Throw Back Thursday: A Selection of Non-Religious Readings

We all love this post – its brilliantly helpful when you’re looking for some inspiration on readings for your wedding that aren’t Corinthians! So here you go. First posted in 2013, our previous bride-to-be Charlie, now married and with a baby on the way, talked about picking readings for a non-religious ceremony. Over once again, to you Charlie…..x

Throw Back Thursday: A Selection of Non-Religious Readings

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Hello lovely readers!

This week I am sharing with you some non-religious readings, a simple way of making a civil ceremony a lot more personal. Before I start, I almost feel like I should put a disclaimer on this post for those of you who have already selected your readings because of what happened to me!

Mark and I had chosen three readings, confirmed them with the registrar, found readers to read them and printed off our orders of ceremony and then about three nights before the wedding I came across this reading from Stardust (which was the first film Mark and I saw together- him under duress!) and I nearly cried because I loved it so much and couldn’t have it, so proceed with caution!

The Stardust reading

Yvaine: You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it; I’ve seen centuries and centuries of it. It’s the only thing that made watching your world bearable.

All the wars, pain, lies, and hate, made me want to turn away and never look down again. But to see the way that mankind loves! I mean you could search the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful.

So, yes I know that love is unconditional, but I also know it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable, and strangely easy to mistake for loathing. And, well, what I’m trying to say, Tristan, is.. I think I love you.

My heart it feels like my chest can barely contain it, like it doesn’t belong to me anymore; it belongs to you, and if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange: no gifts, no goods, no demonstrations of devotion, nothing, but knowing you love me, too. Just your heart in exchange for mine.

Sigh!

As I mentioned above, we had three readings and I think they worked really well – we had a lot of comments about how personal our ceremony was and that was what I was hoping for. Deciding who will do the readings for you can be difficult! It is a daunting thing for some people to get up and speak in front of a room full of people and I know some people have found it hard to find willing volunteers!

Mark knew he wanted to ask his best man and as he’s a confident guy that was no problem, that left us with two. Initially I tested the water with my bridesmaids but as suspected they were all quite hesitant and I didn’t want anyone to do anything they weren’t totally comfortable with. I then thought about two other people close to me, my two cousins Jade and Amy. What with Amy being a teacher I was pretty sure that she would be fine, but Jade hates being the centre of attention so I was cautious about asking her but to my delight they both said yes and did an amazing job!

These were the readings we had:

But if those don’t float your boat (don’t worry I won’t be offended!) I have plenty more inspiration for you. This one comes from the lovely Budget-bride Sarah’s wedding: I love you much (most beautiful darling) by ee cummings and it is a beauty.

Dr Seuss fan’s this one is for you! Oh the places you’ll go makes a beautiful but light hearted reading, it is quite long though so you may want to have it abridged!

Do we have any couples with a Scottish connection? This is a great two person reading, with one person reading the application and one the appointment, preferably a married couple in my humble opinion:

Bidie-in by Diana Hendry and Hamish Whyte

Application

O Let me be your bidie-in

And keep you close within

As dearest kith and kin

I promise I’d be tidy in

Whatever bed or bunk you’re in

I’d never ever drink your gin

I’d be your multi-vitamin

I’d wear my sexy tiger-skin

And play my love-sick mandolin

It cannot be a mortal sin

To be in such a dizzy spin

I’d like to get inside your skin

I’d even be your concubine

I hope you know I’m genuine

O let me be your bidie-in

Appointment

Of course, you may be my bidie-in

You didn’t need to apply within

A braw new world’s about to begin

We’ll gang thegether through thick and thin

We’ll walk unscathed through burr & whin

If you’re to be my porcupin

I’ll just have to bear it and grin

I’ll be your sheik,your djinn

I’ll be yang to your yin

You’ll be my kitten,my mitten,my terrapin.

All night long we’ll make love’s sweet din

And never mind the wheelie-bin

In our romantic cinema there’ll be no FIN

And so I say again – you’re in- You’ve got the job of bidie in!

I absolutely love this one by Coulson Macleod, his typography prints are so beautiful! I also love this poem by Joyce Ebrecht, it makes me think of being an old married couple :) With that in mind I also found this one which brings tears to my eyes: The beauty of love.

If you are a book lover why not take an extract from your favourite book as a child? Even better if both of you have a favourite book and you can take a reading from each, I have seen it done with books such as Winnie the Pooh and The Velveteen Rabbit and I think it works so well.

I hope that by now you have found some inspiration but just in case you haven’t (as we are indeed a WELSH wedding blog!) I will leave you with the lovely Mi gerddi gyda thi complete with translation!

“Mi gerddaf gyda thi dros lwybrau maith
A blodau can a breuddwyd ar ein taith
I’th lygaid syllaf a dal dy law
Mi gerddaf gyda thi beth bynnag ddaw”.

“I will walk with you across distant paths
Flowers and dreams will bless our journey
Into your eyes I will gaze and holding your hand
I will walk with you whatever may come”.

Have you found readings that you love? Have you decided not to have readings? If you have any readings that I haven’t included (I know there are bound to be loads!) please share them in the comments box, I would love to read them and I’m sure our readers will too :)

Charlie x

Wedding Day Inspiration: Shoes Shoes Shoes!

To some women their shoes are (almost) as important as the man in their life, Classic Bride Charlie has gone on the hunt to find some shoe inspiration from the high street & online and managed to find some beauties!

Shoes. For some women they are top of the list of priorities and for others, well they can be the bane of their lives! This season there are some absolutely GORGEOUS shoes that would be suitable not just for the wedding day but for wearing on honeymoon and time and time again, Kurt Geiger in particular has a huge range of fabulous footwear but not just limited to them I have sourced a selection of both high street and designer footwear in low, mid and high heels. Here goes!

If you click on a photo it will take you through to the web page where you can buy the shoes :)

Kurt Geiger GlowingThese Kurt Geiger Glowing nude mid heel court shoes are sparkly beauties at a wearable heel height and a fairly reasonable price tag of £120.

Kurt Geiger Carvela AutumnI love the flash of colour on the sole of these Kurt Geiger Carvela Autumn nude high heel shoes, £110.

stuart weitzman silver glitter nudist heeled sandalAt £298 these Stuart Weitzman silver glitter nudist heeled sandal from Daniel Footwear are a show-stopper.

Jimmy Choo AddisonNo shoe post would be complete without some Choos and these Jimmy Choo Addison Gold Lamé Glitter Pointy Toe Pumps are absolutely beautiful, £395.

Jimmy Choo AlinaYou don’t need skyscrapers to be sophisticated! Jimmy Choo Alina ivory satin pointy toe flats with crystal detail are perfect for those who want a little bit of luxury but no extra height, £525.

Jimmy Choo LaurieJimmy Choo Laurie Champagne Glitter Fabric Almond Toe Platform Pumps are the height of luxury and would set off any outfit, I can even picture these with a nice pair of skinny jeans. At £475 I wouldn’t want to take them off!

Kurt Geiger GeorgiaThese Kurt Geiger Georgia gold high heeled shoes are simple but stunning, £110.

Kurt Geiger GertrudeThese Kurt Geiger Gertrude gold high heeled strappy sandals are beauties and a bargain at £65,

Kurt Geiger MajestyPerfect for a beach wedding or more casual or Grecian vibe, these Kurt Geiger Majesty nude flat sandals are £69.

Kurt Geiger LottyIf you need your “something blue” these Kurt Geiger Lotty high heel court shoes could just do the job. Reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes but a snip in comparison at £125.

Kurt Geiger MitzyKurt Geiger Mitzy silver mid heeled sandals bring a vintage vibe and they are not only a comfortable height but also a comfortable price at £95.

NEW-Rachel-Simpson-Mimosa-Primrose-Yellow-£170-pair-low-res-950x950A favourite among our readers Rachel Simpson‘s new range was bound to be a hit. I love these primrose yellow Mimosa T-bar peep toe vintage wedding shoes, £170.

NEW-Rachel-Simpson-Monique-Porcelain-Rose-Gold-side-475x475Copper tones are bang en trend so I absolutely love these Rachel Simpson Monique porcelain & rose gold leather T-bar vintage wedding shoes, £175.

Office Parallel square sandalOver to the high street this Office Parallel square toe strap sandal is a towering 11.9cm high and a reasonable £65.

Ted Baker Peetch Brooch Detail ShoesThese Ted Baker Peetch brooch detail court shoes are feminine and fabulous at £140. ted baker phinium embellished cut out court shoeAnother beautiful pink colour these Ted Baker Phinium embellished cut out court shoes are mid height metallics that would look stunning under a wedding dress, £140.

Topshop Rumour cross strap sandalsBack to the high street and these Topshop Rumour cross-strap sandals are a bargain at £46.00.

Topshop Hottie heeled sandalTopshop Hottie heeled sandals come in under £30.00 and are a really fashionable and comfortable height.

Topshop JadeFinally these Topshop Jade mid heeled court shoes are a style that can be worn time and again so you’ll easily get your £42.00 worth!

Nb. all prices correct at time of editing.

 

 

High Street & Online Wedding Dresses Under £1000

Classic Bride Charlie has been researching High Street & Online Wedding Dresses for you, if you are a bride on a budget or just someone who likes a bargain keep reading!

Nb. All prices correct at time of editing.

For brides on a budget there is no need to spend thousands of pounds on your wedding dress when there are so many beautiful options on the high street. I’ve been doing a bit of internet searching and finding some of my favourite wedding dresses for way under £1000.

You can click on each dress to be taken to it’s webpage 

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The Gardenia dress from Phase Eight is now on sale for £499 but only in limited sizes, if you want to buy this beauty you better snap it up quickly!

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This gorgeous ivory Grecian style dress from Topshop is an absolute steal at £49.00. Perfect for a summer wedding.

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Also from Topshop this white lace dress would be perfect for a registry office wedding or destination wedding in sunny climes, also under £100.

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The real surprise for me was this beauty from BHS, yes you saw that correctly! British Home Stores has this beautiful Florence wedding dress for a bargainous £150.

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We’re back to Phase Eight for this stunning twenties inspired embellished wedding dress which I think looks like it would cost way over it’s £595 price tag.

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The Josefina dress from Phase Eight is another stunner and this one comes in under £500.

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This below the knee wiggle dress from ASOS is bang on trend and only £55.

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This beautiful silver & white maxi by Chi Chi London from ASOS is only £70!

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And this Chi Chi London dress also from ASOS is a gorgeous tea length and has a lace Bardot neckline.

 

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This gorgeous dress from H&M is probably the biggest bargain for only £40!

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And finally we are back online for our most expensive (but my absolute favourite!) dress which is from the Etsy UK shop Saras Gowns, this absolute stunner is £830 which is still a really good price if you ask me!

Have any of our readers had a really good experience buying their wedding dress from the high street? We would love to see your pictures and hear your stories, get in touch if you would like to be involved in a future high street post :) x

Midweek Mini: Charlie’s Wedding Memories

When we decided our new midweek feature was going to be all about wedding memories I got a bit panicked because I knew it would soon be my turn to share mine. The problem with that is that my memories from my wedding day are all a bit hazy, and for once not through drink!

You know those cheesy TV programmes that use the wavy clouds around the edges just before going in to a dream sequence? That’s kind of how my wedding looks when I try and remember it, I know everyone says it but the day really does go by so quickly. The part of the day that I remember best was getting ready with my girls in the morning, I was very relaxed and had a brilliant morning (unlike poor Mark who got stuck in the barbers and ended up having to rush around!). c&m0122 c&m0275 c&m0355

But when I think of my favourite part of the day it’s not so much one specific moment it’s more a series of moments all linked by a warm fuzzy feeling. The best parts of the day were all the cwtches, all the love, all the smiles on people’s faces and most of all taking a few moments alone with my new husband and saying “we did it”. It’s hard to put this into words without being ridiculously mushy so I will share with you some of my favourite photos by our amazing photographer Maria Farrelly, honestly I look at our photos all the time even nearly two years later. I can’t recommend her highly enough.  c&m0166 c&m0170c&m0713 c&m0757 c&m0899 c&m1030 c&m1038 c&m1043 photobooth084 photobooth118 photobooth170 photobooth185 photobooth190

If you would like to see mine & Mark’s Cardiff Castle wedding in full you can click here :)

Get Involved: We Want to Hear from You!

We love our little blog, well I call it little but it is growing every day and that is in no small way thanks to you, our readers. Whether you are planning your wedding, already married but still sticking around, in the wedding industry or just love weddings we are grateful to all of you for your support and want to say a huge Thank You! We love getting our readers involved, whether it’s with our styled shoots, Christmas parties, or by planning a massive wedding festival for you all to attend!

We want more!

Yes we are quite greedy but we want to see more of you in 2015. We want to see your cwtches, your proposal stories, engagement shoots, DIY tutorials, weddings… you name it!

Basically we want more of this…

So if you are a bride, groom or photographer/videographer wanting to submit get in touch.

Getting Ready

As well as the above I am in the process of planning upcoming posts and I want to hear your stories (good or bad) on getting ready on the morning of your wedding. For me it was one of my favourite parts of the day – I would love for you to share your stories and some photos with me by clicking here to email.

Moments

Wedding photographers are great at capturing those little moments we may have otherwise missed in the whirlwind that is our wedding day! Do you have a favourite “moment”? Share it with me here with details of who is in the photograph, what is happening and the name of your photographer.

The bottom line

The bottom line is that we want to hear from you! We want to see your lovely faces on our lovely blog. So get involved by sending your photos, stories or real wedding submissions to Charlie by clicking here.

Can’t wait to hear from you!