Saturday, 28 September 2019

Our Wedding: 1 Month to Go!

Wedding bells are in the air just as much as the leaves are starting to pile up on the floor! That's right, we're officially one month away from our wedding day and I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious right about now - eek! There's still a lot to accomplish, to pay for and to buy in such a short space of time but we're getting there. So without further ado, here's the latest (and the last) in our wedding planning!

Autumn wedding countdown


Outfits


In my last wedding post, things weren't going great in this department as I was the only one who actually had something to wear! Since then, we've managed to sort out suits for both Matt and Mini and found me a pair of shoes.

We ultimately decided that Mini's suit should be second-hand. Not just because our budget was starting to get a bit restrictive but because he's literally only going to wear it the one time so it felt quite wasteful to splurge out the ££s that retailers charge even for the smallest little suits. We managed to find a used navy Next four-piece suit on eBay and paid about a tenner for it. It's in great condition and Mini looks super adorable in it! He still needs some shoes but we're holding off on this for as long as possible because little feet grow so fast.

A few days later, we popped into Poole where Matt found his suit from Primark. We'd forgotten to bring Mini's outfit with us so we were a little bit concerned about the two suits not matching enough but amazingly, both suits match not just in colour but in texture too! What were the chances??

So the only things left on our outfit shopping list are; shoes for Matt and Mini, a shirt for Matt, tights and ideally some type of hair accessory for me. Easy peasy!


Rings


We've actually bought Matt's ring in the last month. I know, right? Cutting it super fine. But it's sorted and he's happy with it so we can actually do the exchange of rings thing during our ceremony. Phew.


Give Notice


The same day that we bought Matt's ring, we were actually in town to give notice of our intent to marry. It was a little bit intimidating because it's very much an interview not unlike the ones you see in movies where they're trying to find out if you're marrying solely for visa reasons. I was especially uncomfortable during my appointment since I'd had to walk all the way up the high street and back again just to get a bank statement. I was hot, sweaty and in a lot of pain.

Still, it was a positive experience and we got to talk through the details of our ceremony with the registrar.


Book Transport


This is something we've forgotten about so I'll have to remind Matt that we need to get this sorted ASAP - otherwise we're walking the seven miles to our reception venue.


DJ


We've just paid off the outstanding balance for our DJ and sent him our first song. All that remains is to pick out some songs. We're still going for a 80s/90s/00s party vibe so that should be a fun task.


Table Decorations


In case you don't already know, we chose an autumn theme for our wedding and our initial concept for table decorations was to have a stunning pumpkin vase centrepiece on each table. Ultimately we decided that it was a huge task, way beyond what we were capable of doing so close to our wedding day, so we're now going to have just the one pumpkin vase and that will be on the top table where Matt, Mini and myself will be sat. For the other tables, we've got something a little bit simpler in mind but it's still very much in line with the season and I'm really happy with what we've come up with!


Favours


Since money was starting to get a bit thin, we decided to start picking up bits and bobs for favours whenever we were out to spread the cost. We're now up to our eyeballs in goodies and I've worked out how they'll be styled on the tables so... yeah, another thing pretty much sorted!


Guestbook


We had a guestbook in mind for months that we really wanted to buy but then when it came down to actually ordering it, we decided that it was a bit too small. So we decided to go down the DIY route again and have created a similar design using a scrapbook and a vinyl decal - all for less than half the price of the original but now it's twice as big!

We've also picked up some pens ready so that's another task off our list and ready for the big day.


RSVPs


We managed to get all of our RSVPs back in the end and only had to chase a few. There have been a few last minute changes over the last week but hopefully that's it because I need to start painting our seating plan! Eek. Definitely going to mess that up somehow...


Choosing the Meat


So, I don't know if I ever mentioned this before, but we're having a hot carvery buffet as our wedding meal. There's a few meats to choose from (as well as a vegetarian option for our veggie guests) and although we haven't firmly decided, we're probably going to choose one white meat and one red meat just to give people a wider choice.

We recently visited our reception venue for a wedding fayre while they had their Sunday carvery on and it looked and smelled amazing so I'm really looking forward to this part of the day.


The Cake


Our wedding cake is actually being gifted to us by my aunt who runs her own wedding cake business in Surrey. We've discussed flavour preferences but the final design will be a complete surprise to us which is really exciting!


The Honeymoon


As many of you will already know, we are having a Disney-moon! The three of us are heading to Disneyland Paris to celebrate our marriage (among other things) and honestly I am so excited. The boys have never been to any of the Disney parks and we had a great time at Chessington recently so I know they're going to love it as much as I do.

I've got a new countdown post about our trip heading your way in a few days time but in the meantime, you can catch up on my 6 month countdown post!


DIYs


We've known from very early on that our wedding was both budget and DIY in nature and now that we're so close to the day, the DIY aspect has really come to the surface. I've got a little list of projects to do over the next few weeks including place settings, the table plan and more. I am going to cover these wedding DIY projects in more detail in the future so I can talk about the process and finished product(s) without spoiling any surprises for our guests.


Wedding Anxiety


I like to think that I've mostly talked myself out of the social anxiety aspect that was stressing me out for months. At the end of the day, the only people at our wedding are our loved ones so it needn't feel like I'm walking into a room of strangers. But what about general anxiety? 

I'm not talking about pre-wedding jitters because that's not what this is. It's just that in any big event in my life (exams, interviews, maternity scans and so on)

My body, or more accurately my brain, has this tendency to respond to the big stressful moments in the same way: by throwing up. Maternity scans with Mini were the worst offender. It's been a while since my last big panic attack but that doesn't mean that this isn't the calm before the storm. I have some coping mechanisms in place so maybe it'll be okay. Only time will tell. But to be safe, I'm not putting my dress on until the last possible opportunity.

If that isn't enough of a wedding countdown for you, I have also been doing a GIF countdown on Twitter so now's a perfect time to give me a follow if you want to see how that progresses. Here's an example of what you can expect:


Otherwise, there will be some more wedding posts coming your way in the new year. I'll be talking about planning a budget wedding and of course, sharing those little DIY projects I'm working on so keep an eye out for those in 2020!


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