Dress Debacle – 28/10/2013

The wedding dress arrived today! I could hardly wait to get home from work to try it on! Upon opening the box and pulling the dress out, I instantly knew that I’d made the right choice. The colour was a sandy, oyster colour. Not your traditional wedding colour, I know, but with the tulle and the immaculate sequin work, it was transformed into a beautiful bridal number. The dress, which was too long (no surprise there for a 5’3 half pint), but it had that beautiful soft mermaid shape, with a slit up the middle. Tulle overlays the skirting all the…

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The Wedding Dress Shopping Trip – 20/10/2013

Nobody said wedding dress shopping would be so exhausting! Phew! I spent yesterday on a wedding dress shopping trip in a very busy central London with two of my sisters. Having decided that I couldn’t see myself in a traditional big white wedding dress (despite how stunning some of them are), we started in the big shopping centres. We browsed the designer and evening gown sections of House of Fraser, Selfridges and John Lewis. I tried on two beautiful gowns in these shops: 1. Beaded Beauty: I tried on this gorgeous number from Phase Eight in House of Fraser on Oxford…

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The Wedding Dress Search Begins – 18/10/2013

The Wedding Dress Search Begins – 18/10/2013

The Dress: some would argue that it’s one of the most important factors of a wedding for the bride. And people often suggest that a bride is lying if she says she hasn’t started looking online for a dress or if she has absolutely no idea what she would like her dress to look like. So it falls to reason that I might be telling a lie if I said that I got engaged in March and by October I still hadn’t started searching for a dress. And indeed, I have been searching (online at least) for ‘the dress,’ probably since…

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Wedding Invitations Done – 17/10/2013

Wedding Invitations Done – 17/10/2013

The wedding invitations we ordered last week have arrived and they look amazing! We ordered our wedding invitations from Wedding Paper Divas. They do an amazing sample service where you get to choose 8 free samples and they also send an entire sample kit. This includes a variety of different items, including paper types, colours, envelope types and lots more. We first ordered the sample kit and 8 free samples a few weeks ago. The samples we ordered were all beautiful, and actually we couldn’t choose one of them! Instead, we chose a completely different one. We knew from the…

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The finer wedding details – 08/10/2013

The finer wedding details – 08/10/2013

It’s nice to be able to search for and think about the finer wedding details; Invitations, flowers and, more importantly, the dress! The invitations have actually been ordered (order placed this morning!), so hopefully they should arrive next week. I’ll do a blog entry on those when they arrive. Along with the invitations, we have been thinking about flowers because our reception venue has an agreement with one of the ladies who live nearby. She does the flowers for the restaurant and because the style is very romantic, French, vintage shabby chic, they recommended I get in touch with her…

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The In-Laws turn to see the venues – 06/10/2013

So as my Dad and sisters came up to see our wedding venues a few weeks ago, it is only fair that my soon-to-be in-laws come up and have a look too. After all, they only live an hour away in North-West London. They were thrilled when we invited them up for the day and they jumped at the chance to come up. We also found out that they hadn’t actually been to Oxford for about 20 years! We had a lovely day, wondering around the city (it was a sunny day!). Because it was a Sunday, we couldn’t actually…

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Wedding Invitation Confusion – 30/09/2013

Wedding Invitation Confusion – 30/09/2013

If you are a bride, planning your wedding, then you probably got overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice on the World Wide Web. This goes for any product or aspect of the wedding, be it venues, dresses or flowers. In fact, no aspect of weddings is exempt from the saturated market that is the wedding industry. Wedding invitations are no exception to this rule. I’ll admit: I started the search for wedding invitations well before we had even decided whether we were having our wedding in the UK or abroad. I thought it would be a nice and easy…

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Father of the Bride’s opinion – 19/09/2013

It has been a while since I posted an update. Admittedly, we have somewhat allowed ourselves to relax since we booked our ceremony and reception venues, and since we gave notice of marriage and booked our registrar. Phew! To me, these were the main things that were important to get booked before we could go ahead with anything else, so as soon as they were confirmed, a huge weight felt like it had been lifted off my shoulders. Also, in the meantime, one of my sisters has come over to the UK from Cyprus to begin her first year of…

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Giving Notice of Marriage – 30/08/2013

Today we had to give notice of marriage and that makes things feel real! In Oxfordshire, the council cannot guarantee/confirm the registrar unless we have given notice of our intent to marry. You have to give notice at least 2 weeks before you plan to get married, so 9 months ahead of time did seem a bit early to us, but we wanted to get our registrar confirmed so we were happy to go and get it out of the way. After reading various bits and pieces about this on wedding forums, we were a little nervous. We knew we…

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Wedding Ceremony Venue booked! – 15/08/2013

Wedding Ceremony Venue booked! – 15/08/2013

Fast forward one week and we had a weekend away, followed by a couple of days off to sort out the wedding ceremony venue and it’s now all booked! After much of searching online and emailing around for potential wedding ceremony venues in Central Oxford, we decided to go and see the historic Oxford Town Hall. I had already looked at their information when searching for a reception venue, but found it rather pricey for the whole event. After looking at other venues though, their room hire for the ceremony only didn’t look too bad at all. The building was…

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