Showing posts with label Wedding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wedding. Show all posts

Friday, 11 December 2015

Update: Wedding Planning, Choosing a Venue, The Dress and More

Long time no wedding speak!

It's been three months since my lovely fiance (still get butterflies when I say that) popped the question and things have been rather busy over here at TYDG. After the initial shock and excitement comes the reality of 'Oh God, I've actually got to plan this stuff'. Stress much? But I have had a few saviors along the wedding planning way which I will share later in this post, and Alex is a very involved Groom. Seriously he wants to chose everything from table cloths to our registrar. From research it seems I am quite lucky to have such an involved partner and I am certainly grateful for the help! People talk about wedding planning being one of the most stressful events in your life, and even though I have two years to go I can certainly see where they are coming from. 

Today I am sharing a little update on the planning so far. If these posts aren't for you don't fear, I have some really exciting reviews coming next week including a yoga brunch at Haunt in Stoke Newington, dinner at Coba in King's Cross and a taste of Brazil at Carioca, Brixton.

Telling Everyone!

The most exciting and completely nerve-wracking part of the wedding so far has got to be telling our friends and family. We had a mix of reactions (all positive!), with some people wanting to be more involved than others. I came back from our holiday to lovely gifts and cards from friends, family and work colleagues which we kept up for ages - because why not! In fact we received another congratulations card only this week which gave us both that excited feeling all over again.

Asking my closest friend to be my Maid of Honour was pretty exciting too. We invited her round for supper then kind of just blurted it out. This was the same with my second bridesmaid too - the poor love cried! It was adorable, and this blurting then led to Alex asking his two best men to take on their roles. I think not over-planning or really thinking too much about this part of the planning made the process so much easier. It was a joy to see their faces light up at being asked and I can't wait to get deeper into planning with them. 

Choosing a Venue

This has been the toughest element so far. The first thing to decide was whether we would be married in London or Oxfordshire, where we are both from originally. We looked at locations such as the Islington Town Hall and West Reservoir over in Hackney but set on having the day closer to home. Although we have not chosen a venue in Oxford, we have our hearts set on two venues in Henley - like a halfway point between the two sides of our life, which I think is quite nice.

We are not flashy people so crossing off locations such as castles and stately homes was easy. Instead we have looked at barns and pubs, finding these to be some of the most intimate and loving places possible. I'm not about showing off to people, more including them in the moment and ensuring everyone feels comfortable throughout the day.

Budgeting for the venue has also been interesting. I have found some locations to be absolutely insanely priced (especially at peak months), with some barns charging almost £5,000 just to book the space. LIKE REALLY. Catering is the next place where the cost can sky-rocket. As a foodie the selection of food available throughout the day is a priority for me, but I am not willing to pay more than I would for three courses at a Michelin star restaurant - that is just ridiculous. 

The Dress

The dress above is a £15,000 Valentino couture gown... just a little out of my price range! 

This will be one of the few times I actually mention the dress on the blog or frankly to anyone except my mum, maid of honour and dress designer. Yes, you read that right, dress designer. I am incredibly lucky to have a close friend who is an esteemed couture designer - the perks of going to fashion school! As my wedding git, she is designing and making my wedding dress, which is just unbelievably amazing. Although I am paying for the fabric (more than happily), my darling friend is not charging for her time, thus I will have a bespoke, couture gown on my wedding day that means more than just a Chanel dress. It will be made by one of my closest friends and I cannot wait to start toiling up her stunning designs.

All I can say is that the dress will be modern, clean and with just a few surprises. 

What Now?

So what next? Well we have Christmas and the New Year to get through then we are starting venue tours in January and will book our favourite place. I can't wait to share it with you! From there things will take a little pause while Alex finishes his Masters Degree, but I will be quietly working of the dress with my designer.

Until next time, E x 

Monday, 14 September 2015

A little news....

If you've been wondering where I have been for the last week then you probably don't follow me on Twitter or Instagram - hint, go do it now!! This also means you won't have seen my news, so here it is....

Alex proposed while we were on holiday in Budapest and I truly couldn't be happier. We are spending a little private time together to celebrate this engagement, hence I have been out of the social/blogosphere. I have more reviews coming next week but until then I would love your opinions. I am planning on setting up a wedding blog (like every other bride!), to share the journey of becoming a wife, planning a wedding and, really, growing up. So! I want to know what you want the blog to be called. I'm pretty set on The Young Domestic Goddess Gets Married, but I would love to hear what you think. Please share in the comments below, on Twitter or Instagram.

Lots of love,

Ellie x

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