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Town Centre Barn Wedding - Kent, August 2019

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Just realised though that I never posted a pic of my engagement ring! It's an 18ct white gold, 0.5 carat round brilliant cut diamond sparkler with diamonds set in the sides of the shoulders.

     

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride
    Sadieee wrote (see post):
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    So I  may have *accidentally* bought my wedding ring! In my defence, it was an absolute steal....

    Hahah I did this when the one I wanted but couldn't afford went into the sale and only my size was left :D congrats on getting your ring!!

    Thanks, that's pretty much what happened! I've always wanted a diamond set wedding ring and love this twist one from Beaverbrooks but don't like the price! I can't justify spending too much, but it needs to be 18 carat gold to match my engagement ring which raises the price of a diamond ring massively. Have found a better price for the same style of ring elsewhere online, but then when I tried it on it didn't really go with my engagement ring anyway...thank God ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • SadieeeSadieee Posts: 1,781 New bride

    That is lovely! So sparkly but not the same as others you see, really beautiful

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Yep, but it's not the one I bought!!

    I got this in the sales at an amazing price for the spec - it's a 0.25 carat half eternity ring in 18 carat white gold, and quite slim as I have short fingers and couldn't cope with 2 chunky rings. It's a bit more boring, but I'm hoping will be pretty classic and timeless, and it's SO sparkly - I keep trying it on and wearing it around the house like some kind of nutcase! (Excuse the state of my engagement ring, it desperately needs replating!).

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  • SadieeeSadieee Posts: 1,781 New bride

    Oh wow that is amazing! So classic and sparkly, very timeless and looks fab with your engagement ring! Also, my ER looks awful when I try it on with my WR, it needs cleaning badly haha

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Thanks, I'm really pleased with it :)

  • ruthie1979ruthie1979 Posts: 794

    Beautiful rings. My wedding ring is very similar to that and super sparkly and I can't wait to wear it! xx

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Thanks Ruthie, love a bit of sparkle!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Save The Dates

    So a few weeks ago we sent out our Save The Dates - with just under 18 months to go until the wedding! 

    I bought them months ago when Vistaprint had a sale on for the bargain price of less than £20 for 30 and they've just been sitting in a drawer. The colours match our wedding and I just liked the design.

    I had planned to send them this summer around the 'year to go' mark but my friend is getting married on August bank holiday this year and sent her STDs out the previous Autumn - she was telling me she has had an awful lot of people decline as they had already booked their summer holidays a year or more ahead, plus almost all of our friends have children so we just thought we may as well get them sent out. We have a few friends and relatives who live abroad anyway so they'll need plenty of notice.

    I still feel a bit of a bridezilla for having sent them out so soon but we've had lots of positive reactions and people saying they are excited, which is nice! Once we have more details finalised we'll be buying the matching invitations. This is the style we chose:

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  • Elz2017Elz2017 Posts: 316

    Not bridezilla at all! I agree that lots of people make plans so far in advance (it's hard enough to arrange catch up drinks with friends sometimes!) that sending them out well in advance makes lots of sense. Especially if people have to travel - getting in early for flights and accommodation etc is a good thing.

    We set up part of our wedding website when we sent save the dates (about 10 months in advance) just so some useful info (travel, accommodation, and basic timings) was on there for people who liked to get organised early. Quite a few people got straight on it with accommodation especially!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Glad to hear I'm not nuts haha! 

    We do have a basic wedding website and the address for it is on the other side of the STDs, but you have reminded me I really must crack on with it.

  • Loving your thread! Your rings are gorgeous! I can only wear a plain wedding band at work so I'm going for a plain one so that I can actually wear it but Ilove drooling over everyone's sparkly ones!!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Thanks FutureMrsTomlin! It's really weird because I usually wear really plain discreet jewellery but I've gone completely opposite for my rings!

    I've been reading yours too, all sounds fabulous,and great that you might get your honeymoon sooner than you thought :)

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Decorations

    So I've bought quite a lot of decorative stuff already! I wanted gold and glass terrariums everywhere at first but they are super expensive so I've moved on from that idea.

    Just as a reminder, our venue is an old barn which is now a pub restaurant and our colours are navy, gold, coral and mint. I absolutely love fresh flowers - the venue has really beautiful, lush courtyard gardens and I want that theme to carry on inside. One of the main reasons for doing the flowers myself, apart from the fact I enjoy it, is that the amount of flowers I want everywhere would be prohibitively expensive if done by a florist. I'd love to do a floral arch around the venue'smain door but I think that's beyond my expertise level and people would only see if for a few seconds when they arrive so have decided against.

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    So current plan is to have different style gold lanterns dotted around downstairs where the ceremony and evening reception is with candles in and a few flowers wired on.. I'm going to make a big floral wreath with a 'wedding this way' sign in the middle to go on the front gate of the venue. I bought wire initials from Hobbycraft which I'll wire a few flowers to and will go on the ceremony table along with a couple of decorated lanterns with pillar candles in and a floral arrangement. which will all then be moved upstairs to the top table. There will be groups of decorated jars and bottles with fresh flower arrangements dotted around too (more on those later).

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    In the garden I'm going to have paper lantern bags on all the tables with electric tealights in (stole that idea from another poster on here!), and I've stolen a pallet from work to make a running order sign.

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    OH goes on loads of flights for work flying Business, so gets loads of the little toiletry bags. I've stockpiled loads of them and I'm going to make hangover kits for people to take with eyemasks, earplugs, Alka Seltzer, Paracetamol, and chewing gum in. These will obviously be placed well out of children's reach!image

    My table chart is a huge heart shaped picture frame which I will spray gold and also wire a few flowers to.

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    I'll do a post on the decorations for the wedding breakfast room later as my lunch break is almost over!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Decorations for the restaurant area that the wedding breakfast is in won't be standard centrepieces as we have 5 long tables. This is the room - it has a skylight in the middle to funnel light into the bar area downstairs.

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    We could pay extra to have chair covers upstairs but they are neutral and fine so we aren't bothering.

    I want the tables to look really lush and kind of busy. I bought about 20 clear hurricane vases for £1 each in Tesco ages ago which will have pillar candles in them dotted along. I've ordered navy lace table runners to go over the white tablecloths then there will be lots of decorated jars and bottles which I'll spray in various patterns in gold and/or decorate with navy, coral and mint ribbons. These will be filled with garden roses, freesias, lisianthus, hydrangea, waxflower, hypericum, stocks and lots of lush green foliage. The top table arrangement will be brought up from the ceremony table too. Here are a couple of pics from Google of the look I'm going for;

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Got some pretties in the post today ๐Ÿ˜

    Another poster on here recommended the QVC  Diamonique range so I ordered earrings and necklace, not expecting much but they are actually really nice and match my wedding ring quite nicely I feel!

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Oh and I provisionally booked my hairdresser too - she's done mine and my mum's hair for occasions before so she was an automatic choice. I have quite curly hair so am thinking half up half down with loose curls....BUT wedding is in August, I'm pathetic with heat and a bit of a sweaty betty so thinking updo would be more practical....BUT I hate my hair up ๐Ÿ˜‚ Obviously I have ages to decide ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    Bridesmaids I think I'll get to have messy side buns if that's what you call them.

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  • ruthie1979ruthie1979 Posts: 794

    LOVE your STDs and decoration ideas - lots of beautiful inspiration there.

    Also LOVE your ideas for the hangover kits - I've been unsure what to put in mine. I got some molton brown mini shower gels in the Christmas/January sales but so far that's all I've got for mine!! Eye masks & earplugs area a great idea (I think I will be adding these!) xx

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Thanks Ruthie - I have hundreds of mini toothpastes with disposable toothbrushes to include too, and might put some of those 25p mini cans of Coke in.

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Cake

    OH's gran has kindly offered to pay for our cake, which is very sweet of her. Having looked at cake makers in my area, their prices start at £350 for a plain iced 3 tier cake, with no extra decoration. That's more than the budget she has given us - we could top it up but have decided against doing that as cake isn't a huge priority for us and will just be cut up and eaten.

    OH and I both saw our dream cakes at a wedding fair, but the one I loved (navy) was around £800 and OH's fave was £1500 ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    So we will be buying our cake from either M&S or possibly Waitrose.

    We are undecided as to whether to buy a plain iced cake and decorate with flowers and a topper, or whether to buy the slightly more expensive shimmering hoop cake from M&S. The plain cakes are £90 or £126 for the size we need versus £249 for the shimmering hoop cake.....not sure it's worth paying £124 more for 3 chocolate hoops when I'd probably also add flowers etc to it. Thoughts???

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    I do also love the Waitrose naked cake - I really want a naked cake as I don't like marzipan or icing but OH isn't keen and people keep saying it will go dry ๐Ÿ˜•

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    We have compromised on a semi naked cake! Hunted out some slightly cheaper cake makers too. Been getting quotes from some local cake makers and they seem to be around the £250 mark for a semi naked cake with a gold sheen to feed 100, similar to this:

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    I have already bought a gold Mr & Mrs cake topper and also these Hyrule Crest mini toppers from Etsy. It is a symbol from The Legend Of Zelda which is OH's favourite computer game. He's a massive gaming geek &  insists he doesn't want a geeky wedding, but I'm still going to incorporate a few little touches for him. These will be placed around the sides of the middle tier:

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    Then I'll add a few fresh flowers.

    I was all set on the M&S cake but if we can get a bespoke cake still in OH's nan's budget then I'd rather do that I think ๐Ÿ˜€

     

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    A few more things I've bought this month;

    This hair comb from eBay. I can actually make these myself, and used to as a hobby, but the separate materials are so expensive, and you can buy the finished article so cheaply on eBay, it's not worth it. I'll just modify/personalise it a bit with my own stash of findings!

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    This photo frame for my mum's gift. She collects Royal Albert Old Country Roses china. I'll find one for MIL that's more to her taste. The idea is to give them both a frame for our wedding picture to go in.

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    We've also got them necklaces from M&S - they are a bit cheesy but our mums are both into cheesy, sentimental things ๐Ÿ˜‚

     

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    Some bargain Wedding signs from Poundland!

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  • Elz2017Elz2017 Posts: 316

    Loving the look of your cake - bargain if you can bespoke rather than M&S! And the cup cake toppers are brilliant. Your OH may say he wants no geek but I'd be pretty happy at the thoughtfulness shown.

    Wedding signs from Poundland?! Who knew... I need to start looking around for stuff like this so will take a wander in there (wonder if they have other signs - could do with 'bar' and 'bogs' but not sure they'll have the latter... )

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    Yes OH is so laid back he's horizontal about the wedding (and life in general really!), and any planning he just says "have whatever you like" as long as it's within budget, so I'm trying to include him by stealth! Also planning to get the venue to order in Rossi's ice cream to go with the desserts, which is made locally in his hometown and is his and his family's absolute favourite!

    Poundland have quite a lot of wedding stuff now, some good, some not so good - I bought the wedding signs, some mini pegs, and a big bag of crystal table scatters - not sure if they'll work with my theme but if not I've only lost a quid! Hobbycraft do loads of wedding signs and chalkboards so you can make your own pretty cheaply too.

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

    My hair comb came - I'm pretty pleased with it for a fiver ๐Ÿ˜€

     

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride

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  • MrsA-NToBeMrsA-NToBe Posts: 192 New bride

    I love the idea of the wire letters with flowers round... I'd be really interested to see how they turn out when you get to that point! 

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,543 New bride
    MrsA-NToBe wrote (see post):

    I love the idea of the wire letters with flowers round... I'd be really interested to see how they turn out when you get to that point! 

    I don't really like artificial flowers but thinking about using them for a few bits like this as not sure I'll have time on the day!

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