Bride to Be Diaries: The Crafty Bride is Having Nightmares!

Oh our poor lovely Crafty Bride, Katie, is having trouble! 

Those mental, crazy dreams have arrived, and they’re anything but fun (although, I admit, I found them funny. Sorry Katie!)  Ive been there, in fact, many have! My worst one was I kept showing up tot the wrong place, getting back in the car and going from venue to venue trying to find everyone!

Lets hope they subside so Katie can crack on with her awesome crafting and planning.  Over to you lovely…..

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Hello everyone! Well, the last few weeks have been rather bitter sweet for me in terms of wedding planning truth be told.

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Good news is my gorgeous veil finally arrived in the post last week, (to which I’m currently resisting the urge to wearing round the house it whilst doing my hoovering!)
Bad news is, in the last month alone I have had a total of 3 wedding nightmares, all ranging from one catastrophe to another, all occurring on our wedding day.

My first dream a few weeks ago consisted on me walking down the aisle on the big day, all dolled up and looking lovely, only to arrive at the end of the altar to my mother in place of my Registrar! I looked at my mother in awe and said “Mam where’s the registrar” to which she replied calmly “I don’t know love, she didn’t turn up” By the way she was acting you’d swear we were waiting at a bus stop, and the next one will be along shortly!

I naturally panicked and started to wig out over the fact that my husband to be had already seen me in my dress and I was at the point of no return as far as superstitions go! I them storm off and grab my friend David from his seat and put him in front of us demanding that because he has an A-Level in R.E he must perform the ceremony! At that point even my brain had enough of my rant and I finally woke up.

Panic stricken I frantically searched though my emails looking for our registrar receipt checking what time and date I had booked her for the day! … 1 hour later (I really need to sort out my inbox!) I finally find it only to notice … I can’t see a wedding time agreed on my receipt.

I’m having full palpitations at this point! Stressing that my registrar won’t turn up at the right time! Of course this would happen to me on a Sunday when the local council is closed, unable for me to call them! Those 24 hours were very long to say the least … I honestly had visions of them not being free until 6pm on the day and we’d have to have our reception with no wedding and get married at county hall the next day in my PJ’s!

However the Crisis was averted the next day, I spoke to the lovely lady in the council and she reassured me that I booked her for 12pm (as I had thought) She sounded like she had encountered many mad brides like me before … Lucky for her! … That was just my first dream!

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The Second dream I had; I was getting ready with my mum on the morning of our big day, and I’m frantically searching for my undergarments, bra, and knickers etc, to my amazement, I didn’t pack them!

Another freak out ensues; I’m frantically searching and shouting at my mum “I can’t go down the aisle commando!” After trying on all the bras I could find from my guests, this dream finished with my bridesmaid Rebecca coming to my rescue, driving me home in my rollers and PJ’s just to get my underwear; of course we stopped for a well deserved McDonalds on the way back!

This dream was the funniest of the three, this scenario was very familiar. A few years ago during my bridesmaid Carrie-Anne’s big day, one of her bridesmaids on the eve of the wedding, realised whilst having a drink in the pub with the rest of the bridal party that she didn’t pack her underwear for the wedding in her overnight bag. So off we went; gone midnight, me, her, and the bride to be, squeezed on my little car with bag of greasy chips in hand, back to her house on the other side of Swansea to fetch her knickers!

We did laugh about it at the time and said this could be a new wedding tradition for us, I think my mind was trying to remind me of our pact.

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My third dream was just as wacky; I dreamt that Aled and I were reading our vows, when a random bloke gate crashed my wedding, proper wedding movie cliché style! During the vows where the registrar says “Does anyone know of any reasons why these two persons cannot be wed?” he storms in saying that he objects, and that the wedding can’t go on because Aled got one question wrong in our wedding interview a few months prior. This revelation effectively stops the wedding dead in its tracks, the registrar says that she cannot continue until this reason is investigated!

Well needless to say I end up rugby tackling the bloke to the ground bludgeoning him to death with my wedding bouquet, following that my wedding party and I were all sitting at the wedding breakfast all cool as cucumbers, as if nothing had happened, continuing to eat and perform the speeches, whilst the corpse of the rude man lay lifeless on the floor in front of the top table being stepped over by the waiters serving food to our guests! Needless to say after that dream I’ve put my ushers on high alert asking them to check people when they turn up!

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There’s still Seven months left, I dread to think what other weird and wonderful dreams my mind will construct, hopefully Father Christmas will get me a Dream Analysis & meanings book so I can work them out as i go along. I hope I’m not the only bride that has come across this, and that this isn’t a sign that I’m slowly losing my mind, and I’ll have to re-arrange my wedding ceremony to take place in Cefn Coed psychiatric hospital!

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Oh poor Katie! I think maybe you need a little time out, a couple of non wedding days perhaps! Get some rest and then crack on again!
Hope you get some sweet dreams soon!! x

 

 

 

Bride To Be Diaries: Crafty Bride Katie’s Crafting Advise

Wedding crafting seems to be a right of passage these days when organising your big day but it can become a total nightmare! Today our Crafty Bride Katie has a whole heap of crafting advise. Over to you Katie.

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The Crafty Bride Kate’s Crafting Advise

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I thought I’d share with you all my wedding craft mishap that happened to me this week! For those of you that don’t know me, I like to consider myself to be a true crafter, I love nothing better than strolling around Hobby craft, making bespoke gifts for my friends birthdays, and perusing on the Pinterest app. If there’s anything to be made, rather than paying top dollar for someone in Taiwan to mass produce it, I’d much rather roll up my sleeves and make one myself, now with 10 months to go until the wedding I’ve now stupidly surrounded myself with what feels like a never ending cycle of unfinished wedding projects, I will now finally admit … even I have bitten off more than I can chew!

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As I type this I am currently sitting in my craft room (aka my tip of a Back bedroom!) surrounded by, 5 unfinished wooden gift boxes for my bridesmaids, 3 half painted wooden initials, 1 half sketched “Finger Print Tree”, 5 mock ups of our order of service awaiting my decision, 4 half decorated confetti cone holders, 100 unfinished wedding invitations, 500 Tiffany blue embellishment buttons (for what purpose even I have forgotten!), 300 recently varnished vintage key pendants ready to be applied to a nonexistent seating plan, and finally 1 wedding mood board (of which half the content upon it I have changed my mind on!) … all I’m missing now is a Partridge in a Pear tree!20161005_23023420160727_221223

None the less after having throwing a huge wobbler and downing a glass of wine (…. or two) I have now regrouped my thoughts and developed an action plan to get them all sorted.

On reflection of this I thought I’d devise a “What NOT To Do Guide” with a few hints and tips for getting crafty with your wedding DIY projects … So to avoid any wobblers and mini breakdowns along the way follow my easy guide….

Firstly Ask Yourself….

Do you have the right skills to make the craft you want?

Be open and honest with yourself; don’t embark on an oil painting if you struggle to draw stick men! Confide in an honest family member or friend that isn’t afraid of telling you straight if your craft piece is not looking up to par! My Mum has defiantly saved me making these mistakes on many occasions! It’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’re crafting skills are not on par with Picasso, but I’d much rather not have the craft piece in my wedding than make it myself and have my guests thinking to themselves on the day “OMG what was she thinking that looks awful!” … Or “OMG did a 3 year old help her make that?”

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Do I have the time to make it?

It’s all well and good making 100 wedding crafts yourself, but do you realistically have the time to do it? Try and set a goal, Make a check list and go through them one by one, try and do it during your spare time, and do it at a time and place where you can focus 100% and not be interrupted.

Does the craft fit in with your wedding budget?

There’s no point making something yourself, if buying the completed craft in the first place will cost less than the materials to make it! The only exception to this rule I would say is; if you need somthing personalised and bespoke to your needs, for example; my wedding theme is an odd colour (Tiffany Blue), so the majority of my little touches for the wedding, I have to make myself to get the right colour, If you can buy what you need/want and its cheap enough on its own, Don’t make it just for the sake of it and make more work for yourself.

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REMEMBER….

The Pinterest App can be your best friend and your worst enemy!

Like most people, I have a wedding Pinterest account currently holding over 6000 pins mostly containing fab wedding ideas! Most of which I will never have the funds/time/skill to make! (A girl can dream though!). Be aware of Pintrocities! (This is a slang term where ambitious Pinterest ideas/crafts can turn into something ugly!) I myself have had my own “Pintrocity moment” where I followed a “Heat-less beach curls” tutorial, the result of which turned me into Diana Ross tribute act over night! – Heed my warning; follow the step by step instruction, if it looks too fiddly for your unskilled hands, save yourself the time/stress and don’t bother!

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(Ummmm….Oh Dear.)

DO NOT start another Craft project until you finish the current one!

Simple one really, but it’s easier said than done! I know I’ve been there! Some crafts can be more enjoyable than others, but persevere with the task in hand, it will make the next task even more enjoyable knowing that the previous task is all completed! Just make sure to be strict with yourself, do not deviate from your list!

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

No woman is an island! Don’t be afraid to get some help from friends and family, any excuse to have your bridesmaids over for a gossip (get an assembly line going!), just make sure that the wine isn’t flowing too much whilst you do your crafts! That has disaster written all over it!

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HAVE FUN WITH IT!

Crafting is meant to be fun and enjoyable experience, if it’s causing you to pull your hair out then it’s probably not worth doing, it’s pointless adding more stress to what already can be a stressful time for us Brides to be!.

I hope my hints and tips have been helpful for someone, all the best with your crafting, wither you buy it or DIY it; I hope everything turns out fab for you all.

Katie, this is wonderful! So many good tips and advice, as well as admitting to those little faux pars! Brilliant, thank you so so much for sharing xx

Introducing Our Crafty Bride Katie

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Today I have the pleasure of introducing Our Crafty Bride Katie. Over the next few months she will be giving us a little glimpse into her wedding planning. Take it away Katie!Hello fellow bride’s to be! A little bit about me … Continue reading