Bride to Be Diaries: Maid In Wales Introduces us to The Bride Tribe

Hello Lovlies

Our gorgeous Gwen, AKA Maid In Wales, is back to introduce us to her sister Alys’s Bride Tribe!

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Meet The Bride Tribe

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I have never been a bridesmaid. In fact, despite going to several weddings over the last couple of years, I have never even been closely involved in a bridal party until my own wedding last year.

Unlike my sister, I also haven’t really been to many hen parties before which is a little tricky considering I now have to lead the planning of a very (if not THE most) important one I’ll ever attend. So, no pressure then.

Thankfully, I have the support of a very lovely group of bridesmaids – Alys’ Bride Tribe – to help me through this. They have been super so far, providing lots of ideas and advice whenever I’ve needed it and taken on several different jobs to help share out our early planning.

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So I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to them all, as no doubt you will be hearing a lot more about them over the next couple of months:

Sarah T (Trusted Treasurer) – a childhood friend of ours and one of my own bridesmaids. Sarah T has extensive experience as a bridesmaid, having taken on the role several times in the past, and so I will be relying heavily on her knowledge and expertise in this field. She’ll also be holding the purse strings and helping us keep on budget.

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Sarah B (Accommodation Hunter) – Sarah is a close friend and ex-housemate of Alys’ from her time at Cardiff University. Sarah has been a great help so far hunting down lots of lovely accommodation options for us and brings her unique experience of Alys in her student days to help us with our planning. Alys is also set to be Sarah’s bridemaid when she gets married in a couple of weeks’ time.

Hannah (Entertainment Coordinator) – is one of our oldest friends (we’ve known each other since we were 5!). Hannah took on the role of entertainment planner and has already come up with several exciting activities to keep Alys entertained throughout her Hen. (She’s also pretty good at maths so I’ll be needing her when it comes to number crunching later on!)

Nina (Dinner and Drinks Director) – Nina grew up just round the corner from us at home in Bwlch and we made friends on the school bus. Nina volunteered to use her extensive knowledge of food and drink to help us plan out some of the best places for us Hen’s to frequent during our weekend away.

So the planning begins! (I’ve even bought myself a brand new Hen Party Planning folder to keep myself organised!).

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We are very much looking forward to keeping you up-to-date as our plans progress – the only snag is that to keep the Hen a surprise for Alys, the finer details will need to remain top secret.  However I’m sure there will be lots that we’ll be able to share with you as we go along.  It’s going to be an interesting ride.

MIW Aug 2017 Sarah B and Alys on her recent hen in Amsterdam

Cwtch of the Week: A Big Family Cwtch

Happy Monday Everyone!
A beautiful Cwtch of the Week for you all to start off your day- shot by When Charlie Met Hannah, this is a lovely big squashy family cwtch!  Over to Charlie to tell us a bit more about it…..
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A Big Family Cwtch

Lauren and David got married on 11th August and had their reception at the St Mellons hotel in Cardiff. This is Lauren, Dave and Dave’s daughter Ella having a big family cwtch after Dave and Ella did a FABULOUS father daughter dance to My Girl by The Temptations
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Our Boobless Bride Fundraiser: Sunday 1st October

Happy Friday lovely Cwtchers.

I hope your wedding plans are coming along nicely! We are going to break from the norm of posting a real wedding today because a very special Cwtch Girl is in need of our help. 

Boobless Bride Fundraiser from maria farrelly on Vimeo.

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Please join us, we’d love to see you all there.

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Dawn bravely shared her wedding story with us last year. And while some of us stress about the seating plan, our bridesmaids arguing or a typo on the invites… Dawn not only fought cancer once but was sadly having to also cope with her father suddenly passing away only weeks before her big day. Her story really does put life into perspective. She is nothing short of an inspiration to us all. A year on from her wedding, she was then dealt a devastating blow. Life really can be cruel at times.Dawn_Steve_Wedding (116 of 964)
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And yet, through all of this, she has still managed to help and inspire all our readers, with posts such as this:  checking your boobs! o-BREAST-CANCER-CARE-900

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So please, bring your bridesmaids, your mother, your father, your grandparents… bring whoever you wish… Cancer affects us all. Lets celebrate friendship in all its forms and raise some much needed money for this special woman to enjoy with her girls. Lets help her create some wonderful memory days.
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Real Wedding: Tara and Robs Beautiful Hallowe’en Inspired Day

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Well I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but there is suddenly quite a chill in the air – autumn is coming! And you know what that means, autumnal colours, jumpers, warms fires, fireworks and hallowe’en!

And we have a super gorgeous wedding for you to get you all inspired if you’re planning an autumn wedding.  Shot by the very lovely Elaine Williams, Tara and Rob show you how to do a theme right! With gorgeous colours and tones throughout, with just the right amount of nodding to the 31st October, you’re about to completely fall in love with the idea of a hallowe’en inspired wedding…..

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Tara and Robs Beautiful Hallowe’en Inspired Day

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What was your budget?

£7,000…and even that was much than we initially thought it would be!

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Halloween, autumn & harvest festival!

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We loved being surrounded by everyone we knew and seeing everyone having a great time and mingling! The speeches were great too…who doesn’t like hearing nice things being said about them!?

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I knew from the start I didn’t want a wedding dress, but equally I didn’t really know what I wanted! I went shopping with my bridesmaids looking for them really. I saw a dress in the Phase 8 concession and loved it, the girls persuaded me to try it on and it fit me perfectly and looked awesome on! After thinking about it for a bit i bought it there and then…i didn’t need any alterations and it was well under budget!

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Bridesmaid:
Best friends from school, Jodie, Fiona and Mary as well as my sister Nadia. I had a flower girl, my niece Millie and ring bearer was my nephew Nathan.

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Bestman:
Best man was Robs mate Jamie.

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Why did you choose your venue?

I loved the barn! I loved that the chairs didn’t match, the fairy lights in the ceiling and the little touches. Having our own bar and outside area ment that the guests wouldn’t be spread all over the venue.

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Tell us about your photographer

We searched for a while as it’s a big investment (our biggest after the venue), and decided on Elaine based on her relaxed style and th fact that she did a documentary style. We didn’t want to have lots of posed photos we just wanted to relax enjoy our day and trust that the photographer would capture the best photographs that way, which Elaine defiantly did!

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How did the proposal happen? 

Outside Cardiff City Hall walking home after a dinner out!

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

I made toffee apples for place names and favours, they were surprisingly straight forward after a practice run I would defiantly recommend the use of a thermometer.

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I would also recommend the creating of table settings until as last minute as possible in case of cancellations or last minute changes to who sits where!
I enjoyed searching for vinyl records of the songs we used during the ceremony for a ‘guestbook.
We also had signs and bunting made by a talented friend which helped a lot!

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What was your first dance & why?

Foo Fighters – Everlong
We saw Foo Fighters live at a festival and have loved them ever since. The acoustic version of this song is the right mix of not being too mushy and a nod to the rock/indie/metal music we like!

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Nope!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Do what you want! Making a budget early on helps too!

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Know when to say sorry and mean it!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Hanging out with friends and getting to be a bit creative!

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Elaine Williams Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ty Mawr 
Bride’s Dress: Phase Eight
Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Melissa Metallics 
Bride’s Headpiece: My Lavaliere
Groom’s Outfit: Master Debonair 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHS
Cake: Alison Celebrations 
Flowers: Jan Lima
DJ: Cardiff Wedding Disco 
Stationery: Vista Print
Any Reception Decor/Props: Signage by Artisan WD 
Transport: Bijou Wedding Cars 
Other:

The Wedding Album

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Midweek Mini: Charlie’s Wedding Memories

Hello Cwtchers!

Today we get to share Charlie’s, our former lovely Cwtch Girl, favourite memory of her and Marks big day.

Happy Anniversary guys!

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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 :)

Charlie can now be found behind the camera – and she’s blummin good too! xx