Wedding planning. Some love it. Some loathe it. Some are surprisingly indifferent.
I was definitely in the middle camp. I’m not naturally obsessed with ribbons and placecards (if you are, this will probably be literally your favourite thing you will ever do), but I am partial to a peony, and cake is always good, right?
I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the process. There were many really special moments in the lead up to our wedding. But when making the 200th (yup. Mega wedding, sorry Dad) invitation one evening, and subsequently being called out to calve a cow mid-fabrication; I did find myself teetering on the edge of a completely ridiculous teary breakdown.
I did find that the internet, blogging community and social media were extremely helpful in the wedding planning process. Everything from invitations to favours can be found, made, Pinter-tested and ordered via the incredible creature that is the world wide web.
Just remember – it’s your day. Not anyone else’s.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again - you do you.
If you are getting married in Scotland, I cannot recommend The Wedding Collective enough. A source of oodles of inspiration, and we ended up using more than a few of the companies involved in the Collective for our wedding day. Whether you’re in to uber-hipster mason-jars-ahoy-no-bunting-but-other-hangy-things-are-ok vibe, or fancy more of a classic, chic city feel, they’ve got you covered.
The most useful blog I found (and oh boy, there are zillions of wedding blogs) was the beautiful Love My Dress. Annabel has made this site such a complete joy to read through. This really is a complete coverage wedding blog – any and every kind of wedding is featured, with a truly beautiful back-catalogue of photographs to look through. If you’re struggling to find a photographer who is really up your street – have a peek on LMD. You are sure to find a photography style that suits you down to the ground. We used the incredible Mirrorbox Photography, who were just fantastic to deal with, and we were so happy with our photos.
There are adverts on this site, sure, but they are all really useful and relevant, and there’s always a competition or two running. I never won one, but I did end up with several 15% off codes for just entering their competitions, so entering these is completely worth doing! I am Maid of Honour for my little sister next year, so I’ve started checking back on Love My Dress regularly now, and I am really rediscovering how simply lovely the site is.
The most useful “social media tool” if we’re calling it that, was Pinterest. What an absolute goldmine of wedding inspiration! Anything from placemats to DIY err-thang, you can find it on Pinterest. My wedding boardis still up on my Pinterest account if you fancy a look – if you smoosh everything on there in to one, that is honestly pretty much what our wedding looked like. Gotta love a good Pinterest board ogle.
The main thing – and the secret, I think – is to remember that no-one else knows what was “supposed” to happen. Things can, and will, go wrong – but none of that matters, really.
You’re getting married! To a complete legend! Yass!
All images in this post are credited to Mirrorbox Photography.