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

Winter Wedding Inspiration

Here at Cwtch the Bride the majority of the weddings we have worked on take place in the spring and summer; but oh boy do we love a winter wedding.  There are few looks as sophisticated as pale blues and crisp whites.  Take a little look at this round up of ideas to inspire any of you winter brides…


COVER UPS


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Addilyn Feather cape, Monsoon found here


BRIDESMAIDS


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ASOS flutter sleeve cape back maxi dress found here

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Bluebell Maxi dress, Monsoon found here


HAIR


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Britten weddings, Something blue Wedding hair vine found here


DECOR


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Frosted pine cones in large jars and vases make beautiful centre peices, inspiration found here

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A beautiful starry backdrop for a photo booth would be super easy to make, or if you are feeling a little lazy (or stressed) you can find here

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Paper stars make a dramatic statement hung around the room, found here

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Simple table confetti can add colour on white cloths found here

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Glittery tree baubles are a genius way of combining your table name and favors,  We absolutely love these ones! found here


SAVE THE DATES AND INVITES


Set the scene from the offset with beautiful save the date ideas and invitations…

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Wedding snowflake invite inspiration found here


FOOD


56d51b57cc9860a96b156222db19315bBeautiful snowflake biscuits to accompany those hot after dinner drinks, or even as a canapes during a hot drinks reception?  Found here

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Cascading snowflakes are a stunning alternative touch to a wedding cake, inspiration found here


CONFETTI


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An amazing alternative to confetti which dissolves when in contact with water (rain- eek), which lets be honest Wales is not short on


GIFTS


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These cuff links would make a fab gift to groomsmen, we found them here

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Beautiful personalised bracelets would coordinate with any bridesmaid dress, found here

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And finally in our round up of winter wedding inspiration we have pure lust for this Tiffany snowflake necklace, found here, because well we are worth it!