Wedding Planning: An Update

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything wedding-y. Unfortunately exams got in the way, I don’t think either of us had room in our brains for churches-and-white-dresses alongside toaster projects and engineering drawings (W) and mortality, mean variance portfolio theory and financial derivatives (me). Then university was over and the planning could start!

 photo Wedding Planning Update 1_zpsyh8qdn2g.jpgIt kicked off with me ordering my dress. Yep, the first thing we did was order the wedding dress, despite having not set a date (other than in our heads), despite not having a church, not having a venue, not having a clue what kind of day we were really having. Ooops. I’m obviously not saying too much about the dress, mainly to keep it from W, but also because I want it to be a surprise to virtually everyone. In fact, only my mum will be coming to fittings from now on, so my lips are sealed! I will be doing a few ‘Dress Shopping’ posts though, so there may well be a few sneaky details slip out there…

Then we had a serious week of wed-min (that’s wedding admin, according to the numerous bridal Facebook groups I’m part of). We picked a week where both sets of parents were away, not because we don’t want to include them, but because we wanted to make sure the big decisions were made just by us. And then we got on with it. We booked up a busy week; three venues and a meeting with the vicar.

It was all surprisingly easy!

 photo Wedding Planning Update 4_zpsyhna7gzm.jpgWe have a strong connection to the church we wanted to get married in through W, so it really was just a case of chatting with the vicar briefly, picking our date, popping it in the diary and filing in a quick form. The most difficult part was me signing it – as a left-hander a fountain pen is pretty alien to me! Apparently that’s something I have to practice before the big day…

I’ll be talking more about the venues we visited in a few weeks, as essentially we visited three very different venues, at very different price-points. I was originally worried that we wouldn’t be able to choose between the three, but there was one which was clearly our favourite. The venue we picked is stunning, but perhaps even more importantly the service we received was fabulous. From quick email replies to genuine interest in ourselves as a couple, we were completely sold.

So, now we have a dress, a church ceremony and a reception venue. And a date of course! The next step will be to look at caterers and photographers (any Midlands-based recommendations would be hugely appreciated!), but with over 25 months to go, we’re lucky we don’t have to rush into any decision making. I’m making the most of all the excitement! We celebrated with an engagement party at the beginning of the month where we announced our date – so the countdown is on until 6 October 2018 – eek!

 photo Wedding Planning Update 3_zpsogx41eb3.jpgOh, and our countdown sign? It makes me cry everytime I look at it – for some reason seeing it in “real life” makes it all the more real. We’re actually getting married!

Do you have anything exciting to look forward to? Any recommendations for wedding planning? 

  • Rhiannon Blewer

    I have no advice for the planning but just wanted to say that you’re so calm about everything! I’d be running around like a headless chicken if I were in your position so well done 🙂 Your sign is gorgeous and such a lovely keepsake xo

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks – though I’m sure there’s time for stress and panic yet! x

  • Good luck with planning! Lovely photos ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ

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  • Ahhh yay!! This is so lovely! 😀 venue, church and date are the three big stressful ones so at least you’ve got a big chunk out of the way 🙂 xx

    Little Miss Katy

  • How exciting! It’s so good you’ve got the “main” things booked up already – it must be very satisfying and relieving knowing you don’t have to rush any of your decisions, lovely sign too!

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    • ninegrandstudent

      That’s definitely the advantage of a long engagement! x

  • Jessi

    It makes me feel so odd that you took your ring off for for the first photo. I can’t not wear mine now – however briefly!

    We have church (strong family connection on my side: my family live in the village’s old vicarage, so we couldn’t not get married in the church next door!), venue (marquee), photographer, videographer and entertainment sorted. Our date is a lot closer than yours, though (like less than twelve months away close…), so don’t feel panicked… I, on the other hand, am breaking out in hives every time I think about it. Okay, so sliiight exaggeration there, but having a sibling whose (very) tentative date is 2018 means that it was either next year or 2019, which seems altogether too long to wait. With us both being girls, it would have been unfair to land my parents with two weddings in the same year!

    I don’t have: a dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, rings, stationery or decorations sorted yet, though. Ugh.

    My main recommendation is to exploit family connections. Our next door neighbour is the vicar: it’s lovely knowing we’re going to be married by someone we’re close to; another neighbour is doing our flowers at cost price; this same neighbour’s son-in-law owns a catering company, so we’re getting a good price on all the food (probably not a consideration for you, though, if you’re having a venue); we know the people who own the marquee company; a family friend is making the cake (as neither of us are bothered about a ten-tier white monstrosity…)… it goes on. I didn’t really know that we know all these people until we got to the planning stage, so it’s definitely worth asking your family. Hope it’s continuing to go well!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Aha, I spent a lot of the first six months wearing it on my right hand as I found it really hurt to write with it on (left handed problems!) – I couldn’t risk my degree just because of it! I still take it off for a few hours each week to clean the house, guess I’m used to it! x

  • Ww how exciting! Although 25 months sounds like ages away I’m sure it will come round SO fast! At least your dress is all sorted though 🙂 good luck with all the planning and preparation

    Jasmine xx

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