5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT IN MY FIRST YEAR AS A BRIDE TO BE

5 LESSONS LEARNT IN MY FIRST YEAR AS A BRIDE TO BE - PLANNING A WEDDING

I feel in just one year of being a bride to be, I have learnt so much more about how it feels to plan a wedding. Budgeting, finding suppliers, juggling dates are all of the things I could never really relate to before but I feel like I am beginning to get an idea. Don’t get me wrong I am as equally excited about it all and I know that when we have finally ironed out the boring stuff like ‘money’, I will be in my element but until then all I can do is let you know my ‘feelings’ so far and there are oh so many ‘feels’. Here it goes…

1. Time really does fly!

I cannot believe it has been nearly one whole year since we got engaged! Seriously where has that time gone, it’s like I blinked and it went from being June 2015 to June 2016?

Surprisingly, we both said we didn’t want a long engagement, Mr T wanted to be married within a year and I tried to be a little more realistic with 18 months but it’s looking unlikely. So don’t go buying your hats just yet as it could be a 2018 wedding and even that will take some serious planning.

2. I have commitment issues

The only thing I am 100% sure on, in this whole wedding planning saga is that I want to be married to Mr T, everything else is totally up in the air. One minute I want to get married here, surrounded by family and friends, the next I want to elope. I have gone from wanting to get married in a zoo, to the beach to a field. And I have gone from never in a million years would I cater my own wedding to I definitely want to test out my own culinary skills! Yup, I think I’ve gone crazy! Why can’t I decide on just one thing!

3. Money doesn’t grow on trees

We always knew our wedding would be on a budget as neither of us could justify spending thousands and thousands when saving for our own house and paying for extra IVF treatment are the highest priorities on our list, but even on a budget, this whole wedding thing is expensive! I thought I was pretty clued up on all the costs but it turns out I had them seriously underestimated which means it’s going to take us a little longer than we expected to save up.

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HOW TO RECYCLE YOUR WEDDING

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As I delve deeper into the wedding planning process, I am beginning to realise just how much money a wedding actually costs and I can’t help but feel a little upset at the thought of spending so much money on a day when alot of what we buy will eventually go to waste. I like to think that in our everyday lives we make conscientious decisions to ensure we waste as little as possible and recycle whatever we can, so why shouldn’t the same apply to our wedding, it is just one day after all?

It’s not surprising that one of the main problems many couples will face once their day is over, is what to do with all the leftovers? And I’m not just talking about the food? I’m talking about the decorations, the flowers and then there’s the dress? More than likely it will all end up either in the bin or packed away at home until eventually forgotten about it, which makes me sad.

So it probably comes as no surprise to hear that I have become quite obsessed with the idea of recycling as much as possible for our wedding. Starting with recycling items especially for the day and how I can recycle them again once it is all over and as National Upcycling day is on Friday 24th June, I thought now would be the perfect time to share 8 tips for recycling your wedding.

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1. Reuse, Donate or Sell: Start by making sure everything you buy for your wedding can be sorted into one of the three categories, reuse, donate or sell. This will stop you making any unnecessary purchases beforehand and means you have a plan in place for your items once the day is over, instead of panic boxing everything, to never see the light of day again.

2. Shop Second Hand: Look for unusual decor in unusual places, this could be charity shops, boot sales, pound stores or even sites like Gumtree. You can pick up items like vases so cheaply and with a little bit of DIY, they can look super expensive without the hefty price tag. Check out our recent upcycled teapot DIY – centrepieces never looked so cute and they could totally be reused around the home after!

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3. Recycle: If you would rather not fork out at all, why not look around your home for items that could be used on the big day? The recycling bin is a good place to start! Upcycle old glass bottles by getting artsy and painting them in cool and creative ways! Again these can reused in your own house or packed off to a charity shop where they will be a given a new lease of life in someone else’s home.

4. Takeaway: Say no to food waste and provide takeaway boxes for your guests so that they can take home any leftovers with them or even better donate to them to a soup kitchen.

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5. Money Earner: Selling big ticket items such as your wedding dress can be a great way to get some money back after your wedding. If your dress is still in good condition consider selling it on sites such as Ebay or a dedicated preowned wedding dress sites such as Sell My Wedding. You will be surprised at the number of brides who will dying to snap it up and it beats being stuck in the back of a cupboard for the next 20 years!

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Wedding Costs and How to Reduce Them?

We recently featured a post by Guides for Brides that suggested that the festive season was the most popular time for couples to become engaged. So, we are guessing that there are currently  lots of newly engaged lovelies out there all beginning their search for the perfect wedding and finding out that it is going to cost a fair whack!

We have been doing some of our own research over the last couple of weeks to find out just how much a wedding costs and what items and services are going to cost you the most. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of budgeting when it comes to planning your wedding. We could think of nothing worse than planning the day of your dreams to then find you cannot afford it or someone is going to get into some serious debt – not the way anyone wants to begin married life.

It has been estimated that the average wedding will cost around £20,000 however, this number decreased last year when the average was just over £16,000. Could this mean that already brides and groom are becoming spend savvy when it comes to their wedding day? We took a look at each separate area of a wedding, looked at the average cost & thought up many many ways of how you could reduce the price!

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