Open and honest report of our September wedding
I haven't been on here for a while..... post wedding blues lol!
I wanted to write a report about our wedding, the lead up to it, during and after. I'm hoping I may be able to help others, reassure people and generally provide a bit of realistic guidance as I'm well aware of how crazy weddings can be!!!
THE PROPOSAL - Sept 2016
I was proposed to in Disneys Magic Kingdom in Florida. IMHO you can't get much better than that, due to this, I was ken to have an element of Disney in our wedding without being trashy.
We started looking at venues as soon as we got home. My family live in Leeds whilst we live in Newcastle so it was important to me for my family to be able to stay over. I've also been to weddings recently where there were lots of different rooms. I didn't want guests to be unsocial and seperated and I didn't want people to have to walk far! We didn't want the typical big country house nor did we want anything religious. This helped us narrow down venues very quickly and we had a short list of 3 - Le Petit Chateau in Northumberland, Allerton Castle and Cartlon Towers in Yorkshire. The two yorkshire ones were really gothic, so not the "typical" place.
We looked around all 3. Allerton Castle was too restictive for us - rules on shoes etc! Carlton Towers was amazing but exceptionally expensive, Le Petit Chateau ticked all the boxes!
We are both shift workers and our family/friends tend to be too, so having a wedding on a uesday not only saved us £15k!!!!! Our family and friends were grateful for that too.
On of my biggest bit of advice would be to seriously think who you want to be in your wedding party!!!!! I was very very let down by 2 by 2 bridesmaids - which I shall discuss later!
We didn't really have a theme. We just wanted bright and fun. We didn't feel we had to conform to the standard wedding rules. We literally would just se something we liked and went for it. It made our lives alot easier when planning as we didn't have to make things "fit"and everything we got seemed to have a purpose. I managed to sneak some Disney in by using Disney font decals on the place names and the gifts for the wedding party.
I went dress shopping quite early on - I had bought it 10 months before th wedding. what I do regret is going so early and not going to more shops. Whilst i LOVED my dress and genuinly don't think I could have chosen better, I just loved the dress shopping experience and wished I'd dragged it out! I bought my dress from House of Bellas in Newcastle and its a Sincerity dress. My SIL (MOH) cried when I put it on so I just knew. Of course, I got the dress doubt quite a bit but thats something I think everyone must feel. When planning weddings your constantly bombarded with pictures of more dresses. But I would say to anyone experiencing the doubt, there is a reason you chose it, don't loose sight of that. When my dress arrived and I went for a fitting, I was so glad I hadn't changed my mind. I burst into tears lol!