Sunday, 28 April 2013

What is your wedding style?

The image of a young girl dressing up her dolls and conducting pretend weddings for hours on end is pretty common. 

I have to admit that I don't recall doing this myself.  I was more into constructing elaborate towns on the living room floor, complete with roads, train tracks and the local zoo.  Oh and fighting with my brother over cars!

Does this mean that I didnt have any idea from an early age about how my wedding day would go? be honest I had no particular vision of how I would look as a bride, and I certainly didn't spend much time at all thinking about my wedding.

Until the possibility of actually being a bride became increasingly real.  As Heather can attest I had a pretty good idea of the kind of wedding I wanted slightly before John popped the question.  There was in fact a serious discussion about it after quite a few wines one night, several months earlier!

I have always thought that a winter wedding would be incredibly romantic.  Partly this is because I am so fair that a summer wedding would mean a significant investment in sunscreen.  But it's mostly about it being a little different and beautiful, think texture, candles and good rich food.  I am also hoping that having a mid-winter wedding, especially in a location that few of the guests actually live, will mean that they can look forward to a weekend away themselves.

I am pretty confident in the direction that our wedding planning is going, but I have been spending quite a bit of time looking for ideas and inspiration on wedding blogs, in magazines and on tv.


(I am a sucker for 'Say Yes to the Dress', but 'Bridezillas' drives me crazy and stress me out!  If anyone knows of any better wedding related shows please let me know).

I like to see weddings that are reflective of the couple and what is important to them, be it a casual beach affair, a vintage garden party or stunning cocktail party.

The way I see it, your wedding style should be what you are comfortable in, but also what is inspiring to you. 

Monday, 22 April 2013

On the brain

It's been a busy few weeks for all things wedding related.  We attended a lovely wedding in Wellington over Easter, New Zealand passed the Marriage Amendment Bill - Yah!  and those of you who read John's blog will know that we have confirmed a date and venue for our wedding.

And it's fair to say I am putting a fair bit of pressure on myself to start the planning in earnest.  I have to admit to already having quite a few lists.

The trip over to the Wairarapa - hilariously detailed in John's blog - was an incredibly full on day.  For the first time I felt quite stressed.  I could see how the ideas we had for our wedding day could slip away with an overbearing venue boss, or in a location that just wasn't right.  Fortunately, there were many positives, and we have come away knowing that while we will have a lot of work to do, we are completely happy and confident with our decisions.

Now that we have confirmed those key details we can start looking at all those other elements that we want to be part of our day - the usual suspects like flowers, photography, food, cake, as well as a few that are a little more unusual and that I won't talk too much about here.  We do want a few surprises for our guests on the day.

Next on the planning itinerary is the Wellington Wedding Show in early May and which happens to be the day after a friend's hen party, so hopefully I won't be too worse for wear!  I plan on trying to relax on the wedding planning front for the next few weeks, some of the big decisions and bookings have been made, and there really is no need to put that much pressure on right now. 

Oh, and in a few weeks we are moving in together so there are other things to be getting organised.  Probably time for another list!