Our 'We're So Last Minute Getting Organised' September 2018 Wedding

I absolutely love reading everyone's planning threads, so thought I'd start my own. As you can see by the title - I'm due to get married in September! And I'm not exactly 100% on top of things , but we're getting there

 

How We Met

Nothing interesting here I'm afraid! It's the usual 'met on a night out' story. We swapped numbers and text back and forth for a good month or so before actually meeting up (he told me at the time it was because of exams at Uni etc. but when we were together properly he admitted he was nervous - bless). Our first date was a couple of drinks and the cinema - the rest, as they say, is history!

 

The Proposal

 

My H2B and I love going on holiday! (Who doesn't?). We had been together for 7 years and after having a disaster in our house (completely flooded - burst pipe in the loft. We had to move out for 8 months while the house was fixed), we decided that a holiday was exactly what we needed after all the stress. We were thinking Venice, or New York. We had both been to New York before but not together and we both wanted to go back so New York won out (also, we were going in March and I'd like to see Venice in the sunshine).

We had a fantastic week in New York seeing some new sites and re-visiting others. H2B had suggested that we go to Central Park on our last day as I had said I wished I'd spent more time there the last time I had been. He said we could have a nice day in Central Park after all the sight seeing and take it a bit easier that day. Sounded good to me! It was also 8 years to the day since our first date....(you can see where this is going!)

It was a really grey day with lots of sleet, so not particularly nice. However, when we got into the park, it started really snowing - proper fluffy flakes! It was lying and before we knew it, Central Park was a winter wonderland like you see in the films.

We were in there for hours! We saw Strawberry Fields, the Alice in Wonderland statue, Bethesda Terrace...The last stop we wandered to was Belvedere Castle which is on a lovely lake. We walked round to a small jetty and were there for a while. H2B seemed reluctant to leave. Then he told me to look out at the water while he took a photo of me. Standing there for a little while and wondered what was taking so long! Turned round and he was down on one knee with my beautiful ring (he had actually packed a plastic bag to kneel down on lol).

I was absolutely gobsmacked. He had acted completely normal all week! Even that day he was just himself. He told me later that he wasn't nervous until he was going down on one knee and thought 'what am I going to say?!'. He basically said that we'd been together 8 years that day, and he'd love for us to be together forever. Awww!

Obviously I was over the moon and said yes!! We were in the park for such a long time in the snow, but it was after he proposed that the cold hit me - It must've been the shock lol.

We finished that day off with the Empire State Building at night. It was lovely seeing New York all lit up. But it was also blowing an absolutely freezing gale. I was so cold my skin hurt lol.

imageMy beautiful ring

imageA photo of us taken just a few seconds after the proposal when another couple came round the corner

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  • Desert-brideDesert-bride Posts: 220 New bride

    Love Central Park! You have plenty of time to sort out a wedding!

  • Desert-brideDesert-bride Posts: 220 New bride

    Love Central Park! You have plenty of time to sort out a wedding!

    And lovely proposal too. The castle is beautiful!

  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,130 New bride

    Awww what a gorgeous proposal and ring!!

  • FutureMrsMcMFutureMrsMcM Posts: 41

    Thank you both! . I'll post later with some of the things we have organised! lol xx

  • Desert-brideDesert-bride Posts: 220 New bride

    Looking forward to seeing the things you’ve got planned😊

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 290 New bride
    FutureMrsMcM wrote (see post):

    I absolutely love reading everyone's planning threads, so thought I'd start my own. As you can see by the title - I'm due to get married in September! And I'm not exactly 100% on top of things , but we're getting there

     

    How We Met

    Nothing interesting here I'm afraid! It's the usual 'met on a night out' story. We swapped numbers and text back and forth for a good month or so before actually meeting up (he told me at the time it was because of exams at Uni etc. but when we were together properly he admitted he was nervous - bless). Our first date was a couple of drinks and the cinema - the rest, as they say, is history!

     

    The Proposal

     

    My H2B and I love going on holiday! (Who doesn't?). We had been together for 7 years and after having a disaster in our house (completely flooded - burst pipe in the loft. We had to move out for 8 months while the house was fixed), we decided that a holiday was exactly what we needed after all the stress. We were thinking Venice, or New York. We had both been to New York before but not together and we both wanted to go back so New York won out (also, we were going in March and I'd like to see Venice in the sunshine).

    We had a fantastic week in New York seeing some new sites and re-visiting others. H2B had suggested that we go to Central Park on our last day as I had said I wished I'd spent more time there the last time I had been. He said we could have a nice day in Central Park after all the sight seeing and take it a bit easier that day. Sounded good to me! It was also 8 years to the day since our first date....(you can see where this is going!)

    It was a really grey day with lots of sleet, so not particularly nice. However, when we got into the park, it started really snowing - proper fluffy flakes! It was lying and before we knew it, Central Park was a winter wonderland like you see in the films.

    We were in there for hours! We saw Strawberry Fields, the Alice in Wonderland statue, Bethesda Terrace...The last stop we wandered to was Belvedere Castle which is on a lovely lake. We walked round to a small jetty and were there for a while. H2B seemed reluctant to leave. Then he told me to look out at the water while he took a photo of me. Standing there for a little while and wondered what was taking so long! Turned round and he was down on one knee with my beautiful ring (he had actually packed a plastic bag to kneel down on lol).

    I was absolutely gobsmacked. He had acted completely normal all week! Even that day he was just himself. He told me later that he wasn't nervous until he was going down on one knee and thought 'what am I going to say?!'. He basically said that we'd been together 8 years that day, and he'd love for us to be together forever. Awww!

    Obviously I was over the moon and said yes!! We were in the park for such a long time in the snow, but it was after he proposed that the cold hit me - It must've been the shock lol.

    We finished that day off with the Empire State Building at night. It was lovely seeing New York all lit up. But it was also blowing an absolutely freezing gale. I was so cold my skin hurt lol.

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  • FutureMrsMcMFutureMrsMcM Posts: 41

    The Wedding Venue

    It all seemed quite overwhelming after we got engaged and I'd go to sleep thinking 'I have no idea where to start!'.

    We're from Scotland so I began looking at venues close by and we went to an open day at Airth Castle which was lovely. I began writing our guest list and couldn't believe how big it was! Mostly it's my family as I have lots of aunts and cousins, as well as my immediate family and their own families. The dreaded fear of cost started creeping in!

    One day H2B and I were walking round the loch near our house. It was a lovely sunny day which is 1) unusual in Scotland and 2) is probably why we had our next conversation. H2B casually approached the subject of 'how would you feel, hypothetically, about getting married abroad?'.

    It had definitely crossed my mind as I'm quite shy and the idea of being in the spotlight in front of so many people on the day was daunting! I don't think I genuinely considered it an option though until H2B mentioned it. I think he was dreading the idea of a speech in front of everyone.

    After I said I wasn't against the idea, the seed grew a bit. We decided to run it past the people we'd absolutely want to be there, and if they were up for it, then maybe that's what we'd do! H2B checked with his brother and mum, and I checked with my mum and 3 brothers (and their other halves). All of which were more than happy with the idea (which I'm so grateful for, I do realise how lucky we are). I also ran it past my best friend who said she'd absolutely be happy to go to our wedding abroad - she just needed the notice to make sure she could save. We made this decision in June 2017, and the wedding was going to be in September 2018.

    Next on the list is - where to get married? We toyed with the idea of Santorini, Sorrento and New York to start with. H2B loves America so we were leaning that way but as we thought about it more, I wasn't sure New York was where I wanted to go. H2B thought Central Park would be great as it's where we got engaged but I didn't like the idea of how public it would be etc. We discussed a few other pros and cons and eventually decided - we'd go to America, but it would be the Sunshine State! Florida is definitely our happy place - we love the theme parks (big kids). We will be getting married there on our (lucky number) 7th trip to Orlando.

    We got a brochure from Virgin Holidays (who we usually travel to Florida with) and we booked Cypress Grove. We'll be getting married in a lake side gazebo on the grounds of a 1920's plantation house.

     

    First big decision done!

  • FutureMrsMcMFutureMrsMcM Posts: 41

    Oh, I did try to post images of the venue but they haven't appeared! Will try again!

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  • FutureMrsMcMFutureMrsMcM Posts: 41

    The Wedding Party

    My best friend unfortunately can't make it to Florida any more - she's had a beautiful baby girl and understandably she's worried about the journey etc. So I won't be having a bridesmaid. I would've had my nieces but unfortunately they can't make it either - these are the things we need to accept when we decide to get married abroad!

    My H2B's brother is his best man, and my brother will be giving me away. My dad passed away when I was 7, so I had to choose between my 3 big brothers. It was a tough decision as obviously I love them all! I eventually made it as 2 of my brothers have daughters, so I figure they'll be giving them away at some point. The brother that I picked doesn't have any children yet so I went for him. Also - he's hilarious so he'll do a great speech lol.

    I have found a way for my Dad to walk me down the aisle however! I discovered amazing bouquet charms on a website www.thelittlekeepsakecompany.co.uk. It's a sterling silver locket which they personalised for me - I absolutely love it. They also give you a chain so you can wear your locket as a necklace after the big day. I gave them a sample of my handwriting from when I was a little girl and they were able to engrave it onto the front of the locket. I also gave them a doodle that my dad did, and they shrunk it down and put it onto the back of the locket.

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    I wanted to include my other two brothers in the day, so I have one doing a reading at the ceremony. Any recommendations for a nice reading would be great - the sample ones I was sent from my Planner are mostly for parents to their children.

    My other brother will be doing the first toast to us when we're cutting our cake .

     

  • FutureMrsMcMFutureMrsMcM Posts: 41

    The Wedding Dress & Weight Loss

    I'm such an indecisive person - I really thought that it would take me ages to pick my wedding dress. I did have an idea of what I wanted - I like tulle, love pearls, and wanted a bit of lace.

    Headed out in Glasgow with my mum, future MIL and my best friend. We started at Eleganza Sposa which is a beautiful bridal store. They really made it an experience for me. I had picked dresses that I liked on their online Love List before I attended so they knew what I'd be looking to try on.

    I can't remember exactly how many dresses I tried in there, maybe 6 or 7? I wasn't sure how I was supposed to feel about it really, how do I know when I've found 'the one dress'? Thought all of the dresses were beautiful, but didn't necessarily think I looked anything special in them. I had quickly ruled out a fit and flare - I'm a bit hippy and I just didn't think it suited me.

    I had another appointment with Sarah Louise Bridal. Eleganza was definitely the 'bridal' experience with my 'entourage' drinking prosecco while I got ready. Sarah Louise is a lot more down to earth. It seemed like a mammoth task to find dresses I wanted to try on as they are all lined up on racks. I remember thinking I'd just pull out some that looked in the region of what I was after (it was hard to tell when they're all crammed together) and really thought I'd just get the appointment over with and move on.

    However! I think it was the third dress I tried was exactly what I was looking for - dropped waist, some lace, some sparkle, some pearls. And more than that, I actually thought I looked good in it, and it made me feel like a bride. The dress comes with a 'jacket' which isn't really a jacket but it's the word they use for it lol. I thought I'd wear that for the ceremony, and take it of afterwards.

    I couldn't believe I found my dress on our first day out on the town - but I was delighted I had .

    I was losing weight (or trying to!) when my dress was ordered. They obviously order it in the size I was at the time which was a 16. I think finding my dress really helped me up my game for losing weight. I didn't enjoy not fitting into the sample sizes in the shop. I started going walks round the loch near my house every night - which is about 2.5 miles. I started going to some classes at the gym, 2 or 3 a week. Then I upped my walking to going once in the morning before work and once after work.

    Then my dress came in and I was allowed to go and try it on! I really hoped I'd made a difference, and thankfully, I had! The first two photos here are from the day I found the dress:

    imageThe dress with the 'jacket on' - I was told that it'll sit a lot more flush when it's been fitted to me.

    imageThe dress with the 'jacket off'.

    imageTrying my dress on after losing some weight.

    imageAnother one from trying my dress on after losing some weight.

     

    I have to say, since trying my dress on again I've not been as motivated to lose which is annoying! I've shifted a few more lbs but have slacked off with the gym a bit. I think it's because I'm a bit relieved that I know I have made a difference to how I look in it. That, and I'm generally lazy! Final fitting is on 14th August so we'll see what damage I can do before then .

  • DandelionBlueDandelionBlue Posts: 942 New bride

    OOooh. A wedding in the USA. This sounds interesting. Lovely venue to. And your getting married shortly before me.

    Beautiful dress! I think trying the dress on can be demotivating. Especially when it fits. I had list weight when I tried my dress on the second time. But now don't fit into it. Oops! Back on the health train.

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