Wedding Planning: Ideas and Inspirations

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So I have now had about three months for my engagement to sink in and I have been bombarded with questions from family, friends, and colleagues, about all the details of what I have in mind. After scanning through endless boards and pins on Pinterest (I am in my element haha!), I have a few ideas. You can visit my wedding board here.

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After our sit down and our “wedding planning talk” We both knew that we want a relaxed wedding that’s pretty, full of happy tears, laughter, and bad dancing at the end of the night. I know I want a kind of rustic/vintage theme going, even as far to say as a “festival wedding” which sounds right up my street. 

Mathieu and I aren’t religious so we have ruled out a church wedding as we just don’t feel it’s right or our style. People have offered suggestions such as golf clubs, town halls, hotels, and just a small ceremony at a registry office, but I just feel like none of them are really “me”

I think deep down I knew what I wanted and Mathieu willingly accepted when I told him that I wanted to get married outside. I want the sun shining, an arch filled with flowers, and hopefully the hazy smell of summer lingering in the air.

So I started to make a folder of images of wedding venues, table decor, flower arrangements, and wedding dresses that I want and putting them together. Thankfully Mathieu is so onboard and I couldn’t be happier that I’m marrying him. 

I am so pleased with the outcome of these mini vision boards, they’re making me fill with excitement just looking at them!

Where are you planning on tying the knot? Did you have a pretty little church wedding or a chic hotel reception! Please share your ideas & memories! 


Thoughts on Wedding Magazines

Okay. I'm not gonna lie. I have always dreamed of this moment. When I was little I was obsessed with these glossy magazines that showcased the most beautiful princess dresses. I then quickly realised that I had to marry someone to wear one and promptly dragged my friend Ben to the playground in school the next day and made him cry by demanding that he married me. Unfortunately, he was already betrothed to Sophie so I had to find someone else. Thirteen years later I found someone to do it without even asking or making them cry haha. 

I would also be lying if I didn't have a Pinterest wedding board ( who doesn't these days, and if you say you don't we all know you have a secret one!). I am pretty proud of my board and I would love to have everything on it. 

Anyway back to my magazine. I actually forgot about it until three weeks into my "engagement period" (is that a thing?) in the early hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep and realised and yelled, "Omg I haven't bought a wedding magazine yet!" To Mat who was snoring away next to me oblivious that to this very important matter and that I had also whacked him with a pillow. 

So I strode, yes strode, into WHSmith the next day and stood in front of the selection of magazines. Who knew there were so bloody many! I picked up about five and was then told off by Mat as he realised they were five pounds each! I selected two, a magazine for untraditional weddings and a local one to Chester and Liverpool as I thought that would be a logical decision. Smart Nicole.

I adored this magazine. The ideas, the couples, the themes! Insert all the heart eye emojis! I love the alternative wedding spreads and how they prove that your wedding doesn't have to be traditional to be, well, a wedding. It was so eye opening and the inspiration was flowing whilst flicking through all the beautiful pages. 

{all images from Rock n Roll Bride}

How beautiful are these two piece bridesmaids dresses? I Love how pretty they are and how different. I would never have thought of something like this in a wedding but this picture is proof of how it works. I also love the idea of an all green bouquet. After viewing these images I envisioned the same for my wedding but I think I need a bit of colour in mine.

The couple above in this photo had their venue/ photos taken at a botanic garden! Inside the greenhouse! The pictures were stunning and I wish will be lucky enough to have a beautiful/quirky wedding venue.

I love the idea of adding a bit of colour to a wedding dress and how gorgeous is this idea? Unless the hem is lifted it is unnoticeable. Very pretty but subtle. Also top hats? Hell yea!

Man buns and tattoos? Although I'm `not brave enough for this style of wedding I still adore it!! I think a bride who still shows her tattoos on her wedding day is the real deal! I don't understand the girlies who have them covered up for the day.

Have you read this magazine? Would you have or did you have an alternative wedding?
 Let me know in the comments!


Announcing My Engagement

Whew. I didn't know how stressful that moment was going to be. After Mathieu proposed we didn't rush to tell anyone, not even our family. We live a few hours away from both my parents and Mathieu's family still reside in France. 

I didn't want to ring as I felt like I had to tell them in person and see the look on their faces. The only problem was that Mathieu is a chef & works the most awkward hours so a get together is always hard to arrange. 

The day after he proposed I arranged a dinner with my mum & stepdad at a restaurant, to come down to stay the weekend at my dad's, and a FaceTime call to Mathieu's mother. 

As I had a while to break the news, four weeks to be exact!, I started to fret about how I would tell them. I don't know why but I didn't want to raise my hand and yell I'm engaged, I just felt more comfortable with a different version. 

I headed straight to Etsy and ordered some Save The Dates. I had had a month to plan already so we had already set a date. As I'm on a strict budget, I needed something purse friendly, rustic, pretty, and fast. 

As you can see I don't want much haha. But straight away I found these beautiful bookmarks that were £8 including delivery that could be posted in two days. Meant to be if I do say so myself. I ordered 15 to hand out to my family members and close friends as an announcement and I loved watching their faces as they opened the envelopes. 

My mum: 

As I mentioned above we went out for a meal on the second of January to tell my mum. It was just after Christmas, and as Mathieu & I spent Christmas day together we hadn't seen her before the holidays. I gave her an envelope containing a small thank you card for her lovely presents and then passed her my bookmark. 

She was chatting away as she opened it and for some reason, I had so many butterflies swirling around my stomach. I slipped the ring on under the table and watched her reaction as she stopped mid sentence and frowned at the bookmark. She looked at me & Mathieu and just said "what?" & I then showed her the ring as a huge smile spread across her face and she took her face in her hands. Mathieu was unbelievably nervous and I started to bloody cry! She passed the bookmark to my step dad and stood up to hug us shouting "I can't believe it" whilst I sobbed like a toddler. Mathieu could breathe again & my stepdad called for champagne. 

It was nerve-wracking and I had to do it another two times that week! 

My dad: 

On the following Saturday, we took a three-hour train down to my dad and step mums to tell them the news, armed with the envelope. We arrived at the house and exchanged Christmas gifts and after they had settled down, with shaking hands, I passed them the envelope saying I had one more present for them. I still cannot get over my dad's reaction. His jaw dropped he looked up at me and yelped "what's this!?" Causing my step mum to jump up and look, whilst my father broke down in tears. The big ol' softie. My stepmum cheered and then ran out for bottles of bubbly. 

Oh, but it wasn't over yet. The next day we had a Sunday roast booked at a local pub (standard Britain aha) where the rest of my father's family were joining for a belated birthday lunch for my aunt. I gulped down my gin and tonic and passed my aunty her birthday present and card. Once she had opened them I slipped her and my gran an envelope with the save the dates. The whole restaurant was met with screams as my aunty screamed to my uncle "Oh my god! they're getting married!!!" I just wanted the ground to swallow me up. The whole pub was eyeballing us haha. My gran was in tears and jumped up to hug me and so did everyone else whilst my father blubbered away in a corner. 

And last but not least Mathieu's Mother:

It was hard at first to find a time to face time his mum as we were both traveling up and down Wales to tell everyone the news. I've never met Mats mum but I have spoken to her briefly via face time where she waves and coos at me in French as she doesn't speak a word of English. We finally got ahold of her one Monday night, Mathieu and I sat on the sofa together and he told her the news. She cried straight away and shouted "Finally!" in french whilst sobbing into her hands whilst Mathieu sat next to me stunned and embarrassed.

So that's how we told our families. I then announced it on Facebook because isn't that what we do these days? I know people have mixed feelings about announcing personal events such as this on social media but as I have moved away from home it's a great way to stay in touch.

How did you tell your family? Would you use a different method? 


I said Oui

So here we go. My first official post! I wanted to take some photos of my ring but after standing next to my window in natural light I realised how ugly and awkward my hands are hahaha! In the end, I kept the ring in the box and decorated it with flowers, hiding my fingers in them haha.

Mathieu proposed to me with the most beautiful ring, it just goes to show that he knows my style and my "annoyingly expensive taste" as he would say. I am not a blingy person, my style of jewellery consists of minimal gold pieces that are either handmade, vintage or just catch my eye on the high street. 

I mentioned to Mathieu one day as he was planning a valentine gift for our second year that I would love to start a jewellery collection. I can still see his jaw dropping as if I was about to pull out a Cartier brochure. 

I explained that I like gold and simple jewellery and that I don't like diamonds. "What!?" Was his reply, I mentioned that I had seen the film blood diamond and I didn't want to be associated with the diamond trade after seeing the film.

So when he proposed, he surprised me with a handmade "one of a kind" ring from Etsy that was rose gold and had a raw, conflict free diamond. I fall a little bit more in love with it every day. It's perfect. the perfect style, the perfect fit, and was the perfect moment. So cheesy but after all, it was a proposal haha. 

What do you think? Are you a fan of gold or silver? Of diamonds or something untraditional?