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    4nnabella
    January 2011 brides thread
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    • 29th Oct 10, 11:34 PM
    January 2011 brides thread 29th Oct 10 at 11:34 PM
    OK, so, me and fran-o are pretty much the only people on here getting married in January next year it would seem (and by wonderful coincidence on the same day!). And as much as I love lurking on the other 'month' threads, I feel left out cos I haven't got one of my own! So I'm starting one!

    11 weeks tomorrow for me (us ) !! As some people may have noticed from my earlier post, I got a call today from my dress shop, to let me know that my gorgeous Maggie Sottero dress has arrived (6 weeks early as I wasn't expecting it to come in until December!). Due to them having a small window in which to send dresses back in case of problems, I am having to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow and drive 50 miles down to Northamptonshire to have my first fitting, not that I'm complaining, mind you! Am going to put my shoes and necklace by the door before I go to bed tonight so I don't forget to take them with me!

    Other things we have now done:
    all invites have been distributed, our rsvps are starting to come back in

    venue all booked

    caterers - had menu tasting session last month and finalised meal choices. still need to confirm choices for canapes for drinks reception but will do that in two weeks when we go to our venue for an open evening as caterers will be there.

    band booked, deposit paid. they are doing acoustic music during the ceremoy and drinks reception and then live sets for the evening entertainment. we have confirmed our first dance song, which they are going to learn (Iris - GooGoo Dolls)

    readings chosen for ceremony, just need to ask two people to read them!

    cake sorted, and have sent the woman who's making it a sample of our ribbon so she can try and match the icing colour to the same purple

    flowers - had an inital meeting with a florist. need to send her a sample of the ribbon too so she knows what the colour theme is.

    candelabras for table centrepieces booked

    table crystals bought, still trying to decide whether to have mirror plates or not...

    favours - am making up little goody bags for people, so still need to get some little miniatures of things for the boys and the bags to put them in. I also am going to put name cards on them so they can double up as the place settings so need to get some card to make those, and more of our purple ribbon to tie them to the bags with.

    ummmmmm, what else....

    bridesmaid dresses have been bought, altered and are now tucked away in my wardrobe. both the girls have gorgeous purple dresses from John Lewis, and we've bought lilac fur shrugs (and a matching ivory one for me) and they'll have lilac shoes (but not matching as they both like different things)

    my OH has recently bought his suit, just need to find him a shirt, tie and possibly waistcoat to wear, plus new shoes. My mum found these socks so has bought a pair for my OH, my Dad, OH's Dad, and best man, oh and my brother I think. We'll also get a couple of pairs for the two ushers.

    Sorry for the uber-long post! Am making up for lost time, what with not having a January 2011 thread! (I think it may just turn into my wedding diary, feel free to read or not!)
    Last edited by 4nnabella; 29-10-2010 at 11:41 PM.
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  • 4nnabella
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    • 30th Oct 10, 9:03 PM
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    • 30th Oct 10, 9:03 PM
    so, you may have seen the pics from my dress fitting this morning on my other thread http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2825518 It was absolutely brilliant! The dress is perfect (well, nothing a good steam won't fix anyway) and fits like a glove. Can't wait until I get to put it on again now. That'll probably be at the beginning of December when I have my hair trial.

    Have got my make-up trial in two weeks time as well!

    This week also marks the start of my renewed focus on my weight loss/beauty regime! I have vowed to myself to do the whole cleanse/tone/moisturise thing twice a day (currently only once, I never bother taking my makeup off when I go to bed which, considering I wear black kohl eyeliner everyday, means I wake up to serious panda eyes... my OH must seriously wonder what on earth he's marrying sometimes...) and also to do my Davina dvd at least three times a week. I'd love to lose a stone by January so need to start now!!
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    • fran-o
    • By fran-o 1st Nov 10, 1:18 PM
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    • 1st Nov 10, 1:18 PM
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    • 1st Nov 10, 1:18 PM
    Yay thanks for starting the thread 4nnabella!
    I am way behind on everything but getting there!! I swing between wedding joy & wedding stress but loving it all really!

    Venue booked, registrar booked.
    Disco booked.
    Cake to be made by my Mum this month! She is investigating stands...
    Bridesmaid dresses bought (also purple!)
    Table centres - sorted with florist
    Bouquets - to be done by a friend, who I need to chat with soon!
    Photography - arranged with a friend who takes lots of weddings as a second job/ hobby
    Invitations sent
    Dress on order (due in this week or next) & shoes bought
    Groom's suit on order (due in this week)
    Honeymoon booked
    One and a half stone lost

    Next few jobs to do -
    Tasting at venue next week
    Dress fitting & choose accessories
    Confirm chair covers
    Few more lbs to shift (or at least not put back on!!)

    My hen do is this weekend and is a big secret...! I will be told on the morning apparently!!
    fran-o
  • 4nnabella
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    • 1st Nov 10, 9:01 PM
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    • 1st Nov 10, 9:01 PM
    Yay you found the thread fran-o!!

    You sound perfectly well-organised

    I had a minor panic today, only literally a five second one, but the girl I'm having my make up done by sent me a text message today asking if I wanted to arrange a trial. I replied saying that I thought we had already organised it for the 13th November, as that what was I had in my diary, so had a very teeny tiny panic that I would have to rearrange that. I know it's only the trial but I've already had to reschedule my hair trial twice due to the hairdresser having to change his plans and I'm running out of weekends!

    I've also lost a stone and a half so far and am wanting to lose a few more. I'd like to get into a good place before Christmas so I can relax a bit around food! We're going to OH's parent's for Christmas day, and his mum always makes masses of food, even when it's just a Sunday lunch, so goodness knows how much food she lays on at Christmas! Then we're going to my parents on Boxing Day, where there will be more food! So the plan is to really focus over the next 8 weeks and try to lose the best part of a stone, although that might be a bit ambitious, but I'll give it a go .
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    • fran-o
    • By fran-o 4th Nov 10, 2:02 PM
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    • 4th Nov 10, 2:02 PM
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    • 4th Nov 10, 2:02 PM
    Feeling a bit gutted....
    My wedding dress was made to fit correct length (measured with wedding shoes on in July) so that it would not have to be altered - it has a scallop style bottom so it works out cheaper to make it to fit than to adjust.
    The dress shop just called and the dress has arrived too short... I am going to have a new one in standard length to arrive end of the month and the seamstress at the shop will make adjustments.
    A bit gutted that I had made the effort to get shoes and measure up for nothing. But more sad that its another month til I get to try on my dress now! booo
    fran-o
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    • 4th Nov 10, 9:11 PM
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    • 4th Nov 10, 9:11 PM
    Oh no fran-o, that's terrible! I hope they're not charging you for the alterations you'll need to have done when your dress is ready! Such a shame you went to all the trouble of ordering it supposedly to the right length and it's come in too short but at least they're sorting it and it will be the end of the month before you know it!
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    • fran-o
    • By fran-o 12th Nov 10, 8:59 PM
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    • 12th Nov 10, 8:59 PM
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    • 12th Nov 10, 8:59 PM
    Hen do was last weekend - it was fantastic! At home during the day with jewellery making in the morning, pampering in the afternoon, and then out in nearby Wimbledon in the evening! The girls had gone to so much trouble and thought of everything, it was so lovely! Sunday was a complete write-off though... so hungover!!

    Went for menu tasting at our venue last night which was great, all the food was lovely and we have decided on a duck main course.

    Today OH and I went to pick up his suit - he looks fab in it, a total relief as he is very tall (6ft8) so buying clothes can be tricky. The suit place has thrown in two 'cadburys purple' ties for OH & best man too. Its a really funny old fashioned place - like 'Suits you Sir' off the Fast Show, but thankfully with a few more modern choices!

    Still lots to do but getting there little by little, 9 weeks to go!
    fran-o
  • 4nnabella
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    • 13th Nov 10, 8:36 PM
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    • 13th Nov 10, 8:36 PM
    Yay glad you had a good hen night fran-o! Jewellery making sounds fab!

    I had my make-up trial today, and I'm so pleased with it, she's done a fantastic job. Gorgeous MAC make-up, which I wish I could afford to buy for everyday use! It seems to have lasted well today, will go check it out again in the next x-factor break!

    Next on the list is a visit to a seamstress on Tuesday afternoon to have something added to my dress so I can bustle the train up in the evening, and also some extra beading added on the back. Then on Tuesday evening we're going to an open evening at our venue. We'll see our caterers and photographer and also get to do a bit more wine tasting
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  • 4nnabella
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    • 15th Nov 10, 9:04 PM
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    • 15th Nov 10, 9:04 PM
    Yay have sorted my table plan! We're still actually waiting for about five rsvps back (the deadline was only today, so have got OH to send out a few gentle reminders as it's mainly his friends just to get every reply back...) but have done table plan on the assumption that they're coming and then can take them out if they rsvp no.

    Some of OH's friends are messing him about though which is a bit disappointing. We went to a wedding the other week of some friend's of his, and the groom's brother said that they had booked the hotel for our wedding, and they had already RSVP'd to say they were coming a few weeks ago. Then when we got to work this morning, OH sent me a message to say he'd had a text from this friend who said they were now not able to come to the wedding as they were going on holiday! Now, I'm all for a bit of winter sun, but when you've already accepted a wedding invitation, *and* booked your hotel, surely you wouldn't then go and book a holiday a week later for the same weekend?? Or is that just me...?
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    • fran-o
    • By fran-o 15th Nov 10, 9:35 PM
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    gosh you are organised - we are still waiting on quite a few replies - the deadline we gave people was this saturday (20th) so will be chasing before the end of the week! Hopefully there wont be too many headaches on the table plan, only a few family feuds...!
    Shame you are having RSVP issues, there will always be fools who miss out! One we are waiting on looks to be abroad by his facebook page, shame he didn't rsvp before he went...
    Job for this week is chasing RSVPs, deciding ceremony details and at the weekend shopping for wedding undies!
    fran-o
  • 4nnabella
    Yeah, family feuds are always fun to have to work around!!

    I feel like I'm going to be spending a lot of time on the M1 over the next couple of weeks... Have got dress fitting and open evening at venue tomorrow, then going down again for planning meeting at the venue on the 30th, then have got visit with florist and hair trial on the 4th December. At 50 miles each way it's not a massive difference but I could do without having to fill up my little car with petrol every five mins right now!

    Other jobs for this week - send off cheques to pay balance for cake and fire performers as then that's them sorted.
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    • fran-o
    • By fran-o 16th Nov 10, 1:33 PM
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    100 mile round trip! Gosh where are you getting married?
    Our venue is in Dorking, surrey - about 30-40 minute drive from home.
    fran-o
  • 4nnabella
    We're getting married in Northamptonshire, near where my parents live and I grew up, but OH and I live in Nottingham. It's a fairly straight forward drive, straight down M1 but it's going to start getting a bit more frequent over the next few weeks!

    On the plus side, had a good weddingy day today! Picked up my dress from the shop and took it to the seamstress so she can do the bits I want doing. Then we went to an open evening at our venue. It was great seeing it in the dark, as in January we'll only get a couple of hours of daylight, but it looks fantastic at night! There's fairy lights absolutely everywhere, and they have these amazing tall patio heaters with big flames inside! It's going to be fab!
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    • fran-o
    • By fran-o 27th Nov 10, 3:57 PM
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    Had a good day today! OH is on his stag do so I am being productive!

    My dress came into the shop Thursday so I went for my first fitting today. Still LOVE the dress which is a relief and getting me excited again! Chose my tiara (a side band with sparkles and pearly beads) which is now on order, and looked at bolero/ shrug for the day. I might be able to hire one from the shop - it's either that or this one from Monsoon.
    http://www.monsoon.co.uk/bridal-separates/vivette-shrug/invt/62313341/&bklist=icat,5,shop,women,bridal,bridalseparate s
    Neither will give much warmth but will help me feel a little less 'exposed' in my gown!

    Also went to jewellers and put in my engagement ring for resizing (going down a few sizes).

    Out tonight with girls from work which should be fun! Hope all going well!
    fran-o
  • 4nnabella
    My OH is having his stag today as well! They went paintballing this morning, and although we woke up to a fall of snow, they went! He rang me a while ago to let me know they were on their way home and apparently they were having a great time until one of his mates tripped on something while running and has broken his ankle! So I think OH Is feeling a bit bad about it. I assume the rest of the stag is still on though... He's on his way home to shower and change and then they're off into town to go to the Comedy Club and all the rest!

    I picked up our wedding rings today, and paid off the final balance. I need to get my engagement ring and wedding ring resized though as I have also lost weight! Not sure how many sizes I'll need to go down though but I think it might be a few. Am also not too happy with my wedding ring. I've had it made, as my engagement ring is an unusual shape, so had a wishbone ring made. Got it for a good price though, it was only 280 as opposed to the 900 another jewellers quoted. Unfortunately, the profile of the ring doesn't really match my engagement ring. The edges of the wedding ring are more square, engagement ring is rounder, so am a bit disappointed. I think they look odd together. Am going to ask OH's opinion when he gets home and will be going back to the shop to see what they suggest I think.

    Hope you have a good night out!
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    • fran-o
    • By fran-o 1st Dec 10, 7:39 PM
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    just booked dance lessons! OH has been pushing for them for a while (I am a more confident dancer than he is) so we're going for it and our first lesson is saturday. The lesson is in the next town from us in the afternoon, so we should get there even if this weather stays the same!
    We had our meeting with the hotel wedding planner on Monday and that went well - was able to make lots of decisions and made a list of all the outstanding things to do. Have found out that our chair cover company (part of the hotel's package) also hires cake stands, so am going to book that and we'll have Mum's fruit cake on the top tier and cupcakes on the lower tiers.
    did you make a decision re your wedding ring? Mine is made and sitting in the jewellers' safe, OH has ordered his through a mail order company (smooch) and the first one that came was wrong, so we're waiting on the replacement.
    hope you are having a good week! We are very snowy here in Surrey but I am walking to work in my wellies!
    fran-o
  • 4nnabella
    Ooooh dancing lessons, how fab! I looked into lessons but we can't really fit it into the budget! I have said to OH though that I want to at least practice dancing to our song over the next 6 weeks (eeeeek 6 weeks to go!!!) so that I feel more comfortable doing it!

    I took my wedding ring back to the shop yesterday and also left my engagement ring. I was really worried that they would turn around and say I would have to have a new ring made or something but the guy was great, and said it wouldn't be a problem, which is brilliant! They are resizing both of them down a size and also reshaping the wedding ring to make it more rounded. It will only take a week so will pick it up next weekend, which is good. Feels very odd not wearing my engagement ring again though, hopefully this will now be the last time I am without it!

    We had a really good meeting at our venue yesterday, we went through the whole day in detail, which has really helped. It's made us realise that we are fairly well organised but there's a few bits that we still need to sort, and probably need to sort fairly quickly! We're now finalising the music for during the ceremony which will probably be:

    My entrance - Portugese Love Theme from Love Actually (I played it for my mum yesterday as although she's seen the film a million times she couldn't remember the piece of music and she nearly started crying!)
    Signing register - Hoppipolla ~ Sigur Ros, Better Together ~ Jack Johnson and we'll probably pick one or two more, just in case the photos go on for a bit...
    Exit - Everything ~Michael Buble.

    OH has now been tasked with putting together a playlist for background music for during the meal, and he also needs to decide who he wants as his witness.

    This weekend we've got a meeting with our florist and also I've got my hair trial on Saturday afternoon, so really looking forward to that! I've got really fine hair which cannot hold a curl so I'm quite interested to see what my hairdresser will be able to do with it! I think I'm going to go for a low side bun, and we've already discussed the possibility of hair extensions, or at least some sort of artificial assistance to give me a bit more volume!

    Well done on sorting your cake stand! Hope it can hold up under the weight of your mum's fruit cake!

    We've had a fair amount of snow here but certainly not as much as other areas of the country. Our road gets a bit slippy as it is a long cul-de-sac so no through-traffivc keeping it clear but we can still get to work, so far anyway!
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  • Missmidwife
    Hi Ladies

    I am a jan 2011 bride. 2nd jan in Bookham surrey.

    Im starting to feel a bit stressed out as the evening guests are rubbish at RSVPing and everyone is wanting our money left right and center lol.

    Not long now.

    Nickie. x
  • 4nnabella
    Yay another January bride!! I was starting to think fran-o and myself were the only ones!!

    Congratulations Nickie, not long to go now at all!

    Yeah, we've still got a handful of guests (daytime ones too!) who haven't rsvp'd and it's driving me crazy! I've done the table plan based on them coming, as I assume they will be but it'd be really nice for them to tell us either way! And am totally with you on the money thing, it's getting to the stage where balances are becoming due and money needs to be paid out... Maybe getting married near Christmas wasn't such a good idea after all?!?!
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  • Missmidwife
    Tell me about it, im doing all the over time going to have all the extras that we'd really like. The table plan was sorted but we have heard the terrible news that OH's cousin has cancer and will be starting 9 weeks of chemo in a fortnights time so they may not come but wont know til nearer the time so no idea what to do about the table plan as im having it made might have to save my money and make it myself.

    My sons suit arrived today and its far to big so has to go back and ive developed a coldsore today - nice!!

    Yeah a wedding and christmas a few weeks apart may have been a silly idea. lol
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