Good afternoon everyone. I hope you’re not snowed in and if you are I’m glad you’ve chosen to pass the time with us.
So this month we’ve actually done quite a few weddingy things. With that in mind today’s post is about drinks (one of my favourite subjects), rings, invitations and making rookie errors.
So first things first. Alcohol (in moderation to start with). Now it may not be to everyone’s taste, but I certainly am going to need a couple of drinks to settle my nerves on the day, especially before Debs arrives, before the speeches and the first dance. Again we’ve been extremely lucky to have a venue that has given us the option to provide our own bar if we wished. To be honest corkage rapidly became a pet hate of mine, before we found Hafod.
We already have ice lollies (both alcoholic and not) which are being provided by Ace lollies. Their mojito and gin and tonic lollies have to be tried to be believed just how good they are, and for the kids/non drinkers the fruit lollies are packed full of tastiness. Fingers crossed for a hot day.
As for the bar we were in two minds about what to do. Do we a) source the bar ourselves and try and find someone to staff it, b) try an honesty bar or c) get someone else to sort it. After much head scratching we opted for c. At this point in steps Julie Mills, more affectionately known as ‘Gin Julie’ to Debs based on the variety of gin she stocks in the shop. She is the owner of Vinomondo in Conwy. Her shop is an Aladdin’s cave of wine, beer and spirits and everything in between, and her wine tasting events are a ‘must do’ if you’re in Conwy. Vinomondo are kindly going to supply the drinks and run the cash bar for us which saves us the problem of having to ask other people to do a shift on the bar. We now have the ‘arduous’ task of choosing the beers, ciders and wine for the bar. It’s going to be a struggle but I’ll take one for the team. Thank goodness Dry January is over (not that I lasted past 3pm New Years Day).
Next up we have rings. We’ve been umming and ahhing over what to do regarding rings. We have been toying with the idea of making them, but haven’t been able to find the time or inclination. As much as we’d love to do the crafty bit we came to the conclusion that it’ll just be easier to buy them. With that in mind last weekend we braved the icy wind and went to Chester for the day. Our main aim was to try and find a style we liked and to get some ideas. There are only so many windows you can peer into before having to bite the bullet and go and try some on.
Now, I had no idea just how many options there were going to be. After all, a ring’s a ring. It’s round and shiny, right? Wrong. There’s white gold, yellow gold, red gold, silver, palladium, titanium and platinum. Then there are shapes ranging from D to court to hexagonal and finally there are the finishes, and that’s just for me. When you take into account rings for Debs we have diamonds, sets, what goes with the engagement ring and how far round the ring the diamonds go, if you want diamonds that is. Not as simple a task as I was expecting. If you want my advice, when it comes to choosing a ring (unless you already know what you want), ask for advice. It’s one of the few things from your wedding day that you will look at everyday. It’s got to be right.
Our final tick on the list this month has been invitations- and the one where we’ve learnt our biggest lesson of planning so far. After we took so long working on the guest list we thought that we were sorted, one thing we haven’t done officially is actually confirm the date with our nearest and dearest. That, it seems, was a huge error. Whilst we’ve been a bit wrapped up in wedding world, our friends have been getting on with their lives, other people have planned to get married around the same time and have been much more organised than us, they’ve sent save the dates and invitations.
After realising that one of Debs’ dearest friends wasn’t going to make it to our wedding because we had neglected to tell her the actual date we thought that perhaps we should get a wriggle on and get our invites written and out! Debs’ very oldest friend Tez has a super little etsy store, Mr and Mrs Party Pants, and offered to make a bespoke invitation for us, which is awesome. At the moment our design is tbc, but next month we’ll show you what we came up with. We’re so grateful for his help and patience, but if you take anything from us this month it is to confirm your date with the people you absolutely want to be there, or risk not having them there to celebrate. We know that not everyone will be able to make it, but on this occasion our admin error makes it a little harder to stomach.
We’ve really stepped it up a notch this month, and have lots going on over the next few weeks. Until next time…