The Proposal (re-blog)

My partner and I had both booked a day’s holiday to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and in the morning my partner woke up first (which never happens) and said for me to stay in bed until he came back.

When he came back he handed me a little blue card, handwritten on the front of the card was ‘Clue 1’, it was so funny because for his birthday (four months earlier) I had hidden his presents around the house and I had done a clue style treasure hunt for him to find them. It turns out that he had thought of this first and had already planned this for the proposal (no wonder he looked so surprised on his birthday). Continue reading

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So What Is Left?

10 months and a few days to go until the big day from my previous post (13 Months Engaged) you’ll know what we’ve got a lot done already, so what’s left;

  • Appointment with the registrar; I don’t know why but i’m slightly nervous about this. 🙂
  • The Cake; we’re going to have a Italian sponge cutting cake from Amalfi Pasticceria, their cakes are absolutely gorgeous and such a lovely opposite to the traditional dense fruit cake. The cutting cake I am going to make and decorate myself… I know I think I may be slightly crazy for taking this on.
  • Invites; this is another of my DIY projects Michael chose the wedding stationary theme, fonts and colours and together we came up with some ideas to incorporate our mutial geekiness into the invites, so on the back of each item there is a special design hinting to one of our geeky fandoms from Harry Potter to LOTR and CD Projekt Red’s amazing Witcher games to Doctor Who. See the Gallifreyan message thats on the back of our STDs in my previous post 13 Months To Go.

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13 Months Engaged

So less than a year to go to our big day 🙂 We’ve been engaged for just over a year now so I thought this would be a good time to through what we’ve got done and what we still have to do. Budgets are very tight but spreading across the two years has definitely helped us.

What’s been booked;

Venue, we are so lucky to have a fantastic local venue. We’ve booked an amazing inclusive package with them the package includes;

  • Dedicated wedding coordinator and an  informal toastmaster
  • Complimentary evening menu tasting
  • Arrival drinks, toast drinks, 3 course wedding breakfast, and half bottle of house wine per person
  • Floral arrangements, table mirrors and tea lights
  • Venue decor including white star cloth back drop, place cards, menu cards, table plan, chair cover with sashes
  • Roulette table and Blackjack table (for a bit for fun in between the breakfast and the evning reception)
  • Disco
  • Evening snacks (bacon baps, mini fish and chips and hot dogs). I think out of all the things in the wedding some people are most excited about the bacon baps 🙂
  • Complimentary stay for the Bride & Groom
  • Complimentary postage for all your wedding invitations 🙂 (which I haven’t seen any other venue do)
  • 6 month spa membership
  • and ….. a complimentary 1st anniversary 1 night, dinner, bed and breakfast stay 🙂

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Honestly this place is amazing and the wedding co-ordinator has been so helpful with all our little queries and questions. 🙂

Favour Decorations and Hair Accessories

I love doing little craft projects and so the favours was a great DIY task for me. Michael came up with a great design for a wire and bead decoration for the organza favours and the favour boxes. So with some shockingly cheap beads, some silver plated jewellery wire and a little bit of time later I have made some beautiful little decorations for our favours.

Whilst at a wedding fair I saw some beautiful handmade hair accessories, on closer inspection I realised they were made in exactly the same way as my favour decorations, only these were priced at over £100 each! Inspired by the sucess of the favours I brought some gold plated hair accessories, gold plated jewellery wire, freshwater pearls and some lapis lazuli beads. And I am so happy with the results…. and costing only £11.68 for all the items, which will make 15 bobby pins, 5 large hair combs and 5 small hair combs. 🙂

Save the Dates

So as you’ll know from some of my other posts our wedding is going to have many amazing geeky touches, the first of which is our STD cards. I’ll start by saying i’m designing all the wedding stationary (and i love it 🙂 ), so Michael came up with the style of the stationary suite, very friendly and informal and tying in our cobalt blue colour theme. The best bit is that the back of the STD features a message, a gorgeous swirly circular pattern, that hopefully a few of our guests will recognise as Gallifreyan (the language from the Doctor’s home planet of Gallifrey).

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Guest Book and Photo Albums

I got an amazing deal with this, so I love eBay and I managed to get a job lot of 5 Luxury John Lewis Guest Books (I’ve got some plans for the spare ones) and 7 Luxury John Lewis Photo Albums (ones for ourselves, our parents and our grand parents), all for only£42!!! 🙂 and the RRP of one of the photo albums is £64.95.

All the Rest

On top of all of that we’ve booked the photographers, the registrar is booked, we’ve got the bride and groom wedding cars sorted and we also have night before accommodation booked. 🙂

So here’s to all the amazing memories we’ll share over the next 11 months whilst engaged and there after all the love, laughter and joint geekiness as husband and wife.

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The One Year to Go Milestone

So we’ve now passed the one year to go milestone and in a blink of an eye another 3 weeks have gone. We got together on 01/09/2012, engaged on 01/09/2015 and we’ll be married on 01/09/2017, so 1st September is important to us and we celebrated the milestone by having a magical getaway to the Making of Harry Potter Studios near London, followed by a stay in a cute little hotel.


We love Harry Potter, and as you’ll know from some of my other posts there are going to be quite a few geeky touches on our wedding day, and not just HP, they’ll be Doctor Who, Star Wars, LOTR, Witcher, Skyrim and Bioshock. Continue reading

Covent Garden – DIY Wedding Bouquets

Wedding flowers and bouquets can be extremely expensive, luckily for me my mum is a retired florist and jumped at the chance to do our wedding day bouquets. When it came to picking which flowers would be best we thought a trip out to Covent Garden Flower Market, London would be a perfect day out. Once upon a time Mum regularly attended the Covent Garden Flower Market to buy specific flowers, supplies and gather ideas, so we thought it would be a great research trip and maybe we could get a few bargains while we were there.

So exactly one year before the wedding day Mum and I packed the car (at 2:15am!) and set off on a 2 hour drive to possibly the countries’ most renowned flower markets. In case you don’t know the flower market opens at 4am so planned to get there nice and early to see the best produce and hopefully get some good advise. Now the flower market is open to the public but it is primarily a source of fresh flowers for florists around London and the South. Despite knowing this I was still surprised when we pulled into what looked to be a derelict warehouse. Continue reading

Big Weddings and the Brexit Breakdown

I have been told so many times that a day will come when you consider just taking your parents and maybe a couple of close friends and running away to get married, forgetting the 90 guests, wedding breakfast, transport, flowers and the list goes on and on and on.

Well yesterday was that day for me, in the wake of the Brexit result it hasn’t only fractured our country, our economy but also my family. My partner and I were strongly in the Remain camp, and we proudly made posts urging friends and family to vote Remain. The result devastated me to say the least, soon after the result people realised the headlines the Brexit campaign used in their propaganda would never come true (£350 million a week to the NHS – nope, stricter border controls – nope and the pound and stocks have plummeted) and when posts started popping up on FB telling all remain supporters to ‘stop moaning and carry on, it’ll all be ok’, I had to respond. The country is not ok, we will stabilize in the short term, but in the long term the uncertainty looming over our brilliant country could lead us into yet another recession, with more job losses and decreasing value of the pound. Continue reading

Thank your vendors and suppliers

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Now this may sound silly or a bit obvious but when you choose a wedding supplier make sure they know how much you appreciate them being part of your big day. Of course giving a good supplier a thank you card and / or gist after the wedding is a fantastic idea, but you don’t only have to send your appreciation after the wedding. Continue reading