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Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 3

Read part one here, and part two here.

Wednesday 13th September. 3 sleeps to go. 

Today was probably the first day I didn’t have a major wedding task to do or looming. Had lots of emails to respond to, organised the art work with the chap for the photo booth and also the uplighters which he is also doing. It should look good! I sorted out the quiz bits and mounted the readings for the people we have asked to do them. I have resisted the temptation to eat the left over favour chocolates. Did a bit more packing for the weekend. Quite a relaxed day really! 

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Favours 

Thursday 14th September. 2 sleeps to go. 

The day after tomorrow! Eak! Shit it’s close. I went to go and get my nails done. The lady that did them did a really good job and I was really pleased. They look so pretty, exactly what I wanted.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Nails

Dad and Mum picked up the suits for the boys. Jezz forgot to tell 2 of the groomsmen that this was a thing happening today. Another of the groomsmen popped over on his way from work and collected his and and the one for our mini groomsmen, plus the two who had no idea all of this was going on. I had to do some frantic communication to make sure that they would be in to receive the suits and try them on. It was all fine thankfully.  Jezz’s brother popped over and tried his on. I think we are ready to go! Looking forward to getting cracking tomorrow! 

It is out last night in the flat as an unmarried couple. Last night together as an unmarried couple. 

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day!  

 

Friday 15th September. 1 sleep to go. 

This morning we had a fairly relaxed start, but the mood was exciting. A bit like the day before you go on holiday. We got up and sorted out the last few bits, packed the last few pieces in the cases.

Jezz and I decided to have a little KFC brunch before my Dad came over at around 1pm to do the first run of wedding bits and pieces over to Pelham House. Mr brother came to help too. So Dad, my brother and I got as much as we could into Dad’s car and then headed to Pelham House. We put all the stuff in the chamber suite, which was already being set up for the big day tomorrow. So exciting! Dad dropped me back to the flat on the way back, then they went to go get lunch and do some more runs with stuff from their house.

Jezz was busy practising his speech. We loaded up the last few bits into our car and off we went to Pelham House. It felt weird but very exciting to know that the next time we will be in the flat we will be married! I laughed in the car, said to Jezz “that’s it now, when we come back you will be stuck with me”, and he replied with “aaaah well, there is always divorce” hahahaha. Cheeky sod.

We got to Pelham House and parked up, then we checked into the hotel. We had different rooms that night as per the tradition of not seeing each other. We put the last few bits in the chamber suite and Jezz went off to practice his speech again. Mum turned up, then we went to have a drink at the pub around the corner with Jezz. It was a proper “local” pub, bit ropey, but the gin and tonic went down a treat. Dad called Mum as he had arrived again with the my aunts so she headed back. We finished our drinks and then headed over too. My aunts got checked in, and were closely followed by my brothers arrival with all of the camera equipment for our videographer to film the wedding tomorrow. We spent a bit of time in the hotel doing some pottering, had a cup of tea with Mum and then I headed to the Chamber suite to start putting some of the things on the tables. We got about 5 tables done, there were still two tables not set up yet. Everyone went to go and freshen up for dinner at 7pm. My bridesmaids and one of the groomsmen arrived just before 7pm. The maid of honour was sharing a room with me so that was fun, like a sleep over! Jezz’s mum joined us for the meal. We had a really lovely meal, I had salmon gravlax, lemon sole, and then brandy chocolate mousse. The best man popped into the hotel during coffee and we all had a few drinks together (he had been unable to make the meal). Then went to bed just past 12, didn’t want it to be too late. The MOH and I headed back to the room and had showers, we chatted for a bit and laughed at the MOH’s other half who had been to another wedding that day and was hammered texting her. Very amusing!

Sweet dreams. Tomorrow is the big day. Lets hope I can get some sleep.  

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Preparation Excited

Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 2

See Part 1 Here

Saturday 9th September. 7 sleeps to go.  

THIS TIME NEXT WEEK!! Oh it makes my belly do a flop, but in a good excited way. This time next week I will be married (it is now 14.58) MAD. So mad. I keep saying it but I cannot believe how quickly it has all come around. It rained all day yesterday, so I hope that it doesn’t next weekend. Currently the weather report is not for rain, but have looked into umbrellas. Will keep an eye on the forecast. I don’t mind if its grey, just really don’t want it to be wet because we have the lawn games and the photos will be so much nicer outside! I don’t suppose anyone really wants rain on their wedding day though do they? Maybe if you are a duck.

Jezz and I finalised the quiz this morning, so I just need to go and get those printed in the week. The ribbons all arrived this morning so I have sat and cut the extra pieces that we will need for the favours. He has gone for a hair cut, and we have sorted out for my Dad to pick up the suits on Thursday next week.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Favours Wedding Preperation

Organise organise organise. I am in my element hahaha!  

This time next week.  YAY!

 

Sunday 10th September. 6 sleeps to go. 

I have had the laziest day ever I cannot lie. Jezz has been working hard on his speech all day. I had a bath. Glorious.  

 

Monday 11th September. 5 sleeps to go. 

I was planning on waking up early today to get cracking with numerous jobs I had planned. I had forgotten that I had turned my alarm off for Mondays the previous week due to the bank holiday. I woke up at 9.30am. Oops.

I got up and headed to the Brow Bar in Brighton (I think that is what it is called, near the clock tower on Dyke Road) and had my eyebrows tidied ready for the weekend. I do not get them done very often, but thought it worth it! Special occasion and that haha. I then went to the jewellers where we bought our wedding rings and I took my engagement ring there to be polished. As we bought our wedding rings with them it was free. Fantastic! (Ring Jewellers in the Lanes if anyone is interested, they were great).

I had a shopping list of things to get in Waitrose. Came out of Waitrose without any of them. Forgot to pick my watch that was being repaired up from the jewellers in the mall. Fail. I went home for lunch and thought I had best start again afterwards. I had to go back to the jewellers for 1pm anyway to collect my engagement ring. So at 12.30 off I attempted my various errands again. I went to Superdrug for paracetamol, ibuprofen, glasses wipes and mouthwash. Then via the mall to pick up my watch, then down to the jewellers in The Lanes to collect my engagement ring. Then back to the flat, again without the items on the Waitrose shopping list, will do that another day its not urgent.  

Emailed Jezz to print a few bits for the weekend. Think I have had a pretty productive day all in all! I must discuss with the girls about walking down the aisle, wonder how the little ones will deal with it all.  

I rang John Lewis to arrange the delivery of the wedding gift list, that’s exciting! So Monday 9th October something to look forward too. They text me to confirm the details and addressed me as “Mrs Goodwin”. Haha. Weird.  

 

Tuesday 12th September. 4 sleeps to go. 

I woke up nice and early because my alarm worked! HURRAH! Not that the alarm would have made a difference because they are doing some work in the flat upstairs and the banging was SO LOUD it would have woken the dead. Thanks, nice and relaxing. Haha. 

Today’s big wedding task is to do all the favours. It is currently 11.36am and I am half way through. Taking all of my will power not to eat all of the chocolate. MUST RESIST URGE TO EAT CHOCOLATE. I also will mount all of the timetables Jezz printed yesterday onto some card. I also need to send some money to our videographer, who is a friend of my brothers for his transport.  

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Timetables Wedding Preperation

Going to text the mums of our mini bridesmaids right this second about walking down the aisle to see what they think! Before I forget, stupid thing that kept me up last night haha. I wasn’t worried, just thinking about it. I mean they are little girls, it is probably going to be down to them at the end of the day but I really don’t mind. If they decide they don’t want to walk they don’t have too. I just want them to feel like beautiful special princesses for the day! THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK SO CUTE. 

Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 1

Monday 4th September. 12 sleeps to go. 

I have just had a bath and am sat watching Say Yes to the Dress. I am not sure I will ever stop enjoying this programme. Currently every time they do a scene where a couple are actually getting married I get all the stomach butterflies and that internal scream of excitement. I am so incredibly excited. I am also shitting my pants, for silly reasons like, what if I fall over, or say something wrong or stupid, or feel so awkward that I just constantly pull my stupid face, which happens when I am nervous and uncomfortable!! Haha. I MUST NOT PULL STUPID FACES. Bad face. Just nice face. What is my nice face? Not sure I have one…. 

It’s still over a week so I am at the point where I do actually think most of the things are done. I still need to print some of the things for the quiz we have planned for during the meal, and reserved signs for the seating at the ceremony. The day timings and list of jobs for people also to be printed. My brain has been running wild with wedding thoughts for the past 3 weeks. I need to CHILL OUT. Haha.  

Did I mention I am excited? 

Shit me I am excited.  

I hope my dress still fits.  

I am going to be Mrs. That is like some proper grown-upping. 10 grown up points? Probably at least 100.  

 

Tuesday 5th September. 11 sleeps to go. 

Today Jezz worked from home. I went off to Lewes to drop off the pyjamas I have got for my mum, and the bridesmaids so that they are in their rooms when they arrive on the Friday night. I hope that they like them. I had a little wonder around Lewes to refresh myself with the area, made a note of the nearest cash points and kebab shop.

Came home and had sushi lunch from Itsu.  Yummy.

I spent the afternoon cracking on with wedding bits. Oh so many bits. I spent a good hour making paper hats, and cutting out celebrity masks. We have loads of silly comedy stuff for the reception for a bit of fun! We also got a whole bunch of leis which when I opened STANK. So they are currently sat in the kitchen airing out (or at least smelling of other food smells/febreeze than rotting grot). Feeling in control. Feeling good. Feeling less panicky.  

 Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Leis Wedding Preperation

Wednesday 6th September. 10 sleeps to go. 

I went over to Hove to collect Jezz’s gift for the big day from the framers. I got it home and immediately wrapped it and hid it with all the other wedding shinanigans so he wont spot it. I still need to write the card. Bought to much shopping in Tescos and had to carry tremendously heavy bags back quite a way, rookie move. I got the chocolates and sweets for the favours and I will make those up next week. I must resist the urge to eat them. They are calling me from the other room… must ignore their cries to be eaten.

I have the world’s biggest spot coming on the end of my nose. Great. Attacking it with all the products. MUST. RESIST. TRYING. TO. POP. 

I bought a T-Shirt with “Mrs” on because I am a massive dork and also I think that will be quite funny to come for breakfast in on the Sunday morning. Getting sooooooo excited! The parentals are coming over tomorrow for a final meeting to get everything together. I need to print a bunch of stuff but I am sure it’s not ready yet, so might have to find an internet café to do that… if such a thing even exists anymore!  

 

Thursday 7th September. 9 sleeps to go. 

Single digits 

Mum and Dad came over to discuss last things and I feel very much in control of the situation. Which is exactly where I wanted to be at this point! Just need to assign jobs, prints things, put favours in the boxes. Pack the bags.  

That’s it. 

Hope that this nose spot buggers off. 

Did I mention I am excited?? Eeeeeeeeeeaaaaakkkkkkk.  

Mrs Goodwin.  

Mrs Amy Goodwin. 

I should do some relaxing stuff next week, take my mind of the big day. Not that I want to stop thinking about it but want to be relaxed. It’s very hard to be relaxed when you are so tremendously excited! SQUEEAK.  

Hoping the spare ribbon I bought turns up tomorrow. And the yellow hoodie I ordered over a week ago. WHERE IS MY YELLOW HOODIE? (unrelated to wedding).  

 

Friday 8th September. 8 sleeps to go. 

This time next week it will be all systems go! My silly t-shirt has arrived, it’s great! Haha! I am sure it will draw a few chuckles. I keep playing the day over in my head, and imagining it. Must remember to savour each moment. It will all be over so quickly I am sure, I am so excited. I think I have said that quite a lot!  

I have zero ability to not pick at spots and have made the one on my nose worse. Dammit. Still a week to go, must not pick at it any more and hopefully it will heal in time! Fingers crossed.  

I have put the menus in the crates. I am hoping that the extra ribbon I ordered will arrive tomorrow as it hasn’t arrive today. Then I can do the favours. Oooooh it’s so close now. Need to have a relaxing weekend. Next weekend is going to be nuts.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Preperation Crates

To be continued…..

Becoming Mrs G…. The Beginning

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Today is Thursday 28th September 2017, a mere twelve days since our wedding day and it already feels like forever. It was an incredible day and I wish we could do it all over again. Instead, I am tucking away bits and pieces, pressing flowers, trying to encapsulate and physically contain parts of the beautiful day that marked the beginning of our future. OUR future. No longer am I a singular but rather part of a (now official) team. Not that we have really been singular for a long time now. The OH and I have been together five and a half years, and living together for two. It’s legal and everything, we have a bit of paper.

Personally, for me I feel like this marks a step into proper adulthood. (Although according to officials I am WAY PAST going into adulthood). It’s a bit terrifying, but really exciting. I am so excited for the future, and to be spending it with my favourite.

So we find ourselves here, looking forward onto my journey as Mrs G.

Mrs.

That’s bloody grown up.

Wedding Diets – A Rant

Stretching Exercise Funny

There is a photograph that you might have come across if you ever happened to search anything wedding related on the internet. It is of a woman on a treadmill, and on the treadmill next to her is a wedding dress, draped like a carrot on a stick.

My weight has fluctuated a lot since I was a teenager. This is a pretty normal thing, this happens to a lot of people. It has constantly been something I feel like I have had to think about, or something that I have been presented with as something I should be aware of. It comes from everywhere around us, friends, family and more so than anything else, the media. It occurred to me around 4 years ago that I was really tired of this, of being made to think about my weight. I was bored of complaining, or being complained too by people about how fat I am/they are, or how gross I am/they are. Even when at my smallest, my weight was still something I thought about, and that screams to me that something isn’t right. I have now come to realise that it is not my issue per say, but rather a symptom of what I have been made to feel by the world around me. It saddens me that things are like this. Not just for me, but for every single female (and male) in the Western world.

I am not 100% happy with how I look right now, but I don’t think I ever will be and I don’t think I ever have been. I think that is probably a sentiment that most women can empathise with. I have decided to accept that fact, some things you cannot change. There are more important things in the world. I have spent too many hours of my life fretting and worrying about these things, which really at the end of the day do not matter. I do not look at any of my friends and think these bad things about them, so why should I think them about myself? I have no time for it anymore.

The fact that I am now a “bride to be”, has apparently lumped me with the rule that I “MUST” lose weight in order to look my best for my wedding. This, to be frank, pisses me off. That photo pissed me off. The fact that throughout my adult life I had promised myself that I would “get my weight in order” when I got engaged pissed me off. The fact I am getting married is not a reason to lose weight. My fiancé does not love me any more or any less because of my size. I was this size when he asked me to marry him.

To be clear, this pressure has come from no one I actually know, but rather it has been shoved in my face by numerous social medias, bride magazines and wedding planning websites. I recently downloaded a “to-do” tick off list, and the top task one is “SIGN UP FOR THE GYM – now is the time to start dieting to look your best for your wedding day”.

Do you know what? Fuck you list.

If I am going to sign up for the gym it is going to be because I want to get healthier, for my life, because I want to be fitter, for my life. My marriage is not about one day, it is about my life.

So many women put themselves through hell before their weddings to fit into a dress that they will never wear again afterwards. To spend 18 month avoiding carbs and doing hours of training in the gym only to drop it all after the wedding and “let normal service resume”. All of this for one day? It just seems so silly to me.

I do not like this “dangling the carrot” thing I am being faced with. The wedding dress on the treadmill. The completely untrue “fact” that in order to be considered beautiful on my wedding day I will have to stop eating, and start running. It is grossly unfair, and unhealthy to have this attitude. I do not want my future daughter to feel like in order to be beautiful she has to be thin. I truly believe that all women are beautiful no matter what their size. The only reason to “lose weight” is for your health. Not to fit into a stupid dress.

February – Month Update

Ooooh monthly updates! Why didn’t I think of this sooner? I mean, that is sort of what has been happening anyway but here we go. Let’s try this. See how it goes.

Thank you for joining me for what will be known as “2016 – The year of sporadic blogging”, a brain-storm, if you will, of finding my footing in the bloggosphere.

So what did February bring?

Oh lots of things. It is interesting that normally Jan/Feb are really tough months for me (I think many people find this actually), but this year they have been a breeze. I believe this is because I have been somewhat distracted by wedding planning which is terribly exciting.

February has been a month of Gel Nails! I originally decided to get some lovely nails done for the engagement party at the beginning of February. I am now on my third round and loving having pretty nails. They last around 2 weeks. I am not sure how long I will keep doing this for, I am not sure how great it is for your nails! Think I will probably do one more round for my holiday in March but have a break after. In any case, I can HIGHLY recommend Daisy Nail Company SPA on Preston Street in Brighton. They always do a fantastic job, the staff are super nice and they have around 200 colours for gel nails! I am currently sporting a pastel purple which I am totally in love with.

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Our engagement party was on the 6th February! We hired the village hall in Rottingdean, and decorated it with some banners and photos. I don’t actually have that many photos as I was too busy milling around talking to people. We were really overwhelmed with the number of people that came, and the number of presents and beautiful cards that we were given. I have bought a nice scrapbook to save all the cards. I think this will be a nice thing to look back on in years to come. We had a fabulous time, and again huge thanks to my parents for all their help to throw the party, and my Aunt Lisa for the incredible cakes! Everyone has been raving around them since.

Engagement Party Engagement Party

February also saw the absolutely incredible Slamboree play their first headliner gig at the Concorde 2 in Brighton. I was first introduced to Slamboree when they played a tiny festival in Brighton about 3 or 4 years ago held on the Old Steine so it was great to see them again, this time truly appreciated by a HUGE up-for-it crowd. We all got dressed up in hats, gold, reds and blacks, as much glitter as I could get my grubby paws on. It was amazing. The show was sold-out, I danced my arse off, it took me the best part of 3 days to feel normal again. (I am getting too old for this).

Friends Slamboree

Slamboree Rave Concorde 2

We also saw Fairport Convention again with Jezz’s Dad, his girlfriend Valerie and their friend in Worthing. It is a yearly trip we all make. Jezz has been going since 1995 with his Dad, and his Dad even longer so it is really lovely that I have now become part of their yearly thing. This was my 4th year and they were just as good. A very different pace of gig from Slamboree!

I developed hives in February. WOOP.

I initially suspected bug bites but as time went on I decided going to see a doctor was the best step. She confirmed it was hives and probably from something I had eaten. I hadn’t eaten anything unusual that I could think of, but reading I can see that sometimes some people just develop an allergy literally overnight. Super weird. More internet research (apologies to all doctors out there) I read that it isn’t always necessarily from something consumed but could also be a cosmetic. So I have narrowed it down to the following suspects, Dove shower gel/moisturiser, biological washing detergent… and most distressingly… gin. I have been taking anti-histamines and been a lot better, no huge flare ups for a few days now fingers crossed… I just hope it is not my beloved gin. *wails*

Hives

February wedding planning was still a go-go, some big decisions were made and some dresses tried on. I am, for obvious reasons not going to talk about dresses too much. I am much happier about trying dresses on now and it is much more fun when you are into it! However you can go dress blind… lace, white, sparkles, chiffon, tuille…. it’s a alot. But I am enjoying it! 😀

We have decided on the venue, booked and set a date now. EEEEEEEEE. So we are looking at September 2017. It feels very good to have set a date and got the important bits done, if all else fails we are definitely getting married, can have some food, all in a building with some seats we can use! HURRAH!

So yes, that is February 2016. It has been busy. It looks as if March is going to be pretty busy too, and it is also bringing the looming ski holiday (panic). So… I will report back in March… if I survive!

TTFN

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Beginning the wedding planning!

I am terrible. I have got worse, but as I said in my last post, sorry it might happen a bit this year. January was NUTS. Pretty much every weekend was filled with grown up things and doing stuff and I have not had a chance to spend a days sat on the sofa in my pants.

Rubbish.

Trying to cheer up the dreary January weather

Trying to cheer up the dreary January weather

So the planning for the wedding has begun! Things are starting to move forward a little and while that still makes me feel a bit, “ARGH”, it also fills me with confidence. Last year I found myself getting a bit panicked because nothing was happening and there is just so much to do!

I always knew that there was a lot involved in wedding planning, but my goodness there is A LOT. So many things, and many of these things can’t be arranged until something else is done… and… well. My brain is already full of things.

We have now visited 5 venues. Without giving too much away, we arranged visits to a few different styles of location. Some manor houses, barns and one wild card. So we shall see. There are just so many in the area, and it is very overwhelming. Who knew you could get married in so many places?

We have decided that we do not want to get married in Brighton, we would like to go out of town. We live right in the centre and spend most days in the area, so both feel like it would be good to get away. Go somewhere new and exciting to celebrate. However, this also poses the problem of transport, and finding places that are not too far away for guests. Absolute minefield.

Anyway, it is so incredibly exciting, and is really starting to feel more real now. I could hardly sleep last night my brain was in overdrive thinking about the day, and the honeymoon, the dress, the shoes, the favours, the tea and coffee, the rings…. SO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT.

Hopefully soon we will have a venue, and I can start organising more of the little bits.  I may have already organised my shoes!

Happy New Year

We find ourselves here in 2016 and I cannot help but think… when the bloody hell did that happen?

Christmas 2015 Moustache

Christmas flew past, New Years shot past and now I am back at work having put on 3 stone in weight and trying to ignore the naughty leftover Christmas treats sitting at the end of my desk.
(Be gone with you box of celebrations).

Christmas Dinner 2015

I would like to resolve this year to be better at making blog posts, but as you can probably tell, I am not very good at this (or keeping resolutions). So I have decided to not put quite so much pressure on myself to post this year. I have so many draft posts sat waiting, that I never felt were quite up to scratch to post. Rather than filling my blog with hauls (my credit card breathes a sigh of relief) just so I can get up 2 posts a week, I am going to write, when I want… I feel a bit like a still need to find what suits me most with blogging. I do love it. I do love reading comments and hearing feedback. So I will continue, but for now, probably not every week. Maybe, I am going for a more informal blogging technique for now.

There is a wedding to plan this year. I cannot help but feel incredibly overwhelmed by this at the moment and totally out of my depth. A guest list has been made. An engagement party planned. A couple of visits arranged for the location. I guess headway is being made! But I still feel a bit like I do not know what I am doing, but then I remind myself that no bride probably knows what they are doing. They are all in this boat. I need to dial down my control-freak tendancies I think, and go with the flow. It won’t be fun if I panic, and more than anything we want it to be a fun day.

Anyway, long and short of it, I think 2016 is going to be a super exciting year, super busy but super exciting. I hope to use Amynoos as a platform to make note of my exciting planning adventures. So bear with me (as usual) this year, maybe less posts, but hopefully better ones.

Don’t worry, I will no doubt bore you with some hauls still 😛 Can’t leave my credit card too unloved!!

Christmas 2015 Champagne

I hope that 2016 is good for each and every one of you! I look forward to seeing what the new year brings for each of us.

Where have you gone?

I am here!!!

I have gone AWOL again and I am so so sorry. The last time we spoke (blogged? read? wrote? all of the above?) I had come back from Cambridge, got contacts and had just moved house. Life has been pretty much non-stop since then and I am not entirely sure where all the time has gone?

However we are now here, in November somehow…

So where have I been? So many things have happened! I moved in with Jezz, still currently a bit of a topsy turvy process. His brother was also living there for the first month, he recently moved out and work has commenced on getting the flat ship shape. Jezz’s mum and her partner are very kindly doing some work on the flat over the next two weeks so once that has done hopefully I can properly unpack. It took me nearly half an hour on Monday to find a Pyrex dish! (I was making toad in the hole, had to have the correct equipment!).

I turned 30 in October! I am not entirely sure that has sunk in…. I am not entirely sure that the fact I turned 21 ever sank in…

We celebrated by going to Portland, Dorset with some of my absolute faves for a holiday. I will write a proper post for that soon!

Also something incredibly exciting happened…. Jezz asked me to marry him!

Engagement Photo

I of course, said yes!

I am so excited to be marrying my best friend. I am so excited that he wants to marry me! I cannot wait to start planning our special day, and our future together. It freaks me out a bit, but in a really good way. I am very much on cloud-9 cuckoo-land right now!

Anyway, that is where we are at right now. As you can imagine I have been a little distracted.

Thank you, again, for bearing with me.

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