Hello! I’m writing this as Al is cooking us dinner and Kirstie Allsopp is talking me through how to get a vintage 50s home – has anyone else seen that on Channel 4?
It’s right up my street as it’s full of old things and crafting, although it has been making me feel a bit guilty about my distinct lack of wedding crafting! Tabitha’s DIY wool letter tutorial has made me feel extra bad, so I’m going to make it my mission to get some crafting in and bring it to you in my next post – pinky promise!
So, what exactly have I been doing? Well me personally – not much. But the same can’t be said of my fellow real bride Hannah, who has been busy with various stationery designs that include our wedding invitations!
We initially planned to design our own invites and get them printed I’m not sure where. We didn’t get very far down this road, besides creating some super simplistic Save the Dates and having them printed on postcards from Snapfish.
Just after this whole real bride journey got going and after getting to know the other girls, the lovely Hannah mentioned that her day job is a graphic designer and that she was contemplating setting up a wedding stationery business. She asked us if we’d like to be some of her guinea pigs and we agreed. She did us some initial drafts, and from those we ended up with our final invites, which arrived looking like this:
To say we were excited when they arrived is a HUGE understatement, Al and I both shamelessly jumped up and down and did a happy dance. [I don’t recall dancing! – Al]
Here’s me looking just a bit happy with our invites, and a shot of our “invitation station” where they were all written, sealed in envelopes (definitely recommend peel and seal – thanks for the tip off on that Hannah!), addressed and finished off with a little personalised heart stamp with our initials that I found on Etsy.
Hannah worked with our meagre budget to get a design and format that we’re utterly in love with and even helped us get them printed and advise on the type of paper we should go for. Seeing as they are all now sent out, I’m going to treat you all to the finished article!
We also had evening invites in the same style, but in a more simple single card format. I’ve already gushed about them quite a lot but we literally could not be happier with them and the feedback that we’ve had so far from friends and family has been great!
The hardest part of the whole process was doing the guestlist and writing the wording to go on them – and that was just down to us being rubbish and indecisive!
Back To Bridal Heaven
So getting our invitations sent out – that’s a pretty big item ticked off the list right? Well, I reckon I might be able to top that with another item that’s now got a big fat tick next to it.
A couple of weekends ago I went back to the beautiful boutique Anya Bridal Couture to try on and collect my dress. I’ve mentioned on here before how much I’d love to just spend the whole day in there trying on stunning dresses, and I did have to be coaxed out of my dress after prancing about the whole barn!
Some alterations are needed to the length and it will need either taking in or some gel padding sewn into the bust to give me a boost in that area (didn’t know you could get those – pretty sure I’m going to go with that option!). I can’t actually describe the relief that I felt when I had it on and it fitted though!
So, my beautiful gown came home with me, and is now hanging up in her bag in Al’s mum’s walk in wardrobe!
The same day that I picked up my dress Al’s mum and I planned to go shopping together to start getting ideas for her outfit. As we had my wedding dress in tow we didn’t think it would be a good idea to leave her unattended in the car while we went in to town, so we sort of bailed out, took the dress back to Al’s mum and dad’s house and decided to try our luck in a shop just up the road from where they live.
Charisma of Fawley is a well established specialist in Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom outfits, but based on what Al’s mum had told me she liked I wasn’t sure if we would find anything suitable.
The assistants were really helpful and happy to advise even though we told them we were only researching and not looking to buy anything – and they told us that the Spring/Summer 2013 Collections were already starting to arrive! We picked out a couple of things for Chris to try on and…wow!
Two out of the three looked absolutely fantastic! We were so in love with one that Chris nearly bought it there and then! I don’t want to reveal too much, but it complements everything and looks really sophisticated.
It’s by Gina Bacconi – here’s a selection of their outfits:
Chris’s outfit may be among them, but I’m not saying anything more than that! Anyway, after showing Al’s dad she went back and bought it first thing Monday morning!
I don’t often see too much said about Mother of the Bride or Groom outfits on blogs, so would be really interested to see what you all think. Have you helped out with any mum shopping trips? Is anyone else excited about guests wearing hats? (I am so so so hoping for glorious head wear!)
Let’s Get Physical
In other news (not necessarily to do with wedding planning but kind of related to it) I’ve recently joined a gym, as running on Southampton Common is just a bit too creepy now with the dark evenings!
I’m in to my second full week of going 3 times a week and I have to tell you, it’s not been easy. I haven’t psyched myself up to doing any classes yet as I’m worried I’m just not fit enough and will hold up all the seasoned pros, but am thinking about getting a personal trainer to help me out. When it comes to weights and resistance I really don’t have much of a clue, and particularly want to focus on toning up my tummy and my arms.
Has anyone got any tips on good exercises for those areas? What about personal trainers? Does anyone use them?
Can’t believe I’m at the end of another post for you lovely lot – with exactly 6 months today to go until the big day! I won’t be back until the New Year, so I hope you all have a wonderful festive season and I’ll see you in 2013 with some DIY.