We’re into the home straight now

What seemed like ages away not so long ago is now just around the corner.  Our frame of reference is now “This time next week…”

I feel it will be a busy week for us. So much so that we both let off some steam this weekend, kicked back to relax and spent a chunk of downtime in front of the tele.  Vicky went for a foot fish spa which she’s said only good things about.

There’s been lots of phoning suppliers up, confirming bookings, writing cheques and lists, etc. We’ve postponed quite a bit of running around until the 2 days before.  There’s enough bitty stuff to keep us both busy in the meantime.

We’ve been shopping separately for holiday clothes. It’s less stressful that way, let’s face it.

We’re both quite excited about the whole affair but it’s a toss-up which comes out on top – the “getting wed” bit and the honeymoon bit.

Finer Details Plus War Games Equals Ouch!!

We’re into the closing stages; The countdown is now being measured in days. There’s been a shedload of talking through the finer detail and setting the final arrangements in stone but it’s not quite finished yet.

For a time, transporting our wedding guests around looked like it might become a problem. There are some big shows on at the same time and many local coach companies are booked up. Enter Steels Addingham to save the day! The pessimist in me says that there may be a reason why they had spare capacity but I’ve been more than happy with how they dealt with our rather unusual request to-date. So a thumbs up from me!

The suppliers are getting paid and there might even be some cash left over for the honeymoon.

We’ve both been amazed by the generosity of people buying items from our wedding list. We can’t say thank you often enough.

The Stag weekend has been and gone. There was lots of big boys’ toys with engines, war games & adrenalin, eating & drinking too much and finally, hangovers & sore heads. I think I got away relatively lightly apart from all the bruises (some brilliant rainbow colouring going on).

The best man and I thought we’d foiled the evil marshals’ plan of making us run the gauntlet of so many fully-loaded, fully-poised paint-ball guns, completely unarmed. Unfortunately for us, the sheets of plyboard we ripped from the plane’s fuselage to use as shields weren’t quite wide enough.

The whole weekend can be summed up in one word – Ouch!!

Shopping for “Schtuff” In Person and Online

The wedding rings have arrived in the jewellers but we’re struggling to find the time to go there and make sure they fit before getting them inscribed. Deciding on what went in the inscription was another of those “easier than I thought” tasks.

We spent hours in House of Fraser sorting out the Wedding List. We just need to go over it again one last time before it gets published because we went a bit crazy scanning things, then later removing them again & adding replacements.

It turns out we’ve got some flexibility with the seating plan. Now that all the expected RSVPs are back, we could give that some focus. However, Vicky’s PC gave up under the strain last week so that’s gone in for repair.  It turns out that the graphics card went “pop” at some point.

Writing my speech has stalled. “I’m ruminating over it!” is how I’ve justified that to myself.

We’ve sorted out all the accommodation for the honeymoon. There’s 1 place where we stay for 1 night only; that’s the price we pay for staying near Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard for a whole 5 days. The plan now is to fully explore each place virtually as much as possible before pitching up.

I think it’s all coming together quite nicely.

Half Way There

Well, in a little over 6 months, it’ll be Mr. & Mrs. Alex Fleming.  I know we’re not the first but that’s big!

I swear by to-do lists and so I gathered some together to get an idea of where we should be up to by now and more importantly, what we might have forgotten.  It was quite satisfying to see that we’re pretty much on track.  There are a few things we haven’t done yet which we should have by now according to this list but we have already ticked off some of the up-coming stuff.  So it balances out quite nicely.

I started reading up on wedding traditions and related folklore.  I saw one about doing very weird stuff with lozenges.  I’ll leave the possibilities up to your imagination.  Suffice to say at that point, I stopped reading.

Last weekend, we both independently chose the same set of vows.  It’s surprising how much of a boost little things like that can give.  Some things we expected to be easy haven’t always been while other seemingly more difficult stuff just fell into place.

The florist is happy to put together buttonholes with heather and white flowers.  This was one of the things given more prominence than it really deserved.

I spent a whole day researching and booking flights and the first few nights of the honeymoon.  I found that Expedia do not always quote the cheapest price or the most direct flight.  We booked direct with both the airline (for the most direct flights) and the hotel (because it was much cheaper).  My credit card got such a shock I haven’t dared use it since.

The wording for the invites has gone off to the design/print company and so now we’re just waiting on them coming back with ideas.

All in all, a very productive holiday season.