Bride to Be Diaries: The Carnival Couple have their Hag and Sten!

Good morning!

Lowri and Simon, our gorgeous Carnival Couple, are back to tell us all about their Hag and Sten – and if yu don’t know what they are, read on!
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The Hag and Sten

In the midst of all the planning and the exam marking we had been told to keep a weekend free for our stag and hen. However, we are older now and we are marrying our best friend so why have a weekend away from each other? We didn’t want a weekend of penis straws and strippers so our bridesmaids and best men planned together, which was probably a better idea anyway! So, the first weekend in June our friend Rich picked us up in his van and and drove us to the mystery destination so that we had no chance of knowing what they’d planned!

After a couple of hours we pulled into Bluestone. We were a bit aprehensive at first as it hadn’t been somewhere we had thought of visiting ourselves, but as we pulled up to our 14 person lodge in glorious sunshine to be greeted by a lot of alcohol and our closest friends our opinions were soon changed.

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Our friends clearly know us very well. We had a fantastic weekend involving human body pictionary, time on the beach in Tenby flying powerkites, spa treatments (for the ladies), raft building (for the gents), time at the mini waterpark, lots of BBQ food and alcohol.

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And some dressing up! Oh, and penis straws…

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It was great having everyone together and also getting to spend some time with each other, which we hadn’t really had the chance to do with everything being so hectic!

We had a great weekend and would definitely recommend Bluestone for joint stag and hens! And we are already considering another weekend there. Back to reality with a bump and another 1000 exam papers between us, getting to the end of term and trying to squeeze in some carnival wedding creations we now have a week to go until the big day and are so excited!

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Although, we are currently sailing in Greece for a week so there really is nothing we can do, apart from answer a few emails and phonecalls so it’ll be all hands on deck the second we return!
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It really isn’t long until our carnival wedding and we can’t wait! We will share all with you in our next blog!

Bride and Groom to be Diaries: The Carnival Couple are Squeezing in Time to Plan!

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Planning the thing!

Over the past few months we have found ourselves completely overwhelmed with work. We have been getting home about 9pm, after leaving at 7.30am, working all evening, weekends, Easter ‘holidays’, Bank ‘holidays’, and every spare five minutes. The illusion of the non-stop holidays for teachers is just that, a complete and utter illusion!

With that being said, I am getting more and more anxious about being able to get any wedding bits and pieces sorted out. Simon has a much more laid back approach, telling me that we have ages. But less than three months feels far from ‘ages’!

We have managed to do some planning though!

In the week following the engagement we managed to get the church and marquee booked, after looking for a slightly alternative, carnival-feel to our reception, and felt as though we were really in control of the whole wedding thing. After a bit of consideration and discussion, our caterers were booked and I had picked my dress. What on earth was all the fuss about??

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And then life happened. Well, no, we wish life happened; work happened. As we both work as secondary school teachers teaching mainly A level there is a non-stop bombardment of students, deadlines, data, coursework, planning, marking, essays, revision, mocks, feedback, parents’ evenings, options evenings… the list really does go on. Our time with each other becomes limited, never mind time to plan a wedding. We understand the fuss!

Despite this, we have snuck in some things. After our first Cwtch the Bride experience we booked a photographer, ‘Camera Sioned’ and met up to discuss our big day and have our engagement shoot. Previously we would have probably dismissed this as a daft expense, but it was included in the package and turned out to be a great afternoon!

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We would thoroughly recommend taking part in an engagement shoot. We got to learn about our photographer and she learnt about us, our likes and dislikes. The photos she took are fab! And we can access all of them and print them as we please. It isn’t going to feel like someone we hardly know will be at our wedding now, and neither of us are fans of staged photos so Sioned was the perfect choice for us.

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We have also started the DIY bits and pieces to make sure the carnival theme runs throughout, from spray painting to sewing bunting, it is all go when we are able to find a few minutes to spare. I even attempted hand sewing some bunting pennants on the bus to Llangranog on a school trip, but it didn’t take me long to realise that my sewing machine was a far better option. Although my far better option has just given up on me, so it is right back to plan B and a needle and cotton! Our amazingly talented friend Sian has been busy creating a masterpiece of an invitation, which has involved us having many meetings over glasses of wine to tweak the colours, style, images and wording.

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She took our carnival theme and managed to make our personalities show through. We managed to squeeze in an invitation writing session (supported by a few glasses of fizz) so the whole thing feels very real now! Our wedding webpage is live, as is our gift list, and we do not want to disappoint on the day!

Some of you may have bumped into us at CwtchFest where we were helping out, having a fantastic day, meeting some passionate and talented exhibitors. It made us realise how lucky we are to be part of the Cwtch team, who are like a little family, it’s great! And we know that it’s going to be a full on couple of months, but our big Carnival day will be more than worth it.

For now, we are just packing for our Hag/Sten do! That’s right, we wanted a joint one! Why go away for a weekend without your best friend? So I am sure you will hear all about that in our next instalment! Hopefully our planning will all be coming together by then too. Wish us luck Cwtch family!

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Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh we cannot wait to hear about the Hag! Speak soon Lowri and Simon xx

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!!

B2B Carnival Banner The Carnival Couple (Lowri and Simon)Simon and Lowri

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

ali-and-grant

Katie – Our Crafty Bride

katie-crafty

Vicky – Our Graceful Bride

vicky-graceful

Victoria – Our Valleys Bride

vicci-valleys

Kathryn – Our Traditional Bride

kathryn-traditional

Kirsty – Our Rustic Bride

kirsty-rustic

Jess – Our DIY Bride

jess-diy

Competition – 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). 

Print

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

stephen-and-dawn

Ali – Our Spring Bride

ali-and-grant

Katie – Our Crafty Bride

katie-crafty

Vicky – Our Graceful Bride

vicky-graceful

Victoria – Our Valleys Bride

vicci-valleys

Kathryn – Our Traditional Bride

kathryn-traditional

Kirsty – Our Rustic Bride

kirsty-rustic

Jess – Our DIY Bride

jess-diy