Sunday, 12 February 2017

Let's Talk Weddings: The Date Is Set!


Hey guys, guess what? We've only gone and bloody done the impossible. Or rather, what I thought was impossible. Yep, we've agreed on a venue and set the date! It's been quite the journey since getting engaged at the end of May! And after all the wedding fairs and open days we've been to, at various local hotels, we've finally settled on a simpler, smaller affair.

It's amazing to me how, when you first get engaged, you think you know exactly what you want. And then, over a period of months, after countless open days, wedding fairs and arguments, you come to the realisation that what you thought you wanted isn't what you wanted at all. Cryptic, much? 

When Chris and I first got engaged, we agreed we wanted to have our wedding day in one place. And we agreed on a hotel. This seemed logical to us; our guests could arrive in the morning, park their cars and then leave the next day. There were no issues of getting from A to B, or of finding local accommodation. 

But months and months of wedding fairs and open days later, we still couldn't agree on a hotel. We either didn't like the same ones, or they were totally out of our budget. I was beginning to think we'd never agree on a venue. And then we had a heart-to-heart and realised; neither of us wanted a big wedding.

So we started looking at options for a smaller venue. We were still looking at hotels, but we also looked at a Steam Railway in the Forest of Dean (yes, really - we thought it was different!) and registry offices. And finally, after much discussion, we settled on a venue.

Well, venues.

We're getting married in the early afternoon on Friday 15th September (just two days after my birthday!) at a registry office in my fiance's hometown. The reception is being held a few miles down the road, at a local pub! It's all within our budget, the venues are lovely and, most importantly, it's exactly what we want.

Of course, that's only eight months away, so the wedding planning has stepped up a gear. A few days ago, we gave notice of our intent to marry at our local council offices. So we now have our marriage licence! We've chosen our photographer, and just have to meet with her to discuss what we want. My fiance will be going to try on suits with his best man and father in a few weekends time.

Me? I'm not dress shopping until June/July. I want as much time as possible to slim down, so I can look beautiful in my wedding dress. BUT, that being said, I do have a dress in mind. I've seen it online, I love it, and I think it will look really good on me. I just need to try it on!

Of course, there's still a lot to sort! Flowers; I know what bouquet I want, but I'm still thinking on what I want the bridesmaids to have. Cake; we know we want cupcakes, but not what flavour/s or colour yet. Wedding presents; I think I've sorted the bridesmaid's presents, but there's still the best man to buy for! And so much more. 

But I feel like we're making good progress. Marriage licence, suits, photographer, wedding rings, hair pieces, and jewellery are all, pretty much, sorted. But I'll talk more about that in a later post. I'm sure I've babbled on enough for now. I just can't help it, I'm excited. And I hope all you are too! 

In less than eight months, I'll be Mrs Hyndman!


If you have any wedding planning tips, please share them with me in the comments!

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8 comments

  1. AHHHHH!! This is so exciting!!! Literally so happy for you!!!!! Going to be such an incredible day for you both :) I've always "planned" what I'd like at my wedding but sadly single pringle so won't be happening for a while hahahah Em xx

    http://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Aww, thank you Emma! It's so exciting, but also majorly stressful. So be warned! Haha. Your day will come, and it's nice to have some ideas before then! xx

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  2. Congrats on finally setting the date! We had our wedding reception at Upton Park - West Ham United's football ground! It was really different.
    How did your interview at the registry office go? I know you were a bit nervous.

    Nicola x
    http://nicspirational.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Nicola! Wow - that does sound different. I like it!
      Oh - it wasn't as bad as I imagined! They did separate us and asked questions about the other, but the lady was very nice, and friendly, so I managed! Thanks for your help <3 xx

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  3. YAY! How exciting! I can't wait to read more about your wedding planning. I really enjoyed bringing everything together, even if it was one the most stressful thing i've ever bloody done!

    Tarnya xx

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    1. Thank you Tarnya! I must say, I've found this experience to be a lot less stressful than I imagined. The reception venue are doing everything for us - from the decoration to the DJ. And there's nothing to be done at the registry office. It's just arranging the photographer, flowers, cake and suits/dresses that's up to us! It's still stressful though - haha! x

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  4. Wow you must be incredibly excited and it sounds like you're really prepared with everything as well!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. I am! And yes - very prepared. I'm the most organised person you will ever meet! Haha.

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