2011 – the Year of the Wedding

4 Mar

How the hell did we get to March already? I’ve been busy being mostly starry-eyed, as it turns out that 2011 is going to be the year of the wedding. No, not that one though good luck to them, and yes, I do want to know what her dress looks like.  But it turns out that in 2011 my brother is getting married, and so is my boyfriend’s sister, and indeed, so am I. Yes, that’s right. Release the doves, shower the confetti, buy the big hat – WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!

So far the preparations have consisted mainly of whispering furtively about it and now that we’ve got the ring on the finger (Edwardian, his great-grandmother’s, a beautiful dainty diamond daisy) we can start to plan what exact kind of shindig this wedding is going to be.  Well, after we come home from a business trip and holiday to the US next week.

There seem to be about a million ideas in my head.  Mainly involving brightly coloured letterpress invitations, a vaguely vintage dress, and lots and lots of food.

I should already stop looking at Martha Stewart weddings, no? Given that my sewing machine hasn’t been out from under it’s cover in a year… But look at this!  The one thing that keeps popping into my mind is…. a dessert bar. As well as admiring all of the weddings that have heartfelt and often home-made touches involved.

With our budget we’re not looking at a sit-down dinner so no elaborate table decorations but simple, clever ideas like strings of lights encased in voile and coloured lanterns are delightfully effective to decorate a room. The most likely thing is that we’ll hire a pub somewhere to have family upstairs, and the boy’s metal band elsewhere (no, really.)

There’s a vague possibility that I may attempt to make my own dress, but if not I do rather like this fabulously swooshy style from Vivien of Holloway as well as the rather slinkier number below too. A visit to the shop is going to be on the cards for April, that’s for sure. OhmgodIamsoexcited!

Etsy seller Bohemian Bisoux has lots of beautiful ideas to inspire. I may also decide I somehow need to feature an aqua birdcage somehow.

Regardless of whatever amazing healthy living plan I might embark on to slim a little for the wedding, I’m never going to have vintage proportions as I’ve got boobs and have never had much of a waist regardless of what dress size I happen to be currently wearing.  This is what’s propelling me towards finding a dressmaker or having a go myself. Maybe I’ll be able to persuade Abi to help me. Actually, half of the skill in organising this wedding will involve me not trying to make it all by hand!

Though it isn’t my intention to go all bridezilla (not that anyone ever starts out that way, right?) this should propel me back to crafting a little I hope.  Roll on a handmade year.


11 Responses to “2011 – the Year of the Wedding”

  1. JeanieB March 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Whoo hoo! Soooo excited for you!
    Have the aqua birdcage instead of a bouquet? Careful where you throw it mind you ..

    The Viv Holloway swooshy dress is nice – very reasonable price too, but I reckon you could run up something a bit more unique. What’s the boy going to wear?


    • Thimbleanna March 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm #


    • Gail H March 10, 2011 at 2:22 am #

      Why not go the whole hog and have a pair as earrings? 😉

  2. Thimbleanna March 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Ok. Clearly I was so beside myself I screwed up my comment!

    Breathe in. Breathe. Out.
    YOU taught me that — it appears I need remedial training LOL.

    OOOHHH though — what a wonderful surprise — to see you blogging again AND such Happy, Happy News! You’re going to have so much fun. Do you follow all the wedding blogs? (Ruffled is the only one that comes to mind while I’m hyperventilating.) They always have such beautiful weddings shown.

    Oh, and when I help Kellie at quilt market, we do the little lights in the tuelle (that spelling’s not right, but if I go look it up I’ll screw this message up too) and it’s always so pretty — it’s perfect for a wedding. I also went to a wedding once where they had the head tables (or dessert tables or pick your tables) skirted with tuelle and the little lights were up in the folds of the tuelle. That would be perfect with the style of wedding dress you’re looking at.

    You’re SO funny — the pub description made me laugh. And you’re ring sounds GORGEOUS. Oh please, oh Please, blog it all — I can’t wait to read about it. I so wish I were there to help — Abi and I could wait on you hand and foot — as befitting of any royal bride!!!

    • Gail H March 10, 2011 at 2:23 am #

      Yes am looking for lots of lovely blogs so will consult Ruffled! Am very excited… 🙂

  3. Lotta March 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Let us know if you need a few pairs of willing hands for a crafting sweatshop session or five 🙂 Operation Bunting has begun..

    • Gail H March 10, 2011 at 2:24 am #

      Will almost certainly need help, my lovely!

  4. Elisa March 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    OMG!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Willing to sew and you’ll just have to come to Chicago for fittings. Darn the luck.

    • Gail H March 10, 2011 at 2:25 am #

      Can you make me a quilted one? 😉

  5. theperfectnose February 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Congratulations, when’re you going to post pictures of how it all went?

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