Wedding Talk (#8): What I've Loved (And Hated) About Planning A Wedding
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With only 4 weeks to go now, it feels like my whole life has been taken over by the wedding. You can't move in our kitchen for boxes of wine and wooden signs, and the clothes in my wardrobe have been relegated in favour of hanging bridesmaid outfits and suits. It seems like we have some sort of wedding related appointment every other day at the moment, whether it's collecting our rings, meeting with suppliers or going for dress fittings.
It's all super exciting and it feels like we really are in that final phase of planning now - all of the decisions have been made and now it's just all about getting everyone paid and tying up any loose ends. So today I thought I'd write a little post about what I've loved (and hated!) about planning a wedding. Here goes...
The stuff I've loved...
Special time with my favourite people
By far my favourite thing about planning a wedding has been all the special time I've been able to spend with my nearest and dearest. The last 18 months have been filled with family weekends in Anglesey visiting our venue, girly shopping days with my Mum and sister, and nights in with my bridesmaids. I'm already feeling a little bit sad that soon we won't have the wedding as an excuse to get everyone together! We've made a very conscious effort to make each step of the planning as celebratory as possible and as a result I have lots of new fizz fuelled memories that I'll cherish for years to come.
Adding the personal touches
From the minute we got engaged, we were certain that we didn't want to have a super traditional wedding. Instead we wanted it to be a day that really reflects us a couple and building in all of the little personal touches has been so much fun. I've loved making all those little decisions together, from picking songs and readings that we both love to choosing the suppliers and venues that made us feel the most excited. We've made some slightly unconvential choices, but I think it will all come together on the day and hopefully our wedding will be a little bit more unique and personal to us.
Discovering my crafty side
I come from a family of crafty, creative ladies and up until the last couple of months I was thinking that the gene must have skipped me. But all of the wedding DIYs have definitely brought out my crafty side and I have thoroughly enjoyed painting signs, practicing my calligraphy, folding origami birds and putting glitter on pretty much everything! I'm thinking about maybe doing a post about all of the things I've been making once the wedding is done, so let me know if you'd like to see it.
Having an excuse to treat myself
Last but by no means least, I've definitely loved having an excuse to treat myself to some super lovely things, all in the name of the wedding! From new shoes and pyjamas to some luxury skincare bits, I have been thoroughly milking the wedding (and honeymoon!) card as an excuse to purchase some of the things I've had my eye on for a little while. One treat I'm hoping to keep up after the wedding is my gel manis - my nails have never been as long as they are since I've been making regular appointments at Pastille.
And the stuff that has been less fun...
Spending far too much money
It really isn't an exaggeration when people say that weddings are ludicrously expensive - despite generous help from our families it feels like we've spent the last 18 months squirrelling all of our money away for boring things like overpriced portaloos. I know it will all be worth it on the day, but I can't deny that I'm very excited to have some disposable income for fun things again come July.
Trying to navigate everyone's opinions
Nobody warned me that planning a wedding comes with so many opinions! It seems like as soon as you announce you're engaged, every man and his dog (and his wife and children...) have free reign on telling you what you should or shouldn't do on your big day. We've managed to ignore most "advice" and stick to our guns, but it really is a minefield of staying true to your vision while trying not to offend anybody!
The pressure of being in charge of everything
The last thing that I haven't really loved about planning our wedding has been the fact that we're in charge of everything! It's a strange feeling to know that you're bringing so many people together and spending so much money when all of the organisation falls at your feet. We're hoping everything runs as smoothly as possible and that all of our guests have a fab day, but right now, it feels like there is still so much to do!