The Bride Diaries
The Bride Diaries: Laura F has 4 months to go…
02.08.2012

Do you remember WWW’s newest real blogging bride Laura F? Well she is back… woohoo! With her wedding 4 months yesterday to go she has been sorting out some bits and pieces. I think i just fell in love with everything she just shared!! She’s also looking for some advice from the WWW community, so i’d be so appreciative if you could help lovely Laura in the comments box below :-) XOXO Lou

 

Image by Kat Hill

 

Hi everyone, and thank you SO much for such a lovely warm welcome after my first post :)

 

I thought it might be nice to have a quick round up of where Mr C and I are with our planning, since as I write this it’s actually only 4 months (to the day!) until the wedding… eeek! All of a sudden things feel very ‘real’ and we need to start making some final firm decisions which is most definitely not a strong point of either of ours. I’m far too easily distracted by all the wedding-pretty on the blogs, and rather than cutting down the to-do list, I’m generally adding more on to it (lots of little DIY touches and completely frivolous but *of course* hugely essential wedding day buys – the latest being these gorgeous cotton robes from Singing Slowly on Etsy – perfect for the wedding morning photos, right?)

 

Images by Laura F

 

We have managed to get a few of the big decisions out of the way though now that the autumn and winter collections are beginning to trickle into the shops and there is finally some December-appropriate wear for our bridal party around. Faced with an impromptu child-free day with my sister this week, we headed into Cardiff and finally decided on a super-gorgeous bridesmaid dress for her to wear… (she’s stupidly relieved about this after months and months of me emailing over pictures of another ‘perfect’ dress and heated debates about gold vs. silver sequins…) We also found the cutest little tweed waistcoat and blazer for N which is exactly what we had in mind, so as soon as we can get him to try them on (every time I’ve tried so far has resulted in a mega tantrum – typical boy’s shopping-hatred!) that’ll be another outfit sorted too :)

 

 

We’ve also made a start with a few of the craft projects we have lined up, trying to get things done that can be easily boxed up and stored until the wedding. The big one is decorating the cupboard full of glass bottles and jars we’ve been collecting to use for flowers and candles and arrange into a kind of runner down the middle of the tables. Armed with my trusty mod podge, plenty of packs of ultra-fine glitter in our wedding colours, and inspired by this super-simple tutorial from the Curiosity Project. Rich and I set up a small production line in the kitchen and added glittery strips around the glass that look sooooo pretty when you fill them with a few stems or little tea lights. Still lots to do, and perhaps a couple more colours to add in, but so far I am loving the results.

 

 

This week we also put together some draft invites – after weeks of playing around with fonts and card colours (and a minor set back when the card we bought was too thick to go through our printer properly…). We’ve kept them quite informal and fun, and we’re going to order a custom stamp like this to print on the front. With a little tweaking, and the addition of a bit of glitter and a ribbon to tie them up I’m really pleased with them :) We did struggle a little with the age-old problem of what to say if you haven’t registered a gift list, and in the end settled on a small insert that explains that we’d rather our friends and family spend their money coming to celebrate with us for the whole weekend, but explaining that we intend to have a ‘mini moon’ visiting the European Christmas markets the weekend after the wedding so a few Euros for mulled wine while we’re away would definitely be put to good use. I’m fairly sure our friends and family know us well enough to understand that a weekend away for just Mr C and I without the minis would be far more valuable to us than a new toaster or set of towels, but it’s the first part of planning the wedding where I’ve felt a teeny bit awkward so I’d love to hear how everyone else has dealt with the gift-list saga!

 

 

Next on our list is to decide on the music for the evening reception (any recommendations for solo or duo acoustic guitarists who’d travel to Wales most welcome!) and to head across to Cambridge to finally meet with our lovely photographer face-to-face – hopefully I’ll have a few pre-wed images to share very soon.

 

I’m also dying to attempt to make up some of these giant paper flowers to go on the aisle chairs, as well as some smaller versions to string up amongst fairy lights, although I may be slightly overestimating my crafting abilities with this one so please do wish me luck. Hopefully I can share the (ultra successful!) results in my next post ;)

 

Laura F xxx

 

 

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