This post was supposed to be a follow up to my Valentines Post but due to illness wasn’t able to get it up, so please enjoy and show my guest Lizzie from Chic Unique some blog love as she tells us her wedding story!
Me and Simon got engaged at Christmas in 2005 around the same time i found out i was pregnant with our second daughter, Emma. I started buying all the wedding mags and dreaming about all the things i wanted but before i knew it Emma had been born and i hardly felt in the wedding mood then with her ill turn in health it was pushed way to the bottom of the to do list.
In 2007 we talked about it again and we discussed each others ideas, prices, what we wanted etc but couldn’t agree on anything so again it wasn’t high priority, we were happy and that’s all that mattered. another daughter and 2 house moves later and in casual conversation in 2009 we toyed with the idea of finally setting a date!
We had decided we didnt want any more babies so now was the time we could spend planning and have 3 gorgeous bridesmaids! So when we went to register Zoe’s birth we made an appointment to see the registrar about getting married. If im honest I sort of floated in and nothing that was being discussed really sunk in, Zoe was only about 3 weeks old and she was a terrible night feeder and I felt slightly away with the fairys, not to mention slightly over weight and totally unattractive!!
So when we came out and he was telling me we where booked in for the 26th Oct, i just nodded and agreed, until it dawned on me that was just 3 WEEKS AWAY!!! OMG yes 3 weeks, we had no savings, we had to sort invites, the dress, cars, a suit, the reception, a cake…. so being creative and a spend thrift i got my thinking cap on and got to work. I hand made our invites and kept numbers low as we couldn’t afford a huge recpetion after the wedding. We invited a close friend each and their family and only very close family as i didnt want a massive fuss. I managed to get the girls these gorgeous grey tafeta dresses with black spots on and a huge bow at the back from Primark for just £6 each and they had tuell netting underneath, they where gorgeous!! I got matching shoes and socks for a few pound each also from Primark and that was them done.
Simon had a beautiful light grey suit he didn’t often wear for work so we had it dry cleaned and pressed and it looked new. I got him a deep burgundy red cravat, I got some gorgeous cream and white ballet pumps from Debenhams in the sale for £6 and I got my flowers from freegle, and enuf for everyone!
All was left was my dress. i desperatly wanted a 50s look calf length dress and i trailed the internet, ebay, preloved type of sites but everything was either out of stock or well out of my price range. Until my gorgeous sister in law to be suprised me with a shopping trip for a dress, this was to be our wedding gift and i couldn’t of been happier!! We looked for hrs..this by the way was seriously 4 days before our wedding day… until we found a tiny dress shop hidden away that specialises in ball gowns, the lovely guy that owns it took us upstairs to this fabulous wedding section and i chose a burgundy bodice with a gorgeous tulle white skirt, it was perfect!!!
I chose the cake from a local bakers who charged next to nothing for the gorgeous, yet small, cake i chose, but everything matched and as nervous as I was I couldn’t wait!!
We chose 2.15 in the afternoon so i had plenty of time to get the kids and myself ready! On the big day by 1.30 everyone but my mum had left for the registry office and my mum helped me get ready. when we came down to order a cab (a car was an expense we couldn’t stretch to) a grogeous cream rolls royce turned up outside, believe me i cried!!!! My sister in law to the rescue again!!!!
It was a lovely simple service with our own vows and i have to admit I got the gigggles thru nerves. we had a few photos outside then we went off to a local restuarant for something to eat, which my lovely mum paid for as a wedding present. we then headed back to ours for cake and a few drinks. it took about 3 days for it to sink it that we where married… now 15 months on im more than ever proud of the way we did it, the only thing that was missing was my dad. RIP pappy!!