And add a ‘congratulations’, as she’s our latest ‘real’ bride (Are you OK with that expression? I have to wonder what a fake one looks like!) to share the trials and tribulations of her wedding preparations with us. She and fiancé will be doing the deed on a memorable date: Halloween. Read on to find out more!
After relaxing and enjoying the novelty of being engaged for a while, we’ve chosen 31st October this year as our wedding date, This is partly because our preferred venues are free then and partly because my future husband promises me that this means he will never forget our wedding anniversary. I’ve asked my two sisters to be bridesmaids (they’ve agreed on condition they don’t have to wear pink) and my intended has chosen his best man.
The ceremony will take place in our parish church, a beautiful 12th century building and just the right size to feel intimate on the day. The initial meeting with the vicar took place a couple of days ago, in his book-lined study next to the churchyard. He was extremely friendly and also very organised, with an astonishingly long list of questions to ask us. We’ve chosen the most modern form of the ceremony and I’ve broken the news to my husband-to-be that I won’t be promising to obey him! The bell-ringers and the organist have been booked, although I have no idea yet what music we will ask the organist to play.
After the ceremony we will have drinks and afternoon tea in the church hall (a pretty thatched building by the church) which should be a relaxed chance to chat to everyone. The evening reception will be dinner and dancing in a hotel just a mile down the road. I met the wedding co-ordinator this afternoon and have just paid the deposit, so it’s all official now, although there are lots of details still to iron out. My father’s band have offered to play at the reception and my closest school-friend has offered to make the cake, so the pieces are falling into place smoothly so far. Now I need to think about what to wear…