Let’s get the planning started

AFTER months of dark nights and cold wintry weather, it seems that spring has finally arrived. And that means one thing. The wedding season will be here before we know it.

I’ve just had a stroll to the shop. The sun is shining, for the first time in ages I didn’t need my coat. It was positively tropical.

My thoughts started wandering. I started thinking about our wedding.

Since getting engaged at Christmas, things have been very hectic, so I’ve not had much chance to think about wedding planning. It’s been a blur of work, study, running training, racing, and looking after our various pets (currently, one horse, two ponies, two dogs and a rabbit).

We have made progress with the wedding planning, the key things, which I will be updating you on, but I’ve not really had time to get excited.

Until now!

The short walk to the shop gave me the thinking time I needed. Before I knew it, I was smiling and there was a spring in my step. I entered the shop, went straight to the magazine section, and started searching for a bride magazine, just to have a look.

I didn’t intend to buy a magazine. I just wanted to see what publications were out there for when I do need them. On the front of Brides magazine was a headline about this season’s new dresses.

That was it! I bought it immediately.

Dresses. I love dresses. Dresses have always been my thing. Whether it’s a dress for an occasion, or just a dress for everyday, I love them.

Up to now, choosing a wedding dress has been way down on my list of priorities, but now it’s catapulted straight to the top.

It’s time to get excited for this wedding of ours.

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Launching our wedding blog

Chris and I didn’t want to rush into anything, but after ten years together we’ve decided to get married.

There are two reasons for this decision: the romantic reason, and the not-so-romantic reason. We love each other and want to spend the rest of our lives together, that’s the romantic version. The unromantic reason involves pensions and practicalities. Of course, it’s the former!

Chris is many things to me: chef, training partner, sub-editor. He’s also my best friend, soul mate and love of my life. When he asked me to marry him on Christmas day, it was  a complete surprise, but I said yes. At the age of thirty-six, I didn’t think I’d be getting any better offers.

Plus, Chris is such a catch!

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During the first few weeks of our engagement, there was a lot of excitement and celebrating. Friends and family gave us bottles in abundance. Some even passed on a few words of wisdom, sharing their experiences of weddings and marriage.

‘Don’t do it,’ and ‘Save your money,’ cropped up a few times.

There was one piece of advice that has stayed with us. ‘Enjoy the planning, because the day will pass in a blur.’

A few people said it. We’ve also been to enough weddings to realise it’s true. We’ve decided to enjoy every moment of the planning, which is why we’re launching this blog. It seems the best way to capture our entire wedding experience.

What better day to launch it than on Saint Valentine’s Day. Actually, we’ve been meaning to start for a while, but looking at possible venues has got in the way. Rather than admitting we were delayed, we’ll say it’s a strategic decision to launch on the most romantic day of the year. We couldn’t have planned it better.

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