Happy New Year lovely people!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! Ours was spent celebrating with family and friends and as the clock struck 12 and after lots of hugging and kissing and the obligatory rendition of ‘Old Lang Syne’ we jumped around to The Killer’s Mr Brightside screaming ‘We’re getting married this year!’
I know we’ve already done this but as I write this we are only a few days into 2013 so to all you lovely brides getting married this year ‘YAAAAY it’s here, it’s finally our year!!’ *does a little dance in chair* and to all the lovely new brides to be that got engaged over the Christmas/New Year period ‘CONGRATULATIONS and welcome!!!’
Time to Stop Stalling
Now it’s 2013, it’s full steam ahead on project ‘let’s get married’. There were a lot of things that in the run up to December that when asked we would say
‘It’s fine, don’t worry…we’ll sort it out in the New Year ‘
Yeah well now it’s the New Year and there is no excuse to put it off any longer booo!
If I’m honest before Christmas I caught a little bit of wedding burnout. I haven’t watched a single episode of the new series of Don’t Tell the Bride (which may sound particularly drastic – but I do watch it a lot) and I completely stopped going on Pinterest.
I had too many ideas and too many wedding projects. So after realising this was not physically possible, I’ve cut it all down to the most important aspects of our day. There will still be lots of handmade pretties and DIY creations, but I’ve realised that I don’t NEED to do every idea that pops into my silly little noggin.
We sat down and made a list of what we NEEDED and the stuff we REALLY wanted, cut out all the rubbish we were planning just because we (I) thought we should, and it’s made me feel loads better.
So now I’m BACK and raring to go!
My Best Girls
BRIDESMAIDS!! Yes I love them; getting to share your day with your best girls and making sure they look seriously beautiful in whatever dress we choose.
Firstly I thought I’d introduce you to my leading ladies. I always knew who I would have as my bridesmaids and I can’t think of anyone better to share the aisle with
Amarni/Maid of Honour
Amarni aka my little sister, maid of honour and the most beautiful person in the world, inside and out. She also has no idea of this fact. She’s been a massive help with the planning, including finding our beautiful bridal entrance song. It gives me tingles every time people!
I think I might just be the luckiest girl in the world to have her as my sister.
Beth and I bonded over our joint hatred of our A level history teacher.
She is one very special and gorgeous lady and it’s a complete honour to know her (even though she is a bad influence – see the drunken New Year’s photo above for reference). I feel very lucky to have her in my life. Love you bucket loads lady!
Robyn is one of my oldest friends/partner in crime. We walked to school together every day (mostly ran because we were late – totally my fault), obsessed over Lee from 911 for most of our early teens, got mighty silly on cheap cider in the park and she was the first person to be introduced to Chris 8 years ago.
She’s a new yummy Mummy to the gorgeous and adorable Amelia and I’m so proud of her.
Finding my inner Gok
So now I’d chosen my lovely maids, it was time to think about what they would wear and I won’t lie to you it completely stressed me out… Like a lot! I mean, I can’t think of any other situation where I would have SUCH influence on what they wear.
We ploughed on regardless and the initial plan was to go high street in peachy natural tones. They were all going to have different dresses but with a similar style, feel and colour pallet.
When I first mentioned peach I’m pretty sure they had images of this:
Which is fine and all…and Katherine Heigl is still totally rocking it but I was actually thinking something a bit more like this:
Well I don’t know if it’s just me, but this seemed blimmin hard.
I spent hours scouring the internet for affordable dresses that went with my ‘theme’. I sent so many emails to my poor bridesmaids and just generally got myself in a right tizz wozz that I was never EVER (complete drama queen) going to find anything…
So I eventually stopped stressing, and started from scratch.
On a bit of a whim we completely changed the colour, so instead they will be stepping out in these ethereal shades with a bouquet of peachy blooms:
Let’s all take moment to admire K-Middy…
So anyway… I still couldn’t find what I was looking for or when I did it was completely out of my price range. Then my lovely Mum came to the rescue and mentioned her friend’s husband’s mother in law (bit of a mouthful) was a fantastic seamstress and had made lots of lovely bridesmaid dresses in the past. So off we went to her house one Sunday morning, showed her some inspiration pictures of dresses we liked and she agreed to make them for us – huzzah!!
Next job was to find the right fabric and a sewing pattern to use as a basis; I still wanted to have them in an individual style of their own choosing so the pattern had to be adaptable. No easy task let me tell you. Most of the patterns I found looked like they had come straight out of the 80s.
So to cut a long story short, fabric – found! Sewing pattern – (eventually) found! I won’t reveal too much now but it’s safe to say they’re going to look the bee’s knees!
So the moral of this story, and my New Year’s resolution, is – when you’re struggling, always ask for help! Generally I’ve found people, especially friends and family are willing to help in any way they can and even if not, there’s no harm in asking. A problem shared is definitely a problem halved. If there’s one thing planning this wedding has taught me it is how amazing and generous people can be.
So I’m just about ready to sign off for today, next time we speak I will have hopefully moved into our love nest (still hasn’t happened yet urgh!) and I may just have a super pretty DIY project to share with you all. I’m not quite sure it’s going to work yet but I’m going to give it a go.
Let me know how your hunt for bridesmaids dresses is going, I’m hoping it’s not just me that has struggled?
Are you going for High Street or made to measure?
How about those New Year’s resolutions, any wedding (or non-wedding I’m not fussed) ones to share?
Love and hugs