Invitations are normally sent out approximately 6 weeks before the set date.
Save the dates are good reminders to send out to anyone really in order for them to know when to keep free for your big day.
I learned this the hard way, some family members couldn't go to my wedding because I thought I would save a pretty penny by just using "word of mouth". Except I forgot to tell some people and assumed word would travel round. It did not.
So I'd advise you get you some save the date cards in order to prevent this issue from arising.
You can spend as little or as much as you wish for your invitations and save the date cards. If you have a company in mind. Be sure to ask for a quote for a certain number of guests. (Always order a few more encase any get lost in the post or you miscalculate, more is better than less in this case)
Kyle and I went with Vista Print. (No this blog post isn't sponsored by them btw. LOL!)
We thought the designs were nice and we chose ones that were not too fussy (but they also have fussy ones if that's what you're into).
All you need to do is chose your design, then CAREFULLY... enter your details, i.e Brides name, Grooms name, Date, Time, Location, and Location of reception if different, Who and when to RSVP to/by. I'd always suggest you get someone to proof read your invitation i.e your other half as an extra pair of eyes, they might spot something you've missed, like typos, something out of alignment etc.
Then go to google and type "vista print promo codes" and chose your discount code. (You're so welcome)
We got ours for about £10! And guess what??... They turned out gorgeous!!!
Which is totally ridiculous compared to the hundreds that some people pay out for invitations alone.
Just goes to show you don't have to spend a s&*# tonne in order to have gorgeous things.
So click the link below to start looking at their wedding invitations
Let's just make one thing clear. It doesn't matter who says to you or where you read otherwise... Weddings. Don't. Have. To. Be. Expensive.
People will say "you get what you pay for" and there is truth in that to a certain extent. However, you can be smart about it.
The key phrase you will hear me say throughout these blog posts is to "shop around".
You won't regret it.
Wedding planning can seem really daunting when you are first starting out. You can hire a professional wedding planner if you wish. But personally speaking, I'd rather cut my costs and cut out the middle man if you are wishing to save money.
It can be broken down into a few stages:
1) Venue - this is the biggest part to look into
2) Catering - unless covered by the venue
3) Dresses and suits
5) Hair and makeup
8) Decor - unless covered by the venue
Today I'm gonna talk dresses.
You may be surprised to hear that a lot of high street stores have their own bridal ranges. Before you roll your eyes at your screen, here me out. Yes, some of them are shite. Not gonna lie (trial and error experience talking here). BUT some of them are amazing!
My personal favourite is:
I can appreciate that everyone has differences in opinion when it comes to style. Little Black Dress I can assure you accommodates to most style tastes! And there was you thinking that they only sold black dresses... ;)
They are reasonably priced (and I mean REALLY reasonable) the quality of material is second to none. With my dress there was no noisy russling, there was no cheap look to it. It was just perfect. LBD dresses are high quality and without the high price tag.
Highly recommend LBD for their stunning collection of bridesmaids dresses as well! Their dresses are just fabulous! LBD are renound for the style in dresses, the high quality and the head turning effect they have on people. The priceses are ridiculously affordable.
Debenhams have some absolutely gorgeous dresses, slighlty more pricey, but compared to forking out £1000's on a dress, you're looking at maybe £450 for a dress, which is still absolutely amazing for the quality that they produce. Thank me later, beautiful.
I got my bridesmaids dresses from Debenhams, they were perfect for our winter wedding, these ones were good thick material, flattering to most figures, stunning colour and just beautiful on each of my bridesmaids. The dresses for bridesmaids are a seriously good deal. And keep an eye out for any sales they have.
Dorothy Perkins this year, jumped on the bandwagon and launched their own bridal range. I haven't seen any of their bridal dresses first hand, however these ones look absolutely beautiful if you like, simple elegant style dresses and cocktail style dresses. These dresses look absolutely beautiful and they even have long sleeved ones if you are having a winter wedding. They even have some gorgeous bridal accessories, shoes, jewelry etc. So definitely don't rule out DP.
As for their Bridesmaid range, they have a variety of colours, styles and shades. The prices are a steal!
As for suits, Debenhams do a great deal on rentals for some brands and in store purchases. Their prices are excellent, the standard of quality is excellent and the variety is excellent! Definitely shop around for men's suits.
My husband went for Mark Darcy, I had never heard of them but Kyle managed to get a seriously good deal on his suit and 3 grooms men. Let me tell you, they are good!! Just be sure to get your sizes correctly. Kyle ran into a little bother with the size of suits. As it turns out, some manufacturers sizes vary. In one shop you might be one size and in another you might be something entirely different. So always keep that in mind when purchasing suits online. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time in order for returns and exchanges. The delivery was exceptional and we couldn't have asked for better.
As for ties and pocket squares, a simple amazon/ebay search and Kyle got each tie for like a fiver a piece.
Places and things I would personally avoid?
ASOS... their suits and dresses are shockingly bad quality. I must have tried I don't know how many dresses for my bridesmaids and they were sub par. Don't get me wrong I love a good deal on ASOS for casual wear or a nice cocktail dress, but that is as far as it goes for me.
Don't make any purchases from China (always check seller details if you're buying online), the reasons being;
1) everyone knows that sometimes what you order online doesn't always arrive the way you imagined it would look, especially if it is a knock off item. The sizes can also vary.
2) It can easily take a month or more for the item to arrive. I have ordered things online before, not realizing they came from China two years ago for Christmas gifts... I'm still waiting for them to arrive... So learn from my mistakes. Haha!
Go for reputable brands and stores that you have heard of or been in store yourself. Notice that all the brands I have listed here are in the UK. That is on purpose. Because it means that the chances of delivery being delayed are slim and the returns and exchanges policies are legit.
Mens Shoes... here's a website that does comfortable shoes that aren't made with animal ingredients :)
We did it! We finally tied the knot.
We were engaged for a total of 9 months (Hey! don't get any ideas haha!)
Because we decided we didn't like the idea of planning over a long period of time.
Some people prefer to wait a couple of years in order to save money, which is sensible if you're putting a deposit down for a house, planning a family etc, or just want a big dreamboat wedding.
But I'm here to tell you why you shouldn't bother with a big fancy wedding (unless it's your absolute dream of course then by all means go right ahead)
Intimate weddings with a small number of people are so much more fun, relaxed, and enjoyable for everyone involved. People get to mingle more with each other and don't necessarily go off into little clique. It also means that when you're planning the reception there won't be that long wait between the "I do" and "Let's tuck in".
Don't get me wrong I've had great fun at other people's bigger weddings. But as a bride, I wouldn't have enjoyed it as there would be too much fuss, I'd feel terrified to breathe in an expensive dress encase I broke it, too many people would personally overwhelm me and it is one day in your entire life... Why put you and other significant other into debt before you've even entered married life?? Now the other side of the coin is, that it is your special day and that ideally you only get to do it once. Do it right. But "right" varies from person to person, couple to couple. Financially, emotionally and down to personal preference as well.
I might do a mini series on budget wedding planning. So consider this an introduction.
Here are some beautiful photos of both our weddings. (We had two weddings, and believe it or not it worked out a helluva lot cheaper than our original plans. One was a legal wedding with family only, it was absolutely beautiful, intimate and everyone really enjoyed themselves. The second one was a Spanish wedding along with a religious blessing. Just bridesmaids and groomsmen and a handful of friends came.
In total for both weddings we had under 40 people. We couldn't have asked for it to be any other way. I was terribly anxious at the thought of walking down the aisle and everyone staring at me. But with less people it definitely set my mind at ease more. :)
It has been a while from I have posted on my blog. Due to a crazy month my blog has had to take a little big of a back seat.
But all has calmed down (for now) and am excited to talk about a company that reached out to me and asked me to review their yoga gear.
I can be quite fussy with my yoga clothes. I don't like too much fuss or unnecessary details on the material of yoga clothes. I don't like them to slip down me arse as I'm doing yoga. I hate it when material gathers at the back of my knees (don't ask... I'm a proper weirdo) I hate "giving false hope" waist bands that slip at your tummy and make your knickers fall down. So I'm a pretty tough critic for when it comes to yoga pants and yoga clothes.
So, when Visual Attitudes asked me to review their product. I was flattered beyond belief. Thinking to myself "I am famous! People love me! I am a successful social media blogger!" Hahaha! Just kidding, but although I was excited. I was nervous because I am so fussy about yoga clothes that I wouldn't like them and that I'd have to be honest and say that I didn't like them.
I chose the "Sugar Bee" yoga pants
And I absolutely LOVE them. The colours are vibrant and display a sunset. The first day I wore them, my sister, my mum and the dress maker who did my wedding dress alterations said that they weren't "their cup of tea" and were too much of a statement.
But I honestly don't care. At the end of the day, everyone has different fashion senses and idea. This one is mine. I love how the material the perfect thickness, they don't gather at the back of the kneed, pull my knickers down every time I enter downdog. They go over my heals (again another thing I'm funny about, but only when I've shoes on... again don't ask hahaha!). The waist band is lovely and snug around my tum.
To me these are the perfect yoga pants that you can wear doing yoga, going to the gym, doing sports, or even going to town, nipping into Sainsburrys for your groceries. Going on a coffee date with a friend. You can take over the world in these yoga pants. In my humble opinion hehe! Here's my instagram post of me reviewing the product
So yeah, I'm a pretty happy customer! Really love these yoga pants and will definitely be buying more of Visual Attitudes yoga gear.
Here's their website if you want to view any more of their stuff or would be interested in having a look to see what is on offer.
I am a 25 year old nurse, who is trying to find herself. This blog will contain epiphanies I have, my yoga progress and other such things. Enjoy. :)