Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’m going to try and be more pro-active in writing more blogs in future.  Anyways, the reason for the current drought has been a combination of weddings and holidays!

First up was my sisters big country wedding in Northampton which was totally ace!  After a fairly calm morning (hair in rollers by 8am!) we arrived in good time at the church to find that there had been a power cut so the piano played our entrance tunes, which was no big deal and the comedy value suited my mad but chilled sister and her Hubby!  The party was totally brilliant with great food a fantastic band and fab speaches (including the brides!)   I also helped my dad with the surf theme cake – complete with crashing wave surround (good paper mache fun there!)

Then H2B and I went off to the north norfolk cost with our lovely dog Rocky.  We had a fantastic week of sleeping, reading and enjoying the beach with a few swims in the sea.  Although the plague of lady bugs hampered any trips into the seaside towns! Rocky even had a dip himself – the dog who’s never more than paddled in streams and runs away from waves jumped over the crashing surf and paddled like crazy into the water!  Poor dog seemed to have a mix of utter fear, panic and complete enjoyment at paddling out to meet us in the barely waist deep water! (I suppose thats quite deep when your only a little dog)  We were so proud of him!  So Rocky did a LOT of sleeping and dreaming of his adventure into the surf!

Then we had a trip on a propeller plane over to Guerney for another wedding. It was fairly bumpy, noisy and uncomfortable ride but our long weekend on the island was well worth it, staying here at the Auberge.  Fantastic weather, a beautiful wedding full of comedy moments and a great band.  We even made use of the pool to dip our feet after the walk from church to rception in heels!  The day after we amazingly managed to get up early to collect our bike hire and cycled our way around most of the island, finishing with a delicious meal on the balcony over looking St Peter Port at Christie’s.

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Over the last few weeks I’ve finally been getting round to a bit of wedding planning.  With a rough idea of the date as  May/June 2011 there’s plenty of time and neither H2B or I have been that fussed about serious wedding plans.  (Plus my sisters wedding is just 4 weeks away now so we’re all focusing on that for now)  But, at said sisters dress fitting a few weeks ago I quickly had a go trying on a couple of dresses – as we were there, it’s got to be done! And that really started the wedding ideas off!

So then last weekend me and H2B sorted out a joint account (serious enough) and then went off to Bletchley Park to meet the Event Co-ordinator for Zest (the contractors) and have a look around the mansion house as a potential wedding venue.

bletchley Mansion

With a lot of tour groups milling around I intially thought that this isn’t the best ‘intimate’ wedding venue, but, and it’s a fairly big but – we were totally taken with the Library room where you can have a ceremony.  Its so full of character and has that age old charm that most modern civil ceremony venues seriously lack (not that we’ve seen loads though)  It’s quirky and a bit of a marmite decor, but it’s just the sort of unique and atmostpheric place we felt comfortable to get married in – yipes!

Then onto the Ballroom suite and billard room – there was a wedding that afternoon so it was all set up which was fantastic as sometimes it’s really hard to image what these places will be like.  High celings, panelled walls and wooden floors – the rooms are fabulous, grand and elegant.  So I said to myself – don’t get over excited all this grandure = massively over budget.  Yet with a bit of haggling me and H2B agreeded it’s totally do-able AND within our budget – crikey!

As H2B hasn’t been overly enthusiastic until now with regards to wedding stuff,  so I was doubly surprised (and mega excited) when he was really interested in the place! Blimey!

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So the office discussion today turned (again) to weddings, as we all seem to have a fair few to attend this year. Theres a mix through summer and autumn, multi-cultural, just evening invite, whole day invite, family wedding or a friends. We’ve had long chats over the pros and cons of weddings abroad, guest lists and the right dress as well as all the challenges that go with it – like doing exactly what you want at the expense of others.

I’ve also been getting tips from a colleague about the hen party that she’s had to organise recently as I’ll be helping out with my sisters next year, but it suddenly dawned that next year, my sisters wedding will be the third time I’ll be a bridesmaid. The old superstition hit me like a slap in the face from a wet fish! – Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride. Never? really? NEVER? Well, thankfully, not quite:

“Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride”. The Bridesmaid’s role is to protect the bride from evil forces. Therefore, if a maid is exposed three times to the harmful spirits, then she will not herself be pure to marry. Unless, that is, she goes on to perform this role for a total of seven times – then she is safe to marry!

Are superstitious old wedding wives’ tales really to be believed? I honestly think not, but they’re good bit of fun and add some drama to old traditions.

So after next year, only four more weddings need to have me as a bridesmaid then I’ll be good to marry again….

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