Eeeeek! Say whaaaat? Your girl over here is getting married next year and it’s been super busy in world of Raining Cake - with content making in full swing, alongside my full time job and wedding planning, it’s been an absolute whirlwind, but I am having the best time right now with organising everything and enjoying the process so far – hallelujah! I made a wedding planning video recently talking about the planning, but I also wanted to share a little bit on my blog as I am aware that you guys may not watch YouTube, plus, I love any excuse right now to talk about it as it’s an exciting time in my life right now and for any bride-to-be’s out there, it could possibly be useful and you may get some inspiration from it.
So I’m going to break this down in to sections, but not ramble on too much as I do want to keep some parts of it private. Please let me know if you’re getting married and planning also, I would love to hear all about your plans too.
We always knew that we wanted to get married close to home – which is in the south east of England. After a few weeks of looking, we whittled it down to three venues for viewing. The first one was absolutely gorgeous, second one wasn’t exactly what we wanted and the third one was strong contender, but after weighing up the differences, we chose the first one and I am so delighted with it, I can’t wait to get married there. With venue searching and viewing, in the back of my mind, I would say to myself ‘can I picture saying ‘I do’ here’ and if the answer was ‘yes’, then it was a winner. Costs wise though, it wasn’t cheap and because we chose a weekend date, it means prices go up a lot compared to if you chose a week day. But with convenience in mind for our nearest and dearest, we took the plunge and went for it. Handing over the deposit allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the main part was booked. Theme/colour scheme wise, I wanted the classics which were white, gold and my favourite colour, pink. I know these colours seem standard, but I knew all along that those were the colours I wanted. I also wanted rustic/shabby chic style décor which, thankfully isn’t too hard to search for – eBay and Etsy are currently my best friends.
One thing with specific wedding venues is that they will have a specific list of caterers that you have to use. For us, it wasn’t too much of an issue as these caterers cater for weddings day in, day out and will know exactly how to run it, so we wouldn’t have to worry. The only thing with this is, again the cost, it is more money to use specific caterers as compared to finding your own – there is more flexibility in price. That being said, we have had our tasting and the food was superb, so again, another thing I am super excited about and I really hope our guests will enjoy the food too. Leading straight on to cakes and sweets, I sourced our cake maker – the fab Laurice from The Candy Cake Company, she’s such a lovely lady and I can’t wait to see her creation. We are also setting up our own sweetie table as well as create a macaron tower which I think will go down a treat – think of all the fab Instagram pics, haa!
Again, another recommend supplier from the list that the venue gave us, Jill from Passion Floral Design is an absolute joy to work with. She showed us endless amounts of floral designs she created for the venue we were getting married in and I knew after the first five pictures she showed me that I wanted her to do our wedding. Jill is that type of person that gets straight in to business, telling you how it is and I like that approach – I told her all the flowers I liked, the colours and the designs and she got back to me in no time with a quote and surprisingly, she was a lot more affordable than a few others I looked in to, so I am very happy that we have her designing the wedding.
Bridesmaids and Best Men
I knew all along who I wanted my bridesmaids to be and even before we decided on a date, I always told them that they will be my bridesmaids - so when I eventually did ask them – they officially all said yes straight away, so that was a pretty easy job. We all met and had a lovely dinner together, I gave them a small gift which consisted of a printed bridesmaid tshirt, a team bride swimsuit and a bride squad bag – I do love theme printed items and can’t wait to get stuff personalised for the hen do and the actual wedding day. I came across a company called Printsome recently which I was thinking to use for some personalised gifts – I still have time with this one though, as they offer fast t-shirt printing which is great for me, so I can take my time designing exactly what I want to give them. Dan asked his two brothers to be best men and his was pretty easy – all he did was take them down the pub, bought them both a pint and pop the question. Thankfully, both said yes and are super excited for us.
This was probably one of the hardest to decide on, but I always knew I wanted to have both. Photos are great for capturing candid moments and for memories, but video is just on another level in my opinion. I’ve always said to myself that you spend so long creating this one day and I would regret not being able to watch it back in motion – just the small things like people’s reaction, the speeches, the music, everything. I found my photographer and videographer via Rock My Wedding – a wedding blog that’s super dreamy and if you haven’t been on there before, I strongly recommend checking it out. They feature the most beautiful weddings all the time and gives me a lot of inspiration daily for my own. Using their ‘wedding directory’ section, I found Terri from Summer Lily Studio and Leanne from Blooming Lovely Films who, thankfully, are both available for my wedding. I am so excited for them to work together and can’t wait to see what they create.
I am going to do a series of wedding posts, so I really hope you enjoy reading them. If you’re also planning a wedding or are already married and have some tips for brides-to-be, please do let me know, I would love to hear from you.