One of my favourite photos from the Royal Wedding. Did you watch it? So incredible magical, I loved how it was a bit more personal and imaginative than State occasions like Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. And Bishop Curry's address? Wonderful!
"Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up!"
One of the things on our (not quite as long...phew) list for our house, is getting a new kitchen. Currently, we don't have a freezer and one of the drawers only opens half way before it bumps into the fridge! We got some great kitchen chairs from the charity shop last week though, which are paired with a classic basic IKEA table. So one end of the room looks great!
What a beautiful and magical day! After working at a lot of weddings, being a guest at a few and having my own, I have learned the following things which you may or may not find handy:
The most important thing is to include things your really excited about (like the bunting that my Mum and her amazing patchwork friends made), and don't bother with things you don't care about (like wedding favours, which we skipped.)
Everyone is in a much better mood if there is enough food around at all times - I once went to a wedding with 9 speeches before the starter, and nearly started eating the cutlery. Having speeches between each course breaks things up nicely, and gives the caterers time to get ready for the next course!
Far too many wedding parties spend the whole day worrying about things, and not enjoying themselves. Your guests probably don't care and will have a much better time if the bride and groom are enjoying themselves too.
Getting a wedding photographer you think is great is worth the cost: Our photos really capture the day, and Sam felt like one of the gang.
Don't get talked into things - there is just the right venue/dress/flowers/band out there for you, and there are some very cool ones if you look. I am SO glad we found a bar that matched the whole feel of our wedding, rather than just getting the simplest.
For the bride: You need to feel like the most gorgeous version of yourself. So choose hair and makeup that fits your personality rather than being talked into 'wedding'. And if you're not sure about your dress/hair/ makeup...change it! The dress I had originally wasn't quite right in the end, so I got an amazing Savannah Miller: Nine one which fit like a dream, and I sold the other one.
Think about music you love. We had a playlist (which we gradually assembled for months of all the songs we love) for most of the day, then just had a band for a two hour set to really get the party started! If you're getting a DJ, make sure you have the same taste in music as they do.
It's very fun having a dress up party for bridesmaids dresses if you don't want to go to a salon. We ordered a load of the same colour and length from shops like Dorothy Perkins and ASOS, and everyone found just the right one but they looked like a set. Then we just returned any that weren't right. And the girls looked amazing!
If you forget to print the readings for people, they will just read it off their phone.
You do you, and try not to panic!
On a side note, we forgot the flowers for me and the maid of honour, so I just held 2 of the bridesmaids' bouquets ... whoops! I also forgot the cool flamingo umbrella my mum gave me, which would have been great for the photos in the rain.
You know you're in a really great relationship if you could get away with giving this card on Valentines Day. Pretty sure that 'sense of humour' is one of the most important things in any relationship ... how else would you survive any tough times?
Now I work in Bray, driving is MUCH quicker than getting public transport (which involves getting a bus into Dublin city centre and the Dart back out again.) But it's hard to beat that view as you come around the corner towards Killiney just as the sun is coming up over the horizon. Especially if you have a coffee and a pastry for the journey too!
I've only just got Netflix, so have been welcoming recommendations from everyone I know. My favourite so far? Definitely GLOW! Oh my goodness it is just so full of joy, and character, and 1980s style. Check it out immediately!
This year, I'd like to make more effort to eat a bit healthier ... now my job is sitting at a desk, rather than running around all over the place; I suspect I can't get away with snacking on whatever I please and there is SO much tasty food in work (I blame the evil geniuses of Easy Food who are in the same office!) This Hoisin Turkey and Broccoli Stir Fry from The Sea Salt looks delicious!
We have the legal part of our wedding tomorrow (though the real celebration is in March) ... hoorah! Tomorrow's part is super small and casual, just a trip to the registry office then drinks and toasties in the local pub before heading home. I found a lovely twirly dress in the flea market, am going to (attempt to) plait my hair; and I'm pretty darn excited!
Have you read any of Philip Pullman's books? The Book of Dust is absolutely brilliant ... in fact, as soon as I finished it, I went back to read His Dark Materials (the original trilogy) again which I wrote my dissertation on at uni. They really are magical books, and if you haven't read them yet, then please do now!!
I'll admit, this picture is not from New Year's Eve, it's from a dinner party at my friend's house last week ... New Year's Eve involved a trip to our local pub, then heading home before midnight to watch the London fireworks coverage on the BBC (which was incredible!)
Whether you had a great 2017, or it was a bit of a tough one, I hope you have a really good 2018, whatever shape that might take.