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~ Before I start this WPW post, I’d just like to say that today is mine & Steve’s 4 year anniversary – I can’t believe that we are now planning our wedding! Crazy! ~

Last week, I mentioned that this weeks WPW post would be all about wedding blogs that I love. I hope you find some fab new reads & if you are writing about your wedding planning, please do link up your posts in a comment below!
Who are your favourite wedding bloggers?

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After last weeks post where I talked about budgets, plenty of you were on hand to give me some much needed tips! I have been talking to Steve about some of the tips I have received these past few weeks and we will definitely be taking some of them on board when it comes to the time. Anything that can be handmade by us will be and of course, it isn’t what you know, its who you know – we will be utilising our friends and families skills for our big day.

Although we are still no closer to setting a date, I am excited to see a bunch of wedding fairs coming up in the next month or so in my local area.These are great for getting an idea of the things that you would like – I went to one with a friend of mine a couple of years back during her planning and although she didn’t actually use any of the companies we saw that day, she definitely left with plenty more ideas than when she first walked through their doors.

I’m excited to visit these fairs and see some of the creative ideas people can come up with – and perhaps use similar ideas myself but for a lot cheaper? I have been scouring the internet for some low priced gems that I could possibly put to use on the day.

Although I haven’t come up with a colour scheme yet, it does seem like I am leaning towards a very white wedding. I couldn’t resist adding the ‘Wedding This Way sign‘ (£5.95) to this inspiration board and hopefully will be able to rustle up something similar once preparations truly get underway. The bird cage lantern is a snip at just £3.32 at the moment and I actually saw something similar at work the other week which was much more expensive. I was going to pick one up but we sold out of them so quickly – they were that popular!! I want something similar to this for our table at the reception – would it be silly to buy it now? I can’t guarantee it will stay at that price forever!

The plan is to have some lightly scented tea lights on each table so the Cherub Hanging Tea Light Holder (£8.95) would be perfect, although I will definitely be looking for something a little more cost effective come the time. Of course, what is a wedding without wedding favours? Again, I will probably use tea light holders as they just look so pretty! You can get 5 for £7.99 here which isn’t a bad price but I’ll keep looking around for a better deal.

The last thing I added to this little mood board was the hanging decoration from Party Pieces which is only £2.99. I’m definitely going to be letting the DIY side of me out a little more often to see if I can recreate something similar.

Would wedding DIY posts be something you’d like to see on the blog? Let me know! Next week, I will be sharing some of my favourite wedding blogs. Have you got a favourite? Leave it in the comments below!

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Ah, that dreaded word. Budget. This is the one part of wedding planning that truly terrifies me. Just today I was talking to my friend Clare about weddings and she was telling me how she has gone over budget – it is so easy to do!

There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding; so many expenses that you have to account for. At the moment, the complete amount of money in the wedding fund is £0, that’s right, zilch. It is not a secret that Steve has been out of work for a while and money has been very tight, however it is 99% guaranteed that he will be getting the job he interviewed for last week so hopefully money will start pouring into the wedding pot very soon! We’re also looking at other ways to make some money for the wedding: odd jobs, Ebay, cashback, surveys. We’re also entering every cash competition going (which I would probably be doing anyway – being a comper and all!). We just have to see what is right for us when the situation arises.

The problem is once we have a substantial amount and things become a lot more real, shall we say, we have to work out exactly who to invite and who not to. Since the majority of the friends we want to invite will be in the bridal/grooms party, there will only be a handful of others invited which is no problem. However, when you consider the fact that I am one of 5 children, Steve is one of 4 – if you include our parents, that is a lot of people right there. Then there’s grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins. I know some people say ‘Oh, why invite them all? Just have a small intimate wedding!’ – the problem is I have always dreamt of having the majority of my family at my wedding – we are so close and tight knit that I couldn’t imagine not inviting some of them. Of course, I have some family I rarely see so I won’t feel bad about not inviting them – but others? I want them there and there is a lot of them. That doesn’t even begin to start on Steve’s family. 

He is just as close to all of his immediate and extended family – and his family are even bigger than mine. In both families, weddings are a big event so you can see why budgeting is a must. The problem is realistically this will probably cost a small fortune – but it’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was a little girl…

On another note, my niece got married with a very low budget and still had a spectacular day – showing that it can be done. In a dream world, I would be able to have the day I’ve always dreamt of for a relatively small budget…however, this isn’t likely to happen!
What are your thoughts? Have you got married or are you planning a wedding? How did you budget? How did you save money? I’d love to know – leave your comments below!

Sorry for the long spiel, sometimes you gotta say what you gotta say….

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Last week, I talked about setting the date. This week, I am talking about choosing a venue. I have only recently started looking for a venue but already have a few ideas in mind: I want it to be local to me (thus in the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire area) and be able to fit all of our proposed guests in – both Steve and I come from incredibly large families and although we know that realistically, we will have to leave some of them out, we also need to know that our venue can fit those that do come!

Ever since last weeks post, I cannot get the picture from Sopwell House out of my mind. Sarah from Friday Is Forever made me want to check it out in the flesh even more after this post. I know that I really shouldn’t fall for the first place I’ve seen pictures of – I mean, I haven’t even seen it in real life yet! – however, I can’t stop thinking about it.
I’m currently looking around for local bridal fairs so that I can see what other venues and businesses have to offer.

Is it normal to fall in love with the first venue you look into?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Last week, I shared with you my favourite selection of wedding planners (link) which I feel is probably the first step to planning a wedding – after all, you’re going to need somewhere to jot down all of your ideas, right? 

The next step is perhaps the biggest of them all and one that myself and Steve have been discussing at length this past week.

Setting the date.

Setting the date gives you something to work towards. Both Steve and I know that it is pretty much impossible for us to get married before 2015 and we don’t mind that, this gives us at least 2 years to plan. However, we also know that our finances aren’t in the greatest stead right now and we may have to put it off until 2016 to make sure we have the day we’re dreaming of. Luckily, it looks as if our finances may be looking up so hopefully our savings account will start seeing a healthy, steadily growing amount very soon. I know this is a post about setting the date and although it looks like we won’t actually be setting ours for a little while yet, it is obviously the second step in the process – as without a date, how can you know when you’ll need your dress for, book photography, book caterers, sort out bridesmaids and ushers?

I do know what my perfect wedding would be like – and what time of year I’d like it to be too – so I thought I’d make a collage I have made with some ideas. 
We both know that we don’t want a church wedding for a variety of reasons, none that I will go into here. We have been looking at manor houses and whilst creating this collage, I came across this picture of a local wedding venue and fell in love. How lovely would it be to take some pictures on that bridge or under that tree? The building is just as amazing and I admit, I did request some more information about the venue!! I chose the dress as it is strapless which is one of the main things I am looking for, it is also not too big (I hate huge wedding dresses, just a personal thing!) but still looks elegant. The shoes are actually a pick from Clarks – I chose these because they are just the right amount of sparkle without being too flashy and taking away attention from the dress.

I still feel very unprepared when it comes to this wedding which I suppose is only normal, I’ve hardly started planning just yet! That being said, hopefully our photographer and wedding cake are already sorted – I spoke to my friend as soon as I got engaged about being our photographer – you can check out her portfolio here. Although I haven’t seen her in a while, she was one of my closest friends in secondary school and is a fantastic photographer – someone who I know will do the job amazingly. We also know that Steve’s cousin has offered her services as our cake maker – and I know just how good her cakes can be!

Are you or have you ever planned a wedding? What parts did you find most stressful?