Well, I cant believe its been so long since i last updated my blog - bad girl!!
So, where are we now? Well, its less than 12 months until the big day (I know,where did that time go???????) and so far:
I have managed to lose 15lb - thats over a stone!! Great, but i still have a long way to go yet! I am conscious that I need to begin looking again for wedding dresses and that I am no where near my target size! Hopefully, I will have lost another 10 lb before my first appointment in October - thats the plan so I best knuckle down and get back on the old cross trainer eh??
I have made an appointment with a couture boutique for the 8th October - I think this will be my first appointment following the previous disaster - I am hoping it restores my faith in bridal shops. I dont think i will be able to afford a dress from here as they make them to order and my budget is quite small, but i am hoping that their customer service lifts me enough to go to other shops. I have email a lot of shops in my area - the feedback from them has been mostly positive - a couple of shops say they dont stock anything over a size 16 but am welcome to come and see the dresses (is there much point if i cant try them on???), but the others seem ok. I have made a list in order of preference as to which ones i want to go to first...
Onto other news - I emailed my MOH's about dresses for them - one of my maids, Mandy, replied back within 4 days, the other hasnt and its been about 5 weeks now. I know she has a lot going on right now, but i need to know so we can book a date to get them together so we can go and have a look. Luckily, the dresses that Mandy said she likes are the same ones i like, and they are within the budget so thats lookiong promising. Hopefully, my other maid will come good soon - if needs be i will see if she thinks being a MOH will be too much for her with everything thats going on, in which case, i will increase the moh dress budget and just have Mandy. Will keep you posted. This is the dress we prefer:
We have also bought our wedding rings!! H2B got his from H. Samuel after deciding he didnt like the original one from Tesco (I know - Tesco do rings!!)!! Its heavier and obviously better quality than the Tesco one, and he says its comfortable and he is more likely to wear it (I know - WTF??? You WILL wear it!!LOL!!). Mine had to be especially made as my E ring has a shaped band.
We went to Roux Jewellers in Southampton, and they were lovely. They had templates of different band shapes as they recognised that a lot or rings (wedding and otherwise) are shaped and this saved a lot of time, and money in helping people to get a ring. So, we tried on some different shapes, and although none of the templates fitted exactly, one fitted in 4 places which i was happy with and so was David, the jeweller. I asked them to make it in 9ct white gold (to match my e ring), and flush set it with 3 diamonds on the head of the ring...... they said they could do this and it would take about 3 weeks....
2.5 weeks later, i had a call to say the ring was ready and i could come and collect it. I travelled back into Southampton, and picked up H2B's ring, then went and got mine. Well...... i nearly cried when i saw it and put it on! Its simple and elegant, and exactly what i asked for! Here it is:
We are going to see the registrar tomorrow and make it all official - we have provisionally booked the date with them, so tomorrow we are giving notice - woop woop!!
We have also chosen the menu for the day - we are going to have goats cheese, asparagus and something tartlet to start, follwoed by roast pork with calvados sauce, followed by white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake - yummy!
We are also going to go over and hire the suits next week so that will be all done.
We still have lots to do yet - get the dresses, flowers, gifts, cravats etc etc, decide on the honeymoon, finish the order of services and table plans and place names and menus, and of course, pay for everything!!
Still, with only 12 (sorry, 11months and 29 days to go) - I am sure we will make it...... maybe!!!