Wedding in Edinburgh


Friday, October 26, 2007

1 Day to Go!!

Well the big day has almost finally come! Everything is going smoothly and I am not feeling nervous (at this precise moment anyway). Yesterday I had a reasonably relaxing day - gym session in the morning again, some handwashing for the honeymoon in the afternoon (really should have done that before getting my nails done!), then went to Berketex with Kirsteen for her final bridesmaid dress fitting - the dress looks lovely on her.

The dining room is currently full of favours, order of services, kids pressies, wedding cameras and more and I am almost packed and ready to go.

Today my mum, sister Karen and baby niece Emma are coming over for a quick visit, then Kirsteen is coming round to help with all the stuff, which we are taking to the Balmoral hotel, where we are staying tonight. I think this is the first time I have ever stayed in a hotel in central Edinburgh so that will be a bit strange, but I am looking forward to staying in the Balmoral.

This afternoon we are picking up my wedding dress and the bridesmaids' dresses to take to the Balmoral, then chilling out for the rest of the day with a visit to the Balmoral Spa for a pedicure, and some general lounging around and perhaps a glass or two of champers.

The next time I write here I will be a wife! Until then....

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

3 Days to go!!!

It's now only 3 days to go until the big day!!!

At the moment I am scared to type as I have just been to the beauty salon and had some gel nail tips. I can't stop looking at my nails as I have never had long nails before. This is going to take some getting used to!

I have managed to finish all my work and I am now taking the opportunity to chill out and relax for a few days before the wedding.

Today, in true lady of leisure style I went to the gym in the morning and then spent the late afternoon and early evening in the beauty salon (Zen, Teviot Place) for some pre wedding treatments. I had some waxing (ouch), followed by a fantastic back treatment of exfoliation, massage and parrafin wax treatment, with foot massage, then 2 hours of gel nail tips with french polish. So I am now feeling ready for the big day. Still no blemishes or blotches on my skin, so I am hoping that this will last for the next few days.

All I really need to do now is tidy up the house and prepare everything to take to the hotel on Friday. I'm not quite sure about the tidying up part as I feel that I shouldn't be doing anything to spoil the nails!

I am pretty much done with the wedding planning now - everything is organised and paid for. Yesterday I made up favours for all the kids and my order of services arrived through the post, so I have nothing much left to do - hooray!

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

My Final Wedding Dress Fitting

On Thursday I had another of these days where I was rushing around like a headless chicken. I worked all morning, went to a personal training session at the gym at lunch time, took the car into town and down to Armchair theatre in Abbeyhill to hand in my final cheque for the payment of the wedding DVD along with a CD with some music on it for them to use, grabbed a sandwich for lunch, went up the town, met my Mum for a quick coffee in the Dome, picked up my engagement ring from Lime Blue (looks very sparkly now after its polish!), tried to find some nice wedding stockings/holdups in Debenhams with no success, then went to Berketex and met Jenny and Kirsteen for our dress fittings.

I tried the dress on again and everything still fits and I still like it, thank goodness. Jenny was also having her final fitting and Kirsteen her first fitting and they both looked lovely in their dresses.

I spent a good amount of time prancing around in my dress and felt quite happy in it. Hopefully on the day with the hair and the makeup all done I will look the part!

If you are budgeting for your wedding remember to add in the cost of dress alterations. I forgot about this and have no idea what the average price is, but to give you an idea for your budgeting, the alterations to my wedding dress (hem taken up + something done to the bustle) was 60. The alterations to the bridesmaid's dresses were also 60 each (hem taken up and dresses taken in a bit). This was through an independent fitter who comes into Berketex. My sister Karen, on the other hand lives in Dublin and the same sort of alterations to her dress are costing around 50 Euro.

It is Saturday today and it is exactly a week to go until the wedding. My skin looks good today without a blemish in sight, so I am hoping that it will be like that on the big day! I am also starting to feel a little nervous as well. Hopefully everything will go smoothly.

I have pretty much finished all my wedding planning now. Last night I made the wedding favours for the ladies at the wedding - little cream boxes tied with burgandy satin ribbon, with really nice chocolates inside. So nice in fact, that I ate about 5 of them while I was doing it, so I am off the the gym now to do a good hard workout (for the 5th time this week!).

My makeup crisis has also been resolved. My personal trainer Carole is also a makeup artist and she is going to come to the hotel on Saturday to do my makeup. I have a trial with her on Sunday, so hopefully that one will go much better than the previous one :-)

I am going over to Kirsteen's tonight to meet up with her and my other friends Michelle and Ailsa for a few glasses of cava, then the plan is to work hard all weekend on my business and take the rest of the week off, relaxing and having the occassional beauty treatment!

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The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings

I thought this little book was worth a mention - The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings - a good little pressie to get someone who is going to get married.

The book is full of solutions to all the typical problems that you may worry about, plus a whole load of things that probably didn't even cross your mind!

Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings
Examples of worst case scenarios described in the book include:
  • How to conceal wedding day blemishes
  • How to survive if the wedding dress gets lost
  • How to make emergency cufflinks
  • How to survive if the flowers don't arrive
  • How to treat a panic attack
  • How to avoid a nervous breakdown before the wedding
  • How to find the groom (!)
  • How to deal with a drunk bridesmaid
  • How to maintain composure during the ceremony (stop crying, laughing, hiccups etc!)
  • How to deal with lost rings
  • What to do if someone objects
  • How to survive if the band doesn't show up
  • How to survive a bad toast

and so the list goes on and on...

I better get reading!!


Friday, October 19, 2007

Wedding at Craighouse, Napier University, Edinburgh

Last Saturday Stuart and I went to a wedding at Craighouse, which is part of Napier University in Edinburgh. The wedding was between Nicky (a friend of Stuart's) and Lynsey. I thought it was worth a mention, because it is a venue that we never visited when we were planning our wedding.

The venue was really lovely. It was a Victorian building, originally built in 1894 as a hospital and extensively refurbished in 1994 to become one of Napier's campuses. Craighouse is set on a hill and the views of Edinburgh are fantastic, so it is a great place for wedding photos overlooking Edinburgh with really nice grounds.

The civil ceremony was held in a room with nice big windows (the Castle room, I think) and was a lovely setting for a ceremony. This was actually the first time that I have been to a civil wedding ceremony in Edinburgh. I wasn't too keen on the registrar as she kept cracking terrible jokes and coerced the best men (there were 3 of them!) and also the bridesmaids to say something during the ceremony because she was disappointed that there were no readings. Stuart and I both hope that we don't get her for our wedding (argh!).

After the ceremony there was a drinks reception outside on the stairs and balcony over looking a great view of Edinburgh. It was a bit chilly, but the setting was great.

The reception was held in an impressive hall called the Turmeau Hall (below).

Turmeau Hall, Napier, Edinburgh

We had a really nice buffet dinner, followed by dancing in the evening and the bride, Lynsey looked lovely in a pale blue desinger wedding gown.

All in all a very nice venue. The only downside is the distance from the city centre - you would need to take a bus or drive there.


Monday, October 15, 2007

My Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial

Friday was rather a disastrous day. I had quite a busy schedule planned - makeup trial, visit to the registry office, hair trial, pay for the cake, finalise the flower order and pay for the flowers, doctor's appointment then out at night.

I had my makeup trial at Zen at 9.15am then my hair trial at John Malcolm at 11.10.

Unfortunately the makeup trial didn't go very well. It took a while - nearly an hour and a half and I felt more like someone who was about to audition for the Rocky Horror Show rather than a bride.

It was a bit of a bottom lip quivering moment - you know when you feel really upset and want to cry, but manage to stop yourself because you are in public. Basically there were far to many layers of foundation, concealer, primer etc, it was the wrong colour for me, it looked crumbly, I had too much mascara on, my eye makeup looked shiny and the lip gloss was horrible.

My theory is that in beauty salons they are experts in nails. facials, massages etc, but don't do makeup as much. I know I should have said something, but I was so upset I just wanted to get out of there. I decided that I would just phone later and cancel my makeup for the wedding day. Don't let this put you off going to the same place, as I still rate them as the best salon I have been to and they are fantastic at nails, massages, waxing and all that. I am going back there next week for a few pre wedding treatments so I decided that the quick exit and the quiet cancellation was the best thing for me.

I was supposed to go to the registry office next to hand in our ceremony booklet, but it was now nearly 11am and I had to get down to Forth Street (just off Broughton Street) from George IV bridge. I decided a strong coffee was in order instead so picked up a double latte in Starbucks and walked as fast as I could to the hairdressers. I am sure people were looking at me and my makeup as I walked done the street, but perhaps it was just paranoia.

Luckily the hair trial was a good experience. I have been going to my hairdresser Louise for 8 years and she is great and I always feel happy with my hair after getting it done by her. Fortunately there were some baby wipes in the toilets so 5 baby wipes later, I had most of my makeup off, some moisturiser on and some of my own normal foundation, so I was feeling almost back to normal.

I won't go into the details of my hairdo for the day, but I got it coloured pretty much back to my natural colour and I liked the hairstyle for the wedding day. Unfortunately I managed to bring my wedding bra with me instead of my tiara (doh!), but they even managed to borrow a tiara from the bridal shop next door (thanks to Lorraine Weselby for that :-) )

Now I just need to come up with some alternative for wedding makeup, but if the worst comes to the worst I would rather do it myself than look like what I looked like today!


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Preparing for the Wedding Ceremony

When you register your wedding at the registry office in Edinburgh you will receive a booklet that explains in detail what will happen at your wedding ceremony.

The booklet has a couple of pages for each part of the ceremony and explains exactly what the registrar will say during the ceremony and what you can and cannot change. For parts of the ceremony that can be changed the booklet gives a number of options to choose from and in some cases allows you to insert your own words (subject to approval).

At the time of writing the ceremony booklet is made up of the following sections:

  • Welcome/Introduction
  • Identification
  • Words During the Ceremony
  • Definition of Marriage
  • Paperwork Preliminaries
  • Consent to Declarations
  • No Impediment Declaration
  • Husband and Wife Declaration
  • Exchange of Vows
  • Exchange of Rings
  • Pronounced Husband and Wife
  • Signing of Schedule

If you want to change anything or add anything to the ceremony you need to fill in th booklet and make sure it is delivered to the registration office no later than 14 days before the ceremony date.

Stuart and I spent a bit of time this evening working out what we wanted to do. To make things a little more personal we have made a few ammendments, added a few extra options and also included a history of the Balmoral hotel since this is the venue that we are getting married in. We are also having a couple of readings, a piper to pipe me/us in and out and some classical music at the beginning of the ceremony as guests arrive and while we are signing the registar.

Tomorrow I've got quite a busy day - my wedding makeup trial at Zen, a visit to the registry office to hand in the ceremony booklet, my wedding hair trial at John Malcolm, a visit to the Florist to confirm the flowers and make the final payment and I also have to make the payment for the cake at Jenners. More about all of this tomorrow...


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Strange Dreams Before the Wedding Day

It's a little weird, but I've had quite a few strange dreams about the wedding day.

In last night's dream I dreamt that I used the wedding dress shop's sample veil (which I have borrowed for my hair trial) instead of my own veil. It then fell apart and the comb part of it separated from the veil. Guests whom I hadn't invited turned up at the wedding and many of the guests whom I had invited didn't turn up at all. My hairstyle went totally wrong and by the time the evening reception had arrived I was in the toilets trying to make it look ok. The band that turned up wan't the band we ordered and they played a rock/pop song instead of our first dance. Then I couldn't find Stuart for the first dance, realised we hadn't practised our steps at all. When he did turn up he was dressed in trousers rather than a kilt and had broken his ankle.

I suppose it's quite normal to have all these dreams since I have spent so much time planning the wedding day and it is less than 3 weeks to go now. Lets just hope that all these things that go wrong are just bad dreams and won't actually happen on the big day!


Monday, October 08, 2007

Choosing Music For your Civil Ceremony

This weekend I spent a few hours choosing some music for our ceremony. In a civil ceremony you can more or less choose what you want for music as long as it is not religious in any way.

I am having a piper to pipe me into the ceremony, but wanted some nice classical music to play on a CD as guests were arriving and while we were signing the register.

I am not very knowledgeable about classical music so I spent a while listening to clips of classical music on Tesco Downloads and finally suggested the following pieces:

For Guests Arriving:
  • Serenade in D Minor (London in Phillharmonic Orchestra)
  • Meditation from Thais (Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott)
  • Air from Water Music (Berlinner Phillharmoniker & Riccardo Muti)
  • Canon in D (Acedemy of St Martin in the Fields and Sr Neville Marriner)

For signing the register:

  • Air on the G String (The National Phillharmonic Orchestra Baroque Ensemble)


Monday, October 01, 2007

My First Wedding Dress Fitting

Last Thursday I had my first wedding dress fitting at Berketex Bride. Not really good timing on my part, given that I had just had a weekend of drinking and unhealthy eating in Barcelona!

What usually happens at a first fitting is that you will try on the dress that you ordered and the dress fitter will check to see how well it fits you. She will then pin everything into place and then go away and make the alterations to the dress. The purpose of a second fitting, which is usually one or two weeks before the wedding is to have a final check that the altered dress fits you perfectly and again and to check if any further alterations are required.

When you go to your fitting you need to wear the underwear that you have bought for the wedding day and the shoes that you will be wearing on the day.

It was amazing to see and try on my dress as I had only ever tried on the sample dresses which tend to faid with age and don't look as good. My dress looked much brighter than the sample dresses and it was lovely to try on a dress that nobody else had tried on before me. I would love to describe the dress in great detail, but in the usual tradition I am keeping this a secret from the groom, so I am not going to spill the beans! I was pretty happy with it and since I had lost about 12 pounds or so since February it looked a little better than it did the last time I was in.

My dress fitted me almost perfectly and I only need the hem taken up a little bit. The upper part of the dress is a corset style with ties that pull you in, so this allows a bit of leeway if I am too lose a little weight or put a little on (hopefully not the latter).

Overall I was very happy and the staff in the shop were really nice and let me take me time, wandering about in the dress to make sure that it was just right.

I have my final fitting booked for the 18th October, just over a week before the wedding so hopefully I manage not to eat too many cakes between now and then!

For anyone who is interested in the cost of alterations, I really have no idea, but it is costing me 60 for alterations to my wedding dress, which includes the hem being taken up and something done with the back of the dress so that it can be bustled up in the evening.


Wedding In Edinburgh