It’s been a busy and exciting start to the year and we’re only three weeks in!
Usually January is the month when I get my travel plans in order and try to arrange a schedule for the year according to my annual leave. This year there is only room to focus on one big adventure – I’m getting married!
After a very romantic Christmas day proposal, I have been caught up in a whirlwind of wedding venues, dresses, colour schemes, guest lists, menu choices, seasonal flowers, cake tasting and lots and lots of celebratory Champagne. It’s fair to say that this will be the start of my biggest life adventure to date.
I thought planning a two year solo backpacking trip was hard work but this a whole other level. It requires ten times the brain space, strategizing and organisation and it’s just one day!
First big decision? The dress.
There are so many choices and so much to learn about veils, train length, the difference between silk and satin – and what on earth is tulle??
My wedding dress shopping tip is to abandon all hope of dignity and floating gracefully through the shop whilst shedding a tear like a scene from the movies… It’s been two weeks of stripping off, only to have several ladies’ hands up my skirt as they fluff and puff and smooth and preen you to perfection so you can waddle out to stand on a box in the middle of the store, trying to read your mother’s expression.
I have sampled around 20 gowns, had car-wash sponges pushed down the back of size 16 dresses in an attempt to demonstrate a size 8 fit. I’ve learnt that you cannot just breeze in, try and buy – there is an average 5 month waiting period when you order a bridal dress! Order? I thought they were just hanging on a rail ready to be picked in my size… So much to learn and so little time as we plan to make the big day this summer!
The dress has been on my mind day and night since the engagement, however, today I found ‘the one’. The dress that will take me from Miss to Mrs. Friends told me I’d just know when I found the right dress and it’s true. It’s beautiful, no description would do it justice and it’s the first step on my next big journey.
Five months to go:
Next? The venue.
- All wedding tips, advice and planning ideas VERY gratefully received! Please leave a comment if you have any wedding ideas to share.
Thank you 🙂