of the aisle!

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After that we bought our house and wedding planning took a backseat really with only a couple of bits here or there getting sorted:

  • We chose the florist and had a good idea of colours and flowers we liked.
  • We asked our groomsmen/bridesmaids to be a part of the big day.

Then we had a chill for a bit….

But now wedding planning is full steam ahead with only around 6 months to go to the big day. We are about to embark on attending church for the next 6 months as part of the agreement to be allowed to marry there.

We are sending out invites etc as we speak with evening invites to go out a bit later.

The Dress is CHOSEN!!! but some fitting is required which will be started in the new year.

Bridesmaids dresses/suits are on the agenda for the new year.

Everyone has been booking accommodation at the venue which is fab and means lots of people don’t have to book taxi’s etc home especially when lots of them are travelling pretty far.

Centerpieces and table plan outline is sorted and won’t be finalised until table sizes/numbers are decided closer to the time.

Hair is booked and makeup is hopefully getting booked soon.

And it finally feels as though we are getting somewhere after months of worrying about getting on top of it all.

Lots of people I know who are married, loved the choosing and planning elements but I’ve not been particularly enthused really. The dress shopping was fun and I’m in love with what I’ve chosen but other than that I feel as though everything else is a tick-list exercise.

So fellow brides-to-be or future brides-to-be, don’t be worried that you don’t get excited about it all, I think it’s pretty ok not to be!

I will be checking in again a bit closer to the time with another update so keep your eyes peeled and let me know in the comments if you are blogging about your wedding/wedding planning so I can have a read.

Laura x

 

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Christmas Presents Your Partner Will Actually Want

It is less than 75 days until Christmas! (Yes, I have been counting!) And that can only mean one thing – the stress of Christmas shopping is about to descend upon us. Cue people running around like headless chickens. They will be trying to find something (or anything) suitable for their friends and family.

If you are anything like me, you love buying presents. It is a great way to show your friends and family that you have put thought into getting them something special. That, therefore, means that I like to get a good head start on the manic, last-minute gift buyers and plan ahead with plenty of time to go.

I love to plan my boyfriend’s Christmas gift and think about all the ways to surprise him. Finding unique gifts is actually a lot easier than you might think. You just need to put a little thought into it. Here are a few ideas and tips to help you find the perfect gift for your partner.

Think carefully about this

Before you rush into anything, think carefully about the types of things your boyfriend or girlfriend likes. Have they dropped any hints into conversations? Or did they make a passing comment about wanting something? The most special gifts are things that are completely unexpected, but mean a whole lot to the person receiving it.

Make something

Sometimes giving gifts doesn’t just have to be about spending money. It is really easy to stick to a small budget if you make something yourself. How about a scrapbook of memories? This is a great gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend. Stick in some photos of the two of you. Create lists like, “Five Things I Love about You”. If you aren’t keen on that idea, try making some homemade jewellery, or if you can knit, make a jumper or wooly hat! There is a world of possibilities; just think about what your skills are.

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Plan a holiday

OK, so this is moving slightly away from the low-budget DIY gift. But if you can afford to book a surprise holiday, it will go down a treat. There are so many budget airlines and low-cost package holidays nowadays that you might even surprise yourself at how cheap it can be. Flights to much of Europe can sometimes cost less than £20 if you book at the right time and far enough in advance. You don’t even have to go abroad. Why not book a night in a hotel nearby, hop in the car and spend the time somewhere a little different?

Book a course

Has your partner ever mentioned that they wanted to learn a new skill? Maybe they love to sing in the shower – so book them some singing lessons. Or maybe they have a creative streak that they are dying to unleash. Book them onto an art class or photography course. Whatever your partner is passionate about, help them take it to the next level with a little extra help.

I hope you liked my ideas and remember, don’t delay on your shopping!

Laura x

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Am I the Only One thinking about Christmas

When it comes to spending quality time with a loved one, a special occasion is a perfect excuse. With Christmas creeping up on us again, I thought I would get a head start with planning the family Xmas. It’s only a mere 18 weeks away from us and even though there is only 3 of us and a dog, I am planning the games and gifts already.

I’ve already been looking into some great recipe websites to find some recipes for traditional Christmas food. I have to admit that a lot of it looks pretty challenging and time-consuming. No wonder so many people buy it ready from the shops. Still, I feel I’ve reached the age where I need to conquer this. I think the cake will be enough to tackle this year.

I love shopping for Christmas presents, especially all those funny little gadgets that come out at this time of year. Novelty, geeky gifts make me smile, and I know they make great gift ideas for him. For the wonderful women in my family, I think I will be looking at some quality spa products. There are always some incredible gift packs available at Christmas. But I think I might put together a selection myself.

This year, I want our family Christmas tree to be even more awesome than ever. I’m thinking big, bright, and full of fairy lights. I have found some really cute lights to put on it. The trouble is, I could end up with so many different things that nothing works well together. It could be an eclectic mess! Still, it’s Christmas. I think it’s supposed to look over the top.

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Christmas TV is a very big part of our traditional family Christmases. I haven’t seen the schedules yet, but I’m hoping for some of the old favourites like The Grinch and The Gruffalo. I can’t say we are big on the whole watching the Queen’s speech, it depends on whether we are in food coma by then!

It’s rare to get a white Christmas here, as much as it would great to go outside in the snow on the day itself. We normally try to have some christmas games prepared and had a brilliant game a couple of years ago which had us in stitches.

There is plenty to budget for this Christmas. I am keen to contribute something for Christmas this year, even if it’s only the cake! Much of the preparations will have to wait a while yet, though. Of course, gift buying can start right away. I just hope I don’t forget what I buy and buy more and more as I go on. 

Have you started planning your christmas yet? Or already finished you shopping for the big day?

Thanks for reading.

Laura x

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