My penultimate pre-wedding post and naturally I’ve got lots to discuss! The train continues to roll and with just over two months to go, we have ticked some major bits of the list. So here we go, all in time order of course.
Over The Moon
The honeymoon is booked and paid for, phew. Now, Andy and I have been fortunate enough to have done a lot of travelling, which we have always done on a ‘dorm room and super noodle’ basis. We have had some amazing experiences, but for our honeymoon we really wanted to push the proverbial boat out. Our checklist went along the lines of ‘luxury, all-inclusive, beach, cocktails, cost effective’ you get the idea. So, after some research, we found our Peso went further in Mexico, so we booked a week at the El Dorado Seaside Suites. If I’m being completely honest, the beach beds and maybe the in-room Jacuzzi totally swung it for me!
Neither of us has been on an ‘all inclusive’ holiday before, so we are totally planning on getting our moneys worth! Last thing to do on the honeymoon front, is picking the honeymoon wardrobe, it’s a tough life!
When thinking about what I wanted to wear on my head during W-day, I drew a complete blank. I literally had no idea. When that happens, I tend to push it to the back of my mind and try to forget about it. But when Andy started asking me what I’m going to do to sort it out, I knew I needed to pull my finger out. I flirted with the idea of a glitzy tiara, but decided I didn’t want much bling. I looked into traditional veils, but found the number of choices baffling. I was then tempted by a floral crown before realising I’m so not cool enough to pull it off. So I went back to the drawing board to work out what I liked. Easy, two words, vintage and lace (okay that was three words).
With this criterion in mind, Etsy was the obvious place to look. I came across a vintage lace Honiton veil. Apart from the gorgeousness of it, I loved it because it came from Honiton. A year ago, Andy and I moved to Devon and live very near this town, so to me, it symbolised our new life together (at this point I can hear my sister asking me to pass the sick bucket). I plan on wearing this for the ceremony; here is a peek of it:
I then came across Debbie at WillowMoone. Her designs really stood out as they were like nothing I had ever seen before and sat perfectly with the vintage ideas in my mind. I loved the ‘Ava’ and ‘Harlow’ but wondered if I could put my own twist on it.
I “convo’d” Debbie with my ideas and she was more than happy to do it, even sourcing beads from across the pond. Two weeks later, I’m at the post office picking up my very own gorgeous headpiece:
I went from having no idea to have two beautiful pieces in a matter of weeks. Am so happy, I cannot wait to wear them and a big thank you to Debbie for making my ideas a reality.
Now, I couldn’t do a post without including some of the DIY bits I’ve been up to this month, so here goes:
Top left is a ribbon backdrop for the photo booth area and the suitcase I’ve covered top right will hold the props. At the bottom is a selection of the table names I have made. The names are our favourite places from our travels. The white frames are a serious Ikea bargain, costing 79p each!
Here are a few of the place names that will be pegged onto our guests wine glasses. Check me with my new name top left!
Please be Seated
We also started to look at the dreaded seating plan. We got so far, but with a few people still to confirm their attendance and a discussion which included rather a lot of loud exhalations and eyes rolling skyward, we came to a stop. So Andy made this:
We tried again but with ‘tutts’ and shakes of the head added to the ‘I use these mannerisms to show that I’m annoyed list’ we stopped, again. It is currently gathering dust under the bed. Oh well, a job for another day. But, our initial ‘go’ did highlight an important question. “To mix or not to mix???” Do we keep family and friends together with the thought of them having a more socially easier/fun time or do we mix it up with the idea of everyone getting to know each other? Thoughts would be much appreciated.
A Lacey Do
Finally, this month we have had the hen do!
My sister initially put out there that we would be dressing up, errr does she not know that I am far too sophisticated for that? Ahem. So we compromised and went for a ‘lace’ theme. So this mood board went out to the girls and my Mum and sister set about organising a wonderful do.
We stayed at the YMCA in Bath (in a big dorm room of course!) the day activity was a surprise burlesque lesson, totally worth throwing yourself into, followed by a meal and night out. The next day our hangovers were cured by a session at the Bath Spa.
We got the wonderful locally based photographer Jenni Meade to capture some of the action.
Me and my four bridesmaids, and me, my sister and mum:
I also got the opportunity to wear the amazing ‘Betty’ necklace the lovely Charlotte gave to me at the end of the Real Brides photo shoot. I LOVE it so much, thank you! Although I did have to explain several times that it was a reference to ‘Draper’ as opposed to something that was sweaty… ha ha.
On that note, I will leave it there!
Kelly (Reds) xxxxxxxxxxx