Friday, February 21, 2014

A Season of Weddings

So next Thursday marks the first of three weddings that Mark and I are attending. It is actually quite crazy however they are all in the space of about 10 days and are in 3 different towns in New Zealand.

I am really looking forward to them as for once Mark and I can relax and be guests at a wedding rather than racing around trying to set everything up. The last few weddings have been crazy and coming back home has been an opportunity to rest and relax. Even our own wedding was completely nuts. Sometimes in retrospect I think that organising your own wedding when you have to hire/provide most of the stuff is harder than going to a venue where most of it is included in the price.

Having been part of a number of weddings now and having friends that own a cupcake business if I had to organise our wedding again I think I could do it much easier without a massive amount of stress. I could possibly even do it cheaper!

So the first wedding is Mark’s youngest brother and it is in Wellington. It is nice as his family does not always get the opportunity to all be in the same place at the same time. I am ridiculously excited about seeing his sister, her husband and our niece and nephew when they fly in from Melbourne on Sunday night. This marks the first time I have seen my niece since she was about 6 weeks old. I need to really restrain myself from ‘buying them all the things’. Turns out that we are only in Wellington for about two days and then we fly back to Auckland to attend another wedding on the Saturday. I think it is going to be a beautiful wedding and in particular I know Erin (my sister-in-law) is going to look incredibly beautiful.

The wedding on the 1st of March is one that is very near and dear to Mark and I as we introduced them. I said to Laura when they got together that if it had not been for cats and Buffy they probably would not have met. The wedding is in Gordonton and I cannot wait to see how absolutely beautiful the day is going to be.

Lastly, is close friend’s wedding down in the South Island. I have known Pip now for over 4 years and we met via Twitter one New Year’s Eve and we have pretty much talked every day since then. I am excited to attend their wedding as it marks the start of the next part of their lives together. Also, we are going to a venue and town that I probably never would have been to if it had not been for them moving down to ‘Sunny’ Invercargill. Oh and for the record Pip got engaged just before Christmas last year and has organised her wedding in less than 3 months!

After these three weddings are over I think that is it for the next year and then I expect they will all start planning their families.

Helpful things when planning your big day:

  • Use your own music via an ipod playlist
  • Have a book to save your ideas to show florists, hairdressers etc.
  • Look at different blogs, Pinterest for ideas and inspiration and then settle on one theme whether it is colour etc.
  • Have a gift registry as people are always going to ask even if you do not want to have one
  • Online or hard copy planner
  • Delegate
  • Book the main things as soon as possible
  • Do not get crazy about your weight...just eat well and exercise. You will look beautiful on your special day no matter what...that is what an awesome photographer is for
  • You get all your photos even the crappy ones; so be prepared for that!
  • Trade Me and Amazon are your friends

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