Plan, Relax, Plan

Being your planning

Now I have booked my venue , I have 2 years to get creative and create my own magical day.

I have been really lucky myself and Blair have only visited 2 venues and fell completely in love wih the 2nd so decided to go ahead and book as it felt right. I felt the biggest pressure was finding the perfect venue now we have that everything can slowly fall into place (I hope). 

There was concern over the location of our venue as it’s quite far but we decided if we put a bus on and the people that matter will come even if they make their own way there. There are always going to be buts and ifs but remember it is you as your partners day so do what feels right for yous.

Tip of the day… book your venue on a week day, it cuts the cost down hugely.

It is very overwhelming finally setting your date so some advice, take time out today i am down the beach with Blair and Mollie planning and enjoying the sun.

How to choose your bridesmaids

How do you choose your bridesmaids? 

It’s simple really, all you need to think  is who do I want to stand by my side when I get married? Who will keep me calm? Who will go to the ends of the earth to make sure I have a good day/hen? Who are my true friends? Pick people you know that are caring and believe me you will find out when you get engaged who your real family and friends are.

I wasn’t sure how many bridesmaids I wanted as we are not planning on having a big wedding so 2 seemed like the ideal number.

How I decided…

I picked my best friend Kim, I was bridesmaid at her wedding in 2016. We have been best friends for 4 years now after just meeting on holiday. Since then we have grown into women and living our lives and so much has changed yet we are always at the end of the phone for each other.  We used to live 9hours away but now we only live 3hours away from each other so having a long distance friendship can work although I miss her like crazy!

My 2nd bridesmaid is Naomi, my fiancé sister. I don’t have any sister’s but Naomi certainly makes me feel like she is mine. She is a caring and very out going personality who I know will keep me relaxed from start to finish. Also it means so much to Blair my fiancé to have his sister a big part of the day.

Be creative when you do ask who you pick to be part of your big day. I made present boxes which was really fun as I created them from scratch.

It’s all about the prep

Now I hope there is no one who is OCD like me, I went through every single detail in my head from 3am on the eve of my engagement party. I hate to think what time I will rise when it’s the wedding! 

Easy 5 steps to a successful engagement party.

Step 1 –  Plan ahead. 

Book your party with a months notice. We panicked about finding a venue as we didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money. Budget it! Pay for the buffet/venue before the party date, that way you will not be stressing about how much money you need on the night.

Step 2 – Use gifts wisely.

We have had amazing support and family helped towards the dj and the buffet as part of their gifts to us. My aunty made our cake also, which was amazing. We appreciated that so much. You don’t need to be worrying about extra cost so enjoy the party and let family help!

I was truly lucky, my sister-in-law to be is a very taleneted hair/make up artist she was kind enough to do mine for the party and man I felt like a million dollars! I have her the ideas of the look I wanted and she really pulled it off! Again that was a help a saving of £50 I can’t thank her enough.  So let people offer to help. Also you get extra time with that special person, which I needed as I thought I would of been a nervous wreck but I was the opposite for once.

Step 3 – Start your prep a few days before.

What I mean by this is don’t be running about at the last minute getting ready! Get your hair cut the week before and do your tan 2 days before If you moisturise it will last. 

I put everything I needed into a bag so when it was time to get ready it was there.

Step 4 – Finalise everything

Get up early and go decorate your hall, that means you have time for an afternoon nap to refresh! 

Step 5 – Relax and enjoy every minute of it!

We can’t  thank our family and friends enough for a great night and they spoiled us to. I couldn’t of hoped for a better engagement I have had an amazing experience.  Love to everyone 💋

Experience Wedding Time Out

Today I got the great pleasure of getting to go lambing for the first time every at my bosses farm. From herding sheep to bringing in horses it was one of the best days of my life that I will cherish forever! This little cutie is Rodger who we got to bottle feed as he is very small but adorable 😍 think he stole all our hearts today!

Some people might cringe at the thought but I should have been born on a farm and I’m sad I wasn’t! I helped a mummy give birth to twins for the first time and seeing them eating and standing healthily warmed my heart.

Once the lambs and mums were able to go outside we took the quad down to the field and let them go to enjoy the fresh air then I got to drive the quad 😁 what a feeling! With the collie sitting on the back I felt in my element. 

On break times we got spoiled with cakes and tea.Yummy! 

My advice would be if you ever get the chance to experience this do it!!! I also got to do it with 2 amazing friends who made the day even better that is a memory that will remain for ever.

Bed time for me as I’m full of the cold and knackered but here’s hoping I sleep tonight and I am one happy person!

New toy

Bought a new toy for Poppy was only £6 at pets at home. Already she loves it and I am only in the door 5 mins!

Love giving them little treats. Companion goes both ways between an owner and a pet. They are not just an animal they are part of the family. I don’t have children so they are my furbabies. 

Everyone always jokes at my mum saying ” you getting the grandchild this weekend?” They are talking about Mollie my dog! I will do another blog on that another time though.

Bye for now 💋