Showing posts with label wedding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wedding. Show all posts

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Wedding Tips for ...

Budgeting

You will hear this a million times but weddings are ridiculously expensive and trust me when you feel like you have paid it all off and everything is under control, something will jump up and bite you. There will always be something that you didn't think of and didn't plan for and it will stress you the hell out, but at the end of the day it is the best day of your life and you want it to be perfect.

I know for a fact my biggest stress while planning the wedding was money, I had my diary and my schedule, 4 (yes 4) to do lists and it still seemed like there were things that I didn't think of. SO now that my wedding is over with here are the things that I had to pay for. There will obviously be different things that I had that you may not want, or things that you want and I didn't have so just add them in or take them away and just think of how much you will want to spend.

SO my list (hold tight)

Registry office - Booking fee
                         - Notice of Marriage (Not needed if you get married in a church)
                         - Ceremony
                         - Wedding Certificate (You get 1 official copy and you pay for others, I got 4 copies just so I had them to send off to places, doctors, bank, work, phone, driving licence, passport ect)

Reception - Booking fee,
                 - Food (Both wedding breakfast and night time buffet)
                 - Drinks (if you having drinks or arrival, toasts etc)
                 - DJ
                 - Rooms (getting ready in the morning or if you are staying there the night)
                 - Decorations ( I did a LOT of DIY's, so saved so much money)
                 - Cake

The Bride - Hair and Make up (if you do a trial, you will also have to pay for this)
                 - THE DRESS
                 - Dress alterations (this can be A LOT of money so make sure you budget a lot)
                 - Shoes (maybe even a 2nd pair for if you heels hurt)
                 - Underwear
                 - Wedding perfume
                 - Emergency kit (things like safety pins, plasters, ear buds - tip if you cry, ear buds are a quick clean up and they don't wreak your winged liner)
                 - Bag (keep a powder in to reapply, lippy, perfume, maybe spare bobby pins, phone)
                 - Jewellery
                 - Hair accessorise
             
The Groom - Suit
                    - Shoes
                    - Underwear
                 
Transport - Cars/ Buses/ Taxi
                 - Booking fee
               
Bridesmaids - Dresses
                     - Shoes
                     - Hair and Make up
                     - Gifts (to say thank you for being apart of your special day)

Groomsmen - Suits
                     - Shoes
                     - Gifts (Same as the bridesmaids)

Flowers - Brides
              - Bridesmaids
              - Button holes
              - Reception flowers for decoration
              - Gifts for mothers

Miscellaneous - Wedding Rings (Get them the earlier the better, it may take time to get them in)
                        -  Photographer
                        - Pictures for decoration
                        - Guest book
                     

These are just some thing there is so much more you can have, but these are a few things we did and didn't have.

I am going to be writing a post about saving money soon, since mine and Paul's budget was £2000 all together, so you don't need to spends loads on a wedding to make it special. If you like this series then please keep an eye out and I will give you a few more wedding tips.

See you Soon
Lots of love
Lottie
Xxx


Saturday, 23 June 2018

Wedding Tips For ...

So I want to do a new series on my blog all about tips for while your planning your wedding! From the engagement to the big day!

So if your on the verge of getting engaged or you just have or your just fancy some tips for the future then grab a cuppa and carry on reading.

The one true ring!!!

So there is so much expectation to give that special person the perfect ring in the perfect way! The "tradition" says to spend at least 1 months wage on a ring. Well as a girl who has had 3 engagement rings during my engagement I am here to yell bo***ks!

If you want to propose the be all and end all is NOT the ring, it's the fact you are telling that person you want to spend the rest of your life together.

Paul proposed to me while on holiday in Wales, he did it in our hotel room and he didn't have a ring. Why?? Probably because he didn't realise he was going to do it. He said it felt right to ask, which I love, it made it feel more natural and I am just glad he hadn't spent time thinking over it for weeks.

Everyone is aware of the song "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" and yes they are gorgeous, they are timeless and they are expensive, trust me I work in a jewellers so I see people coming in all the time to get their rings.

Does it have to be expensive??? Or a diamond??? NO!!!!! If your special person doesn't like diamonds then don't get them a rock! My GORGEOUS ring (yes I chose it so I am bias but I think it's beautiful) is silver and isn't a diamond. Does anyone notice?? Nope, people just say how pretty it is, so don't get in a panic if your budget doesn't stretch to a £1,800 18ct white gold diamond ring.


My gorgeous ring. 

Go with your gut!

If you do go to pick a ring out, trust your own gut, it is your best friend. You know that person, you love that person, you see them all the time, look at what they wear, is it yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, silver, big or small. Are they the kind of person who likes big stones or small.

Size!!!!!

Ok let me just put this out there for anyone who walk's into a jeweller store to buy their partner an engagement ring, I say this with love

     ''THEIR RING FINGER IS NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME SIZE AS YOUR PINKY!!!''

Planning to buy the ring is fab, your organised, well done but try and rob a ring off them, bring it with you to the jewellers and they will help you to figure out the right size. This helps you in two ways, first it helps you so you don't need to worry about bringing the ring back to get it resized and second it makes you look so on it with your partner.

The Proposal 

Whether it is planned or just popped out of no where, stay calm. Yes I understand I am currently behind a computer screen and not in your position so it is easy for me to say, but if you just take a deep breath and then do it, it will help you to just focus a little and get out everything you want to say.

Enjoy it 

Lastly no matter how, where or when you do it, whether you have a ring or not, enjoy your proposal. Enjoy being engaged and enjoy your time together, because trust me from there on it can be hard. 

See you all soon
Lots of Love 
Lottie 
Xxx 





Wednesday, 16 September 2015

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 15

Hi Guys 

Hope your all ok 

Day 15 is all about thinking of my future, 5 years in the future to be exact, but what do I want to do in the future??? 

 I could do the dream, win the lottery be able to spoil my friends and family and have a good life .... or I can be realistic, lets go with the second one. 

 Part of me, thinks 'Omg 5 years that is AGES away' but then the grown up part of me thinks 'actually this is not that far away its already SEPTEMBER!!' so I am torn on the whole thing but by the time I am 32 I would love to be married. As most girls do I have always thought about my wedding day and it has changed so much from when I was little, in the beginning it was a HUGE poofy dress with a mile long train with a million flowers. Now that I am 27 I have narrowed that down a bit (due to budget only of course if I had my first dream of winning the lottery this would totally still happen haha). Instead I would love something small, with the people that mean the most to us, but the most important thing is that we all have fun. 

 My second thing I would love to have happened in 5 years time is that I would love to either have or be thinking about having a baby. I love kids, I work with kids and seeing them all the time gets you so broody especially when the new babies come in, I know I probably see them at good times but there just amazing and being a mommy is a dream to me.

 Another thing I would love to do to have overcome my fear of flying and have gone on a holiday abroad maybe Italy or even America. I have never been on a plane and have never even thought about going on one, its just because of my fear of heights. I think its better to have my feet of the floor, but you never know I may have gotten over this fear in 5 years and be jet setting everywhere .... hopefully. 

So what about all of you guys? What do you think you will be doing in 5 years??? Any thoughts on how I can get over this whole flying fear??

See you soon 

Lots of Love 
Lottie
Xxx