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!!

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It’s “…next month…” – Time’s Marching On!

I’ve had a mini wake-up call. I’d been counting down to the wedding in months and more recently, weeks now that it’s in single figures. This week, someone used the phrase “…next month…”. Whilst accurate, that’s a big realisation! And I’m guessing there will be a similar wobbly moment when it becomes “…next week…”

The selection of songs for the first dance is not quite in single figures yet but it’s close. We’ve both got a favourite. Importantly, it’s the same one but there are others still in the running.

The wedding list goes live next week. We’ve had a bit of grief with their wesite doing (not so) funny things to the selections we’ve made. So if you see some “interesting” pieces on there, go for the safe option – vouchers!

The next month or so will be spent getting confirmations from suppliers, setting out the detail for each of them.

I’ve almost finished writing my speech. Next is to learn it almost parrot fashion so I only need prompt cards. There’s a little bit of everything in there so it should go down well with everyone I think.

We’re getting there!

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.

Cheesy Music and Hiccups

So, the invitations have been sent out and the RSVPs are beginning to come back.  There’s an unspoken understanding between us that…

  1. neither of us rush to pick up the mail too quickly when we get in from work; &
  2. we each open half the replies that arrive back each day.

There was an unexpected hiccup at the Rendezvous Hotel.  We made a block booking of rooms for people staying over.  However, the hotel changed their computer system after I made the booking and now the reference number I put on the information sheet that’s gone out with the invites is useless.  I’ll admit I gave them a bit of a hard time over that.

There’s an empty wedding list setup with House of Fraser.  We can’t add anything to it until 3 months before.  We moved in together over a year ago so many of the things traditionally bought as a wedding gift, we already have two of.  However, there are a few items we would like to replace.

As an alternative, we’ve setup up a JustGiving page to raise charitable donations for Mountain Rescue England & Wales.

I did some digging on popular first dance songs and got too long a list far too quickly so I’m in the middle of culling the non-starters.  I’ve made Vicky weep a couple of times when she’s heard a few of my first-cut choices.  Nothing by Aerosmith, Shania Twain or Bryan Adams made that cut.  Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re talented artists with some very powerful, emotive songs and I don’t mind them being played at the wedding; they’re just not going to be the first dance.

I’ve had a brand new, wing-collar shirt altered so that I don’t look like a short-armed gorilla on the day.

We’re getting there but I’ve still got a To-Do list as long as your arm.  At the moment, for every item I cross off, I seem to add at least two more.  I’m looking forward to the day when it starts to shrink again.