Wedding Ceremony Required – 08/08/2013

So the reception venue has been booked, but unless we actually get married, then there really isn’t much point in planning the reception is there? This means that we need to come up with some sort of plan for the wedding ceremony. Our wedding reception venue is more or less in the centre of Oxford, so it would be good if we had our wedding ceremony somewhere fairly nearby. Although we were still torn between having a very small and intimate ceremony and between inviting ‘everyone’, we still needed a plan. Most likely we will be just using the registry…

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Reception Venue Booked! – 03/08/2013

Reception Venue Booked! – 03/08/2013

We are starting to think outside the box now and have been looking at other wedding venue options. We have still been sticking to our plan of having the ceremony in a registry office and then having an evening-only reception somewhere nearby. The other thought that we are having is that since we live so near to Oxford and several of our guests will be coming over for the wedding from abroad, then we should do something to showcase Oxford and really make them feel like they have visited the historic and beautiful city. With our more creative thinking, we…

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Wedding invitation samples – 25/07/2013

Wedding invitation samples – 25/07/2013

Even though we don’t yet have a ceremony venue, a reception venue or even a plan really, I have been looking at wedding invitations. I couldn’t help it! The Internet is there, beckoning me to start looking at wedding-related prettiness! Most wedding invitation websites do offer to send you a few free samples, so I wanted to take full advantage of this and started looking around early on. It’s also good to bear in mind that most of these companies do then follow up after you order samples, with discount codes and other offers to encourage you to buy invitations…

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Closer to the goal – 14/07/2013

Closer to the goal – 14/07/2013

Groom and I had a nice long chat about our wedding last weekend and we are getting closer to the goal, believe it or not! After some lengthy discussions we agreed that we would prefer a very low key and small ceremony with only immediate family members in a registry office. We could then follow that with a small dinner with our families and we would then have a separate party for our friends to come along to and drink themselves silly. We thought that keeping family and friends apart might make everything a bit easier to manage. So with…

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Wedding Rut – 01/07/2013

I can’t believe it is July already. We got engaged back at the very end of March. It is now July and we are no clearer on our wedding than before we even got engaged. I think we are in some kind of wedding rut. Communication with Groom about the wedding seems to have slowed right down. I think being the centre of attention is Groom’s worst nightmare so avoiding planning the wedding seems to be his coping mechanism. Things seem to have got particularly bad since I basically ruled out having the wedding abroad. I think we’re going to…

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Wedding Disagreement – 23/06/2013

Wedding Disagreement – 23/06/2013

Wedding disagreement is no stranger to any wedding planning. I have no doubt that it creeps into even the most in-tune of couples. It is what makes a wedding happen in the end, because without wedding disagreement, certain decisions would not be made and so the wedding doesn’t end up being the day that is becomes. I’m still in Cyprus and enjoying the endless sunshine, the heat that sears through anything that’s put in its path. One of my younger sisters has graduated from secondary school and we all went to her graduation ceremony and then to the dinner afterwards.…

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Wedding Simplicity is Key – 19/06/2013

I’m about half way through my relaxing holiday in beautiful, sunny Cyprus. Today two of my sisters and I went to Protaras to have a look at a couple of the venues I had been considering, which I outlined in the last blog post. We went to see Grecian Park Hotel and it is absolutely stunning. It is already booked up for April’s Easter break, so our chosen time of year would have to be reconsidered if we wanted to have our wedding here. We then went to see the Grecian Sands Hotel, which is not far and I think…

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Dreamy Beach Wedding – 06/06/2013

Dreamy Beach Wedding – 06/06/2013

Work is getting extremely busy for the both of us, ahead of everyone’s summer holidays. August tends to get a bit quiet, but the run-up seems to get more and more manic as each year goes by. Wedding planning has therefore taken a bit of a back seat, although we’ve still been doing quite a lot of thinking. I’m off to Cyprus in just over a week’s time to visit my parents and sisters, and since we haven’t actually made any concrete decisions yet and certainly haven’t booked anything yet, then why not go and have a look at some…

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Wedding Questions – 31/05/2013

Wedding Questions – 31/05/2013

We’ve spent the last week rethinking our wedding plans and our approach to the wedding. We’ve gone through quite the cycle of changing our minds about what kind of day we would like. We’ve now more or less agreed that we don’t particularly want a big, long day that starts at 2pm. We’d prefer to kick things off from 4pm and go more or less straight into an evening reception with some food, drink, cake and then dancing. Over the weekend, Groom took me out to an al fresco lunch in the glorious sunshine and we had a good long talk…

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Wedding Package Tweaking – 23/05/2013

I have spent most of this week in email correspondence with the events coordinator at the Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa. I explained our request for a ‘tweaked’ package further: we wanted to start our entire wedding day later; have the ceremony start at 4pm, follow that by a reception drink with canapes, and then go into an evening meal/reception rolled into one (leaving out the traditional wedding breakfast in the afternoon altogether). That would more than cover our needs. Neither of us are that traditional and given that our union is also a union of two different backgrounds and…

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