The Bride Diaries. Beth’s Year of the Party

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Hi fellow wedding planners!

It feels like a lifetime since I last updated you on my wedding plans, but so much has been going on I haven’t had a second to sit and write it all down!

With the wedding now less than 5 months away family and friends have really upped the ante in terms of helping us get together all the fun elements of the wedding recently. Things like décor, tablescapes, alcohol, hay bales…(!)

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Ian and I have also been hard at work writing our humanist ceremony, vows, and choosing readings – we hope what we’ve put together will reflect our journey and our relationship so far.

My mum and mum-in-law to be recently attended an open day for our marquee company with me, unfortunately Ian couldn’t come because he was on a stag (more on that later!) but it turned into a really fun girls day out. I felt my heart flutter a little when I walked into the marquee that we will be having on our big day – because for the first time I could actually start to imagine what we’ve been planning for so long. Because our day is totally DIY it’s been hard to actually visualise what it will all look like on the day, but I think that’s part of the excitement too! It was also nice for the mums to get a glimpse of it.

It was a lovely day, lovely to see our excellent wedding co-ordinator Emma again, and I also happened to bump into our bar man for the day – Grant from Vantage Point who was naturally on hand with Prosecco for the mums (I think they liked him!)

I also had a fortuitous meeting with Leisa from Beatrice Ambery while I was there. I’ve been looking all over for the right kinds of glassware, cutlery and furniture hire for the day (again, the joys of DIY weddings) but as soon as I saw her tablescape – I was sold. I’m a sucker for anything vintage, anything shiny and anything pretty – and she had it all!

Aside from that, I’ve been finalising my beautiful bridesmaids outfits. My Maid of Honour is sorted and looks a million dollars in her dress, while my two sister in laws are trying theirs next weekend – fingers crossed they love them!

Our invites arrived from Harriet at Dewinton Paper Co this week – I cannot explain how delighted I am with them. So our weekend will be spent writing name and addresses on them ready to send out – all getting a bit real now!!

But onto the real reason I’ve been so busy recently, PARTY SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE!

If you remember from my earlier posts, I explained that 2018 was the year of the party, and boy is it kicking off in style. Here’s a run down of all my recent adventures.


February: Budapest for my Maid Of Honour’s 30th Birthday


I can completely see why so many people love this city for a hen or stag. In fact my sister in law has just come back from her hen here.

Beautiful scenery (take a walk up to the castle) very cheap but delicious food (my fave being the botanical wonderland that is Mazel Tov) and of course, the ruin bars. Kitsch Décor, huge dance floors, drinks a plenty and closing times of 5am – what more could you want?! While we were there we also attended a ‘sparty’ which I would encourage anyone to try – it’s a rave in one of the many outdoor Baths in Budapest. We were so lucky that while we were there it was snowing, so we were dancing in really warm water while the snow fell down – magical!



March 17th: Cheltenham for my Sister in Law’s ‘Home Hen’


After returning from Budapest, my sister Jessica had a beautiful hen organised by her bridesmaids, in the stunning Cheltenham. They organised an Escape Room as an ice breaker (lots of fun!) a glorious Prosecco afternoon tea at the Queen’s Hotel, and then a private room at Door 4 cocktail bar with fun games and more Prosecco before we hit the clubs to round out the night. It was a beautiful day of chats, drinks and fun – and it was also the day I asked Jessica to be my bridesmaid, which hopefully made it even more special. While we were there it was snowing, and it made being in the cosy cocktail bar even more warm and lovely. Meanwhile, her fiancé Chris (Ian’s brother) was braving a zip wire in Snowdonia before exploring the bars and clubs of York – they also had a great time! The happy couple get married at the stunning Elmore Court in Gloucester in 2 weeks!


March 22nd: Brighton for my university bestie’s hen


Emma was my best friend at university, so much so in fact we actually decided to do our post graduate course together too – and have stayed close friends ever since. Brighton was the perfect location for her fun filled hen, with 20+ gorgeous ladies staying together in a town house. The house was perfect, with a massive living space, really comfy beds and well-equipped bathrooms. Her hen was organised by her mum and sisters and my goodness they did a brilliant job. There was more food and drink than I’ve ever seen before!! And it was a really good way to get to know people, all sitting round a huge table drinking and chatting. On the Saturday we paid homage to the fact that Emma met her fiancé when she was a cheerleader and he was an American football player at university. We all dressed up as ‘snake-charmers’ and headed out to do a pretty intense assault course. This was a brilliant way for people to get closer acquainted as we helped each other through mud and over obstacles – everyone got involved and super fit (and may I say competitive!) Emma had a blast. We returned to the house for a disco nap, a round of Mr and Mrs via video link before hitting the town in Brighton – another wonderful city! I still have the bruises from the assault course, but I think the memories will last longer!!! Emma and Steffan get married at Rosedew Farm in May.



So there we are, an action packed few weeks – and loads of ideas for what makes a brilliant stag or hen – I suppose Ian and I better get our party hats on for ours in July!


Loads of love.

Beth x


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