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

MIW Aug 2017 Alys and me catching up over cocktails

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.

MIW Aug 2017 The gang

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.

MIW Aug 2017 TRIBE

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!).

MIW Aug 2017 my hen planning file!

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

Bride to be Diaries: Introducing Our First Bridesmaid, Maid In Wales

Good morning you lovely bunch!

We finally have the pleasure of introducing our very first bridesmaid! Have you been asked to step up? Are you going to be the Maid of Honor? Are you in need of some inspiration and help for this mahoosive role you’re about to fill?

Well, our gorgeous Maid In Wales, Gwen, is in the same boat, and here to share her journey with you……

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Hello! Lovely to meet you all!

I’m Gwen and in just over a year’s time I am going to helping my twin sister Alys walk down the aisle as her Maid of Honour. We’re both 29 and grew up in the Brecon Beacons in a little village called Bwlch.

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We went our separate ways for University – me to Exeter and Alys to Cardiff – where we both met local boys who have ended up as our future husbands. I now live in Exeter with my husband Mike and work in PR for a local hospital. When I’m not writing press releases or promoting the NHS to the local media, I spend my time crafting, taking photos, going to festivals, and travelling back and forth to Wales visiting family and friends (I spend A LOT of time on the M5…).

Alys and I have always been best friends, so when I married Mike last August, it was only natural that she should be my Maid of Honour.

Maid In Wales Alys and Gwen

I always knew that she would be up to the task and, during one crazy year of wedding planning, Alys turned out to be a ‘Maid of Honour Extraordinaire’! She threw herself in to organising my amazing hen weekend (which remained top secret until the moment my hens surprised me outside Bath train station).

Maid In Wales Me on my hen party

She was a constant support throughout the wedding planning process helping with everything from dress shopping to individually hand painting invitations. And on an emotional rollercoaster of a wedding day (when I was just about managing to hold it all together) she even managed to reduce me to tears by writing a cheesy song and getting my friends to perform it during the reception. All in all – BEST BRIDESMAID EVER.

Maid In Wales (Gwen)

The trouble is, now it’s my turn. When Alys’ boyfriend Phil popped the question last summer I excitedly (and a little apprehensively) assumed that the time had now come for me to return the favour. Her official MOH proposal came in the post with a card and a customised badge for each of her five chosen bridesmaids. As geographical distance is an issue for Alys’ newly formed ‘Bride Tribe’ (we’re spread out across South Wales, the Midlands and the South West), we all took to Whatsapp to share our reactions to the mail with bridesmaid badge selfies. Naturally we all accepted. So now the hard work begins.

Maid In Wales My MOH proposal

Whilst I am honoured and excited at the prospect of helping my twin sister walk down the aisle next year, she has left me with some rather big shoes to fill. I want to be able to give her exactly the same amazing experience she gave me (which will be quite a challenge!). I’ve already got the engagement party under my belt – I supplied the decorations, helped out with the catering and even made a small speech (public speaking is not my thing) – and attended the obligatory family wedding fair visit which has given us lots of ideas and inspiration for her big day.

Maid In Wales Alys and Gwen 2

As Brides go, she is very on the ball with planning her wedding and already has lots of elements booked in. I, on the other hand, am not quite so sorted with my MOH duties. The prospect of planning a hen party for up to 17 of Alys’ closest friends fills me with dread and I have yet to start any firm preparation. I have a few ideas though, and with the help of my wonderful fellow bridesmaids, I’m confident that we’ll be able to pull it off. Fingers crossed.

We cannot wait to hear more about what you have planned for Alys! 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!!

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