Well today's the day, after 11 months of planning I can't believe our wedding day is here!
Today's update will be brief as we are getting married at 12pm, so I need to be super organised today as I need have my hair and make-up done before Nicky arrives at 11am to help to get me dressed.In true tradition Mike didn't stay at home last night, but I had a relaxing evening with my Mum and a couple of bridesmaids that are staying with me.
So, this is it! I can't wait to see Mike at the church at 12pm and spending the rest of our lives together. Mike, if you read this I love you loads and am so looking forward to be Mrs. H-D
Lots of Love
With a vintage revival across the wedding industry it is sad that vintage wedding car
businesses are now under threat from the Law Commission
who are considering removing the existing exemption for wedding and funeral cars for their new private hire regulations.
The new regulations will require vintage car owners and drivers to jump through a number of (expensive) hoops including local authority licensing, special driving tests, medical tests and CRB checks, and while it will increase safety it will also force the smaller operators off the road.
Good luck to all those campaigning, including David Jones of The Vintage and Classic Car Company
. Let's hope a degree of common sense can be employed before this consultation becomes law.
We are all very excited here that our advert on Wedding TV
is being launched tomorrow. For anyone who hasn't discovered Wedding TV yet it is on Sky 266 and on FreeSat and has loads of great wedding based programs including Bridal Boudoir
and Celebrity Hens & Stags
and loads of honeymoon suggestions.
Want to see our new TV advert before anyone else...?
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Countdown over, and I have been inundated with requests for an update.
HOW DID TRUDI'S WEDDING GO?
Well, a full report will be featured in our South Oxfordshire Guide, and with our other online Real Life Weddings, and of course no one is going to get to see any of the 1700 photos taken until Trudi and Ian return from honeymoon next week...
The wedding went without a hitch, which is just as you would hope and expect after so much preparation. The weather was perfect, in that no one had to worry about getting too hot, or squinting at the sun in photos, or indeed about washing their clothes afterwards thanks to an evening downpour. For an English wedding you have to look on the bright side when it comes to the weather.
Trudi wore a stunning three-quarter length dress. No one really noticed what Ian wore as they were all looking at Trudi, and bridesmaids Gemma, Ellie and Maisie looked fabulous in their last-minute choice of dresses.
The food was great (thanks to Guides for Brides staff Jackie, Hannah and Grace for rolling their sleeves up and serving for the afternoon) and the dance floor was packed until well after midnight.
Trudi and Ian left for their honeymoon in Malaysia the following day, and from all reports have been very well looked after by our generous friends at The Shangri-La, Majestic Malacca and Tanjong Jara hotels. We look forward to reading the reviews!
Every great wedding reception needs a really good live band
and Trudi has chosen a client who has been a huge supporter of Guides for Brides since we started in 1995, Adrian North Disco
Over coffee this morning the office debated the top 5 "must have" wedding reception songs, and the 5 guaranteed to kill the party and after much debate on whether we could include "all songs by Status Quo" in either list, we have the ultimate top 5.
Our Top 5 classic Wedding Disco songs:
- Dancing Queen by Abba
- I've had the Time of my Life from Dirty Dancing
- The One that I Want from Greece
- The Road to Amarillo by Tony Christie
- YMCA by The Village People
And the 5 to avoid:
- D-I-V-O-R-C-E by Dolly Parton
- Agadoo by Black Lace
- The Macarena by Los del Rio
- **** You by Eamon
- Walking in the Air by Aled Jones
Trudi has been part of Guides for Brides for nearly 10 years - it seems that most of that time she was waiting for Ian to finally get down on one knee.
But he eventually did, and after many months of preparation the big day is just 5 days away and we thought it would be fun to share the trials and tribulations of a bride who has all the possible contacts and connections to ensure that her wedding does without a murmer of a problem ... if only life was that simple.
Today, a big "thumbs down" to Sainsburys in Wantage. We would always recommend that you use a catering hire company for all your glasses, and Trudi has used Oxford Event Hire for mst things, but when supermarkets offer free or cheap glass hire it is tempting. Needless to say the order, placed many months ago, was lost by Sainsbury's staff. We will be sipping champagne straight from the bottle.
And another thumbs down, again for Sainsbury's. They need 7 days notice, not 5 days, to supply fresh bread rolls. They don't sound that fresh if they need that much notice. Now, I don't mind sipping champagne from the bottle but eating hog roast without the roll might get messy. Hoping that our friends at GW Shepherd Bakery in Chieveley may come to the rescue.
Those with an eagle eye may have noticed a major change to our site with the addition of 9168 churches last night. This is a major project that we have been quietly working on with the Church of England for several months and will, at last, make churches more accessible to couples who do not regularly attend.
Unfortunately we overlooked one minor issue, and as we uploaded adverts for every Church of England church, from Guernsey to the Isle of Man, an automated email went to every single one of them confirming a total of £871000 in advertising
Never before have we answered quite so many phone calls in such a short period of time, while waiting for approval from the church media office to send an email to confirm that we are not charging churches for this service.
What has surprised us, from the calls we have received, is the variation from church to church in the understanding and interpretation of the Marriage Measure 2008. Some have asked for the wording on our site
to be changed to discourage "casual Christianity" they would like to make it clear that couples are expected to have a strong connection with the church where they would like to marry as well as regularly attending for at least six months and undertaking to join an ongoing "support" group. Other vicars are keen to make everyone welcome if the law allows it.
It will be interesting to see whether making the church more accessible to couples starts to correct the balance between civil ceremonies
and church weddings.