Monday, 26 February 2018

Keep Wedding magic alive during a long engagement!

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If you’ve ever spent a hot minute engaged, you know how this goes. From the first person you tell, you are bombarded with questions about the big day. From dates to venues, centre pieces to who you will or won’t be inviting. It never ends. Right now, we have zero answers. What we do have are some ideas and a pair of beautiful Lace & Favour designer wedding shoes to potter about in whilst we make our plans. 

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I don’t have a date. I don’t have a dress. I have been to a wedding fair. Though our big day might not be coming up anytime soon, I can’t stop thinking about it, making plans and stalking following local photographers on Instagram. I am going to ride this wedding wagon for all it’s worth, and here’s just a few things I’m doing to keep onboard. 

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The wedding journal!

I picked up a pretty little notebook in TK Maxx not long after my first wedding fair.I’m a diarist by nature and I really wanted somewhere I could journal exclusively about wedding related things. From events to openings, ideas, fairs, somewhere to stick my magazine cut outs etc. I think it will be a wonderful scrapbook to look back on, especially for little wedding related memories, like asking my maid of honour or wish lists for our honeymoon. With our date not set, it’s also a great way to store ideas that overtime would end up lost or forgotten. Planning this wedding is really exciting for me so I don’t want to forget a thing! I’ve also seen brides who write letters to their future selves to read closer to the day, which I think could be a great addition. 

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Wedding shopping!

I’m not quite ready to go and try on a dress yet, but when Lace & Favour reached out to adorn my pretty little feet, I got majourly excited! I always fancied myself a down the aisle in Vans kinda girl, but I have fell unquestionably in love with these Perfect Bridal Celia Oyster Satin and Ivory Lace Platform Peep Toes wedding shoes. They are ridiculously comfortable and fit like my very own glass slipper. The detailing is too pretty to not stare at, and with zero gemstone embellishments, there’s nothing that will snag on the hem of my dress. Holding these made everything feel that tiny bit more real, I’m getting married!

I think picking up little wedding related bits and bobs here and there not only keeps the wedding wagon rolling, but it also spreads the cost! Things we find now we won’t have to fork out for later on!

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Time to take note!

With every wedding we go to now, all we can think about is how our day will look. Knowing we have time to get it exactly how we want it, I find it fascinating to see what other people pick and choose to do. No, I’m not judging every wedding I go to, but I am taking note! Speaking to newlyweds who have just said ‘I do’ is a gold mine for information. Gorgeous flowers? Can I get a number? Hilarious photographer? Can I get their card? It’s like stepping into a Pinterest - Live session! 

And speaking of Pinterest….

I went Pin crazy the day I got engaged. Problem is, I’m pinning some wonderful stuff - that either I will never be able to get hold of, or, is so far out of my budget that it’s not even a pipe dream. I’m in the middle of a Pinterest over-hall, but one thing I want to make a priority is organic pinning. I want to pin wedding wishes and wants straight from the source. Not only does this mean I’ll be pinning more locally available things and places, there’s less chance of the pin taking me to an out of date or dodgy link! This also means that if you, lovely reader, pins anything from my wedding boards, you know your getting a good link!
Boosting the budget!

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Let’s face it, the longer we wait, the more money we will hopefully be able to save for our wedding. So if giving it a bit longer means we can have more friends and family with us on the day, or an extra tier on the cake, then I am fine with that. One thing we are fast realising is that there are some things we should spend on and some we shouldn’t. At the end of the day, it’s about us and it’s about family. But it still comes with a price tag, no matter how big or small the day is! 

With a bit of wiggle room on time, it also means we can scope out some great deals on venues and suppliers too! 

How long would you wait between getting engaged and saying ‘I do’? What keeps the wedding wagon going for you whilst you wait to walk down the aisle?

Until next time, 





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8 comments:

  1. For me everything was different. He asked me, I said yes, and immediately we picked a date. We found a restaurant in January for June, it would have been impossible if the hotel where the restaurant opened wasn't new. They opened only a month or two before we've booked. We were lucky. By March or April, they were fully booked for the next year or so!
    Everything else took only a couple of months to sort out.

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    1. Ah I think I would have loved to have everything sorted so soon but we just have too much to organise! I love hearing how other people put their weddings together! You got so lucky getting that place!

      Sarah :)

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  2. Salocaaaa!

    This post <3 and those photos are so lovely! Don't even get me on those shoes! If I was still getting married (stupid venue) then these are definitely the type of shoes I'd go for!

    Wedding planning is so much fun but it puts such a tonne of stress on you from the word go! I'm kinda glad we cancelled ours for the time being. Of course, we will get married at some point though!

    Katie x
    www.katie-middleton.co.uk

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    1. AWWWW YOU Thanks <3 I am a little bit in love with these photos - makes a change for me haha! I'm not feeling massively stressed about it but I do want to get the ball rolling, even if it's slowly!

      Everything happens for a reason and when your ready to walk down that aisle, girl, you will run!

      Sarah :)

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  3. You need a date for the wedding so we can all get excited! I don't think I'd want to be engaged longer than 2 years before getting married.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. As soon as I have one you will know about it! Then we can drool over all the pretty dresses! I'm really hoping ours isn't longer than 2 years! I never wanted to wait longer than that or I just don't think it'll end up happening until I'm about 50!

      Sarah :)

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  4. We were engaged for a year and a half (or maybe a bit longer) before we said 'I Do' and it worked really well for us because we could take some time to plan everything we wanted, save money, and source things like decorations as cheaply as we could.

    The planning of the day and all the details are all so exciting that I wish I had spent more time doing it. But we decided on a theme as soon as we'd picked our venue so anytime I spotted something that was a match I picked it up.

    Whenever your wedding day is it's going to be amazing!

    Jackie O xo

    http://www.justadd-ginger.co.uk

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  5. Those shoes really are gorgeous, I'm so glad they fit perfectly! Sometimes stress gets confused for excitement, whereas a longer engagement allows you time to sort every detail at your own pace and enjoy it much more xx

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