We are now officially under the 3 month mark. One quarter till James and I get married. ARRRGGGHHH!! Much like Danielle, we are feeling the pressure – just about getting everything done on time and not the marrying bit…I hope. The last few weeks have been filled again with more 30th birthday parties and a brilliant family wedding, and what a great few weeks it’s been; I have the photos…and the hangovers…to prove it!
I mentioned my ‘project’ of organising my best friends’ hen do in my last post. Well, after lots of planning and preparation, this finally happened last weekend and it was PHENOMENAL. Yes, that’s right, I said phenomenal. We went away to a lovely house just outside Bath called Welton Manor Farm; where the owner, Charlotte, lives with her husband and children and rents it out at weekends solely to hen parties…brave or what?! The house and gardens were absolutely stunning, with lots of big, bright and airy rooms and the cutest attic dormitory-style room which we nicknamed ‘the Annie room’. It was really ‘lived in’ and not your run-of-the-mill venue, which we loved and was just perfect for The Hen. We had a great time making the most of the house on our first night, and all woke up with suitably horrific hangovers the next day.
On top of the amazing venue, we had a great activity on Saturday night. I found a company called Murder to Measure, who essentially write and host a murder mystery specifically for you based on the information you give them about yourself and the people in your party. The Hen had absolutely no idea what was going on until the MC, a rather spectacular host called Stuart, walked in to the living room, and once she got over the relief that it wasn’t a stripper, she was suitably surprised! What followed was everyone brushing off their 1920’s outfits and best Am Dram it all got very rowdy and competitive, with plenty of laughs along the way. In addition to this, we also had a photographer which was Stuart (another one) from Pennleigh.com, who captured some brilliant shots – as you can see from my selection of photos for this week. Needless to say, many, many, many, bottles of prosecco, wine, spirits and shots later…we all arrived home happy and in one piece (although I did lose my voice for two days).
Now apart from regaling you about possibly the best weekend I’ve had for years, we have made some more progress on the wedding front. Our invites are finally out!! And I can share a sneaky peak with you now all our guests would have received theirs. As mentioned before we used PaperGrace via the Love Lust List and we are so happy with the results – we’ve had some great comments on them.
My only *slight* irk from sending the invites out is the RSVP’s. Now, we’ve given our guests till 8th June to RSVP, and I would probably say only about 25%, if that, have done so thus far. I can’t lie it worries me how much chasing I’m going to have to do! Some people have said ‘you know I’m coming so it’s fine’, and I do know they’re coming so it is fine, but we’ve asked for things like song requests for the playlist and dietary requirements which we will need to know in advance. Anyone else had the same with RSVP’s?! I never thought I’d be bothered about it but it can impact a little later down the line! We’ve also had a few issues with accommodation at our venue, but it looks like it’s all on the mend now.
Teeny tiny rant over, we have also chosen our wedding rings. I love mine so much it hurts, which I guess is the idea but still, I actually can’t wait to put it on !! Not wanting to give too much away, all I will say is that diamonds really are a girls best friend ;-). James has decided to go for a ring too, which I know not every man decides to do – I’ve heard several reasons ranging from it feels weird to tradition. Anyone’s husband/fiancé decided not to go with a ring?
I have to admit, now the birthdays are over, I do feel we’re going to have more time to dedicate to the wedding planning. Between now and our next post, we have to meet our photographer, speak to the band, find our suits, meet our wedding co-ordinator, decide on decorations (any good recommendations for companies who do giant light up letters?!), and start thinking about all the little details. Oh…and there is the little matter of turning the Big 3.0. myself and going on my hen weekend to Ibiza ;-).
Until next time. Lauren xx