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Wedding talk has started to seriously step up over the last few days.  I don't know whether it was trying on dresses (such a surreal experience) or chatting to our wedding coordinator, but over the last week or so I've started to get this feeling of 'this is actually happening' and rather than just pinning and chatting about ideas, the focus has changed to 'how can we make that happen'.  Although we haven't really booked anything further, we've made a few decisions as to things we'd definitely like to be a part of our big day.  Here are a few things on our must-have list... (Okay, the first is more my choice than Tom's!)

001. Peonies
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002. Messy, yummy food, the sort of thing we eat every day!

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003. We've picked our colour scheme...

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004. Stripy straws... of course!

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005. Bodhi - I need to check with the wedding venue but I hope he can come!

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It's been really fun chatting through ideas with friends and family - it's definitely made it feel more real, and so many people have great suggestions, or are happy to share the best things they've seen at weddings they've been to.  My parents came round last weekend and asked us lots of questions on things we hadn't even thought of (we definitely haven't quite nailed where everyone will be at what time) which was actually really helpful as it got us thinking about more things we needed to plan.  My Mum is determined not to be 'pushy Mother of the Bride' and has come up with some brilliant ideas so far and not turned up her nose at any of mine which is nice!  I read some stats about Mother of the Brides and wedding planning recently - 40% of MOTBs asked said they felt they ought to be involved in choosing the dress so luckily my Mum came along when we went to London dress shopping! She is of course thinking about what dress she might get for the occasion - luckily a lot of places like Marisota have Mother of the Bride sections on their websites, as do a few of the bridal shops I've looked at.  I know it's weighing on her mind though, the MOTB is such a big part of the day that she naturally wants to look nice!

The one thing leaving us slightly stumped at the moment is what to do to fill any gaps we might have - have you been to any weddings where there's been fun activities? I have a few ideas but so many things are weather dependent and we are getting married in April - eek!


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19 comments

  1. I'm so excited for you! I think it's really fun if you leave a disposable camera on each table and ask the guests to take photos with it. My cousin done this at her wedding.
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xo

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    1. We are thinking of doing that but via an app - apparently there's lots of apps you can get the guests to download where all their photos go into the same place and you can view them and get prints afterwards. Need to find out if the venue has wifi though! xo

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  2. I went to a wedding a couple of years ago and, during the "standing around feeling awkward" bit after the marriage but before the meal, they'd booked a magician. Sounds really terrible, right? Wrong: this guy was amazing and went from group to group doing close-up tricks (think David Blaine or Dynamo type card tricks). It was such a good talking point and a lot of fun.

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  3. Our friend's wedding last year had lots of outdoor games like Skittles, Horseshoes, Giant Connect4 and chess. All great activities to fill the time between the wedding breakfast and evening do. We have an outdoor rusticy adventure playground at our venue with fun things like a zipline there. (Can't wait to go down that in my dress!) We've also got some more inside activities planned such as these cards http://www.ahealthiermoo.com/index.php/2014/06/09/the-guestbook-has-arrived/ and I'm in the middle of putting together a Guess Who board of our wedding guests.
    My wedding is just five weeks away now and my Mum is still searching for her dress. I'm crossing my fingers for her that she finds it soon!

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  4. This is such an exciting post Rosie and your wedding looks dreamy! At my cousin's wedding a couple of years ago they had a caricaturist going around doing caricatures of people which was really fun - they also had a free pick & mix stand that kept people occupied haha. Can't wait to read more about your plans (and eventually the day itself!)

    Bxx
    b-jolly.co.uk

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  5. We're going to a wedding later in the year where there will be a bouncy castle - can't wait!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin


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  6. My cousin had archery to fill the gap - it was amazing! They had their reception in an Apple orchard and were incredibly lucky with the weather. We're planning a game of musical bingo to loosen everyone up a bit! Good luck with the planning and enjoy it :)

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  7. All these ideas are so tasteful! So pleased for you as well, Rosie, it's all so exciting!! :) xxx

    www.alphabeth.co.uk

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  8. This is so, so exciting. I can't wait to see more of your plans for the big day and I'm sure you'll think up some amazing ideas! I can't wait to be able to start planning my own wedding one day, I can imagine that Pinterest will be my saviour haha x

    What Rachael Wrote

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  9. Well it sounds like you're further ahead than we are, so far we've booked a venue, and a photographer and Mark seems to think that's it just about sorted :) I have booked my first dress appointment though in 4 weeks which I am SUPER excited about!

    I can totally believe it about Mother of the Brides, my mum had about 90% involvement in my sisters wedding, and luckily so far she's taken a step back in ours, although I am waiting for that to change, she's already made a few hints so far about what she thinks/likes.

    So far though, I've been enjoying it all, and not really finding it all that stressful, I know it may come yet but I'm not totally sure what people get so worked up about?!

    Keep me posted on what you decide to do about food though, as we want something fairly casual too, but haven't come up with anything yet!

    Eeek happy days xx

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  10. I know whatever you decide on is going to be fab! x

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  11. Ahhh this is so exciting! Peonies are incredible, minty green and pink is going to be SO pretty :)

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  12. This gets me super excited for whenever I get married in the future (hopefully), I like the idea of having a bouncy castle, how fun would that be? Can't wait to hear more about your wedding, I really like these posts, that dress you've found on Pinterest would look lovely on bridesmaids!

    bmf

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  13. Sounds beautiful - it's so so important to have a whole heap of you in your wedding day, sounds like you're there with that...as long as they let Bodhi in!!
    Re the inbetweeny bit, we went to one a few years ago and they had a vintage ice-cream cart making everyone cones. Whiled away a good hour or so in the BEST way :o)
    M x Life Outside London

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  14. I went to my bestfriends wedding last year. She had a photo booth, which even my parents who are so old school joined in the goofiness. What an exciting time for you both. Loving your colour scheme :)

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  15. EEEEEE so exciting. Good choice on the messy food. I eloped, but had Shake Shack burgers & milkshakes as our post-wedding meal. I went to a wedding a couple of years ago at a bowling alley and while the bridal party were taking photos, everyone just bowled for an hour or two. It was awesome.

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

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  16. There's no way I would get married without Sookie there, Bodhi will have to have a little bow tie! He would look even more adorable if that's possible xx

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  17. All your ideas sound wonderful! I love the idea of messy everyday food and your dog being there - it'll definitely be nice to have some normality on such a surreal day :)

    Can't wait to see the end result! Good luck with the rest of your planning!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  18. Oh my, this is so exciting, all of these pictures are beautiful!

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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