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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Wedmin Series | Save Our Date

Next instalment of the wedmin series is our 'save the dates' and boy do they make me happy.

Sending save the date's was a debate that the fiance and I had and I won - hands down! He didn't really see the point in sending any as nearly all our guests have already pre-booked their accommodation HOWEVER, I am a stationary fiend therefore any excuse to make my own, then why the hell wouldn't I!

As with most brides-to-be, I turned to good old pinterest to start the quest for my perfect save the dates. I ended up with 4 different elements of different invitations I'd seen that I wanted to bring together! Now, I had no idea how this was going to happen but luckily, a very lovely and clever friend offered to help, and with her being a graphic designer, I bit her hand off!

Without further a'do, here is our 'Save the Date'...






As you can see, I opted for a chalkboard design with a pop of colour here and there. I really wanted to use the 'knot' element as I'd seen it on so many pinterest options (and it was something I'd never received myself) and as sad as it sounds, it had a really nice sound to it with our names (yup, I liked the little rhyme)!

The save the dates really do emulate *hopefully* elements that will feature within the wedding such as the mason jars, festoon lighting and the signpost on the back.

All have now been sent out and I've had so many lovely comments from my family and friends. It sounds really odd, but when I sent them out, I was so nervous about people's responses but thankfully, they've all been good.


Now to start thinking about the actual invites!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Wedmin Series | The Photopgrapher

Well hello there!

It's been a little while since I last did a wedmin update but real life wedmin planning took over and I completely forgot to pop things down on here too.

Today I wanted to share with you our photographers and our journey on picking the right one for us.

This was one element of wedding planning I struggled a little with as photography is very subjective to the couple and what you'd like from your day - not to mention, it's quite a hefty chunk of the budget.

For us, as a couple, we're not a very photographed one (in our 11 year relationship, there is about 2/3 photo's of just the 2 of us) mainly because the other half absolutely hates having his photo taken so this wasn't going to be an easy task.
Our first look at photographers was at a wedding fair we attended together and we made it a mission to look at every photographer stand *yawn*. We discussed on our way to said wedding fair about styles we liked/disliked and agreed 100% that we really didn't want any posey/staged photos - it just didn't suit us at all, and as I said, the OH doesn't really like the camera so we wanted to make the whole experience as comfortable as we possibly could.

I mentioned in my wedding fair post that wedding suppliers can be quite forthcoming as they obviously want your booking but oh my, photographers were on a whole different level! Nearly all had their diaries out to check our date before we'd even opened an album and that really put me off. After a couple of stands, we started saying that we didn't have a date set yet just to get some breathing space.

We spent some time looking through their display albums and having a chat which gave us a little insight in to their style of photography and we came away from the wedding fair with only one possibility which was a bit naff.

Our next look was actually at a wedding fair at our venue - we weren't actually going to look at photographers as we'd already checked out the recommended one's from the venue but whilst nosing around the stalls, we came across Paul Joseph Photography. Paul was manning the stand, acknowledged us and left us to browse their albums which was a breath of fresh air - there was no pressure to discuss dates or anything. I think we both knew straight away that these guys would be a great fit but kept it to ourselves. We started chatting with Paul & Kelly (husband & wife team) and loved them straight away. We played it cool, took their business card and went on to the next stall.

With one last look online and chatting on forums, we were in between 2 so we arranged a skype chat with both one evening to help us make a final decision. Now, skyping seemed to be quite a popular thing however was a very strange concept to us but it wasn't weird at all!

I'll be honest, we finished our skype chat with Paul & Kelly and were pretty sure that they were our photographers - we had a really fun session and they just seemed to get us as a couple, not to mention that their portfolio is amazing! BOOKED!

And what a bonus, Kelly is one half of 'Boho Weddings Blog' - one of my favourite blogs out there! I really can't wait to share our day with them both and see what they can capture of my photo-phobe other half!

How did you find your photographer?

{349 days to go}

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Updating my skincare routine

Planning a wedding isn't all about what dress you're going to wear, how you're going to decorate and what flavour cake you're going to choose (although these are very big decisions of course), it's also about the beauty. 

I'm not the most consistent when it comes to a skincare routine - I start one up and keep it going for a little while then I get lazy and just stop! But, at the beginning of this year, I decided that I would get a skincare routine going that I WOULD keep up! I want to have beautiful skin on my wedding day, so in January, with 20 months to go, it was time to set about trying some products and finding some we could get on with. 

To set the scene, I have quite normal to combination skin - 90% of the time my skin is fine with no issues to note but there's that 10% of the time where I get dry patches. 

So, since January, I've been playing with some products and have finally found a routine that seems to be working. I feel that since I've been pretty consistent for the past 6 months on keeping up a routine I thought I'd share what's been working for me! 


First things first, good old Bioderma - can't really go wrong with a micellar water to get rid of the first layer of the day. I haven't yet tried any other micellar waters to be honest as I had such a stash of this from a previous visit to France but I love this step - it's quite refreshing. 

Once that's complete, I then use the Super Facialist by Una Brennan cleansing oil. I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of this particular oil - it smells really funky - a really fake floral scent but I love using a cleansing oil. It makes the cleansing process so easy. A few splashes on the face, a quick massage, a splash of warm water to emulsify and then off with the all important flannel! 

I then use one of the First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads - I've always skipped a toner/exfoliater but after a mini facial in Origins, the lovely lady used the Origins facial pads and they really did make my face feel as smooth as a baby's bottom! So, I did some searching around and decided to give these a go and I really like them. They give a little sting to the face but nothing that can't be dealt with. 

My current eye cream/serum of choice is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum - as you can see, I only have a sample size of this which makes me sad because it's going to come to an end very soon but I'll definietly be repurchasing. It feels so luxurious under the eyes. I am a dark circle sufferer which is hereditary so nothing I can really do there but I like to make sure I hydrate as much as I can under my eyes as this is where most of my dryness comes in. 

Now moisturiser/serum wise I switch it up a bit - at present, my favourites are...
Origins Night a Mins - there is just something about origins products, they smells so damn good and this stuff is no exception. This is quite a thick consistency but sinks in very well indeed so doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. 

The serum I'm currently using is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum - again, this is just a little sample but I'll definitely repurchase. I have used other serums from cheaper brands but I do much prefer this one - I like the consistency and the fact that it sinks it almost instantly leaving no greasy residue. 

And finally, once or twice a week I like to pop on the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask for a good shot of moisture. This stuff again smells amazing - really fruity! I usually pop this stuff on before bed, left it sink in a little then off I go to sleep and wake up with lovely refreshed skin!    

What are your favourite skincare products? What would you recommend?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Friendships

It's been a little while hasn't it? Sorry - I've been a busy bee with wedding planning, work promotion and general life but I'm currently sat curled up on the sofa and had the urge to get my laptop out and say hello.

In recent weeks/months I've spent quite a considerable amount of time with my dearest friends and although that may not seem such a big thing, I only have 2 or 3 friends that live in my area so it's always a bit of a mission to see them. My nearest and dearest friends are all dotted around the country and unfortunately for me, means I don't get to see them as much as I want to.

None of my friends know about this little corner of the internet I have - they think it's weird that I use 'the twitter' let alone write a blog occasionally but I wanted to dedicate this post to these wonderful human beings who really make me smile all of the time, even though they won't ever see it.

I truly believe that I am extremely lucky to have such wonderful friends and so many 'best' friends that have become a huge part of my life. I don't have a big family and so my friends play a huge part in my life and this has really shown through in recent weeks.

A few weeks ago, my Nanna passed away very unexpectedly and I was actually spending the weekend with my Uni friends (we all have different group names for friends don't we?). I was 3 1/2 hours away from home and didn't really know what to do with myself to be honest. I've experienced my fair share of loss (and someone else's share) but it really doesn't get any easier getting the dreaded news. But, being with some of most wonderful ladies (and gents) that I know really did something to soften the blow. They may not have realised what they had done, but they made me feel completely normal for a little while - they comforted me, made me laugh and let me cry without any judgement.

Over the past few weeks, I've busied myself with my friends - I've had a raodtrip to Glasgow to see a friend who moved up there way back in April; then headed down to London for a surprise hello to another who has been roadtrippin it around USA since April and had a few local friend dates in between and it's been awesome!

I cannot express my love enough for the friendship groups I have in my life and although I may complain from time to time that any arrangements fall to me to make, I actually don't mind if it means spending time with them!

If you have some awesome friends in your life, let them know - shout it from the roof tops and keep a good grip on them - good friendships are hard to find!

Winnie the Pooh has the best quotes!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

The Book of Everyone Wedding Book*

When it comes to buying wedding gifts, I've always been one of those people that doesn't want to just buy off the gift list - I want to get something for the lovely couple that will mean something to them and is a little out of the ordinary. I have been known to make my own gifts before now and not to blow my own trumpet, but they've gone down pretty darn well!

An email recently popped in to my inbox with an opportunity to review The Book of Everyone Wedding Book - I clicked the link not really expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised.

The Book of Everyone is a rather fancy book full of illustrations and photographs which give a snapshot of the person/s you are gifting it to. The Wedding Edition is just the same but it is two-fold with one half about the bride then flip it over for it to be all about the groom. 60 pages full of fun info-graphics with information all about some wonderful people.

It came in a lovely soft-touch display box which all adds to a lovely gift for someone. I created this book about myself and my fiance to see how it turned out and I love it - I think it's such a lovely gift for a couple to keep and I'm sure I'll be purchasing a few for some upcoming weddings I've got.

 Bride side...
Flip it over for the groom

The process of creating the book was very simple - there's some forms to complete with all the important info such as names/dates etc and form that, it will auto-create the book. Then as you go through, there are options to edit certain pages with different colour options and even the chance to upload your own photos.





They also offer different types of books and I think this would be a perfect gift for someone who is celebrating a 'big number birthday' - it would be a great keepsake and a nostalgic gift for them - obviously wouldn't be great if they were a little touchy about their age!

The wedding book costs £44.50 for a boxed hardback version or a boxed deluxe version is £64.50.


Sunday, 31 May 2015

Wedmin series | Theme

One of my favourite parts of wedding planning so far is sorting out a theme that we wanted to go with and then running with it! I have spent endless hours on pinterest and google images trying to find inspiration and ideas of what I can and cannot do.

I think it's important to think about your venue - will your theme suit? I had originally thought about a very pretty/floral/bunting esq theme, which although will probably go, wouldn't quite look right. I think the most important thing is to find something you're both happy with and stick to it - don't get carried away by what others are doing.

We decided quite early on what our theme would be and how it would plan out at our venue but I know it can be quite a tricky element of wedding planning and quite easy to get carried away - especially with the likes of pinterest around these days.
As we're getting married in a barn we decided on a rustic theme which some may say cliche, but it really does suit our style. It's a very common theme therefore there is quite a lot out there inspiration wise which is rather handy.

I don't want to give too much away our full theme (I'll leave it until afterwards and let the photo's do the talking) but one of the things that I really wanted within the wedding was some old rustic apple crates. They really are everywhere at the moment and I just love how versatile they can be *see below pinterest pics*.

                 

I plan on having these throughout the wedding for different uses and my Dad has been very busy building away making his own from some old pallets - surprisingly it's rather easy to knock some up. But, in my search for ideas, I came across a 'Gettingpersonal.co.uk' who sell a whole range of personalised products including apple crates.

They were very kind in sending me a few items and I could not be happier with them. The apple crates* are just perfect and actually rather large - I didn't read the description really so when they arrived I was rather taken aback by how big they were.




 Minx wanted to get in on the action too...
I think she might think that this is for her box - she is a cat after all.

The apple crates also came with some liners for use in the garden and although we're not the biggest of gardeners, we do dabble in planted herbs so will be most definitely making use of these post wedding!

You can personalise them with pretty much anything you want really - they don't have to be wedding themed, if you have a budding gardener you wanted to buy for I think these would be perfect!

I also received a personalised cheeseboard* which I cannot wait to use - we're both big lovers of cheese, like, really really love it so it's definitely going be featured in the wedding menu somewhere (possibly a cake of cheese-watch this space) and this is going to fit perfectly!

The bottom of the cheeseboard slides out and have 4 knives inside 


I honestly couldn't recommend Gettingpersonal.co.uk enough - the quality of the products is excellent and they arrived so quickly and I think the prices are so reasonable (especially compared with other personalised sites out there). I will definitely be picking up some more bits, not just for the wedding but for some special gifts.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Bucket list destinations

I've never been much of a 'world wide' traveller having visited Europe a few times as a young 'un! Since then, travelling has been rather high on my agenda! Travelling is such a wonderful thing, it really does enhance the soul and memories are something you can keep with you forever!

When I read about the competition being run by Transun to win a holiday to see the Northern Lights by writing about your top 3 bucket list destinations, I couldn't help but get the computer out and give it a shot!
My first real travel opportunity was visiting New York on a school trip when I was 15 - it was nothing short of incredible and it started my love affair with the Big Apple. It's an incredible City, one that I've re-visited (and will re-visit again this christmas/NYE) and although I've been before, it's still firm in my bucket list destinations. But on to my top 3...

1. If I'm honest, seeing the Northern Lights in number 1 in my bucket list of destinations to visit. It's up there in my 30 before 30 and well, there's not long left to achieve this seeing as I turn 29 in the new few weeks (eek)! I couldn't imagine anything quite so beautiful then seeing something so natural yet so stunning! I'm signed up Aurorawatch here in the UK and have tried to catch the phenomenon (including driving out around 1am in my pj's) but I've never quite made it in time or had the right weather where I live! I honestly believe it would be an honour to witness this.

 2. South Africa - and going on Safari to be precise. I'm an animal lover and an absolute zoo fanatic-everywhere I go, wherever it may be in the world, if there's a zoo, then we must visit so I couldn't imagine anything better than seeing these animals in their own habitat! Ah it makes my heart flutter just thinking about it!

3. West Coast America - I'm putting this in as a destination even thought it's multiple destinations but it's something I'd like to do in one go! The OH and I had plans to do this over 3 weeks in 2016 however, we got engaged so it's been put on the back burner for the time being but most definitely something that WILL happen! One of my best friends is currently ticking this off her bucket list on a 3 month road trip and I honestly couldn't be more jealous! She's blogging her journey and I am taking so many notes ready for my turn!

What are your top 3 bucket list destinations?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wedmin Series | Wedding Fairs

Today's wedmin series is all about 'wedding fairs', something all bride-to-be's will be all too familiar with I'm sure.

I have visited many a wedding fair over the years, mainly as support for friends and a little bit of a psycho bride-wannabe! So when my time came, one of the first things I did was search for wedding fairs to go and visit.

As a bride-to-be I've now visited 3 wedding fairs and I've learnt a few lessons from each and everyone that I thought I'd share because let me tell you, they can be somewhat daunting.

First things first, if this is your first ever visit to a wedding fair, then I would recommend starting small - visit a local one to start so you can find your feet before hitting up the big ones. There's so much inspiration/idea's that can be taken away which is great, but it can be a little overwhelming so I think by starting small, it shouldn't leave you in a blind panic (the same panic pinterest can instil)!

Take a bag along with you - and I don't just mean your handbag, an extra bag to take away all the brochures/leaflets and freebies that you'll inevitably pick up (whether you want to or not). This was a fail of mine at my first fair as b2b recently and I learnt my lesson!


I actually made tote bags as little gifts for all my bridesmaids (see above, very clearly homemade but it's the thought that counts yeah?). These came in very handy at the National Wedding Show in Birmingham which was just mahoosive and came with it an abundance of stuff!

Have a plan! I went along to my first wedding fair as b2b with no plan - I just wanted to see what was around which was fine, but by the 2nd and 3rd, it was plan time. What elements of the wedding did I want ideas for or find suppliers for, those kind of thngs. There can often be special offers found at fair so if there's something specific you're after, then it might be worth going for it there and then (consult the fiancé obviously if he's not there). I had researched wedding insurance quite a bit and found that there was a considerable amount of discount if it was purchased at the NWS, which I obviously took full advantage of!

Don't be pressured! The one thing I really disliked about all the fairs I've been to is the pushiness/pressure from some of the stalls/vendors (not sure what to call them) - photographers being the absolute worse! Nearly every photographer stall I passed they were in your face, asking your date and then checking their diary before I'd even had chance to look at their work - it was so off-putting and I'm sure I walked away from many good photographers for just that reason. Please don't think all are like this - the photographer we've actually booked (who are awesome but more on them to come in their own dedicated post) we met at a wedding fair and they said their hello's and then let us peruse their display albums with no pushiness or checking of the diary until we asked!

Enjoy - this is your time, you are the bride-to-be! I'm not going to lie, I did not get bored of the initial question you'll get from all the stands you visit of 'who's the bride' and being able to say ME was just a great feeling. Take your time, investigate, take photo's and don't be afraid to ask questions - that's what they're there for.

So there you go, my little bit of insight in to wedding fairs - hopefully that's given you a little bit of advice!


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Where have you been?

It's been a while since we last spoke I know, and I have no excuses - I'm a bad blogger. Life just gets in the way but I was sat here this evening and had the urge to come online and say hello. If you follow me on twitter or instagram then I'm not really away - maybe not living the most entertaining life but I'm posting regularly over there (say hello if you do follow me there-I love good chat)!

So where have I been...well in all honesty, I spend most of my evenings on the wedding planning - I'm a planner, an organised person so even though I have over 15 months until the big day, I'd like pretty much most of it done and dusted by this summer - plenty of time then to relax and get the little details sorted.  So far we're on track, the main elements are pretty much sorted but I'll update on that in more detail at a later date.

Practising my faux calligraphy ready for invites

Other than wedding planning, we're now also holiday planning! We're heading off to New York for Christmas and New Year and I am beyond excited! A few years ago, after my parents and little brother enjoyed their first ever visit to the Big Apple, we decided that for NYE 2015, we'd be in NY. 2015/2016 marks a few milestones in our family; my little brother's 18th, Mum & Dad's 55th birthday & 35th wedding anniversary then next year will be my 30th so we thought it would be a pretty fine way of celebrating!


So on Christmas day, we shall be jetting off for a week long jaunt in the Big Apple and I'm so damn excited! I've been lucky enough to visit NY on 2 occasions so I've done the typical tourist sites (although I'll still be doing some again) so this time we're hoping to do some not-so typical sites.

If you have any suggestions, please do leave below - we're all ears!

I hope you're all well and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend-it's such a shame all weekends can't be that long!

Ta ta for now

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Wedmin Series: Planning

Planning a wedding has been something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember - and I'm not exaggerating at all. I am all about weddings-I honestly love the whole process and have made myself a part of all my friends wedding along the way (whether they wanted it or not).

When I got engaged, one of the first things I thought about/got excited about was the planning - real life wedding planning could start for me, not someone else, but me!

So here's my favorite planning bits n bobs that have been making my planning process all the more special...

Obviously there's pinterest and it's truly a Bride-to-be's dream - I'm currently on 19 'wedmin' themed boards from the dress to the stationary to the flowers. I've decided to keep all my boards secret - I want our wedding to be a nice surprise to all that attend and have decided to cherry pick the information that we actually tell people.


Martha Stewart A5 Ringbinder | This is where it's all kept. Now there are plenty of pre-made wedding planners out there to buy, but I decided I wanted to make one for myself - being a complete stationary geek it was always going to be the case. I spent quite a lot of time figuring out the contents of this and how it was going to work out but I feel that it's a comprehensive little thing and does all that it needs to. Inside I have 10 dividers in total from 'Important' to 'Attire' to 'Food' etc and then within each section is a clear pocket divider to keep all bits n bobs like business cards of fabric swatches in.

The obvious choice to label each divider was of course my trusty Dymo label maker!

The clear pocket dividers were actually from Poundland - £1 for a pack of 5

The obvious choice for post-its were of course the Martha Stewart range!

Cath Kidston Document Wallet | This holds all our contracts in one handy place.

Paperchase A5 2015 Diary | It goes without saying that you need a diary when planning a wedding.

Tiffany Pen | Obviously not a necessity here but I got this as a Christmas present off the Fiance as he knows how much I love stationary and Tiffany so this was win win!

Chroma Notebook | A notebook is essential for jotting down idea's as and when they come - I keep this in my handbag so I can easily grab it when an idea pops up. Obviously much easier than lugging around the ringbinger!


And finally, when at home, they all live in this handy little tote bag! I was given this at a recent open day at our venue and I love it - it's perfect for keeping all my planning bits/brochures and stationary miscellaneous items all in one neat place (you can just see my guillotine popping out the top there).

What's your favourite planning tools?

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Wedmin Series | The Venue

The venue was quite an easy decision to make in the end – with a fiancé who isn’t the most comfortable in social situations, it couldn’t be a fancy country manor house (as I had always dreamt), we both agreed with didn’t want a hotel and neither are religious so it had to be somewhere the whole schebang could happen. That left us with few options and once we started searching, a barn wedding seemed to tick all the boxes for us both.

We visited 3 venues in total and viewed so many more online but decided that if we just weren’t getting that feel online, then there was no point in wasting our time driving out to see.

The first venue we viewed was Chester Zoo – I know what you’re thinking but they have a manor house on the grounds. The OH went along to this viewing more to just keep me quiet but we were both pleasantly surprised with what they had to offer. It fitted in perfectly with the informal/laid back atmosphere we want for our day with afternoon tea option, a guided zoo tour after closing for all guests and then a bbq for the evening. The only thing that was a let-down was the manor house. Because it’s a listed building, there were so many restrictions on what you could/couldn’t do with regards to décor and once they said no to hanging bunting, it was a done deal for me!

The second venue was Owen House Wedding Barn in Cheshire – we drove away from this venue with a great feeling. We both agreed we could happily have our wedding there with no hesitations. It had such a great feel to the place – it’s a family run working farm with the daughters running the wedding side of things and they were just lovely. It really had that feel that we wanted – very laid back, relaxed, not staged in any way and rustic. Our only thought with this venue was the location to hotels etc as all our guests will have to stay overnight more than likely.

Our final venue to view was Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire and on paper, this was the one for me. It looks absolutely stunning, especially the outdoor area to it and had enough accommodation on site to pretty much take all our guests. But the OH wasn’t a fan – it was too manicured for him and once I thought about it, I tended to agree. Everything had a perfect place and most of the ‘barn’ character had seemed to be lost.

So, after some more searching online, we thought sod it, we loved our second venue viewing so decided to just go ahead and book! And there it is, the venue is sorted - well booked. We have a blank canvas that we can do with what we want!

Here's my pointers on venue viewing...
  • Does it go with your theme/how you expected your wedding to look?
  • Is it big enough?
  • Do they have an in-house caterer you must use or do you have to hire your own?
  • Are there any restrictions on decorating etc
  • Will you be the only people at the venue on the day?
  • Is there accommodation for guests?
  • Is there a bar/licence to sell alcohol
  • Cost & any extra costs 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Tasty Treats (with Jus Rol*)

I'm not the best of cooks, I can do it but my OH is amazing so I don't often try my hand at anything because I just know that he'll do it better! I like simple things to make, that don't take me forever to prepare etc so when I was offered the chance to try out some of the Jus Rol* products, I thought why not.

The adverts I've seen on TV have always made their products look so simple so I had a look through the recipes they have online and decided to try my hand at making some sausage rolls.

I tweaked the recipe online a little and went with the Jus Rol puff pastry light (the OH and I are supposed to be on a diet after all) and I picked up some spicy chilli sausages.


It really was the simplest of recipes but here's my step by step guide...

1. Unroll the puff pastry and cut in half (down the width) - I did flour my worktop first just in case it stuck. Take the sausage meat out of their skins and place on to the puff pastry leaving a slight border.


3. Egg wash around the edges and fold the pastry over in half, pressing down around the edges to seal the pastry together.


4. Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry in to smaller pieces and then pop a few slashes in to the top of each sausage roll.


5. Egg wash then pop in the oven for around 15mins on 180 degrees.


Et voila - sausage rolls are done! Really was that quick and that simple - I think this may just become my new offering of choice when visiting friends etc - so simple but so so tasty!

Have you ever tried anything from Jus Rol? I think my next attempt will be the chicken & pesto tart back that I've seen on the TV - it looks so so delicious!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Wedmin Series | The Bridesmaids

So, if you missed my first post on this, then I'm engaged - yay, go me! I wanted to document the different stages in the process of planning my big day and what better place to do this than here in my little corner of the internet. I shall hopefully be posting about each different section of the 'wedmin' process as and when it occurs so this may not be in the "right" order or anything, but it's our order.

The first thing I did after getting that ring on my finger was pick my bridesmaids - although there wasn't much picking to be done as I have pretty much known my bridesmaids for many many years. I am having 5 (possibly 6) in total which I think is a lot but they're all very special ladies to me and I'm only going to do this the once (hopefully) so why not have 5!

So the who | My 6 comprise of my childhood best friend (since we were 2yrs), my uni best friend, 3 best friends from home (although 1 is living in Sydney hence why there's a possible one) and last but not least a bestie who grew on me - we didn't like each other much when we first met but over the years we have become amazing friends!

And the how | I wanted to ask my bridesmaids in a way that was slightly different and wasn't just a me asking the question outright so off I headed to pinterest of course for some inspiration. I was initially looking at the cards that are out there but decided on the balloon proposal-if you've ever search for bridesmaid proposals then you'll most definitely of seen this. This was exactly the type of thing/statement I was looking for and so easy to make yourself.





This was such and exciting way for me to ask my bridesmaids and I loved watching their reactions as they were opening the box and being very confused by what it was!

If you're thinking of doing this yourself, a few notes to take on board - the balloons don't go that big unless you buy a massive box so there's not much a pop in reality; be ware of those that are scared of popping balloons - one of my bridesmaids in particular just wouldn't pop it which actually made the whole scenario hilarious as the other bridesmaid had already popped hers and was holding her breath waiting to say something. But those points aside, it was a great proposal and something my bridesmaids loved!

Next in my 'Wedmin Series' will be venue decisions...stay tuned!

The DIY version:
Boxes: I bought mine from 'The tiny box company' and chose the 15cmx15xm which I think was plenty big enough.
Balloons/ Confetti: I picked up bits from my closest card shop which was the card factory. You could always link the balloon colours to your colour scheme if you've already got one sorted.
Scroll: I downloaded the floral boarder online - can't remember where sorry but it was a search on pinterest and it was free to use for personal use. I then searched for the right question wording and this particular one fitted very well as I we didn't have a date/decisions made except for the bridesmaids.
Ribbon: The ribbon was just something I had lying about in my card/wrapping bag so nothing special - can again be used to fit in with the colour scheme.