Nooooooo, my last pre-wedding post (sob) so please indulge me for a minute or two as I plan to make the most of it! I have to confess that I am very sad this chapter is over. I have so enjoyed making a teeny contribution to these pages and I have so very much appreciated the advice and comments from you lovely readers, so thank you.
When I made my entry to become a ‘Real Bride’, I submitted a mood board based on the type of feel I wanted for our big day. Over a year later, naturally things have evolved and ‘just for the craic’, I decided to put together a new mood board based on what I know now:
If I can achieve even just a patch of the pretty from above, I will be more than happy. So here’s what I’ve been doing this month to try and get there.
Since the last time I wrote, wedding plans and progress went slightly off course. Without going completely off topic, I will try briefly to explain. What turned into a casual “lets go and view that property for research purposes”, turned into an offer made, an offer accepted, (lots of boring paperwork blah, blah, blah), and then completion. Between this post and my last post we have got out of the rental and into the home, and we love it.
So, wedding planning took a temporary backseat. That lasted for maybe a fortnight, until I was itching to get on with it again and tearing into our boxes to get hold of my latest DIY projects.
Last post, last bout of DIY and please forgive me, some are still a work in progress! Top left is the start of the table plan.
I would love to take credit for the hanger bottom left, but alas no, it was bought from Etsy. My new name (excited squeals!)
I have always wondered how Bride and Grooms get such amazing confetti shots when as a guest at weddings I, without fail, forget to take some. So, to help all the ‘forgetters’ like me, I bought some for the Groomsmen to hand out (bottom right).
And, I love a frame and sign. The Bride and Groom graphics were downloaded for free from Wedding Chicks.
On the next image top left is some ‘Mr & Mrs Moloney’ doily bunting for the top table. Bottom left is for our getaway car and on the right are bunting signs for the reception.
A Jug-gling Act
Our florist emailed us to ask if we would like to hire her jugs for the centre pieces (this is what we were considering doing), and then she mentioned that they were £6…each. Whilst I recognise that weddings are pricey, even I thought this seemed rather ridiculous. We declined the use of her jugs (that almost sounds a bit rude) and we decided to use what we had at home, supplemented with a couple of bits from TK Maxx where, indecently, it was cheaper to BUY a jug than it was to hire. We now have enough ‘vessels’ for the tables, here is a selection:
(Flower) Girl Power
I am very lucky to have possibly the most gorgeous niece (slightly biased I know) who will be our flower girl. She is three years old and the cutest thing ever. My Mum has bought her a “pretty dress” and bolero and has made her a headband and flower girl basket. She has tried the dress on and it is safe to say she loves it. She asked my Mum the other day “why does Aunty Kelly want to get married? Is it so she can wear a pretty dress like me?” she then went on to ask if she could get married, ahhhhhh! And, she’s a natural:
I have bought all my accessories, with the exception of a statement pair of earring which I will leave to the last minute as I have a habit of changing my mind. Shoes, I hear you ask? Well go on then!
One pair of sparkly Kate Spades, check. I am also in love with my garter; I bought this from a British designer who made it out of super old vintage lace (Andy is so not allowed to pull it down with his teeth, ahem).
I had my hair and make-up trial a few weeks ago. I confess, I rather vainly found this a tricky one. Whilst I would like a ‘professional’ to do it so it is nice and it takes that stress away from me (trying to attach false eyelashes under pressure is so not cool), I had such fixed ideas and ‘likes’, I was never going to look exactly how I had pictured in my minds eye, which I most definitely did not. Coupled with being somewhat messed about by the lady I had booked, and my lack of assertiveness in, errr, demanding what I wanted, I was left feeling slightly apprehensive about the whole thing. However, as Andy pointed out, there are more important things to worry about so I am not going to get too hung up about it. If I need to, I will just have to wash it off and start again, I’m sure all that nice honeymoon make-up I’ve been buying could be put to even better use!
My beauty staples I am ‘demanding’:
And my wedding hair inspirations:
It’s Time to Call in the Professionals
I have taken the advice of many a gorgeous Bride to have graced these pages and decided to book an on-the-day-co-ordinator. I am planning on sitting back and drinking champagne as I leave the stresses and pressures in someone else’s capable hands. A quick Internet search and I came across Marie at Isabella Weddings. One of the best wedding planning decisions I’ve made. Before Marie came on board, I was already over thinking who would do what and how it would be done, but all that ceased as soon as the email was sent. There is something secure about the knowledge that someone will be there to organise and arrange things whilst all I have to worry about is enjoying myself. It’s a tough life!
You may remember that THE dress was bought on-line via America so when it arrived it needed altering. Well, it is now altered and hanging up at home eekkkk, and just to be a bit annoying, here is a sneak peek:
And seeing as this is my last post, I thought you wouldn’t mind if I gushed a little bit about Andy. I remember one Sunday afternoon some time ago, Charlotte posed the question of fate, which has stuck with me ever since. The big and sometimes insignificant decisions or choices we have made or are made for us through default; have all led us to the paths we tread today…
Rewind a few years…my temporary contract had expired at my ‘then’ job in Surrey. I was disappointed to be hunting for a new one and was wondering what life could throw at me next. My woes however, paled into insignificance when at the same point in time; a young man I had never met, had recently recovered from a brain tumour and, back to full health and a little later than planned, was able to begin his first teaching post in Sussex. A few months later, I rock into the same Sussex school, having fluked my interview, and meet this generous, caring man with literally a heart made of gold. His name was Andy.
Several years later we got together and never looked back. With Andy’s big ideas and my know how, we quit our jobs, travelled the world and came back to England with big plans of settling down and planning our wedding, which, leads us to where we are today. I can’t express how excited, happy and thankful I am to have met Andy. He has taught me so much; you don’t have to settle for second best, you can achieve your goals, and above all; you can be happy. I love him and can’t wait for the day I can proudly call him husband.
If you are still reading this, thank you! To all the Real Brides class of 2011/2012, you’ve been my heroes, over and out. Charlotte, Adam and the RMW team; words cannot express how happy you have made me, RMW continues to go from strength to strength and I wish you all the luck in the world.
Big See-You-On-The-Flipside Love,
Kelly (Reds) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx