If you've been reading Little Bird for a while, you might remember this post from a few years ago. Way back in December 2009, Rob and I got engaged. In true blogger style, I wrote an overexcited post complete with plenty of photos... but then didn't really mention it again. I'm not usually one to talk about my personal life in great depth, plus I've never been a very wedding-y person. In fact, when I tweeted about starting my wedding planning, 2.5 years after getting engaged, I was met with a wave of 'OMG CONGRATS!!!' replies. So this post may come as a bit of a surprise to many!
This book marks the start of my planning and represents the entire theme of my wedding - no, not Vera Wang (I wish!) - it's ex-library stock and was bought for me by one of my bridesmaids. Starting as we mean to go on by sourcing things second hand!
After a couple of years fielding the most irritating question a happily-engaged couple can be asked - 'when's the wedding?' - we decided to just forget all the traditional wedding stress and go for it with a big celebration for all the people we love. Our rough date is September 2013 and there's really only one thing that's definite at the moment - it will be our big, fat, homemade wedding.
I'm very lucky to have three teachers in my bridal party, plus my mum who worked in a school for 20+ years. Teachers are THE BEST people to help with a homemade wedding - the things they can do with sugar paper and a Pritt Stick are quite spectacular. Team the teachers with a web designer husband-to-be, a graphic designer brother and brilliantly enthusiastic mother-in-law and I'm hoping to just put my feet up for the next 14 months.
I won't, of course. I've already got an extensive wedding board on Pinterest (who doesn't?) and have been collecting vintage china for the past year. I've instructed everyone I've ever known to save their pasta sauce and jam jars (no labels, please), and I'm making plans to speak to the Bunting Committee in the village that will host our day. Yes, they have a Bunting Committee!
We've chosen the venue for our ceremony and will be having the following celebration in a marquee in Rob's parents' garden. I won't be writing about it too often - as much as I love wedding blogs and reading about other people's experiences, I don't want to overload this blog with my planning. Although I'm sure I'll keep you updated along the way!
My vintage china collection in action... I need about 50 more pieces to cover all my guests!
I've decided to avoid all bridal magazines and find my inspiration online, in charity shops and at car boot sales. Let me know if you've got any great ideas or have been to a fabulous homemade wedding... I've got 14 months to get it together but I'm sure that will fly by!
Now, a Jenny Packham dress is totally homemade, right? ;)