14 days. That’s how long I have until I marry him, my MrA. And I can’t ruddy wait.
I’m sat writing this to the sound of ‘One Day Like This’ by Elbow. It’s our engagement party playlist; the one we spent four hours creating. And you know what? No one heard a single song. They were all too busy chatting, drinking, laughing and scoffing the hog roast to take any notice of our carefully planned tunes.
Which brings me onto my final pre-wedding blog – number 7 (I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone!) After a mini-meltdown last week (induced by university deadlines, lesson planning and wedding jobs that weren’t getting done!) I had an epiphany whilst driving home one night…
I was panicking about our Orders of Service (more on this later), when one of our wedding songs came on the iPod. All I could think about was standing at the chapel doors at 2 o’clock on 7th June, on the arm of my lovely dad, looking up the aisle towards the wonderful man I will spend forever with, and thinking… nothing else in the world matters. I simultaneously sang at the top of my voice and blubbed all the way home like some kind of loon, and very cathartic it was too! 🙂
The foremost thoughts of most guests are not to do with all these tiny details that can consume you during the planning process. They are concerned with seeing you get married, catching up with people they don’t get to see nearly enough and helping to ensure you have the best day of your lives. So, worrying about a playlist, only to find it was never needed because your guests were too busy enjoying themselves is actually quite a compliment, really 🙂
Anyway lovelies, you’ll be mightily pleased to hear that it hasn’t all been panicking and crying in the car…
– The dress is SORTED!! Poor Dot. I don’t know whether to buy her flowers or valium after the ridiculous amount of work she’s had to do. Not only has she salvaged what seemed to be an impossible situation with the dress (which, FYI, she discovered had already been altered before I bought it!!), she has done a cracking job on the BM dresses and been a sound giver of advice. To top it all off, when she found out I was struggling to find a comb I liked that would also go with the veil made by MrsA Snr, she asked her daughter if I could borrow the beaut below from Halo & Co:
Luckily for me, her daughter said yes!
Also pictured is my necklace. Needing something between 20” – 22” long and finding that almost every necklace was 16” – 18” was űber-frustrating. I eventually came to a decision after an emailed conversation with the awesome Lisa from LalleBridalJewelry, via Etsy. She has made it longer than in the photo, and used a different chain. Can’t wait for it to arrive!
The earrings I am wearing are my ‘something borrowed’. A Victorian heirloom belonging to our wonderful South African friend, Ursula. I was initially worried that they were the wrong colour (yellow gold) but, as the wedding isn’t matchy-matchy, and because they are so pretty, I don’t care!
You’ve seen my shoes before, I know, but I wanted your thoughts on the red toes. I can hear my mother’s voice shouting ‘Harlot!’ at me for having red nails on W-day, but I think with the ivory and blue, it’s a little nod to Queen Liz – we are getting married in Jubille Week, after all. Thoughts, please!!
Excuse my swollen feet. I’m not pregnant, it’s just a very hot day!
So that’s my outfit pretty much complete! You don’t need to see the garter (even if it is an amazing vintage Mary Quant number, courtesy of my lovely friend Robyn) 😉 And MrsA Snr is just finishing off the veil. This leaves one very important thing… the barnet.
Now, I have A LOT of hair, so how my brilliant friend, Kelly, managed to pull off the Jessica Alba inspired look I asked her for, I’ll never know…
Last point about attire… Can anyone recommend a place to buy pretty nude knickers, as opposed to the Bridget Jones style pants that seem to be everywhere?! Seriously, the only place I’ve seen anything remotely like what I’m after is Asda! I know I love a bargain, but I just can’t bring myself to walk up the aisle in a pair of £2.50 knickers 😉
And The Rest
A whistle stop tour of a few more things we’ve ticked off the list this month:
Our evening invitations and orders of service were designed by our very talented friend, Esther.
The peony from the day invitations was used in the evening ones, but Esther made them look a bit ‘funkier’ and more modern – we are inviting guests to come and party, after all:
My aunt visited a few weeks ago (for Hen Do # 4), bringing with her these SERIOUSLY cute little hearts made by her, and her friend, Jane. Now I don’t know Jane, but she’s been a right legend, helping my aunt create all sort of crafty delights…
The Orders of Service have been almost as problematic as the dress! Having seen the absolutely fantastic design at a blo*dy awesome wedding on RMW (the one with the bride sporting the big pink peony in her hair – amazers!), we set about sourcing the brown kraft card. £40.00 later, we discover that NOBODY will print on it, not even print shops. Well, my inner-Monica came to the fore and I took this as a challenge and ran with it. 3 weeks, no joy. BUT today, today has been a goooooood day – a friend managed to find a printer that worked 🙂
SO pleased we stuck with it – Esther’s design looks fab, and the order of service is a great blend of traditional and rustic. 🙂
We wanted something for guests to sign, but couldn’t decide on a photo, so created this instead…
We FINALLY booked a videographer, as I knew we’d regret not doing so. Richard Knight from Your Perfect Day (about to rebrand as White Dress Films). We saw one of his films on RMW and were blown away by how beautiful it was. Naturally, I stalked the website, watched all the other videos, then contacted Richard. We have been equally blown away by his excellent customer service as we were by his obvious talent for filming.
After hearing me moaning about not having a photo booth booked, our very own Shirley offered the services of her then fiancé, now hubby, Roger. He is a supremely talented music photographer, and has kindly agreed to take the pictures for us! We couldn’t be happier, and cannot WAIT to see the results 🙂
Speaking of photos, we have managed to get hold of four pictures – one of each set of grandparents. I absolutely ADORE these, and can’t wait to have them on display at the wedding.
Sadly, my dad’s parents are no longer with us, so this picture (left) will bring them into the wedding in a small way. My other grandparents (right) are unable to make the wedding, as my grandfather is too frail, but they are VERY happy that we’ve booked Richard to video the day:
And that, dear readers, is where we’re at, along with some other bits and bobs that I want to save to share with you after the big day.
I cannot believe it is a whole year since I applied to write for the wonderful RMW, and a whole year of getting to share my ideas, happy moments and wobbles(!) with you lovely lot. Thank you Charlotte and Adam for all your support and advice, for the incredible opportunity to write on the blue polka dots, and for the epic RMW hen do! You guys (and Jenny, Naomi and Vix) are so ruddy brilliant at what you do – how far things have moved for you this year. Keep up the awesomeness!
I must reiterate the others’ words and say an absolutely huge thank you to the ‘RMW Real Brides: Class of 2011/12’. Having our group on Facebook has been an absolute godsend, and getting to meet you all in January was such an incredible experience. You are all brilliant – the most supportive cyber-bride-network a girl could wish for.
Finally, whilst I will leave the thanks for family and friends until W-day, I must finish by thanking the man who started all of this. For the most romantic proposal a girl could wish for; for your incredible, unwavering positivity; for your encouraging words during my teacher training; for letting me listen to Dolly Parton in the car; for your amazing, solve-everything hugs that make everything OK; for your patience, your generosity, and your terrible jokes; for the breakfasts in bed, the perfect cuppas and the Japanese ramens; for looking gorgeous in your W-day suit, in your cricket whites, and even in your lycra cycling attire; for loving me and for wanting to be my husband, I love you. I cannot wait to walk towards you on 7th June knowing that, in a few minutes time, I will be your wife. I will be so, so proud to call you my husband at last.
And there’s only 14 days to go until I get to do just that 🙂
See you when I’m MrsA!
Over & Out,