As some of you may know, after two children and many years of being engaged, boyfriend and I have decided to do it. To get hitched. It solves my name debate for one and it's also something I've wanted for years so to finally say "Yes, we're doing this. No more waiting" is incredible.
Only now I have real problems.
We're on a tight budget and we're very lucky that we both want an intimate wedding with traditional elements but no traditional church, reception deal. I'm not saying I wouldn't like it but I wouldn't love it. It's not me. I'd be afraid of tipping wine on the hired linen and no doubt I'd feel completely out of place in a hotel or castle. I feel out of place simply visiting these places let alone hiring one out to declare my love for a man. No thank you. So instead we're opting for a simple registry office wedding (we're not sure if it'll be a ceremony or a sign and done deal just now) and a receptionless reception. No receiving line, no top table with formal toasts or speeches. It'll be about us and our off-beat, unconventional relationship. But enough about the wedding that's not nearly as formed as I'd like it to be, let's get on to the real event. The clothes.
I've always wanted a lace dress. I'm not into a truck full of rhinestones, cathedral veils and shiny satin-y materials. I want lace with sleeves, cap or otherwise. In my dream world I'd have an intricate lace slightly more fitted then A-Line but not really dress with opulent back detail and lace sleeves. Sadly I think that the dress may be too much for what we're going for so now I'm torn. I could go with a tea length dress of the same style or a floral number which many of you on Twitter told me you adored. I still haven't made my mind up. The bridesmaids (there are two and it is so difficult finding a dress to suit them both) will be in a nude blush pink. The style may be negotiable but not the colour.
So while it is very early days for the little wedding, I hope to keep you updated on progress, especially as I plan to do a lot of it myself in regards to the invitations, decorations, food and cake. No doubt there'll be plenty of updates, recipes and ideas that I'll throw around hoping you'll bounce them off me for inspiration and to quell doubt.