There is a little change to the normal blogging scedual today, as Diary of a Boho Bride is this afternoon instead of tomorrow, you will find out why tomorrow as I have little announcement coming up on the blog tomorrow morning. So today we welcome back Kate to the blog, last time she talked about The Pros and Cons of a DIY Venue and today she is talking about her hunt for the perfect Bridesmaid dress. Choosing your bridesmaids dresses can often be quite hard, trying to find something to suit everyone’s style and taste can be a challenge. Kate shares with you her story and also a bit about the lovely bridesmaids bags she has started selling.
I’ll pass the blog over to Kate……..
Hi everyone, I can’t believe it has come round to my blog post again! Christmas is now oh so close, and then it’ll be 2014 – the year of our wedding! Eek!
With that in mind it’s time, for me at least, to start thinking about bridesmaids dresses! Mainly because in my head, the colour of the dresses would make a difference to the final colours of my wedding day, but, as you’ll see below, the quest has not yet been completed!
I have three (adult) bridesmaids: My main bridesmaid is Jo. She is my best friend, and everything a best friend should be. We have known each other for a mighty 29 years – ever since we bonded over a love of Orville and sang ‘I wish I could fly’ in the playground of our junior school. Nowadays, we see each other every day on the school run, and our children are great friends too (wow, never realised how sickly prefect that sounds!). We also run a business together, so all in all, she is my right-hand woman, and probably knows me as well as Andy does. I was her bridesmaid when she got married in 2002 and she has been desperately waiting what will be 12 years to be mine, so finally she is going to be!
My other two bridesmaids are Faye and Beth. We lived together for three years whilst at university in Bangor, North Wales from 1995–98. We’ve remained close since then, even though we are spread across the country. It is Faye’s parents’ house that we are using as our wedding venue, so Faye will be heavily involved with all the planning (probably more so than a bridesmaid should be – thank you Faye!).
And then there are Esther and Ivy, my daughters (although they say that they are not going to be bridesmaids, but princesses – they are 3 and 5; I can’t bring myself to contradict them!) I have no doubt that they will steal the show, but for them it is ‘our wedding’ and I love how excited they are to be part of it (see the photo of them ‘playing at getting married’!). Dresses for them, however, will have to be decided nearer the time as we cannot know for sure what size they will be in 7 months’ time!
And so to the quest… bridesmaids dresses – what colour, what style, what length? And then there are accessories – belts, shoes, hairpieces, and bridesmaids bags?! So much to think about!
I have a fab wedding for you today courtesy of Daniel Hough Photography. Set in Cheshire this gorgeous day has a rustic feel to it as well as being filled with little vintage touches, from the Calais lace used to make the bespoke wedding dress to the fabric used to make the bunting. A homemade wedding full of DIY details that Sally the bride worked so hard to pull together. Plus check out her two cute sons, AND yes that is her 5 year old playing DJ! The wonder of an iPad. The most remarkable thing is that their original wedding venue caught fire 8 weeks before the wedding so the reception was moved to the village hall.
Our wedding was a personal, rustic, relaxed, wild-flowered Mexican barn dance!
Sally and David were married on the 1st of June at St Bertoline’s Church followed by a reception at Wychwood Village Hall, Weston, Cheshire. ‘We fell in love with the church many, many years ago on a summers evening walk. We always said that if we married one day it would be in St Bertoline’s. The reception was due to be held in the beautiful thatched coaching inn, the White Lion Inn, that is opposite the church, but unfortunately 8 weeks before our wedding the chimney caught fire taking the thatched roof with it!! The village hall came to our rescue and as it was a blank canvas we could take most of our original plans with us. We ended up with 120 guests and spent 8 months planning.’
This afternoon it’s the return of ‘Advice from the Married Side’. I have so many amazing real weddings on the blog and for each one I feature I ask the brides a number of questions. One of these questions being advice for other couples. Sometimes the answers get lost amongst the pretty pictures of each wedding so I have decided that each month or so I will bring you a selection of these brides (and grooms) words of wisdom! I hope there will be something amongst these brides experiences that help you while planning your own wedding.
(Photo by Gypsy Westwood)
- Explore your creative side, get people involved, don’t get hung up on what’s expected at a wedding, don’t compromise on your invite list, make sure every face you see around you is someone that makes you smile…..and love every minute of your day!!!
- Don’t over think about things and don’t worry about things matching, keep it simple. We just did the things we loved and it seemed to look good once it was all together. Keeping it simple seemed to make it fun for us and everyone else.
- As our vicar said to us, ‘the only thing that needs to happen for your wedding, is for the two of you to be there, sober, and with two witnesses. Everything else is just the party.’ Good advice!!
- Don’t worry or stress about the small things, of course everyone wants the day to be perfect but once the key things are organised the small things aren’t going to matter on the day.
- Don’t hire/buy something from someone if you don’t like them, you spend so much money on things for a wedding, you don’t want begrudge a single penny!
- You don’t have to spend your life savings on one day.
- Finally, make sure you have something relaxing and stress-free planned for the next day! When we woke up the next morning we were absolutely exhausted after months of planning, the build up to the wedding and the excitement of day itself – we went for breakfast at our hotel, said goodbye to all of our guests and drove to a beautiful remote beach where we just slept all day! It was exactly what we needed.
- Definitely book a photographer, and the right photographer. After the wedding is over and people have stopped talking about it, the wedding pictures are the best pick me up, ever!
(Photo by Nicki Feltham )
On the day of the Wedding
- On the day just let go! I remember thinking ‘what happens happens’. It will be amazing, you don’t need to think of a thing on the day, just relax and enjoy.
- On the day remember to spend time together. We certainly did this, and although initially there was an element of guilt because there are people we wish we’d spoke to more etc we know from seeing them after the wedding that they had a great day.
- Everyone said to me before the day that I must make the most of every minute and they were so right – I have never ever known a day to go so quickly, it was as if the day was on fast forward and all I wanted to do was keep rewinding so that I could enjoy it all over again!
- So your big moment has arrived, all those weeks and months of dreaming and planning and now it is here – Take a deep breath and RELAX!! I really wish I could have reminded myself to do this as in so many of our photographs at the chapel I’m looking really, really nervous!
- I think the best bit of advice we could give is just enjoy the day and don’t worry about it if some things don’t go to plan, you will probably laugh about the small hiccups a few weeks later
- Tips for the day, Allocate jobs for people (family and friends) in advance have a list of jobs and tasks that need doing and insure that you both have nothing to do but enjoy the day from the minute you wake up.
- really don’t worry about the little things. No one will notice and on the day itself you won’t care. I nearly lost it, tears and tantrums, over the flower table centre pieces, but they were just centre pieces. It didn’t actually matter!! (more…)
Today I am delighted to welcome back Jo and Nick one of our past Boho Bride and Grooms to the blog as they share with us their wonderful wedding pictures. You will remember Jo and Nick as the couple who wrote together, proving that it isn’t just the bride who gets involved with the wedding plans. Today’s wedding report is no different as they have both had an equal say in putting it together. It’s so lovely to see the wedding after hearing so much about it in their diary entries, I’m sure you will agree they both look gorgeous! I am loving the green touches in the decoration and flowers. BIG thanks to Paul and Kelly from Paul Joseph Photography for the fab images.
’The best day of my life with everyone I love around me. A day cemented in my memory forever.’
Jo and Nick were married on the 27th July at St Stephen’s Church, followed by a reception at 315 Bar and Restaurant, Huddersfield. ‘I’d always taken it as a given that when I got married it would be in a church. I also loved that fact that we both pass the church everyday as it is just down the road in our village. We could see the confetti on the pavement outside for days afterwards! The 315 was perfect for us, it has a modern feel and the room size was spot on for the size of our wedding. The 315 also prides itself on its food, as first and foremost its main business is the restaurant. This was massive for us as when you’re feeding so many people you want the food to be fantastic. We had 100 guests in total and the wedding took 18 months to plan’.
This afternoon I am taking a little break from the normal blogging scedual to send you some Christmas Cheer!
I am also here to tell anyone who knows me within the wedding industry that this year I have decided not to send Christmas cards, but to donate the money spent on card design and printing to charity instead.
As you will probably know I am a BIG animal lover so I have decided that this year the animals will get my Christmas card money instead.
I’m sorry to anyone who is expecting a card from me, but I hope you understand that the £100 is better spent with the RSPCA.
So instead of a pretty piece of card, please send your love to the animals and please save this Christmas message from myself and Dee!
If you are looking for a cute gift for an animal lover then why not try one of these Christmas gift cards? They have a great selection of gifts including; buy a cat bed and breakfast for £6, Donkey food for £10 or nurse a dog back to health for £25.
For more information on the RSPCA go to
I’m not going to lie I am more than a little bit in love with today’s wedding! I just love warehouse and industrial weddings right now, don’t get me wrong I still love my woodland and rustic weddings, I will never tire of those, but something a bit more urban is always a pleasure to feature on the blog, so BIG thanks to the amazing Laura Babb for this awesome submission. The couple Laura and Karl decided that a traditional venue wasn’t for them so they found this amazing warehouse venue complete with forest scene and vintage caravans to transform into their wedding venue. With giant balloons, a stunning cake table, gorgeous flower crowns and wonderful table decorations, this wedding is screaming out urban chic, as well as a whole lot of fun. More of this please for 2014!!
‘We did it our way’
Laura and Karl were married at St Werburgh’s Church followed by a reception at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool. ‘From the start we knew that we didn’t want a wedding in a hotel or a country house, so when we found Camp and Furnace in Liverpool (an indoor event space, bar and restaurant) we knew we’d found the place. We chose ‘the Camp’ area for our reception which is a huge warehouse space, with a floor to ceiling forest scene printed on the walls, vintage caravans, festoon lighting, olive trees, ping pong tables and a gigantic projection screen. The room gave us a blank canvas that we knew we could work with and provided us with the inspiration we needed to make it our perfect venue.’