Another 6 weeks have past I am now within FIVE months of our wedding, and guess what?! I am no further in my crafting endeavours!!! Urgh, I am starting to feel out of control and that time is running away from me. However I have started ordering things and am setting a craft date for the wedding sweat shop, which is making me feel a lot better. If my invites and some decorations are not done by the next time we speak on these pages I give you full permission to give me a massive bride slap across these pages.
How are you all? How are you plans coming along? How long do you have left?
A Venue and a Co-ordinator Crush
So two posts ago I explained to you my diagnoses of wedding blindness: that I was so confused by all the beautiful wedding inspirations all around that I didn’t know what I wanted. We had planned a summer DIY wedding at one venue and when we moved the date it just didn’t seem realistic and what we wanted anymore. Well after talking it through with my parents we remembered the first venue I had looked at and loved, but we thought it would be too expensive. After seeing how expensive a DIY venue actually worked out for us and the fact that we had moved the date to ‘off season’, which gave us a discount, my dream venue was now a possibility.
Yet I still had this niggling feeling that I needed to have a clearer idea of what we wanted before I could make any decision. I needed the theme we wanted to go for, a label I could concentrate on when making decisions. Did you know from the beginning exactly what you wanted? Did you have a clear vision of your day and the themes it was going to have? Or have you ideas evolved as your planning has progressed?
We went out to the Glen Tanar Estate where I have been many times before horse riding through the forests while on family holidays in Ballater, but this time we went to look at the Ballroom. On the Saturday I went with my mum (Ciaran’s priority was seeing Aberdeen play Ross County in Dingwall) we met Jane. She is amazing. She is the award winning events manager/co-ordinator at Glen Tanar and I would trust her with my life. She was showing us around and explaining everything to us whilst putting on the log fire and setting up for the wedding party that was going to arrive later after a ceremony in the chapel they have on the estate. She pretty much had us sold then and there. I know I can relax on the day knowing everything is in control. Does your venue come with a co-ordinator or are you thinking of hiring one in? I would totally recommend it! (Ciaran and my Dad came with us the next day so he has seen it ☺ )
Okay aside from my girl crush the Ballroom is stunning and perfect for us. It is set in a spectacular glen in Royal Deeside, in the Cairngorm National Park just a stone thrown from the Queen at Bamoral. The Ballroom has a huge gorgeous lawn which was really important to us as it IS going to be a sunny day and we are WILL have activities outside. At the bottom of the lawn there is a bridge over to the most picturesque loch on the way to the wee chapel you can get married in. The estate does have cottages you can rent out for a holiday which we were hoping to have for our wedding night but the bridal party the day before us booked them all up before we had a chance to consider it.
Themes & Dreams
The Ballroom itself its looks deceptively small on the outside but inside it is gorgeous. With a massive dance floor, a raised platform for the band, log fire and separate raised seating area it’s ticked ALL our boxes and inside it is just stunning. There is tartan everywhere and stags antlers covering every inch on the ceiling and walls possible. The chandeliers are stunning, all the wood is stunning, all the light from the massive windows is stunning, and the stags are stunning. I love it! I love it all! It has such a great feeling and atmosphere. I so hope we get the log fire on!
I felt like before I could make a decision that I needed to have an idea of what type of wedding I wanted, the theme and feel of the day. This landed me in a catch 22 because I ended up not making any decisions! But there was something about Glen Tanar that made all the decisions for me. I realised I didn’t need to have a theme or a grand plan but just go with what we wanted and Glen Tanar reminded us what we wanted: a true Scottish family celebration. We like our homeland of Scotland and we like everything about it: so we shall start with that and see where it takes us. The stags on the ceilings inspired our stamp save the dates which is now our wedding branding and will be stamped on everything. In fact we have included stags and antlers at any given opportunity. Watch this space! My fellow brides out there even send me links to every stag they come across on line.
Here are some examples:
With the date coming closer to get my measurements taken for my I have started to think more about what else I am going to wear to complete the blushing bride look. When I go back to the Perfect Bridal Rooms I am going to try on different veils with my dress to decide what I want, but this has just got me thinking about what else I am going to put on my head. And I need your help!
I really want a head piece maybe a vine? But can you wear any head piece with veil or do I need to look for something that won’t interfere? And do you have any recommendations on where to look? I love looking at the designers featured by RMW and searching through the List. I have searched the web for head pieces but it would appear I am a touch out of fashion as I am not that into bling and want something small and subtle and gold. I just can’t find anything I am 100% happy with; my biggest problem being when looking on line I can’t try them on! As you read this I will be at the hairdressers asking Siobhan of Distinction Hair Design’s advice on whether the hair do I want will cope with a veil and what kind of head decoration will work, as she gives me a well needed trim (but not too much as brides must grow their hair right?!) so hopefully I will have a better idea!
Then there are earrings and a necklace. What are you going for? What you wear every day? A family heirloom? A new statement piece? And Shoes! Gorgeous shoes! I am not sure I will spend a fortune on them and I really just want them to be comfortable, any really comfortable high heels out there? Let me know!
Speak soon (when my crafting will be done),
x x x