Grooms to Be Diaries: The RAF Grooms are on Planning Overload!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Our boys are back, and they’re feeling a little over whelmed! With ten months to go, they’re feeling a little up to their eyes with it all. Over to Mike to full you in…..

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The RAF Grooms are on Planning Overload!

When we first started planning the wedding it started really well, we knew what we wanted and what we didn’t want in our wedding.

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Since then as time continues to dwindle we seem to be behind the drag curve in respects to our timeline. Mostly because I’m away with work;image4and James is currently working six days a week. (The sixth day is his training day in preparation for becoming a Special Constable with Wiltshire Police, as he leaves the RAF in May)

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Our biggest controversy has been the guest list which has been critiqued, shall we say, for the lack of family we invited, as it became clear some family members felt put out by being left out, despite not seeing them for years.

We both have large families, a large circle of friends together and also separate so it was always going to be difficult. We think and hope it is resolved now.

In terms of actual wedding plans we managed to get the majority of it sorted immediately, but being typically gay and influenced by fashion (James mostly!) and very picky (Me!) we would change our minds a lot and still do.

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We were good in booking a band, a florist and the venue with ease. Actually James booked the venue before I even saw it! (Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire) However this guy knows me well and he chose perfectly. It was a castle built to keep the Welsh out for Henry VIII, trouble is it hasn’t worked as James’ family are all Welsh!

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The Florist was a lovely lady who runs the flower shop in town and very competitive prices, so with a massive thanks to my mum and her husband Shaun who have agreed to pay for the flowers, we have lovely array of red and white with touches of blue.

So really it’s the finer details that has been left to be organised which are the finalising the catering for the evening food, the decorations, the wines and the table linen. So if any of your readers have any good knowledge on table linen then let us know please! (We are just wary we don’t want to hire the cloths when they cost the same as buying one (this is the picky side in me!)

Oh and the wedding cake – how can I forget that part?! We aren’t sure yet how we are going to tackle this. Whether it is an actual cake made for us costing hundreds of pounds designed to our every needs, or it is a few M&S fruit and sponge cakes decorated to perfection. But with a 100 invited to the day with further 80 in the evening, we know it has got to be good.

We still have ten months to go, so we are confident we will get the smaller but trickier items squared away in good time. It would be great to see what your other readers and couples have done in terms of wedding cakes and table linen etc.

Don’t worry boys! You will get it sorted! Its can get pretty overwhelming.  Looking forward to hearing more x

Introducing the New Brides and Groom To Be Winners!

As, you know, through December and January, we ran a competition to find our new 2017/18 Bride and Grooms to Be bloggers!

We received hundreds and hundreds of entries, but we have managed to find 8 amazing new bloggers who are ready to tell you all their planning stories.

Whether it is exciting news, annoying news, joyous stories or ‘about to pull my hair out if the parents don’t stop going about inviting Auntie Maureen whom I’ve never met’ stories, they’re hear to tell you all.

They are ready to share and inspire and we are so excited to have a new batch of wonderful writers in the Cwtch the Bride family.

Over the next few weeks, we will be giving you an in-depth introduction to them all, but for now, feast your eyes on your new brides and grooms and their new name – each should give you a clue about their story!!

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B2B Tinder BannerThe Tinder Bride (Jenine)Jenine

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The Unexpected Bride (Rachel)Rachel

B2B Sporty Banner The Sporty Bride (Natalie)Natalie

B2B Procrastinating Banner The Procrastinating Bride (Natasha)Natasha

B2B Maid In Wales Banner Maid In Wales (Gwen)Gwen (On the left) is out very first Maid Of Honor Blogger!

B2B Glitzy Banner The Glitzy Bride (Sophie)Sophie

I am properly giddy about introducing you all to these fabulous people and I cannot wait of you to find out more about them.  Woooooooo x

Competition: Last Chance to Enter! Become Our Next Blogger!

One thing I love about running Cwtch The Bride is giving awesome people a platform to share their thoughts and ideas on weddings. This isn’t restricted to just professionals. Oh no… This blog is for everyone. It’s become a place that many brides, grooms, family members & friends flock to for advice, inspiration and a bit of a nudge to get organising.

As Cwtch The Bride continues to grow, we’re now on the lookout for new writers. We want to hear YOUR STORY. This is a safe place to share your excitement, worries and thoughts surrounded by a team of people that ‘have all been there’. Well, maybe not all of us! This lady in particular has a very unique story that has recently gone viral in the international press and I’m so proud our ‘boobless bride’ is now a great friend of mine too.

If you’d like to become part of our wonderful team, then come on, have a go at filling out the form below. Its really easy and I’d love to hear from you~ Maria (creator of Cwtch The Bride). 

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Become Our Next Blogger

Are you about to embark on planning your wedding?
Are you making literally everything for the big day?
Are you trying to plan the ultimate hen or stag?
Are you trying to write your speech?
Do you want to just curl up in a ball and pretend it will all just sort itself out or are you loving the organising?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then we want to hear from you!

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them (just follow www.cwtchthebride.com, we’re not that mysterious)….maybe you can join The Cwtch Team

 

How To Enter

Name
Email Address
Date of your Wedding

The Rules

Don’t worry there aren’t many!

  • All entries must be received by 31st January 2017
  • In order for our readers to have time to get to know you we are limiting entries to weddings happening between May 2017 and April 2018.
  • If you win you must be willing to write one post a month up to the wedding and (if you’re a bride or groom) allow us to have the exclusive feature of your wedding on Cwtch the Bride
  • There has to be a Welsh connection

And that’s it! We don’t care if you are male or female, traditional or off-beat, we just want you to connect with and inspire our readers.

Get writing! If you need some inspiration here’s a taste what you’ll be talking about, from our winners 2015:

Dawn – Our Boobless Bride

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Ali – Our Spring Bride

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Katie – Our Crafty Bride

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Vicky – Our Graceful Bride

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Victoria – Our Valleys Bride

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Kathryn – Our Traditional Bride

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Kirsty – Our Rustic Bride

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Jess – Our DIY Bride

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Groom To Be Diaries: The Civil Partnership Ceremony Before Their Big Day!

Morning everyone!

Our boys are back! and today they are telling us all about their civil partnership ceremony.  James and Mike are planning their big wedding day for 2017, but in advance of this, they wanted to become official.

Over to the handsome James to tell you all about it….

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Hey hey,

 

We had our civil partnership on the 5th August 2016 at Salisbury Registry office.  Even though we didn’t want it to be a huge event and just to make it all official, due to our “grand wedding” next year, I was nervous as hell.

The stress of making sure everyone was going be on time, that we had everything we needed, rings, ourselves, made me really jumpy!

By some stroke of luck, we managed to get ourselves there bang on time!  However one of Mikes witnesses hadn’t arrived….we starting to get panicky….only to find that he was at Salisbury….but just not where he was supposed to be!

So no matter how simple you try and make an occasion, something always ends up going wrong haha.

Including while the registrar was doing her bit! She completely got our names wrong. I was Mike Yilmaz Davies and Mike was James Lewis Young.  Our faces must have looked so confused!

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We eventually tied the knot. My emotions were all over the place.  I didn’t know what to do, whether to burst out laughing or burt out crying with joy and happiness.

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To celebrate all went for a lovely meal and a few drinks with all our closest friends.

And now, we are well into the big wedding day planning!

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We are so excited to hear about your wedding plans boys! 

Groom To Be Diaries: Introducing James & Mike, Our RAF Grooms

Good morning Cwtchers!
We have a wonderful new blogger to introduce to you! We have the pleasure of introducing James and Mike, our RAF grooms and our new Groom Diary piece!

James and Mike, both in the RAF met online, and haven’t stopped the love since!  

We have so much about these two to tell you already, but for now, over to James to tell us all about how they met, and that proposal….

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Introducing James & Mike, Our RAF Grooms

How it all began!

On a cold crisp day, whilst down in Cornwall for my friends sister’s wedding, I had friend request off this guy (Mike).

We started chatting and getting to know each other and I fell for him instantly.

He was kind and charming and just made me laugh all the time.

I wanted to meet Mike but he was based out in RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. Not somewhere I could just pop in my car and go to.

So after more weeks chatting getting to know each other, Mike invited me out to Cyprus, and I thought, ‘yeah why not let’s do it!’ haha.

So, we booked my flight from RAF Brize Norton and it was to land at RAF Akrotiri at 1630 hrs on the 16th May 2015.

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I was so nervous. As I waited patiently for my bags I was thinking, this could either be the best thing I have ever done or the worst, but either way, I was determined to go for it.

And then there he was, waiting outside the terminal for me, and my smile just grew with his beauty.

We did so many things while out in Cyprus; scuba diving, snorkelling, hired a buggy for a few days, and explored pretty much the whole island of Cyprus.

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It was by far the best first date ever.

A few months later Mike was posted back to the UK and our relationship grew.

It was amazing.

We saw a show in London, went for amazing food at one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants and many other wonderful dates.

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We have been back to Cyprus three times and to Venice……where he almost proposed :P

However, in April, Mike had to go away with work. He needs to travel constantly for his new job, and I miss him like mad when he is gone.

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Two days after he had left, I had a parcel through the post.  It was from Mike.

I opened it to find there were hundreds of M&Ms.

On them were pictures of Mike and I etched on, with the words, ‘Will You Marry Me?’

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Of course I said yes…..and before you knew it we were engaged.

Ooooooooooohhhh we are so excited for you all to find out more about these two! Its such a wonderful story! And we get to hear all about in on the run up to their 2017 wedding! Cannot wait!