Venue no. 6

Ok, ok, I’ve been slacking, big time!  So here it is, in super quick mode, I’m going to try and do a really quick run-through of all that we’ve seen in the past 2 weeks, starting with Venue number 6… Bisham Abbey, in, erm.. Bisham?

In a very brief summary… lovely, but not right for us.  I mean, totally not right for us.  This really helped to cement for us, that we do not want some big, grand, manor / country house with dark wood panelling and big posh pictures of ancient kings and queens or whatever.  I mean, totally lovely, regal, elegant and grand.. pretty much everything we’re not  – haha!!  So here are just some pictures to sum it up.  One thing I did LOVE was the idea that you could arrive by boat into the back garden of the Abbey! Lush!

Here come the pictures.. view from the front:

Views of the inside of the hall – where the wedding breakfast would be…

Picture-perfect staircase:

Outside patio and garden space at the back of the venue:

And the chill out space / bar area / dance floor:

Finally, the room which would usually be the ceremony room, but which we could use for whatever we wanted:

Lovely, just not lovely for us!

 

Moving on!!

Bridesmaids’ Dresses..

Ok, here they are, I think I’ve found the dresses that will really make the day…

ready…

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Ha ha ha, ok, not really!!  But this did make me laugh – what would my best girls say if I was really serious?!  I think I’d get a slap and/or be looking for three new bridesmaids!!

So, on a more serious note, I know I’ve not got a date, or a venue, let alone a colour scheme or a theme, but I think I’m edging towards what I think I might like.  Here’s a few samples:

This one is called ‘Corine’ (it’s even got a pretty name!) from Coast

This one is also from Coast, called ‘Constance’

And finally, these two dresses are from the ‘Debut’ range at Debenhams:

The gold is a bit of a curve-ball, but other than that, there’s a theme of pale colours going on… might just be because that’s all I seem to be able to find in the stores I like at this time of year, but I’ve really gone off the bold and dark colours.  I’m still thinking about a turquoise / teal colour, but I’m yet to find something in both a style and a colour I like (except that one at the wedding dress shop.. which unfortunately was WAY out of my price-range!).  Which is probably a good thing, it might be a bit premature buying bridesmaids dresses over a year in advance!

I just love to shop!  I’m thinking Westfields might be a good place to start?!  Saw it on the way to / from the National Wedding Show back in February.. I’ve been itching to go back..

To book or not to book…??

Lots of thoughts going round in my head about wedding venues over the last few days.  There seem to be a lot of places offering last-minute deals on dates left for this year, which I was surprised at.  6 months still left to plan a wedding in late August/early September seems relatively do-able, especially with the money you could save on hiring the venue.. could easily then be spent on other things to get them done in a short space of time.

So the thought on my mind most is.. to book or not to book?!  Do we look at venues now, then wait until this time next year and keep our fingers crossed there will be a deal for what we want, and possibly save ourselves a whole heap of money, or book now, and know we have the date we want, at the venue we want, and know for sure that bit is out of the way.

But in the meantime, here’s some more pretty inspiration I’ve found today.

I definitely want a ‘leaf tree’ style guest book for our wedding, what a wonderful way to have something a little bit personal from all of the guests, as something you can frame and hang on the wall.  A beautiful idea, and so cost effective and simple.  I must admit, I’ve done similar things for work, with children using either hand-prints of cut-outs of their hands for leaves on a tree, but never thought of bringing the idea to a wedding!

All of these images have been *ahem* borrowed from the amazing wedding inspiration / blog site that is Rock My Wedding.  Click on the pictures to go to the original pages ❤

It’s all about love.

Hello Wedding Blog!

In 4 days time, the ban which has been in place since two or three days after we got engaged will be over.  The ban on everything about our wedding – thinking about it, talking about it,planning it – even with each other – is finally almost over, and I’m equal parts nervous and excited.

On 1st March 2012, two whole months after we got engaged, I will actually be able to talk to The Mr about his thoughts/plans/aspirations for our big day.  And whilst I’ve not supposed to have been planning, organising or talking about the wedding during this time, it has been almost impossible to banish all thoughts of weddings from my head.  Hence the mixed feelings of excitement, ‘Yay, I can actually talk about it at last!!‘, and anxiety.  Anxiety because I know I have already started to think of ideas of what my dream wedding would be like, without being able to talk to him about whether that fits with what his dream wedding would be like.  Two whole months of these little ideas going around and around in my head, without being able to ask his opinion (because I’m not really supposed to be thinking about it at all, says the ban), has been really hard.  Really, REALLY hard.

I also know that The Mr is nervous about starting the planning, because he’s anxious about the whole big day altogether.  You may be surprised (especially those who know him), to hear that he doesn’t like being the centre of attention.  So those stereotyped ideas of what every woman wants her wedding to be; a day filled with childhood fairy-tales and Disney-infused pomp, are his worst nightmare.  And they’re also not what I would want either.  But because we haven’t been able to talk about it, I worry that he thinks that is what I want.  I think I know that The Mr may want to keep everything as low-key as possible.  Which I understand, and I empathise with, but is still different to what I think I want, that I still want it to be our ‘big’ day, even if it’s not a ‘big’ do.  So I already know there is going to be a fair bit of compromising.  I definitely wouldn’t say I’ve got my heart set on anything just yet, because I do really want this to be OUR day, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t started to get little bit of ideas of what I think I would like our day to be like, little things I would like to make it feel special.  And I’ll admit, I have caved at some moments and had a sneaky little whip round of some wedding blogs, and picked up a few bits of inspiration, which I really like.  I may even have the start of an idea of a theme, and colours I like..  But now that I know I can actually start talking about it soon, I’m a little bit nervous about how I’m going to say, ‘Actually, I’ve already thought that X might be quite nice like this‘, and for him not to get upset that I’ve started ‘planning’ without him.  But I’ve not set anything in stone, if The Mr doesn’t like it, then we’ll look at other ideas.  And then I get cross and think ‘But then this ban was his idea!‘ and think to myself that I shouldn’t have to not plan my own wedding just because he’s busy with work.  Sometimes I feel so angry about it, why can’t we just get on with it!  And then I actually hear myself thinking these things and realise how unbelievably selfish I’m being.  Oh, the inner turmoil!!

I’m not going to lie, I have hated not being able to start planning, and it’s make me quite angry and frustrated and even resentful at times (I know, how ridiculous, I’m resentful that the man I love has asked me to marry him, but won’t let me start planning the wedding yet.  Ugh, get over myself already!!).  Although I am often disorganised, scatty, and nearly always late for everything, golly do I love to plan, and feel like I have the element of control!  So not planning something which many people have told me will be the most important day of my life (at least, until the day we have kids) is like having an itch I’m not allowed to scratch.  The Mr even tried to distract me by telling me I had permission to start planning our summer holiday for this year, but even that wasn’t enough to stop me from feeling the frustration of not being able to start planning our wedding.  So why is it, now that the day is nearly here, I feel so nervous??  I think it might be because I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to planning, and I think a little bit of me is worried The Mr won’t take it as seriously as me, or won’t understand why the little details are so important to me.  But I don’t want to plan this wedding all by myself, I don’t want to be selfish and make it all about me, I want it to be an equal entity, something which is everything we both want it to be.  But most of all, I just want it to be ours, and to be a special celebration of our love.

And maybe that’s what I need to remember.  It’s all about love, and that’s all that really matters.