Category Archives: Wedding

Photo A Day Challenge | September | Day 27

Mood: Happy Snapper


26 Days To Go!

Mood: Very Happy

This poor little blog has been neglected for some time, while I’ve been busy doing a bunch of other stuff. So to those who have been checking back to see what else has been happening with the wedding, my apologies.

Not only have the wedding preparations been keeping me busy, recent developments have kept me on my toes too. You see, J and I are expecting a little bundle of joy at the end of the year.

We found out about our surprise in late April, and were finally given the all clear to tell the world in mid June. Since then, we have been inundated with well wishes, and I have been inundated with advice (mostly unsolicited) about pregnancy and motherhood. This very crazy but loving period has added to the craziness surrounding the wedding preparations, and as a result, there has been no time to blog.

And just to be clear, we are over the moon with our Speedy bump. J and I had planned to start trying for kids straight after the wedding, but alas, the best laid plans never go accordingly, and instead of announcing our pregnancy at Christmas time (as per the plans), we will be announcing the birth of our baby.

The wedding preparations are almost finalised. We have received all RSVPs from our guests and are about to start doing the seating plans. My dress is still being altered, which is coming along beautifully. Everything and everyone else is pretty much all set. I’m happy to report that barring a few details to be finalised, we are all but done with the organising!

The biggest and happiest piece of news since I last blogged is that my Uncle Charles and his daughter Carolyn, as well as Aunt Magdalen will also be joining us for the wedding. So unexpected, but so much wanted. We are so blessed and thrilled to have so many loved ones travel from all over the world to join us for our big day.

In between all the wedding preparations, we have been visiting doctors to ensure our little Speedy bump is growing normally, and that I’m healthy and providing sufficient nutrients, etc, to Speedy. We have another appointment later this week with the lovely Dr Rod Baber, when I’ll be asking all sorts of questions, like what I can and can’t eat (I’m craving ham and salami), what I can and can’t use on my skin, and stuff along those lines. Speedy is 15 weeks today!

Life is going well, and I can’t be happier. Just over 3 weeks till I’m married – woot!

60 Days To Go!

Mood: Busy Busy Busy!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, for which I apologise!

Things have been so hectic and busy of late that this little blog has suffered as a result.

I’ve been busy with the wedding plans. The biggest news in recent times is that we’ve moved the wedding date, forward, to 1 August. Moving things forward has meant that we’ve had to get a lot more things done much more quickly.

So, first things first. Why did we change the wedding date? We changed the date at the request of my family. It was disappointing to have to have to change our Perfect 10 wedding date, but in the end, J and I just couldn’t be bothered arguing with the family any more, so we changed the date.

Thankfully, we have suffered no setbacks at all. The church was fine, the priest was fine, and the reception place was fine. No monetary penalties at all. Just helpful lovely people telling us that everything was all set and locked in for 1 August.

Since I last blogged, we have now completed a massive list of things, with a few more things still to do. With 60 days to go, we are now on the final countdown.

Things we’ve completed:

– Church and priest booked
– Reception venue booked
– Wedding photographer booked
– J’s family attendance confirmed (We are expecting 10 of them!!! Including both grandmothers!!!)
– J’s family’s flights booked
– J’s family’s accommodation booked
– My extended family attendance confirmed (Uncle Henry and Aunty Karen will be coming to Sydney to join in the fun!!!)
– Wedding Invitations made
– Wedding cake tasted and booked
– Wedding dress and veil ordered and paid for (it just has to arrive in the post now!!!)
– Wedding shoes purchased (OMG they are gorgeous!!!)
– Wedding underwear purchased
– Wedding guest list finalised
– Wedding car booked (I’ll be arriving at the church in a London Black Cab!)
– J’s suit hired (OMG he looks so hot in it!!!)
– Flower girls’ outfits purchased
– Matching outfits for the other little girls purchased
– Hair and make up artists tentatively booked
– Honeymoon purchased (finally!!!)
– Wedding music almost finalised
– Hens night organised
– Bucks night organised

Things we’ve yet to complete:

– Wedding invites to be posted – which will happen by the end of the week
– Wedding menu & wine tasting – this has been booked in for tomorrow evening
– Wedding flowers – we’re booked in to meet with Jennie the florist on Saturday afternoon
– Wedding ceremony – we’re booked in to meet with Father Paul Coleman on 12 June
– Order of Service to be printed – which will happen after we speak with the priest
– Wedding music – which will be finalised after we speak with the priest

Of course, we’ll need to finalise the numbers once we have received all the RSVPs from our guests.

And after the wedding, there will be a bunch of stuff we’ll need to do to return things to the correct places to get our refundable deposits. And I’m sure there’ll be a million other things to do in between, but we are almost there.

60 days to go!

Miracles Amongst Wedding Plans

Mood: Blessed

For every newly engaged bride to be, the journey of organising one’s wedding is an exciting if somewhat daunting and stressful one. Luckily for me, my journey so far has been one blessed with miracles.

Today marks the 17th day since J proposed to me, in the middle of our NYC trip. We arrived back in Australia on 10 November, and we spent that day unpacking our luggage and restocking our fridge, and catching up on other general housekeeping tasks.

My first wedding enquiries were made on 11 November.

10 days later, I have all but organised the entire wedding.

Well, ok, so not really the whole wedding, but most of the big ticket items are locked in. J and I have been blessed with miracle after miracle, and everything is falling into place for our Perfect 10 wedding.

J has known for the better part of our relationship that my dream wedding date is 10/10/2010. I had initially wanted 08/08/2008, but realising that date was never going to happen for us (J and I met in January of 2008, and we were so not ready to be married by August!), I set my sights on the Perfect 10 wedding.

We had assumed that the date would be a much sought after date, as we were certain others would feel the same as we do. We hoped all the venues we wanted would be available by the time I started making enquiries, but were prepared to be disappointed if the venues were unavailable.

So, first things first – the church and the priest. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be married in a Catholic church. And my mother’s. My sisters were both married in churches, but not exactly the way my mother had planned. You see, Grace was already married by the time she had her ceremony in our Catholic church, and Georgianna got married in a non-Catholic church. I was my mother’s last chance to get that proper Catholic church wedding.

I began laying some ground work with our church (St Francis Xavier at Lavender Bay) at the beginning of this year, returning to attend weekly masses with Mum every Sunday. Since January, I’ve missed 4 masses – due to illness, work commitments and J and I being away in NYC. It was lovely being back in that community – I had been going to our church on and off for the past 7 or so years, and I’ve found I do enjoy attending mass.

During this time, I had come to like our very popular parish priest Father Paul very much, and hoped he would be available to celebrate J and my marriage.

Our first 2 miracles came by way of the church being available on our wedding date, and Father Paul agreeing to bless our marriage on the day. Church – check, priest – check.

Next big ticket item: wedding reception venue. As J is still not very familiar with the North Sydney / Milsons Point / Lavender Bay area, he left the venue investigations to me. I had already looked at a package from the Vibe Hotel in Milsons Point prior to our holiday to NYC, and had liked what they had to offer. But we had to hold off on making firm enquiries until we spoke with my folks, who were on their own overseas holiday and weren’t due back in Sydney until 17 November. Nevertheless, I left messages for the events team at Vibe to contact me – if nothing else than to check the availability of the venue.

We really wanted to check with my folks about their vision of our wedding reception before we made venue enquiries. The reason was simple enough: Dad had insisted on a huge wedding banquet for both sisters when they got married, and if Dad was going to insist on a huge wedding banquet for J and me, then we were more than happy to hand over the organisation of the wedding reception to him and Mum.

J and I had dinner with the folks on Tuesday night, and Dad was more than happy to go with whatever J and I thought was best for our day. Dad and Mum were very supportive with our desired plans to have a Western wedding reception, which would be easier for me to organise and easier for us to cater for all the food allergies, food intolerances and other special dietary requirements of our guests. With this information to hand, I forged ahead with another phone call to Vibe Hotel.

I’m happy to report that the reception venue is a check also!

I have found the style of a dress that I think will suit me, and had hoped to see it in a shop today. Unfortunately, the style is an "old" model and it was part of a collection from 2 years ago, which means it will be very difficult to track down the exact dress now without going straight to the source in USA and ordering it directly from them. Oh well, the search for the perfect dress is all part of the fun, which I hope Mum will be able to join in further down the track. As my friend Cam said, "if you keep organising it all this quickly, you’ll forget about it by the time the day finally comes!" So true. So very very true.

We have had so many miracles thus far. We’ll need more miracles as we move through the journey. Methinks for the rest of this year, we’ll back off the wedding plans and enjoy the engagement glow. In any case, there is an engagement party to organise – and we really should get a move on with those plans if it’s going to happen in January 2010!