If you’re anything like me, you like planning, writing lists, write things down by hand, best start a brand-new notebook, a nice one, with butterflies on it, or a really nice quote. Somehow, writing things down by hand makes me feel a bit more organised than an Excel spreadsheet.
Our wedding is soon, like real soon! We have got all the big things in place, and now it’s down to the nitty-gritty.
We got engaged in June 2017, and within 24 hours we had set the date, chose the venue and booked it, and also chose the ceremony location. We made a list of the things that were important to us. Rather than getting carried away about what we “ought to be doing” we decided on the things we love.
Every wedding has their own list of bookable elements, such as: wedding venue, wedding decor, flowers, bridal hair, make-up, wedding dress, groom's outfit, photographer, videographer, entertainment, cake, band or DJ, rings, invitations / RSVPs, favours and so on. The wonderful thing is that nowadays you can really create the wedding of your dreams, the possibilities are endless!
Every couple has their own likes and dislikes, and just because everyone has a wedding cake, doesn't mean you need one! We decided pretty quickly what were the most important things for us and where our budget would go.
We both wanted a Humanist ceremony, but we realised that there are no Humanist celebrants on the Isle of Harris. After we spoke to the lovely registrar Helen in Tarbert, we are both totally happy with her conducting our ceremony and amending it to make it our own.Wedding flowers: With time spent on google and asking for recommendations, I found a florist in Stornoway. After meeting with them, I am confident that they can provide the style of bouquet I am after.
Wedding cake: I take photographs of the most amazing wedding cakes, and I see a lot of different styles. From a photo point of view, the naked cakes are amazing, but I know they can dry out quickly. Also, Mo and I have this lego thing going on between us (we just click), so after a bit of research, we found a highly regarded cake designer North of Stornoway. We went for a tasting and wow, this lady can bake!!
Paper invitations: We decided to send out online invitations using RSVPify.com. We are both Geeks and loved the easy way of receiving our RSVPs on the phone and keeping track of them that way.
This is a biggie for us. When I take photos at weddings in Edinburgh, I often get the same food as the wedding guests. I must say - in my humble opinion - that Heritage Portfolio provide THE best wedding food in Edinburgh, but it’s a bit far for them to travel and cook for 20 people on the Isle of Harris. We asked far and wide and got recommendations from our friends on the Isle of Harris and we ended up choosing Taste. We enjoyed one of their pop up restaurant evenings, which will always be a highlight from one of our visits to the island. Chris and Nicola, a young couple who moved to the island just recently, love providing locally sourced food, served in a modern and stylish way. Our guests will be blown away with it!
I started my search on the Isle of Harris and Lewis but I was not happy with the results. Even though we were adamant about choosing local suppliers, I had to widen my search. Bearing in mind the photographer had to make their way to Harris from either the Isle of Skye of Ullapool on the mainland, they would need to stay over one, possibly two nights. Google helped me to find Lynne Kennedy who specialises in what I call Landscape Wedding Photography. She has the skill of combining the landscape with the wedding couple in a very stylish way and I love that in her images.
We organised a bus to take everyone from our reception venue to the beach and back and also for taking them home to their accommodation at night.
Planning a wedding can be stressful people say. So we thought with just 20 people attending it will be a doddle... We have had our ups and downs with it, mainly because we care so much about our closest family and friends being there and for some a trip to the Isle of Harris is quite far. My parents and my brother and family are travelling from Germany, One of Mo's brother's is coming from Paris with his family. We totally appreciate the distance we are asking them to travel and realise that this is quite an undertaking for most of them.
After we had booked most of the big ticket items, we pretty much had our head in the sand. For months! Not a week would go past and one of our friends would remind us "not long now" or "how are the wedding plans coming on". We just smiled and said, it's all in control. But secretly we knew, we had to sit down again... and plan, a bit more. So...
We now know exactly what's left to do, and we are in a much better wedding planning place, and feel more in control. I have a pile of paper, a to-do list. Happy days!
One of my friends asked me to create a WhatsApp group with all the girls and then make her an admin of the group. And the agreement was to remove me from the group and they can all plan together. So I have nothing to do with it. I just have to turn up. Easy! Thanks Kim!! x
I think the same is happening for Mo, his mates are up to something... something is brewing!