#100 Days of Happiness

So … why did I start such a crazy, time-consuming thing?

I’m currently organising my wedding and although the day is obviously about me and my other half getting hitched, I’ve realised that I can no longer have a conversation without somebody asking me how the preparations are going! I can’t even remember what I talked to people about beforehand.

Now please don’t get me wrong, I am so excited about the wedding and really looking forward to spending the rest of m life with him but have recently been feeling that this is all my life is about (and to be fair, planning this thing really is all encompassing!!)

Therefore I have decided it’s time for some self-love.

100 days – 100 pictures – 100 posts

This won’t be so hard right?

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So… Wedding Dress Shopping

So, I went wedding dress shopping for the first time with my mum and there are so many things that I just didn’t know beforehand. For instance; bra or no bra, tan or no tan, where do you even start???

If you’re like me and slightly body conscious,  getting naked in front of what is a complete stranger can be quite unnerving! However, the experience that I did have was so much fun…. I’ll let you in on some hints and tips on what to expect when heading out for your first dress shopping (note… not fitting!!)

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So … I started a degree

Yes, you read that correctly…

I am now a member of the Open University studying towards a BSc Natural Sciences degree! Very, Very Exciting!

As I still need to work, I will be studying part time which takes my graduation date to… 2022! 6 years!

As much as I am excited, I do sometimes get this feeling of dread that I have taken far too much on. Here’s the low-down on what’s happening next year so far:

– Full-time job

– Studying for a degree

– Getting married

– Running a half marathon

I mean really… how am I going to fit all that it?! I really hate running so I will be totally doing this for charity. I will post up more details of my fundraising page at a later date as people love to sponsor people to watch them suffer!

It should make for a really interesting year despite being busy – I’ll have lots to update you on though!

I am, as well, definitely going to try and update my blog more often too (as I know currently I’m rubbish!)

So… Wedding Venues!

So following on from my last post I am now organising a wedding for next year and turns out you need to book things really really far in advance!!

We were quite chilled about the whole thing until just recently we were at a birthday party when a florist started asking us about our plans for the wedding and how we were getting on with the planning. Our plan was to wait until the Summer was over and then start the planning! That is when the bombshell hit that as a florist, she is booked out for the entirety of 2017 already…

That being the case, naturally the panic set in and the spreadsheets came out! My partner and I are self-confessed spreadsheet nerds so we currently have 5 wedding spreadsheets! 5!!

I added almost 50 venues that after calling and checking availability weren’t suitable. 20 more venues later and we finally had a few to see.

We have now been to see 6 venues and worked out a few truths for ourselves:

  1. Some people try to literally sell you grass for about £4000
  2. Marquees are also damn expensive
  3. Some barn venues are actual barns, less of a venue

However, when you find the perfect place, and it sounds totally lame ass, you just know that it’s the right one. I’m not sure how or why but you do!

The place we chose is beautiful and I can actually see myself getting married there (I know this sounds silly). I can see my guests enjoying themselves and rain or shine it will be a fabulous party!

 

So what to say when he pops the big question…

Yes, of course!

I recently got engaged to a wonderful man and I couldn’t be happier.

So what’s the story? 

3 and a half years ago my life was very different. I was working in a bar and had incredibly unsociable working hours (which never helps when you want to meet people) so my friend suggested I got into online dating.

After a few glasses of wine we set up my profile on Plenty of Fish to see what it was like. Being completely alien to this online dating I thought that everyone would be normal, reasonable people… how wrong could I be!

I received a lot of images of mens body parts that I can honestly say I never ever want to see again! I mean no hello just the picture as the opening to the email to what they would like to be a long and meaningful relationship. I don’t think so…

So truth be told the only people I were replying to would be those that firstly said hello and secondly were interested in myself and my life. Long story short he was one of them and since meeting at the beautiful Angelic pub in Angel, London we’ve never looked back.

Was I expecting it and how did he propose?

I have answered this question a lot since the proposal!!

No I wasn’t expecting it at all. Not one bit.

He had been working late a lot the few weeks before and I was getting very concerned but it turns out that this was all in preparation for the proposal!

On the day we had been out the night before and so naturally we were both feeling quite worse for wear so decided to go for a picnic in Greenwich. After having some food he asked whether I would like to open a present (as it was close to my birthday I thought nothing of it) and obviously I said yes!

He had a made a beautiful scrapbook  containing all of our firsts (first date, first dinner, first holiday etc…) and added lots of pictures of us together and little notes of our time together. At the end of the scrapbook there was a note saying here’s to many more first and as I turned the page there was the loveliest ring tied in the back.

How sweet!

So what now?

Now we have to start looking at our lists and venues that fit, we have a large family so I imagine it will be a big wedding. Then comes stationary, plans, dresses, food, wine and the cake!

I’ll let you know how we get on 🙂