pay to shop?

During my wedding dress search I’ve noticed a few things. Moving swiftly on from the homogeny of all the dresses and assumption that everyone wants to look like a fairy princess… Why are bridal shops only open at such limited times?

In my slight panic about finding a dress before the end of the year I’ve ended up paying £25 just to get an appointment with a a shop that I can go to on a Sunday or evening. In what other stage of life would you have to pay to be allowed to look at stock at a time convenient to the vast majority of the population?

Further proof that you add the w word and all sense flies out of the window.

If you’re looking for a dress how did you manage to do so without paying for the privilege or booking months in advance?



Anyone else a real procrastinator?  We had our lovely save the dates made in August and they’ve been sitting in the wedding box ever since.

First we had to get our website up to scratch and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  We used Appy Couple – I’m sure our friends and family won’t be checking our app daily,  but I think it will be really helpful nearer the time. I’ll review the whole Appy Couple experience after the wedding, but so far I’m impressed. 

That done the save the dates are out in the world – we’ve started getting app requests which is quite exciting too! No going back now….

This weekend we sorted out our accommodation for the wedding night,  a definite wedding splurge!  We also did some boring wedding admin and bought wedding insurance – hopefully it will go unused but as the wedding is the biggest purchase we’ve ever made it’s worth the money just in case.

Finally,  we booked our photographer – separate post to follow on what was a tricky decision for the photogenically challenged!

Decisions, decisions

It seems like deciding who to marry is an easy choice,  compared to the non-stop string of decisions that follow.

With a ring on your finger, suddenly things you had absolutely no interest in (chairs,  flowers, hair accessories) become part of The Big Day, a reflection of you, your relationship and your future. 

Everything seems to take on the wedding capital letter curse – The Dress, The Cake,  The Honeymoon.  The word ‘investment’ gets thrown around like overpriced confetti.

My usual criteria for decision making (how much? is it nice?) is no longer enough. 

There’s no handy price comparison site to tell me I’m getting a good deal on my dress. Nobody wants to talk about how much their wedding cost and most vendors hide prices behind frilly images and promises (threats) that without this diamond encrusted card box your wedding will  be a sham and you might as well get divorced now.

This blog isn’t going to be about budgets as such, just me navigating the wedding decision maze and sharing thoughts along the way.

Why blog? Why now?

A blog without a focus seems uncertain,  unsure of itself.  My previous blogs have definitely been in that category.

So I’m setting myself the challenge of  blogging in the run up to my wedding next year.

Expect a no-nonsense take on weddings from someone who would quite like to wear pajamas on their ‘big day’ and has an irrational phobia of chair covers.