Despite this tendency to think, and plan, ahead, I had almost no ideas of what our wedding might look like when we got engaged. I didn't think about what it might be like to be engaged, or what planning a wedding might involve. When Tom proposed on 16 October we were both over the moon and excited but for me, it felt surreal almost. Looking at venues and reading wedding magazines felt like research for a friend rather than something that was happening to me. When we talked about plans it almost felt a little silly - I wanted to giggle at the unrealness of it all - "We're getting married!" Crazy.
It's fair to say as well that neither of us knew/know the first thing about weddings. Which is to be expected I suppose since neither of us have ever been married before! (To give you an idea of just how clueless I am, I didn't know up until a few months ago that you get a wedding ring too, I thought everyone just had their engagement ring). I have never dreamt of a white wedding or had any preconceptions of what my wedding might look like. So wedding planning has been a slow process, but also quite fun as we have no 'done deals' or 'musts' - only ideas for things we'd like to be involved in our special day.
Given that we both work in a maritime/coastal based job, met on a sailing boat and live by the sea, I think everyone assumed that we would have a nautical themed wedding (our house is largely nautical in décor too, so I guess this makes sense). We've decided though to just have lots of ideas, things we love and little touches throughout our day, rather than be tied to one theme. I like mismatched, rustic, higgledy piggledy, fun décor (that's probably more a theme of our house actually) and I'm sure our wedding will be the same. I guess 'rustic' is a good word because, because of our budget there will be a lot of DIY touches and not all of the things you'd traditionally find at a wedding. (Although these days I think it's difficult to have an original idea, and rustic, DIY weddings seem to be the rule rather than the exception!)
Of course one tradition I have upheld is creating a Pinterest board. Because I want to keep some details and ideas private, I've made a private board and given access to a few of the key people involved in wedding planning! It's been so much fun seeing their ideas and finding wonderful, beautiful things that have been a part of other people's weddings. There really is so much inspiration out there.
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