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Town Centre Barn Wedding - Kent, August 2019

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  • CoffeeDogAddictCoffeeDogAddict Posts: 1,241 New bride

    thats such a good idea!! Im excited to see how they turn out, im looking to get a cheaper veil, cause itll be for the ceremony and photos and then ill never have the patience to keep it on haha. 

    Love this thread!!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Veil no 1 has arrived! It's the cathedral length one.

    The tulle I would say is medium thickness/stiffness, it drapes quite nicely but isn't super soft or fluid. It's a very similar stiffness to the Jon Richard veil my friend had for her wedding. If you throw it in the air it falls quite slowly. 

    I ordered ivory and it looks whiter than that to me but haven't got anything to compare it to!

    The veil is glued rather than sewn to the comb but it's done neatly and feels strongly attached.

    Pics are below but now for the price......it was £1.99 plus 49p postage ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I'm not sure if I'll keep it as I think I may want a more fluid veil, but other than that I'd be perfectly happy to wear it, it is cut super straight and doesn't look any different to the veils in the bridal shop really. It's very creased so might have a go at it with tbe steam iron then see what I think.

    Sorry for weird garden pics but all my walls and doors are white and you couldn't see it against them.

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    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F302025612478

     

     

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

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  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,137 New bride

    Jeez - for £2 what more could you want really! I bet for a tenner you’d get one that was even closer than you wanted. Hopefully the short one is lovely - I think they tend to suit stiffer material a bit more so that might work well.

  • weatherwaxeweatherwaxe Posts: 848 New bride

    I'm impressed for £1.99! It definitely doesn't look like it cost that little. 

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

     

     

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    What a bargain! If i was still having a veil I'd have definitely got one to try!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Make up artist is now confirmed & deposit paid! She has lots of very good reviews locally so looking forward to my trial next year :)

    My fingertip length veil arrived last night but didn't get a chance to unwrap it and have a look, will do it tonight!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    So the fingertip veil arrived, and is also white! It even came with a test patch of fabric that has white written on it....ordered 2 ivory veils, got 2 white veils!

    Other than that, it's quite a nice veil - it is glued to the comb but not as well as the first veil. The material seems identical to the first veil.Like the first, it's very creased and needs a good iron. If I wanted white I'd definitely keep it and wear it as it looks nice, but it's too white. It was £3.99 plus 89p postage.

    Having tried both, I feel the same as I did in the bridal shop - I prefer a 2 tier fingertip veil to a cathedral length.

     

     

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Very poor pic attached, couldn't seem to get a good one but it does look just like the one I tried in the bridal shop tbh. I messaged the seller and they assure me it is ivory and I need to look at it in daylight, and the little white square is to show the contrast between white and ivory.....hmmm not convinced, the little white square and the veil are exactly the same colour.

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    I think there must be something in the water around here.....3 of my good friends and my sister are pregnant which is lovely news!

    From a purely selfish point of view I keep thinking I hope they come to the wedding though! Some of them are evening only invites and their babies are only going to be 6-8 months old....kids and babies are perfectly welcome in the evening but of course it depends what routine they are in. 

    For day guests, do babes in arms count towards the guest total?

    Very excited about all the newborn cuddles I'm going to get though :)

  • britbirdbritbird Posts: 1,486 New bride

    Aww how lovely.  I know what you mean though on the selfish element!  I am totally the same, although luckily we are now within the 3 month period, so doubtful we will have any issues now LOL.  Babes in arms don't tend to count towards total, although you might want to factor in space for prams, highchairs etc.  

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    I'm just praying none of our single friends & relatives get partners before next August ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰ Stop ruining my numbers ๐Ÿ˜‚

    So I put the white 'test patch' on top of the 'ivory' veil....and they are exactly the same colour! Aren't they? Am I going crackers? In fact they are so much the same colour you can't even make out the test patch, though I can assure you it's there.

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  • MrsCToBee wrote (see post):

    I'm just praying none of our single friends & relatives get partners before next August ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰ Stop ruining my numbers ๐Ÿ˜‚

    So I put the white 'test patch' on top of the 'ivory' veil....and they are exactly the same colour! Aren't they? Am I going crackers? In fact they are so much the same colour you can't even make out the test patch, though I can assure you it's there.

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    I literally cannot even see where the test patch is! I'd send this picture to the seller, ask if they can find it...

  • Kelly224Kelly224 Posts: 962 New bride

    I would agree with the above, sent the seller that picture and ask if they can find the white patch! I can't see it at all!

    Babes in arms wouldn't count towards the numbers, as Britbird said make sure you factor in room and possibly highchairs depending on how old the babies will be by that time. It's lovely you've said the babies are welcome in the evening, hopefully that will mean that they can all make an appearance!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Not just me then! They have offered a refund but I have to post it back to China and hope they refund me the cost... I'm not really sure it's worth it for less than a fiver! 

    There is a bridal charity shop near me, I might just donate it to them.

     

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    I'm almost done on the gift front!

    My gifts for the mums are a necklace, photo frame and candle each in a nice gift box.

    I've got my mum's frame off eBay, as she collects a particular china so got the frame to match. Have been on the lookout for one for MIL, she is your classic Essex mum, loves a bit of bling - she is basically Pam out of Gavin & Stacey. Anyway, just got her this frame in M&S in the sale, it has a nice little bit of bling but is still keeping it classy, and was a bargain reduced to £6.50 :)

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    Gifts left to get are 3 x best men and FOG which OH can sort out, then OH's nan, my dad and my son.

    Any ideas on what I could get my dad? He doesn't like sport, doesn't drink, has no real hobbies and there's no point buying him anything sentimental because he's not at all mushy and my stepmum wouldn't let him display anything like that anyway (their house is basically a showhome). He's also diabetic so sweet treats are out. He is such a nightmare to buy for! I adopt chimps at Monkey World for his birthday every year because that's the only thing I know he appreciates.

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    Ah, that sounds like a tough one! What about a frame with a photo of you together when you were younger with a space for a wedding photo? 

    Cufflinks for the day? A plant? A special tea/coffee? 

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Thanks Sian! The thing is a frame wouldn't be displayed, his wife is obsessively houseproud! It would probably go up for a fortnight then 'mysteriously disappear' knowing her ๐Ÿ˜‚

    He's not into gardening either and just likes PG Tips ๐Ÿ˜‚

    We aren't doing suit hire, the men are wearing their own suits so not sure if he'd need cufflinks!

    The only thing I know he'd like is another hot air balloon ride but then that's loads more than we are apending on anyone else. He really is an awkward bugger!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

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    Still so long to go ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Veil no 3 of my eBay haul has arrived and this one does what it says in the tin! Really lovely soft tulle which falls beautifully. Glued to the comb rather than sewn, but you could add a few stitches to secure. It's not quite as full as the pic.image This one looks and feels like the one in the bridal shop....for £3.19 plus free shipping ๐Ÿ˜

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F252479300847

    I think having tried them all on that I definitely want fingertip length though - the cathedral are just going to be too big for our venue. 

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride
    MrsCToBee wrote (see post):

    Thanks Sian! The thing is a frame wouldn't be displayed, his wife is obsessively houseproud! It would probably go up for a fortnight then 'mysteriously disappear' knowing her ๐Ÿ˜‚

    He's not into gardening either and just likes PG Tips ๐Ÿ˜‚

    We aren't doing suit hire, the men are wearing their own suits so not sure if he'd need cufflinks!

    The only thing I know he'd like is another hot air balloon ride but then that's loads more than we are apending on anyone else. He really is an awkward bugger!

    Oh goodness haha- definitely sounds difficult! A pen? At least it’s small and if it goes in a drawer not the end of the world? 

    Glad veil number 3 was a winner! 

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Finally sorted my wedding insurance and got it for £30 which was the cheapest quote I could find for what we needed! Did it through Arthur Brown insurance brokers in Leeds who specialise in wedding insurance and were very polite and helpful. 

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    This is sort of an update about nothing :)

    We are 1 year and 18 days away from the wedding and I seem to have reached a stage where there is just nothing that can be done, or to do. All our 'big ticket' suppliers are booked, I've bought the dresses and accessories, and things like the cake and flowers that we are sorting ourselves can't be arranged until a couple of months before the wedding. I've contacted a lady about alterations but she doesn't need to see me until January at the absolute earliest. Make up & hair trials will be next spring. 

    I have a few DIY bits I could start to do but I'm loathe to do too much incase they get damaged/dirty in storage. On the flipside, though we are having a fairly simple wedding, I'm concerned about leaving too much to do next year, as with a full time job and a toddler our weekends tend to be very busy.

    The only thing we can get on with fairly soon is starting to design the invitations - my OH has access to a computer programme through work that we will probably use to finalise the layout  and mail merge people's names and details on to the invites. Too early to send them until after Christmas though. Then just buying the last few bits on my Amazon shopping list.

    Apart from the financial aspect (we did need the time to save) I really wish we had booked the wedding on a shorter timescale as I am one of those people that tends to get overexcited and just sort everything at the start, and now I feel massively redundant!

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    Don’t leave it as late as us- 7 weeks to go and I think our to do list has 60 odd items? From buying bits to reconfirming with suppliers! 

  • Kelly224Kelly224 Posts: 962 New bride

    I was exactly the same, we've had a 2 year planning time and it's driven me crazy at times as I just wanted everything done but we had to do it for financial reasons as well.

    I know it's a massive cliche but time really does fly.  We booked in January 2017 which felt like forever but now we are at 4 months to go and I'm really like oh my god it's actually happening!!  I've still not started any DIY stuff as so much of it involves glue and I'm worried things will lose their stickiness if I do it too early!! At least you can soon say '1 year to go'!!  Yay! 

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Maybe I will take your advice and get on with it! 

    We booked the wedding April/May 2017 for August 2019 so 2 years 3 months out. I have jars to spray paint/glitter/decorate with ribbons , a hoop to spray paint  and will have some minimal DIY with putting the invitations together but otherwise not much to do. I might buy the favours next month but even then, I have printed thank you labels to go on the boxes, but worried if I stick them all on now they'll all be peeling off in a year!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Money saving tip for brides :)

    I wanted some thick, gold sparkly paper to make belly bands for when we put our invites together but it was quite expensive online.

    We are going to decorate our house soon and the other day I was browsing wallpaper in B&Q. You know how they always have a roll at the front of each pattern you can rip a sample off? Well I saw this gold sparkly wallpaper, bit OTT for the house but perfect for the invites so I took, ahem, a metre or 2 'sample' and once cut with a guillotine it will do the job perfectly! 

    If you were doing different coloured invites and wanted coloured or patterned backing paper it would work well too.

  • MrsS85MrsS85 Posts: 688 New bride

    Just read your whole thread MrsC, all your plans sound lovely, you have done so well on our budget, especially with your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses, Love all your decoration ideas too, Thanks for the wallpaper top tip!

     

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,933 New bride

    Thanks MrsS85! Do you have a planning thread?

    Sian, I really don't envy your to do list right now, but I was pleased to see you are making progress on the dress front :)

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