haven't even thought about flowers yet!17/05 Booked one of Mum's colleagues, who also works in a florist shop, to make bouquets/button holes etc night before, and then decorate venue morning of wedding going to phone bakery tomorrow that I came across at Exeter Food Festival to see if they're free to make our wedding cupcakes (do have a back-up option if not) 03/05/11 - phoned bakery and they're free to make cakes, yey! Going to see them on Friday (06/05) to discuss in more detail06/05 Cakes all sorted, very pleased! :) also need to phone hairdresser to discuss details and about her possibly her also doing my make-up (trial run of hair booked for next week - tick!)Had hair trial (details here, although not 100% happy yet) and make-up trial booked for 28/05 so will also discuss hair again then going to registrars tomorrow to give notice for our marriage03/05/11 - met with registrar, although do need to go back again 2-3 weeks before wedding to finalise ceremony details need to find, agree on and buy shoes for bride/bridesmaid (a big issue - I have really tricky feet to buy shoes for, and little sister and I have different opinions on heel height for bridesmaid shoes!!) 07/05 - have bought my shoes, still got to agree on some for little sister!16/05 - mine and sister's shoes sorted...phew! still need to sort out male outfits - Liam's got his suit but needs shirt, tie and shoes, and ordered baby page boy outfit today but will need to check it, and get shoes27/06 bought Liam's shirt, shoes etc last week and baby tried on his outfit yesterday so Mum's friend can turn trousers up...nothing like leaving it until the last minute!! meeting with caterer on Saturday but hopefully food is more or less sorted06/05 met with caterer and discussed food, she's even going to experiment with quinoa to make quinoa salad! :) need to research and book a hotel to stay in for our wedding night08/05 Mum has booked a room for us that my Grandma is paying for as our wedding gift, thank you both!
- lots of little bits like book for guest to sign,
cushion to tie rings onto for baby to carry down aisleetc
- plus probably zillions of other things I've forgotten!
- ... some of which are:
Buy wedding rings20/06 Ordered wedding rings a few weeks ago and picked them up today, phew! Get my engagement & eternity rings adjusted (too big at the moment so constantly swivelling round on my finger!)14/06 Got my rings back today, yey, I missed having them on my finger!! Make and send out invites (Liam in middle of doing this at moment)09/05 - invites sent out - post here Choose songs & readings for ceremony, plus song for first dance - 03/05/11 - asked sister & Liam's sister, but not chosen which readings yet!13/06 Readings chosen and we confirmed them with registrar today.
- Sort out table plan once RSVPs are back (stressful!!) - 03/05/11 - was awake at 4am worrying about this (!!) so have now provisionally planned all the tables, although will obviously have to adjust if some guests can't make the wedding 27/06 We are still waiting on a couple of RSVPs so haven't been able to do table plan yet...stress!!
As if all the above wasn't enough, today we had a dress(es) change of heart! I tried my dress on today for the first time since the middle of November, and eek, you can tell I've gained weight!! I just checked back and I was just over half a stone lighter then than I am now, and unfortunately all the extra weight seems to have settled back on my tummy :( I can, luckily, still fit into my dress but I struggle to breathe!! That's ok - healthy eating mission back on track, I can lose half a stone or so in 2 months if I focus. There are also a few adjustments I want to make to the dress, so Mum is going to phone the local dressmaker tomorrow. Can't give details at the moment unfortunately as Liam reads this blog and don't want to ruin the surprise, but I'm really happy with how I think my dress is going to turn out :)
The more costly issue is the bridesmaid dresses - turns out our daughter's flower girl dress (ivory with purple sash & other details) is a completely different "ivory" to my dress! And my little sister's dress, which is all purple but from the same range as daughter's, has never been one we were 100% happy with as it's a bit too formal/structured. It's nice, but not perfect. I did recently come across a dress I love for my sister though...
More the floaty look we were hoping for. So, new plan is to order the Coast dress; if it suits her and we all like it etc then we will send both the original dresses back and buy daughter a new dress in the right shade of ivory and accessorise it ourselves with purple sash etc. Phew, think my Mum is feeling the stress more than I am - not sure how much more her nerves can take!!!
Ok, wedding stuff over for now. Food! Looking at today's meals, you wouldn't know I was trying to lose weight!! Although, in my defence, a) I only ate twice due to getting up later/being super busy during the day, and b) I'd already bought dinner before I tried on the dress and truly realised how urgent the weight loss issue is!!
So first meal of the day, after the children miraculously gave us a nice lie-in - brunch - I ate this about 10.30am so, with all the running around to supermarket, dress trying on etc, this counted as lunch too. As it was a bank holiday, daughter had requested pancakes which worked perfectly as we were completely out of frozen fruits and bananas for smoothies/porridge (horror!! hence the need for supermarket trip!) American-style chocolate chip pancakes (recipe I followed here) topped with PB&Co Dark Chocolate Dreams and lots of maple syrup...