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? Well...to 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.