It Must Be Love is without a doubt “our song”, we are big Madness fans and whenever we hear the song played it just hits the right note for us. While looking for some wedding music inspiration I stumbled on this cover by Daryl Kellie who is an incredible jazz guitarist, how he doesn’t have millions of views by now I will never know! So inspiring.
I love this shot featured on Ruffled blog of a groom wearing a pink tie with white shirt and grey suit. Not too dissimilar to my own groom’s outfit.
Andy tried on his ensemble this week and looks super smart. It’s all coming together now – more formal than I was expecting but perfectly us.
It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged properly so here’s a whistle stop tour of what we’ve been up to lately when it comes to the wedding:
I’m putting all the finishing touches together now for favours and treats for our guests. I’ve been filling little jars with dragees and thinking about what else we can have.
We chose a selection of readings for the ceremony. We’ve asked Andy’s dad and my Aunt to do a reading each at the wedding. We gave them both 3 to choose from and the option to find their own, we’ve just asked that they leave it as a surprise for us.
I had a mad bridezilla moment a couple of weeks ago when the expensive over-sized confetti that I’d ordered from France was ruined by the cat who knocked over a vase of flowers onto the confetti. Suffice to say it is ruined and I was very sore about it for a week or so.
I’m having to stop myself from buying more things – the costs increase very quickly if I’m not careful we’ll be ridiculously over budget. Some of the extras that I’d like such as chalk board signage and personalised crates I’ve had to give up on.
Roller Derby-wise things have been a struggle. I’m still can’t find the enthusiasm to even attend practices (although that does have productivity benefits in other areas). I feel I’ve come to the end of my time however, this realisation has come at a time when Andy is being tempted to get even more involved with the Dollies.
We’ve made some plans for once we are married including paying off all the debts we have within a year and taking some courses to expand our skills and earning potential. One of us could really do with learning to drive but that is so expensive, it just doesn’t seem worthwhile – even at our age.
Next Monday will mark 4 weeks to go when we send out final invitations, wrap up arrangements and start to pay the balances to our vendors. Wish us luck?
The brand new single from No Doubt came out yesterday. A very exciting time for a long time ND fan like me so this week I will mainly be listening to this over and over and over.
Get, get, get in line and settle down!
I love this wedding featured this week by Green Wedding Shoes – everything looks so fun. Check out the fun florals, the chintzy bridesmaids and those groomsmen – cute!
When it came to my wedding dress I already had an idea in mind, as I’m sure most women do. I wanted something based on a vintage pattern and probably not white. I was very inspired by Brigitte Bardot’s gingham wedding dress but unfortunately nice fabrics in a gingham pattern are hard to find.
I gathered some inspiration on Pinterest and asked my roller derby team mate, Vile De Ville if she would consider making it for me. Vile is an extremely talented corsetier and when I described the dress I wanted she said it would be really simple to make, all I needed to pick out was the fabric.
Fast forward a few months to last week when I had my first wedding dress fitting. The dress is so amazing, better than anything I had ever dreamed of. Perfect cut, perfect style, perfect length. Everything is perfect.
However, what I wasn’t expecting was the slight shock of looking at myself in the mirror and seeing a “bride.” It might sound silly but I really wasn’t prepared for it. I haven’t actually tried on any other wedding dresses.
I did go to the high street bridal stores for a little nose around but all of the dresses looked the same to me; strapless with varying levels of ruffle or lace or sparkle and fabric to the floor. Yes of course there were options for the skirt – ball gown, A-line or mermaid/fishtail, but being a busty girl I knew the number one thing I didn’t want was a strapless gown.
I would never usually wear strapless and the last thing I want is to feel that I’m going to “fall out” or have to hoist my dress up all day. Let alone the muffin tops.
The lady in the bridal store did offer an olive branch – “we can always add spaghetti straps.” Hahaha, no thank you. I want to feel comfortable and be sure I’m wearing a good solid bra.
Back to this week, I’m looking at myself in the mirror wearing silk and netting as “Bridal Christina,” not too far removed from the “Bridal Barbie” I had as a child. I realise now is the time to embrace my new “bridal” self, but how do I go about doing that. Any tips?
On Saturday I played in a scrimmage against Northampton’s Shoetown Slayers and Hertfordshire’s Hells Belles. I took the journey down to Northampton with my derby wife Diana Floors, along with our team mates Maid of Meat (Floors’ real life sister), Trashin’ Bones and Andy.
This collaboration between Jay-Z (Jay-Zed!) and Kanye West was definitely the track of the weekend. I was practically rolling on the floor in the back of the car laughing so hard at Floors and Meat as they bopped along to the track, perfectly in sync.
Another track for the wedding playlist?
In case you were wondering, yes, I’m still using my Google Doc. I have got rid of the hundreds of tab possibilities and got it down to just the ones we need.
Here’s a snap shot of our to-do list. I listed everything we need to sort out, then put a date next to it and as you can see at the moment we are mostly ahead.
I’ve hit a bump in the road because the dance floor we want doesn’t seem to be available anywhere, but hopefully I’ll tackle that hurdle in the next few days.
I’ve also been receiving RSVPs via our wedding website and straight into a Google Doc. Our guests can even select their menu choices.
There’s only 8 weeks to go and all the replies are getting me a little bit too excited – I think I need to take a chill pill.
Of course with so much to do I haven’t been blogging very much unfortunately – but I’m trying very hard to keep it up.