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    • elantan
    • By elantan 9th Aug 17, 11:15 PM
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    Och I know ... believe me I felt like it ... many many times ... but could I live with myself ?

    I'm hoping the prices come in cheaper than expected and we have less to shell out than planned

    Life is good Ed, how's yourself and Mrs Ed and obviously gorgeous Miss Ed ?

    Will need to catch up with everyone's lives now that my studies have finished
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • edinburgher
    • By edinburgher 10th Aug 17, 8:09 AM
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    We're good El - DD's language skills are improving and she's happy and healthy; we're nearly finished decorating the house and I've moved to a job with a CARE pension (no idea what I'm doing yet, but I'll get there).
    • elantan
    • By elantan 10th Aug 17, 8:48 AM
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    Sounds like things are going great in the Ed house, you still thinking of the financial advising route ?

    New jibs always take a wee while to sort out, Mr El has once again been moved jibs by his company this is ( I think) his 7th since he had his breakdown, everyone he changes his stress levels go up a notch for the first few months, but slowly he gets to grips with it and settles in.
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • elantan
    • By elantan 10th Aug 17, 9:37 AM
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    Today we are off to Arisaig for the weekend for a wee kayaking trip, I'm budgeting £200 for the weekend hopefully won't spend more than that.

    The wobble box is £14 night we are away for 4 nights, friend is coming up to visit with her husband and 3 kids so I think the plan is a BBQ when they come up so we will nip into a Tesno or whatever and get rolls burgers etc ... we have food with us, enough diesel in the car etc so I'm thinking £200 should cover everything, the perseide meteor shower is due on 12th and we will literally be in the middle of nowhere so hopefully we will get to see it

    Have a great weekend everyone
    Last edited by elantan; 10-08-2017 at 10:02 AM.
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Aug 17, 12:08 PM
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    Enjoy you two xx
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 10th Aug 17, 12:45 PM
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    Hello El! Like miz, I found you

    I'm with Ed a little bit on the costs, but good to hear they're working hard at making deals - and surely you have a little bit of a say if you're asked to cough up that much money?

    Anyway, you'll work it out, you're good at that

    Kayaking at Arisaig! Enjoy
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    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 10th Aug 17, 1:47 PM
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    Hi, I've just found you thread, excited about your plans, so thought I'd follow along if that's ok?

    just been looking at the wedding costs (hubby works in events, not noramlly weddings, but we are often asked to project manage friend's weddings) and I've done event planning in the past. Hope my comments are helpful (except the one about the kilts obviously, I'm sorry - couldn't help myself, I'm a Scrooge like Yorkshire lass.

    I've had future daughter in law on the phone quite a bit these last few days

    They are trying to get things as cheap as they can for the wedding ...

    So far we have the Caleigh coming in at £500 from an average price of £800 ( her friend is in a Caleigh band)
    good price, good entertainment. Win..

    They have cut out the drinks package of the wedding receptionn saving nearly £2.5k the photographer is the family photographer so we think we can get hopefully £3-500 off the price of £2k for that

    what are they doing instead for drinks? Pay bar? Any drinks on the tables or just water?
    What are they getting for £2k for photographer - that is a good price depending on the package


    I know someone that will make the kilt ( professional kilt maker) I also know a tartan designer, son is playing about with the idea of designing his own tartan ... we're thinking £1-1.5k for that

    HOW MUCH??? For a skirt???? This seems a lot to me (but I know nothing about kilts)

    The church is usually £1.7k son and daughter in law to be attend the church however so should get it for approx £1k ( or hopefully less)
    which country is the church in? If it's England the fixed costs should be around £500 not £1k

    Wedding cake just been informed should be approx £350 and flowers daughter in law has an auntyvthatvus a florist so she should help there ... also possibly a chance of supplying our own buffet for wedding, my sister runs a university hospitality campus and has offered to organise it all ( she does it for a living)
    that sounds reasonable for a wedding cake. for our wedding we repurposed the bridesmaid's bouquets as thank you gifts for various people, that saved a bit.

    So fingers crossed these deals continue
    Originally posted by elantan

    Good luck with it all, I hope they manage to have a lovely day for a lovely price.
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    • Viking_mfw
    • By Viking_mfw 10th Aug 17, 7:32 PM
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    Depending on craftiness of family and the bride to be... we made our bouquets and the flowers which I used to decorate the wedding cake from paper - from old books in fact. Came out very cheap as you buy the cheapest second hand books you can and then basically it's a glue gun, some wire, and some green card for leaves. I also bought some red cartridge paper and used that to make accent flowers.

    We were cheapskates about the whole thing though (effect of being a bit older?) and the whole cost of the wedding was less than 5k.
    • elantan
    • By elantan 15th Aug 17, 4:21 PM
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    Hi all, just back from Arisaig, what an amazing time we had, the sunsets where the most gorgeous I have ever had the priveldge of seeing, and I include the Grandcanyon, Thailand and Niagra falls in that catagory.

    Hubby was out kayaking as much as he could and I joined him in several occasions, we watched the meteor shower whilst all tucked up snuggly under blankets,

    Was just what we needed.

    Whilst away we had several phone conversations with son, the church is booked and he got the price for £650 reduced as he is in the congregation, they saw the photographer, they want two packages one for them and one for the parents, I have still to see about that price.

    The reason we have budgeted as much for the KILT is that son is considering designing his own tartan, proper kilts average on £900 to purchase, we are allowing more for the designing etc, but we will see how much that will cost.

    Viking it sounds like you have a very talented group of family and friends, I think daughter in law will have some people she can call upon for help, she did discuss something about candelabras made out of driftwood ( I didn't fully understand as I'm not talented at all)

    Things will slowly progress as things tend to and I am sure we will get there slowly

    That's for all suggestions and support

    P.'s had conversation with son regarding church costings, he informed me he found out about the £1.7k from a girl he went to school with that was trying to book the church, we have since concluded she was talking rubbish, I'm sure we will come across more of this as we find out more about wedding prices ( were tending to find our info from people who have been through ( or currently going through) the process
    Last edited by elantan; 15-08-2017 at 4:51 PM.
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    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • elantan
    • By elantan 15th Aug 17, 4:23 PM
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    Son is also working on dealing with the reception, he is going to meet them tomorrow to pay the deposit, I think they will work at getting the wedding they want for a reasonable price, son is quite dogmatic about parting with money ( he is VERY tight with money) so I know between us we will get the best deal we can
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • elantan
    • By elantan 15th Aug 17, 7:00 PM
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    Anyone else noticed how much shopping has went up ? Just in the shops just now and I'm seeing things I not too long ago ( less than a month) that I paid 98p now for sale for £2.50 ... other things have went up 15p or so ... but they have went up
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • elantan
    • By elantan 16th Aug 17, 7:33 PM
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    So today I have been plotting for my new challenge, I have decided I am going to have to get hill fit, this will include using the crosstrainer that we have downstairs and also swimming, we have a local swimming pool which I can use, I also need to cur down on eating rubbish ( which is never a bad thing) and with the shock I got yesterday at the supermarket works in quite well with budgetting. If I am not working this Sunday we are climbing Meikle Bin again, it's a small wee hill nothing big but good to stretch the legs to.

    Wedding wise, son had some news today which worked in everyone's favour and he has more things he is dealing with, we are also going to Arbroath on Friday to see about the start of designing the Tartan son wants

    Managed a lowish spend day today just some veg for the dinner and se duct tape for my first aid hill walking kit ( you need very different things on the hills compared to the ground) nothung else.to report really,
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Aug 17, 7:38 PM
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    You are a better woman than me.
    If my son ever wantstartan anything other than a Scot one then he is so on his own
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
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    • elantan
    • By elantan 16th Aug 17, 7:43 PM
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    Well there actually doesn't exist a tartan for our surname, however, the origins of tartan dint actually come from clan names, that's a relatively new piece if tartan history, he has 2 tartans he likes but as I happen to know a tartan designer he feels it might be an idea to design his own tartan, it might not happen that way, he may just choose one of the two he likes but he is currently kicking the ideas around just now, just as he is with every aspect of his wedding, he got a great deal today with the reception and knowing my son he will get a great deal with all the aspects of his wedding, today's deal reminded me of the deal he got when he bought his house ... put it this way I wouldn't like to go up against him lol

    The hardest thing will be that he will need to stay here on Thursday so we can leave early Friday morning, he is staying Friday night as well as we are going in to see Alex Salmon on Saturday and he is staying Saturday so that he climbs the hill on Sunday, the biggest test is will we all be alive by Sunday night and not killed each other lol ... we love each other but having son staying can bring stressful ... incidentally son has to stay as he would never ever be awake on time, he could never work an early shift, he is a backshift /nightshift worker, no chance he would ever get up early
    Last edited by elantan; 16-08-2017 at 7:49 PM.
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Aug 17, 8:01 PM
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    So you are off to The Burgh at the weekend. Enjoy
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • elantan
    • By elantan 16th Aug 17, 8:19 PM
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    Aye ... I must be mad, the four of us are going in, we have yet to celebrate my passing of my degree ( we had booked a date but son slept in) so we're going to cat h the show and eat some food ... if I can I might try and talk them I to doing Arthur seat as well but we will see

    How's B?
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Aug 17, 8:36 PM
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    B is good.
    Got summer job.
    Starts masters next month.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • elantan
    • By elantan 16th Aug 17, 9:59 PM
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    Fantastic, that's good to hear, he's fairly grown up now

    Went I met Skinty's lad the first time he was a wee yin, now he is all grown up and a man... it's great to hear of my friends and their families growing xxxx
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th Aug 17, 10:04 PM
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    & us getting aulder xxx
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • elantan
    • By elantan 16th Aug 17, 10:23 PM
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    Shhhhhhhh were no meant to talk aboot that bit
    march 2011-july2019 8 years and 4 months ... or 100 months and counting
    "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail.... enjoy the adventure" " to my own self be true"
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