Hello lovely followers,
Here’s the latest instalment of my wedding plans! My partner Ben and I made the promise we wouldn’t organise or discuss wedding stuff until after the engagement party. It was a good agreement as that was stressful enough. During the planning of the engagement party I became extremely emotional and was crying uncontrollably. It was all too much, I was getting overwhelmed with everything, yet not doing anything… I wanted to share this tid bit with you, because I’m not sure if other people felt the same way. But I’m happy to say after the engagement party I’ve been so much better with no tears!
After the engagement party, Ben and I discussed our wedding plans. We had discussed it over the years, so we had a pretty good idea of what we both wanted, however we wanted to make sure we were both on the same page. Luckily we both were! While we were both happy with our decision, I still wanted to make sure Ben had a say as it’s easy to get carried away and forget about the groom. Ben is from the country and I wanted to make sure that if he wanted a country wedding we would seriously consider it. We did discuss it and researched it briefly, but ultimately decided it was too hard. We also discussed our wedding budget which was very rough, but became clearer over time through research.
Selecting a Wedding Date
The next thing was to discuss a date! For us we were in no rush to get married, we had another friend getting married early in the year and we wanted to have warm weather. With all those considerations into account, we decided on November 2017! Turns out November is a really bad idea for honeymoons overseas if you’re wanting warm weather. But that story is for another time.
Ceremony and Reception
Ben and I decided we wanted a small wedding, at my family church followed by an intimate reception at one of our favourite restaurants. From there we got in contact with the restaurant to discuss how many people they could seat and pricing. We then checked out the restaurant to see where the reception would be and from there we knew it would be perfect! Deposit was taken, first tick!
In the meantime, we made an appointment with my local Priest to discuss having our wedding. We discussed why we wanted a religious wedding and why we wanted to get married in that church. From there the Priest provided us with some information such as the requirement to attend marriage classes and provide Baptism certificates….
Wedding Dress Shopping
Now I know this is the part you’ve all been waiting for, but I think I’m going to disappoint you. To start off Ben bought me a wedding magazine so I started looking through photos and was getting overwhelmed (too many dress and so expensive!). I put the magazine down and haven’t picked it up since. One of the girls at work happens to be getting married too, so she recommended a few places to have a look at on Instagram and from there I found a brand that I loved! I loved multiple dresses and they were kinda in line with my budget. For me I wanted to spend $1000 on a dress, turns out it’s really hard to find a dress on that budget. Soon after the engagement party I made an appointment with the wedding dress brand I loved and took my mum and soon to be mother in law with me. Now its completely up to you how many people you take, but personally I didn’t want loads of people sharing their opinion. I just wanted my mum and mother in law with me, because I knew they would be honest and make sure I would buy the dress I loved.
So at the appointment I had a few dresses put aside for me to try on. There was one I had my heart set on but I wasn’t sure whether to try it on first or later on. The lady told me to try it on first. And when I put it on, it was everything I imagined, very me and so heavy! I didn’t have, IT’S THE ONE! moment, but I knew it was perfect for me. I made sure to try on a few other dresses and went back to my first option. I asked for my mum and mother in law’s opinion and we all agreed on the same dress. And just like that it was done! One shop and I knew! I think the key is knowing your shape and what looks good on you and ultimately make sure you feel like yourself in the dress.
I hope you liked me sharing my wedding plans so far. There probably won’t be another update for a while, as most things aren’t organised. But watch this space….
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