Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Weddings don’t have to be expensive

As I approach the due date of my second child I have been looking back to my wedding day and the main comment from everyone was “we can’t believe you did all this with so little stress” – and it was true, our wedding day was one of the least stressful days in our lives!

Leading up to the day we did very little planning as to us getting married was the most important thing, decorations and such like were secondary concerns. Although we did not do it on the tightest of budgets we did get some greats deals along the way and I would imagine our wedding was by far cheaper than the average wedding and so I have joined Ocean Finance’s “Something Borrowed, Something Blue” campaign to share with you some of my money saving tips and best memories.

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Look for deals

This is what made us choose the venue for our wedding, which just so happened (unbeknown to me), the same venue that my parents got married many moons before.

We found a deal online that means we got the venue, wedding car, bride’s bouquet, photographer (hundreds of pictures, wedding photo book and all discs on a disc watermark free), wedding ceremony and three course meal for 60 guests, evening venue for up to 200, wedding compare and table decorations, first drink for all guests, bridal suite and two rooms for family (B&B), all for one set sum (there may have been more but it was over two years ago now). The cost was cheaper than had we just booked some venues for the ceremony and evening without all the added extras.

When we went into the hotel we found that the deal was for weekday weddings but because our date was free (it was 2013 so it seemed people were avoiding this year to get married due to superstition) we got the deal for a Saturday saving ourselves over £1000.

They say the average cost of a wedding os £22,000 (how?!?!) and this deal was for £5000.

As well as saving money it meant we had to do next to nothing when it came to organising things as our wedding planner did it all for us. Fantastic.

Don’t tell them you are getting married when booking hair appointments

Okay I will admit I am very bad at looking after my hair so hairdresser appointments are a bit alien to me but as it was my wedding I had to get my hair done professionally. I will also admit that the ladies in my office were having heart attacks as I had not even looking into getting an appointment when I only had two days until the big day. So I just went ahead and booked an appointment, not saying I was getting married, asked for the cost (£25 I think) and booked it.

I do feel a bit sorry for the hair stylist who made the mistake to ask me if I had a special occasion when she was doing my hair – when I said it was my wedding day she looked like she was going to pass out. Now had I booked this as a bridal hair appointment the cost would have at least doubled if not tripled just because I said the special wedding word. Don’t say it so you don’t have to over pay.

Ask for recommendations for local business people

1240300_10151830700180731_176046935_nWhen it came to our wedding cake I had an idea in my head about what I wanted the cake to look like but it was going to cost £500+ so I asked for recommendations for any local people who could do it.

Luck would have it that there was someone who I knew through my work that made cakes and she made the most spectacular cake for just over £100. It looked identical to the design I had given her.

Was made to the flavours we wanted (chocolate orange and vanilla and raspberry) and was a proper head turner. The owner of the chain of hotels had been at our hotel that day and commented that he had seen thousands of weddings but never a cake so bright! And it matched my flowers so well!

I also needed my dress altered and again got someone local who altered it for me for only £50 (I would have given more but she refused to take that much until I made her).

Make your own bouquets

Our package deal only included the brides flowers and for additional bouquets you were £50+. So on the morning of my wedding I nipped to Tesco and we bought a selection of bouquets from there which we then split up and made into bouquet for the two bridesmaids and flower girls. In total the flowers would have cost far less than that of a professional bouquet and they looked perfect.

Best Memories

How can you possible just choose a few memories from such a great day? It is so hard.

I think the fact  that everyone got up to dance in the ceilidh was fantastic, we never struggled to fill the dance floor all night.

Giggling through my vows. Embarrassing at the time but so funny now. Just got told that it just summed me up. I just forgot what I was meant to be saying. We still laugh about it to this day.

Knowing that in that day we were the only ones that knew we were expecting a baby (I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time) and no-one even noticed I was not drinking.

Being called Mrs for the first time. Love it!


I was provided with dinner voucher for writing this post but all hints and tips are what I wanted to share


 

12 photos for 12 months

 

 

2014 has been one of the best years ever, so much so that I am incredibly sad to see it end. I will admit that I have gotten a bit emotional about the end of the year coming already.

 

If truth be told 2013 (when I got married and fell pregnant) and 2014 (when we welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world) have been the two most wonderful years that I have ever lived through. I just don’t know how 2015 will live up to either of these years.

So, as a bit of nostalgia, I have chosen one picture from each month of 2014 as my favourite pictures from throughout the year.

January

I chose this picture as it was the first knitted project I had completed for my soon to be baby. It was red as we didn’t know if we were having and girl or a boy. I loved that hat.

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February

It could only be this picture. The first picture we took when Molly was only an hour old. We had just been wheeled through for the theatre and I she had only been in my arms for around 10 minutes by this stage. I have tears in my eyes looking at this picture. Love it so much. Welcome to the world little lady.

February

March

Those eyes! Those eyes and that nose. So cute. I love how blue her eyes are in this picture. I think this is one of my all time favourite pictures of Molly.

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April

I love how cosy she looks n this picture and how bright the pink of the jacket is. Again I think her eyes look striking in this picture.

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May

Until Molly was rolling at six months, tummy time was a complete nightmare. This was one of only a few pictures I managed to capture of Molly on her front in the first six month of her life where she wasn’t crying. We ended up going to physiotherapy with her from around 3 months until now as she held her head to the side and wouldn’t tolerate tummy time.

May

June

We took Molly camping for a week for the first time when she was a few days off turning four months. We were unsure about how she would cope so had booked the campsite but realising we might have to leave early. We need not have worried. She was great and slept better than we could even have hoped. She actually slept more at night than at home. We were lucky that her bed, a hammock, was easy to take with us so she was in her usual bed.

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July

In this month we started weaning. It wasn’t easy as Molly had no real desire to eat solids. This was the first time she had taken anything (we had tried rice, porridge, purees). Banana is still one of her favourite foods.

July

August

In August we went on our first foreign holiday as a family of three. We went to Kos, Greece, as I had many happy memories of holidaying in Greece as a kid. We loved it. Although it was hot (over 40 at time) Molly coped so well and enjoyed every minute. She never cried, she loved swimming in the sea and in the pool, she found a love for ice-cream. We went on a couple of ferry trips visiting two other islands. We drove round the whole island. We had the best holiday we could ever have had.

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September

This picture makes me smile as it was when Molly really took to solids. Although she had had many foods up to this point it was a struggle. This was a turning point. She loves all food now.

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October

Halloween was an exciting time for us as it was the first time I got to choose a fancy dress outfit for Molly. I carved pumpkins and we went to a couple of Halloween themed events.

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November

Who couldn’t smile at this picture. Right place at the right time.

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December

Christmas was fantastic this year. Molly’s first and she was so excited by it. She totally understood that you had to unwrap the boxes to get the present, so much so that when I wrapped some late gifts for a friend she instantly knew you had to pull the paper off and so tried her best to do so.

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There are so many other pictures I wanted to put on here. Some had pictures of other family members of friends who I have not asked permission to put online, or there were half a dozen pictures that I wanted to use for one month. Who knew I had so many pictures on my computer???

I hope you all have a very happy new year when it comes! We are having a quiet hogmanay here. I look forward to all that 2015 holds for us, starting with a first birthday in February.

The List

Making memories

Memories should never be clouded

It is over eight months now since we met Molly for the first time and in that shop period of time we have gathered a lot of memories. Things we will never forget – like seeing her for the first time, the feeling of joy when she sat unaided, the excitement of her first tooth (or in Molly’s case teeth as both cut on the same day) – but we may forget what day they happened.

We want to document her life so we can tell her about it and so if she has children we can remember her milestones and ensure our memories are not clouded.

Emailing our baby

Blogging is  a great way to remember milestones (if you remember to blog them) but one of the things that we have been doing is emailing Molly pictures, or just writing a story, telling her of things she has done. We set up her email address and will email from time to time, and when she turns 18 years old we will give her the password and let her read the emails. I think this will be a great way for Molly to learn about herself as a baby and to call on her own memories of her childhood.

Creating an impression

We have also made some hand and foot prints in salt dough but I just wish we had done thing when she was days old not months old. These are memories that no photo could hold. You forget just how small babies are. Molly is only 8 months old but already I forget how tiny she was until I pick up her first baby grows and the memories flood back.

Salt dough memories

Hand and foot prints are cast in salt dough to keep as memory keepsakes

How to make salt dough:

2 cups plain flour

1 salt

1 cup water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you have a dough. We then rolled the dough to the desired thickness (probably about half a centimetre) before trying to coax Molly into making a handprint (not as easy as you might think).

Once I had a couple of prints I put them in the oven for 3 hours at 100 degrees.

Because it was salty we made sure to wash Molly’s hands straight away to ensure she didn’t eat any.

First Halloween

In a couple of weeks it will be Halloween and although I am not a huge fan of it I am excited about getting Molly dressed up. As she gets older we will do dooking for apples but she will not go out trick or treating.

We will make pumpkins but other than that I don’t think we will have something we can keep forever other than photos (cos I ain’t keeping a mouldy pumpkin for years on end).

This looks quite good fun and cute too!

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First Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and this year will be Molly’s first so we want to make some memories from that. One thing I am going to try and do it so make a Christmas bauble using glitter, glue and Molly’s feet.

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The idea sounds easy: Dip her feet in glue, then glitter them stamp on bauble. In reality I can see things being much, much harder.

Only time will tell how this will work out.

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