Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Wedding DIY: A Lake District Wedding // Sarah from Toby Goes Bananas

We're off on Honeymoon in the Lake District today, so it only seems appropriate to share Sarah (from Toby Goes Bananas) wonderful guest post now! What a talented lady she is!

Our wedding in 2012 was a sort of shabby chic style. I basically just went with things I liked but tried to tie them together a little bit. We got married in the Lake District and decided to use the names of some of the Lake District fells as our table names so we had names like Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Coniston Old Man.
1. I printed the table names at home and also made our table plan. I spent months before the wedding buying bundles of vintage postcards of the Lake District of eBay. For the table plan I used these to cover a large piece of card.
I then attached string across it and used little pegs to hang each person’s ‘Route Card’ which told them which ‘hill’ they would be going to and who else was in their party. (Route cards are something hill walkers sometimes use to leave a plan of where they are going with someone in case they get into difficulties). Again I designed and printed all the route cards at home.

2.  We had combination favour/place names. As we got married at Easter we had little jars (I think I got these from a wholesale catering supplier) which I filled with mini-eggs (which I bought in bulk – have you ever seen a 5kg bag of mini-eggs? Awesome). The names I wrote with a calligraphy marker pen onto small luggage tags and added a ribbon from East of India. I also added a couple of little bird stamps to the back of the tag. A lot of our early relationship was conducted on Twitter so the little birds were a bit of a nod to that – we also had some little felt birds (bought from etsy) as cake toppers.

3. Our table flowers were in pink jugs which I found online (and sold again afterwards!) and I made little fabric hearts from vintage fabrics which were tied around the necks. The last DIY touch was our alternative guestbook. I didn’t want to just have one guestbook as they never really seem to make it round everyone. Instead I used more of the vintage postcards. I put them in a basket along with some pens, and instructions of what they were for. My very crafty brother then made us an awesome post box for people to put their cards in once they had written a message, and people also used the post box for our wedding cards.
It was lovely to open the post box they day after and read all the messages from our friends and family.

4. Doing so much of the wedding decoration myself definitely helped keep costs down, which meant we could spend a bit more on things like invitations, order of service books and flowers (and my shoes!).

My top tips for DIYing your wedding would definitely be start thinking early about what you want. Make sure you spend time researching to get the things you need at the best price. And finally give yourself plenty of time to get all your projects finished – you don’t want to be making things the night before!

Sarah tweets as @tobygoesbananas.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ten Tips for a Budget Wedding // Aby from You Baby, Me Mummy

Today I have a guest post from one of my favourite blogging buds - Aby from You Baby, Me Mummy!

When hubby and I got married on 2006, we didn't actually have a budget. This meant everything had to be a cheap as possible. Obviously I didn't want it to LOOK like a budget wedding though! So here are my top tips for getting spliced without breaking the bank.

1. Venue: We didn't want a church wedding, but the thought of the local registry office, didn't fill us with much joy. We travelled around and found a stunning registry office a few towns away. It even had stained glass windows and was situated next door to a church, which proved somewhere pretty to have our pictures taken. You can get married in any registry office, not just your local one.

2. Cake: Wedding cakes can cost hundreds, if not thousands. I couldn't bear to spend that much on something that just gets eaten, however pretty it is. I bought three plain white iced cakes from Tesco (ranging from £8-£15), borrowed a cake stand and decorated them myself with ribbon, pearl pins and our bargain ebay cake topper.
3. Flowers: This is another area that can be a huge expense. I went into a local florist to discuss buying flowers, so that I could make my bouquet, two smaller bridesmaid ones and a couple of button holes. I got chatting to the ladies and walked out with the flowers I needed, arranged by the florist and delivered on the day for £40! Now I am not saying you will be that lucky, but it is worth talking to the florist to see how they can help cut costs.

4. Dress: There are so many bargain dresses around. Whether it is getting one made from scratch or finding that shop sale or Ebay bargain. Shop around and you WILL find something you love. My dress was £1,000 reduced to £200. I then paid £90 to get it taken in 2 sizes. Still cheap!

5. Transport: Unless you want something specific, you could always ask friends with nice cars to drive you. A lovely ex work colleague drove me to the registry office in her posh Range Rover, which saved us a lot.

6. Decor: So many bargains can be found online if you have the time and patience to keep looking. Our invitations were on sale and I also bought favour bags and lots of other bits for the table from various online sales.

7. Reception: Consider a more relaxed vibe. We got let down by our venue two weeks before our wedding, so had to find a new venue. We contacted a pretty village pub and ended up having a BBQ on the terrace under a canopy of sparkly lights and paid considerably less than in the hotel we originally booked.

8. Friends skills: Consider asking friends if you can utilise their skills. You may know a talented photographer, or someone capable of videoing your day. So much money can be saved by getting friends involved and I think it would be a nicer day surrounded by friends.

9. Change the day: Consider getting married during the week, there are lots of savings on most things wedding related if you avoid weekends!

10. Think of the numbers: Be really strict with your guest list. Do you want to spend £30 a head on people you don't really know? We had 14 guests at our ceremony and wedding breakfast. Then more in the evening, but still kept the numbers under 60.

So here are a few ways that can help to keep the costs down. Focus on the most important things to you and spend the money in these areas, but there are so many bargains to be had if you are tenacious enough to hunt them out.

Aby tweets as @youbabymemummy.

Monday, 29 September 2014

The next chapter...

So here we are... We did it! We're married! Two years, one month and two days of engagement later and we've tied the knot! Phew!

Nick and I are off on a well deserved honeymoon for a while, so I'm handing Make, Do and Push! over to some fabulous guest bloggers, who are sharing their wedding-themed posts with you all. We have everything from creating your own beautiful flower arrangements on a teeny budget, to a Bride getting her dress caught in the wheels of a golf buggy, so make sure you keep popping over to have a read, and I'll be back soon!
Oooh, I'm really looking forward to switching off technology for a few days and enjoying the seclusion of the Lake District!
Hannah

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Ps. This was written before the wedding, so everything could have gone horribly wrong and I'm now sobbing in my wedding dress on the bathroom floor somewhere... but fingers crossed that hasn't happened!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Week That Was: Captured #65

Hullo there!

I'm now a married lady and am just about to head to the Lake District on Honeymoon! Hurrah! I can't wait to share everything with you all, but for now we need our time together as newly weds (and I must admit that I'm looking forward to switching off for a few days).

The wonderful Aby from You Baby, Me Mummy is hosting The Week That Was: Captured for the next three weeks, so pop over and link up with her there!

See you after our Honeymoon!
Hannah

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Friday, 26 September 2014

On the Eve of Our Wedding

So here we are.

Finally.

After two years, one month and two days of engagement, the Big Day has arrived.

It's almost 11.30pm as I write this. The Hall looks beautiful. More than I could have wished for. Better than any of my Pinterest boards could have predicted. I almost cried at how wonderful it looks. My amazing team of helpers did the most fantastic job helping make my vision a reality. Thank you to you all!

I'm sat on Mutti's incredibly slow laptop, with Tinkerbell the cat gently purring next to me, contemplating tomorrow.

I can't wait.

I can't wait to marry my soulmate.

I can't wait to stand up in Church on the "blue cheese", as the Vicar called it, and declare my love for the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. The Father of our beautiful child. My One.

I can't wait to walk back down the aisle, hand-in-hand with him, to stand outside the Church and say "hullo!" to everyone. To see people we haven't seen for months, even years, in some cases, because life just gets in the way.

I can't wait to sneak off with my new husband and our photographer, and have our couple shots. To spend some time with him. To relish in our newly vowed marriage.

I can't wait for the welcome drinks. For the amazing Wedding Breakfast. For everyone else to see the Hall.

I can't wait for the speeches. For the laughter. For the inevitable groans at the bad jokes.

I can't wait for the first dance. For the second dance... and for the third! (And most of the evening on the dance floor!)

And finally, I can't wait to disappear off with my new Husband. To head to the beautiful hotel. To sleep for a night, uninterrupted.

The next 24 hours are going to be emotional, amazing, and fingers crossed, one of the best days of our lives.

See you on the other side!
Hannah 

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