I just wanted to give a shout out to two of my fabulous vendors who’ve been posting pics on Facebook of the custom things they’ve been creating for our wedding.
The first is Lorna Dunn Signage who has created these gorgeous chalk signage boards for us. She’s also created another that says “Let’s Celebrate”. I love hand lettering and chalk is so big right now with artists such as Dana Tanamachi, it would be a crime not to have some hand lettering wherever I can. Check out Lorna on Facebook for more beautiful examples and contact details for your next party or event (she offers calligraphy too!).
This is a snapshot of our macaroons resting before they are popped into the oven by the fabulous Candy Cakeory. They might appear bright but the colour will fade once cooked unfortunately – however, the brighter the better! The brightest colours of macaroons are the most luxurious. I can’t wait to feast on these beauties.
I’m feeling pretty tired tonight, I’ve banged my head and burned my wrist within and hour, but just trying to finish everything up ready for Sunday’s set up and rehearsal.
Right now I’m waiting for the wedding cake to cool before I ship it over to Candy Cakeory tomorrow morning so she can frost it to match the cupcakes. We were planning on buying a fruit cake off the shelf and then having it frosted but we decided that buttercream on top of royal icing would be too likely to slip and could taste pretty gross. Instead we have a fruit cake which we’ll cut up, plus a deliciously DIY sponge.
Less than 70 hours to go!
Excuse me for being so quiet, I just had to check what day it is. It’s wedding central right here. Andy and I took leave from work as of Wednesday to focus on everything that we want crafted for the wedding.
My mum has also been here every day except Monday making paper flowers, sewing cushions, cleaning jars, cutting out menus and stuffing bags. These photos are a few sneak peeks of what we’ve been up to.
We did find time today to host a little picnic with my flower girl Clementine and her big brother Morley. Clem arrived dressed as a ballerina and proceeded to steal and take a bite out of almost everyone else’s food at the picnic – it was hilarious.
Today was the perfect distraction to the dark shadow that has appeared in the shape of my dad. My not-invited, not-welcome dad. But of course he has butted in just at the right point to stress me out. More on that perhaps in another blog… I’ve played it very safe with my blogging in the run up to the wedding so as to not upset any family members but it’s becoming too much to keep it all in.
We’ve been madly designing, printing and putting together all of our stationary today. We’ve chosen 3D numbers for the tables from Decopatch but this design would have fit perfectly with the rest of our designs – it’s even the same font we have used. So simple and effective, just like the rest of this wedding photographed by Birds of a Feather (check out the beautifully mismatched vintage chairs).
Finding inspirational weddings that take place in barns in the UK are actually quite difficult to find. This wedding featured on Rock n Roll Bride is a beautiful example of what the British countryside has to offer. I love all of the photos on industrial backgrounds and can’t wait to have a few of these photos on our wedding day (just over a week away!).
I love this shot from an inspiration shoot featured on Ruffled blog. The pink tie with grey suit – a favourite of mine – but with a super cute button hole. I especially like the bow on the button hole, ties it all together – in every sense.
Or, two and half weeks now.
- Confetti bags are done, and I love them (see above).
- I had my bridal hair trial today by the fabulous Pin Curls and Pompadours – I’m taking photos every hour to see how it lasts.
- We’re finalising the order of service with our celebrant, hopefully I can get them printed early next week.
- Menus are designed, we just need to go to Staples to print them.
But, the biggest things for this week is our hen/stag parties. I’ll be having a BBQ/laser quest trip (depending on the weather) with a Mermaid theme – lots of sequins required. Andy will be going out with his mates for a lot of curry and beer. They might not sound very exciting but just right for us.
Last Saturday our fabulous friend Monika took some belated engagement photos for us. We headed down to a diner in Leicester and took some fun shots while we ate burgers and milkshake. Afterwards, we walked through the University campus and the park taking a few shots along the way.
Here’s a few of the awesome shots she took; a sneak peek of the full set which will go up on our wedding site once the set is complete.
It’s August. IT IS AUGUST. *freak out*
The RSVPs closed yesterday and with only a small amount of chasing we heard back from everyone who needed to RSVP. From what I had read and heard from friends it would be a massive challenge to get all of my RSVPs back but having the website and stamped addressed envelopes inside the invites resulted in a 100% success rate for those guests who actually received their invites (more later on the ones who didn’t).
Right now our to do list looks like this:
- Design and print order of service
- Design and print individual guest menus
- Design and photograph table/place settings
- Make up guest button holes
- Make up table favours
- Make up confetti bags
- Make ribbon curtains for reception
- Hair trial
- Start on thank you cards (no harm in getting those done early!)
Not too many things to do. I think we have bought everything we need to at this point. Along the way I made sure we met deadlines early wherever possible. But I have been putting some things off; I’m worried the cats will jump in a box or on a table and ruin all of the crafty things like button holes and favours. The expensive confetti isn’t the only thing that has been ruined in the last few weeks. I have no evidence it was them, in fact it could well have been me not putting things in my “wedding box” properly, but I’m going to blame the cats anyway. That’s what cats are for, right?
I’ve dialed back on my roller derby duties even further which leaves me with a lot more free time. Time to just switch off and do something unproductive, like SimCity. I’m the kind of person who always has to keep their hands busy but when they’re constantly busy doing work of some sort there comes a point when I just burn out. It’s great to keep my hands busy with something distracting and not work related (be it day job or roller derby job) – I can switch off for 10/20/30 minutes and then get back to the real world. It’s almost heaven.