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Wedding Update – The Venue


This is the venue for our wedding. It's not grand or plush or overly pretty from the outside, but it is functional and perfect for what we wanted.


It has plenty of parking space and outdoor areas where, at the beginning of Autumn, the trees should be turning a beautiful golden colour for the photos. 


There is a play park where, weather permitting, the children can play before dinner whilst their parents mingle with other guests.


There is an entrance hall which we can use to offer a warm welcome to the guests as they arrive (well, not us personally as we will be elsewhere as the afternoon guests arrive, but our decorations can offer a warm welcome at this point). 


There is a spacious hall, large enough to set the tables around the outside during the blessing ceremony, and put them into place ready for the meal…


With rafters to hang bunting and balloons from…


and room for a disco as the evening progresses.


There's even a room for relaxing and chilling…


which is situated right next to the bar (just behind those folding doors!)

There's even a cloakroom and a serving hatch straight from the kitchen, but I never thought to take photos of those!

I have so many plans for this place, so many ideas I can't wait to put into action, so many thrifty finds I can't wait to use. October is coming closer each day and I need to get going on making the decorations and putting the final bits and pieces together. Stay tuned, dear readers, this blog will soon be filled with all manner of wedding-goodness…  


Wedding Update – Blessings

Morning all!

I thought it was high time we had another "wedding update" and what better thing to update you on than the ceremony itself?


When Tim proposed to me last summer (in Italy, of course!) we immediately began thinking about how we wanted our wedding to be. The day after his proposal we went to an awesome wedding in Rome, and then another one in Oxford the following week. Both were so different, and it made us realise very quickly that our wedding could be anything we wanted it to be.

We thought of churches and how we didn't want to have to promise things that we didn't feel in our hearts. We thought of the register office and how it all felt so clinical. We quickly realised that wanted something in between. 

We discussed eloping and having a very private ceremony. We thought of Gretna Green or Glastonbury. But, somehow, as exciting as it sounded, we couldn't bear the thought of not having our closest friends and family share that special moment with us.


And that's when we thought about creating our own blessing ceremony.

Our wedding day is going to be interesting, to say the least. We have our "legal" ceremony at the register office at midday, followed by a walk in the park for photos (taken by family and friends, of course, as we aren't having a professional photographer). We have until 2pm to get to our other venue, where we will be holding a blessing ceremony, followed by the meal and reception, before the partying begins and our evening guests arrive. That means I have three different guest lists – one for the whole day, one for the blessing and reception, and one for the evening. Quite a lot to think about…

But even more challenging (and exciting, of course) is the fact that as we are doing this ourselves, we are creating an entire blessing from scratch. We wanted it to be personal and to celebrate what is special to us, which means we aren't following any given ceremony that is already written. Sure, we will take aspects from other ceremonies, but this is our one chance to really express who we are as we make a commitment to each other in the presence of our friends.


Thankfully, we have the help and wisdom of some wonderful people who, whilst unable to make the wedding itself, have been there with me throughout so many of my biggest life changes and know exactly what I want to create on that day. Online friends can be true gems and the little group who I met first online and then in person at the wonderful Glastonbury Abbey have taken Tim under their wing too and are helping us shape the day as we speak.

In fact, I must give a "shout-out" to Jen, who despite being unable to make it over to England this autumn to lead our ceremony, is helping us figure out how to make it work by inviting several of our friends to lead small parts of the ceremony and make it a truly special part of the day. 

So, my lovelies, I must leave you and go dream some more of the big event coming my way rather fast these days. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here tomorrow xx