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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Monday, September 03, 2007

My Wedding To Do List with less than 2 months to go

Long time no write!

I have been trying to make a post to this wedding diary every week and just realised that it has almost been a month since my last post - argh!

I have been pretty busy over the last month - I have left my work, I am starting my own business, I've been on lots of training courses, I've been setting up my new computer and lots of other things. In the meantime I have neglected the wedding diary a bit.

It is now less than 8 weeks until the big day!! I can't believe it. My to do list was looking quite achievable and short until I started to think about it all in more detail.

I thought it would be helpful to make a list of what I still had to do as this may be helpful to other people at the same stage in their wedding planning. Perhaps you are more organised than I am and have already done most of this?

Here is the list - the wedding is October 27th

  • Write and Send Wedding Invitations (by 7th September)
  • Decide on readings for the ceremony (by 15th September)
  • Have tasting of wedding breakfast and decide on menu (by 15th September)
  • Finish adding gifts to gift list (by 15th September)
  • Collect wedding rings (September)
  • Buy bridal underwear (September)
  • Decide on song for first dance (by end of September)
  • Decide on music for ceremony (by end of September)
  • Submit M10 forms and payment to registry office (by end of September)
  • Write/Decide on wording for ceremony and vows (by end of September)
  • Fitting for wedding dress and bridesmaid's dresses (September/October)
  • Ensure all final payments are made (September/October)
  • Fill favour boxes (October)
  • Make favours/goodie bags for kids (October)
  • Have a bridal hair trial (October)
  • Have a bridal makeup trial (October)
  • Decide on photos required (October)
  • Do seating plan (October)
  • Finalise details with hotel (October)
  • Buy gifts for attendants (October)
  • Lose another half stone (asap) :-)

So what was originally a short list of 5 or 6 things has now ballooned!

That's all for just now as I need to go and start knocking things of this list :-) I will be posting again very soon this time!


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Introducing Wedding in Edinburgh - the website

I've not done much in the way of Wedding Planning over the last few weeks, but it will all be starting again soon as I still have the flowers, cake, invitations and a few other things to organise.

I have just started to create the Wedding in Edinburgh website. At the moment it's still under construction, but over the coming weeks I will be adding lots of information about planning your wedding, including booking the venue, organising the ceremony, choosing a wedding dress, finding suppliers such as photographers, viedographers, florists, musicians etc, booking your honeymoon and much more.

Please bookmark Wedding in Edinburgh and come back soon for lots of great tips!


Monday, January 29, 2007

Wedding Fairs in Edinburgh in 2007

One of the fun parts of planning a wedding is going to a wedding fair. It is a great chance to see lots of wedding suppliers under the one roof, have a glass of champers, view a wedding dress fashion show and sample a few pieces of yummy wedding cake.

Here is a list of all the wedding fairs in Edinburgh over the next few months that I am aware of. It is worth visiting the websites as some of these wedding fairs will allow you to buy tickets in advance for a special discounted price.

For the most up to date list wedding fairs list please visit Wedding Fairs in Edinburgh.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Wedding To Do List

A few days ago I decided to make a to do list.

Wow - it's not until you actually write it down that you see just how much there is to do.

Here's my list so far in order (and I am sure that there are plenty undiscovered tasks still to add!)

- Choose & Book Photographer
- Choose & Book Videographer
- Choose & Book a Band/Disco
- Get Wedding Insurance
- Start Looking for Wedding Dress
- Decide on Honeymoon Itinerary
- Book Hair Appointments
- Choose & buy Wedding Dress
- Book Honeymoon Accommodation
- Choose & buy Bridesmaid Dresses
- Find Makeup Artist & Book
- Organise & Book Flowers
- Choose & Order Invites
- Choose & Book Cakes
- Choose & Buy Wedding Rings
- Choose and have Tasting of wedding breakfast
- Decide on & arrange music for Ceremony/Drinks
- Arrange any formal wear (groom/best man etc)
- Setup a Gift List (John Lewis?)
- Write & Send Invites
- Decide on Vows, readings etc
- Hair Trial
- Seating Plan
- Get Gifts for bridesmaids/best man/mothers etc
- Fill in forms and submit to registry office
- Submit Ceremony Booklet to registrar


Luckily I don't have to do all of the above in a short time scale. Now that we have booked the venue and the registrar the next most important things are finding a photographer, finding a band/disco, finding a videographer and starting to look for my dress.

At the moment I'm actually feeling quite pleased with myself as I have made a list of photographers, visited their websites and got price lists, chosen a shortlist and made an appointment to see one of them. I've also made appointments to visit 6 wedding dress shops in Edinburgh on the first three Saturdays of February. I've found a potential wedding band and disco and listened to their sample CD - sounds good, just need to make a decision. We've also booked our honeymoon flights... South Africa here we come! Plus, my friend Ailsa who got married last year has lent us her wedding DVD, which we will look at and decide whether or not to get our DVD done by the same place.


Anyway, more about photographers, videographers, honeymoons and wedding dresses next time.


Monday, November 13, 2006

A wedding fair in Edinburgh

Last month I had the experience of my first wedding fair, which was at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

If you are planning a wedding and have never been to a wedding fair before then I highly recommend it.

To see a list of all the upcoming wedding fairs in Edinburgh and the Lothians have a look at my list of Wedding fairs in Edinburgh.

Going to a wedding fair gives you a chance to meet lots of different suppliers including people representing wedding venues, catering firms, photographers, videographers, cake makers, florists, stationery suppliers, wedding dress shops etc. It's also a good excuse to have a glass of champagne and sample a few nibbles from the catering firms or some nice wedding cake.

The wedding fair at the Corn exchange was very enjoyable. I ruined my diet by scoffing various different kinds of wedding cakes, dipping fudge and other things into a chocolate fountain and washing all that down with a glass of champers - lovely :-)

My Mum & I ended up coming home with two bags stuffed full of brochures, flyers, vouchers and booklets. A very productive Saturday afternoon!

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