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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 05:33 AM   1
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hshucksmith's Wedding Planning Thread! 27th July 2013


I've been engaged since June 2012 to the man who saved my life

We're getting married 27th July 2013, and time is going so quickly! I thought I'd start a thread to post about everything coming together, as up until now things have been organised in drips and drabs!

We're getting married at 11:30am, in our village church and then we're moving on to a pub about 13 miles away, where we have full exclusivity of the garden and interior.

We've got about 50 guests for the wedding and wedding breakfast, and a further 100 additional guests for the evening party.

I've got my maid of honour - my best friend, and 1 bridesmaid - my youngest sister. My mum is giving me away, as I never was close to my dad.

Our photographer is a young lady from Bristol called Sara Juliet, and this is her blog: http://www.sarajuliet.co.uk/blog/?ta...ng-photography She does very 'of the moment' photos which are best for me as I hate hate hate staged photos! I think I always look so awkward!

My mum, MoH, BM and I are travelling in a 1937 Alvis in RAF blue. It's the only one left running in the country, and the guy who owns it lives about 7 miles from us. Perfect!

My fiance and his best man are arriving in an ivory Morris Minor!

My flowers are being put together by a lady called Lesley who lives near me, and her work is fantastic! I'm having ivory roses as my base and blue lisianthus as my colour piece.

My MoH is wearing a floor length Maggie Sottero dress in desert blue:
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My BM is wearing the same dress, but knee length and without the centre piece as she is only 15 and I want her to look less grown up? She likes it, anyway!

They are both going to be carrying ivory rose bouquets.

Makeup wise, we are going for a natural look, being done by an artist who specialises mainly in vintage hair and makeup. Between us we will be doing my BMs hair and makeup ourselves, as she naturally has very long wavy blonde hair, and her skin is peachy!

On arrival at the reception venue we'll be having pimms, beer and J20s etc. The meal choices are:

Starters:
> Deep fried Camembert with home-made tomato chutney and dressed mixed leaves
> Ham Hock Terrine served with toasted rye bread and piccalilli.
> Confit of Duck, orange and sesame seed salad

Mains:
> Pan roasted corn-fed chicken breast with dauphinoise potatoes, wilted spinach and a tarragon cream sauce.
> Aubergine & char-grilled Mediterranean vegetable stack, served with halloumi, mixed dressed leaves and a tomato & basil dressing.
> Scottish salmon supreme served with new potatoes, fine green beans and a caper beurre noisette.

Desserts:
> Vanilla cheesecake with a summer fruit compote.
> Duo of Ice cream or sorbets in a tuile basket with fruit coulis
> Classic Eton mess

We will also be having an evening buffet, and canapes before the meal.

Drinks wise we are serving the entrance drinks, and then 1/2 bottle of wine per person at the meal, and then glass of champagne for the toasts.

Instead of hiring a DJ we are doing our own music, as my OH works for the most prestigious audio company in the world and we are borrowing speakers and a system from their test department (we have about 80K of stuff in our living room and the sound clarity is incredible!) so we will have better bass and clarity than any DJ unless we fork out 10K for the night! We will be putting all of the music on an iPod and streaming it across. We're playing 60's music during the wedding breakfast and then party music from 1830pm onwards.

We are decorating the pub with blue and ivory floral bunting across the beams, the chairs are all different and we will be having ivory chair bows across the backs. Ivory table cloths will reach about 1ft off the floor. We are having small centrepieces of candles, and then small tealight candles etc along the tables. Our florist is making 2 dinner sized flower posies for each table which will be blue based to add some colour. I think we'll probably lay some table confetti too.

Instead of name place cards I have made a thank you card (which is like a postcard) which I have tied ribbon around and then printed off names onto postage type tags. I'll upload photos shortly!

Our favour bags are brown craft bags, which are tied with a ribbon and thank you postage tag. They are held together with mini pegs that have a paper ivory rose stuck to them, but I didn't get a chance to take a photo with the peg!:
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I designed all of my invitations myself, but never managed to take any photos of the finished goods! Here are some of the ones work in progress, when printed properly they were slightly less bright, and were more lilac and ivory than blue and cream!:
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I did manage to take photos of them after they'd been put together and shut and taped in place, shortly before they went into their envelopes!:
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I think that's about it for now... Apart from my dress which I'll post in a second



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 05:39 AM   2
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My dress... got some alterations to make as currently a size too big! In the spoiler below!



My engagement ring and wedding ring:
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Engagement ring is the bigger of the two, and they were actually purchased from two different places on different dates, so am very pleased they look good together as my engagement ring meant I'd have to buy a curved wedding ring. Claw set diamonds and white gold



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 05:44 AM   3
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Party invite front and back

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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 06:59 AM   4
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Oh your wedding sounds beautiful already! I absolutely love your dress and your rings. You were really lucky to get two ring that compliment each other so well! I really need a curved wedding ring too but I'm contemplating getting it made as I don't think I'll find the right one to fit my awkward engagement ring otherwise.

Love the party invites, really cute! Did you design them too?



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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 07:10 AM   5
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Yes I did

I also got all my invitations for free as the printing company screwed up on the first run and the ivory was green! So I kicked up a fuss and they reprinted, but sent to the wrong address and I didn't get them for a week longer so I kicked up a fuss and got them for free

I'm so damn excited! Really not long to go now!!

Yeah the rings we were lucky with! I can't wait to wear the wedding ring now.

Just a few more months...!



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:06 AM   6
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Wow that all looks amazing!!!



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:23 AM   7
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Oh my gosh your dress is so beautiful! It all sounds lovely, especially the cars!



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 11:35 AM   8
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Thank you both! My dress was off the rail, but in absolutely perfect condition! Not a mark of dirt or loose thread anywhere! It was priced at 1800 but I got the shop down to 900! Don't need an underhoop because of the amount of material it has under the skirt! Alterations will cost me about 85, but I won't need a bra or anything as it's properly boned and corseted underneath! Orders of service currently being designed! Will post pics soon. xxxx



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 12:23 PM   9
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I'm doing my orders of service very early, just to dampen my anxiety a bit! My original plan was to design and send them off to the printers for publishing. I decided that I wanted something a little 'posher' than my invitations etc, as the service is the most serious part of the entire day.

I fell in love with the ones on the left on this website (the ivory ones with the ribbon): http://www.2by2creative.com/ceremony-programs-2/
They charge 3.40 (!!!) per programme, and I need about 70 as will have a few spare for choir / reverend / keeps / spares = 238.00!! I am NOT spending 238 for the luxury of someone to pummel my information into a word document and hit print on some card!

So I went about designing something else... again! Started at 11am this morning, and just finished the design.

Here is the design on 160gsm ivory card, using a home printer set on the text only quality setting:
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The printing company I've linked to above also doesn't offer printing on their back pages, which I want for naming the most important people, so I have added that to my design, too! (In pics above).

I went on a hunting game for the fonts which can be found as free downloads on the internet if you know where to look

I will use a long arm stapler to staple the inner page to the outer page, and I will have to get some 325gsm card for the front & back page.

Price wise, to make these it's going to cost:

100 sheets of 325gsm card for front & back page = 10.00 max
100 sheets of 160gsm paper for centre page = free, already got this in my craft box!
Blue satin ribbon @ 1.5mm width to bind = 10.00 max (eBay does 100mtr bargains!)
Pack of blue rhinestones (1 x each on the front page below the wording) = 1.00
Ink for printer (1 x black cartridge at bargain price as bought in batch) = 2.00

23.00 total!

Saving of a whopping 215.00!!

I've sent the programmes to the reverend and organist to proof read, so I imagine I should be ready for printing by Monday...! Will post the finished lot when I'm done.




 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 12:57 PM   10
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Well done you, sounds like everything is covered! Xx



 
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