Holy smokes! 98 days to go. Yes people, WE ARE INTO DOUBLE FIGURES!
Too. Much. Excitement.
How is it March already? I’m sure it was only a few weeks ago that I was getting over-excited about Christmas. At least it’s nearly hen do time. Getting my Dolly Parton costume ready – I’m wearing one, even if no-one else is.
We’ve got quite a bit done this month/six weeks since my last post – I LOVE the feeling of ticking things off the list. We did go for a week’s skiing in the US though, to give us a bit of a break from school/wedding-y stuff.
I loved hearing all the stories about teeth in response to my last post – I was amazed by how many of you are having work done! Just after that post, I had the muscle between my top gum and top lip cut away (it’s called a frenectomy – do NOT, under any circumstances Google this. Bleurgh!)
The procedure was fine(ish) as my mouth and nose were totally numb, but when my dentist stitched it (didn’t even think about the stitches before I had the op – not sure how I thought it would heal?!?) I could feel the thread dangling on my chin, which completely freaked me out.
The next morning, I looked like an extra out of some dodgy low-grade horror flick. Grim.
Poor Mr A – not what he’d envisaged waking up next to, I’m sure. Thankfully, it was all congealed blood (sorry!) that washed away, but I would warn anyone having this procedure to make sure they have the following day off work – I was told I would be fine to work which, in effect, I was. HOWEVER, I work with some funny people (and teach some funny kids), and every time I laughed or smiled, my stitches reopened. I know, totes gross, which is why I am now moving on to something nice and girly…
My lovely Pops bought me some fantabulous products to get my skin looking all glowy and radiant for W-day. I must just point out here that he didn’t actually choose them himself – that would be MEGA impressive. Now, Mrs O’Shea mentioned in the RMW Real Brides Hen Do post that my skin is perfect – proof that a lovely layer of Clinique foundation will trick even the most discerning eye! That said, I am pretty lucky that I only need to use a bit of foundation and powder (and blusher, of course!) and I’m good to go.
So, what did I go for? Well, after some extensive research (i.e. Looking at the Eve Lom vs Liz Earle debate on RMW and chatting to the beautiful Amy-Louise at the hen party), I plumped for the Liz Earle and IT IS AMAZING! For five minutes every day, I feel like I’m in a spa. Lush.
I purchased the starter kit, with hot cloth cleanser, toner & moisturiser and it came with a free full size face mask (Bargainous!). Skin is smooth, it even gets rid of my mascara, and (not that it really matters) it was beautifully packaged.
Now I just need to sort my W-day make up but there is quite simply too much choice for little ol’ indecisive me. I get a bit overexcited around make up counters in department stores (think Buddy the Elf in New York!) and spend ages looking. Then I end up having a little word with myself about the cost of all these pretty things, allow myself to purchase the necessities (Clinique gentle light foundation and powder), then trot off to the ‘normal’ make up section in Boots for my Rimmel mascara and Bourjois blusher.
BUT, having been pampered by the completely wonderful Mariam Jensen at the RMW Hen Do, I am determined to put together the ultimate W-day make-up collection! I’m thinking Laura Mercier. I’m thinking Bobbi Brown. But I’m also thinking I should stick to what I know. Then I shelve all make-up thoughts for ‘another day.’
Must sort this before I write again, ladies!
Something else to sort – the dress. Remember the dress? The one I got for £500.00 down from £1600.00 in a sample sale? The dress I raved about?
Well, In the words of Little Britain’s Andy Pipkin, “I don’t like it!”
Now, I can’t show you a picture of the dress, which is très frustrating. I tried it on in November and loved it. Come January, it’s being pinned into place for alteration, and I’m looking in the mirror thinking ‘what a beautiful dress, but not on me.’
Stupidly (LADIES WHO ARE YET TO BUY DRESSES, TAKE NOTE!), I never sat down or knelt down in it in the shop and it just looked odd!
It does need altering around the top, but there is a chance I’ll end up flashing actual boob unless I use lingerie tape (not good on hot days!). In the words of the lovely Dot (my seamstress), “Your vicar is going to get a right eyeful if we don’t get this sorted.” One day, I’m hoping to be able to think back to this and laugh 😉
I HOPE these doubts are a combo of:
- Having the dress for so long (since last Feb.)
- Trying it on too many times.
- A natural ‘lull’ in lovage for the dress? (A few married friends have said this is normal?!?)
- Seeing too many other amazing dresses on RMW(!)
- The fact it needs altering.
I’m planning to revisit Dot avec Mrs A Snr and the veil very soon, when I will *hopefully* fall back in love with it! She very kindly offered to buy me a new one (Mrs A Snr, not Dot!), but I’m trying my hardest to learn from the mistakes of the lovely Jenny O with her multiple dresses! 😉
I also feel a bit like I owe it to that dress to love it, because I loved it so much to begin with, and it was a total bargain!
Someone please, please tell me that you’ve felt the same way about your dress at some point during the planning process? The weekly trawls through RMW Undress need to STOP!
So much simpler for the boys! Mr A decided what he wanted to wear yonks ago, and a jaunt to the űber-convenient Moss Bros confirmed it. I do have pictures of him in it, but will leave it until the W-day post. All I can say is that he ROCKS a morning suit!
Our invitations are ALMOST ready. This, my lovelies, is too exciting for words!!
Our wonderful, and hugely talented neighbour (Jan) designed them for us, incorporating a drawing of a peony by none other than Mrs A Snr!
It looked like this:
And now the front cover of the invitation looks like this:
The back looks like this:
And the main invitation looks like this:
It is tri-folded, like so:
with a flap on the inside centre section, holding the RSVP card in place.
Jan has come up with some amazing ideas, and we have been VERY indecisive. She used to work in advertising in London, and now we are lucky enough to have her creative genius in our little village! I first met her at a wedding fair in 2005, got chatting, and then ended up moving next door to her in 2008. There was no-one else for the job as far as our wedding stationery is concerned!
On the back of the envelope we will be using stickers sporting this rather excellent monogram, designed by none other than our very own, very talented Kelly Reds! What a total legend this girl is – we completely love it! Thank you so, so much Miss R!
Can anyone think of some original but clear wording re: dress codes? It’s tricky – the venue looks very formal, but we want everyone to feel relaxed. Men in suits (lounge, not morning) and ladies in lovely summery dresses – maxi or short, floaty or fitted (and maybe hats – I loves a hat). I’ve seen the wording ‘English summer party in a field’ before, which I like BUT, it makes it unclear for the blokes, who might decide to rock up in shorts(!) Plus, for us, no denim at a wedding is a given, but some people do love to buck a trend…
So folks, I’ve run out of space to tell you about food (yum!) and equipment hire (LUSH water glasses!). The latter sounds quite dull, but it has been VERY interesting shopping around for the best deals – saved £1000.00 in total by going with three DIFFERENT companies instead of one. I’ll save the food for next time 🙂
In the meantime, please give me your make up tips, your tales of dress doubts (if any of you have had any!), and your clever suggestions for dress code wording – all very much appreciated!
PS: I couldn’t send this in without sending a huge thank you to everyone involved in the RMW Hen Do in January. It was a truly brilliant day, with lots of wonderful suppliers, at an amazing venue. It was quite surreal meeting all the lovely ladies (and Charlotte & Adam) I talk to daily on Facebook. To echo what Shirley said last week – they are SUCH a supportive group, which I am so happy to be a part of.
Thank you, gorgeous girls! (and Adam/Zoolander!)
PPS: MAHOOSIVE congratulations to the gorgeous Alex – the first Real Bride to tie the knot, and now on honeymoon. *YAY*