Eeeek, I’m so excited / slightly scared to blog about our wedding!
Excited because it’s only about 6 months away now and slightly scared because the countdown is on and I still reckon I have got a fair bit to do. Ok, a LOT to do!
I’ve decided to blog about it because I know that I’ve read loads of blogs and googled all sorts of wedding stuff along the way for inspiration and stumbled across some really helpful bits. Plus everyone likes reading about weddings right?! (ok, not everyone – apologies if this is you!)
So I’d say that our wedding is going to be fairly non-traditional and very ‘us’.
Here are some of the details:
We decided early on that a church wedding was not for us. Part of me wanted a church, but because Jay has been married before we couldn’t be dealing with having to explain ourselves to a vicar and feel guilty about our previous lives.
Our next thought was that we wanted to get married in Mallorca in a particular venue where we had been on holiday a few times and become good friends with the owners. We then found out that they were selling up and returning to England, which quickly changed our minds!
So back to the drawing board and we decided we wanted a casual beachy wedding. Our first thought was Cornwall as this was where Jay proposed to me. We found a venue we liked the look of, and even made an overnight trip to look at it when I was pregnant. However there were a few things that weren’t quite right. Back to that drawing board again.
It became clear to me that I wanted the wedding to be fairly close by – for ease of logistics and organisation. So I looked at the obvious place – Kent. We live on the Kent/London border and I worked on the radio in Kent for eight years. The answer had been under my nose all along!
Our venue is EVERYTHING we want for our wedding – informal, relaxed, fun and different!
The team are simply LOVELY and I just cannot wait to get married there!
Our wedding party
So most people have bridesmaids, best men and ushers. Not us!
I have two groups of best friends (and no sisters annoyingly!) – but I just felt that having lots of bridesmaids wasn’t the right vibe for our very laid back Kentish affair. We are also trying to do it on a relatively small budget and couldn’t really afford lots of expensive dresses.
So I’ve asked one of my very special friends to be my ‘best woman’ – and it feels like the right decision. She’s staying with me the night before and I know she’ll get me to the church on time, figuratively speaking!
Similarly Jay didn’t want to single out just one person to be a Best Man – so he’s just asked a couple of people to be there on the day. All very informal, but it feels right to us.
Oh and of course Noah will be a little usher or ring bearer! (Not sure we’ll really be able to trust an 18 month old with rings but it’s a cute idea!)
Ah the dress! Obviously I can’t actually give anything away about the dress can I?!
To fit with the whole casual Kentish wedding thing – I really thought I’d be going for a boho chic kind of dress. I’d seen some gorgeous floaty numbers on Pinterest and was convinced that was the style I was after.
Erm, yeah – it soon became clear that floaty boho chic does NOT suit my body shape. I’ve got an odd body. I’m very short waisted and carry weight round my tummy, hips and boobs – and yet I’ve got spindly arms and legs. Sounds attractive eh?! Think that makes me an ‘apple’ body shape.
After trying a few dresses on last September with my ‘best woman’ by my side, I soon realised what dresses DIDN’T suit me. But it was only when I put one on and she cried that I knew it was the one! I felt like a princess and decided not to try any more on.
I can’t wait till my first fitting in a few months time, and really hope I still love it!
I’ve got lots of ideas for future wedding blogs before the big day – but if you have any suggestions, please leave them below!