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Getting nowhere planning wedding and it's starting to depress me.

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MrsPennyapple Wed 13-Feb-13 15:17:22

Hi everyone, am hoping someone can give me some clue where to start.

We're getting married in May (2013), registry office followed by buffet in a country pub, all fairly informal. The ceremony is late in the day so we're only having one reception for everyone, not afternoon & evening receptions. We are trying to keep costs down as much as possible, DP's parents are paying for the food, so that's taken care of. We have approx £1500 - £2000 to spend.


1) My dress. I am pg, will be approx 5 months by wedding date, so no idea how big my bump will be. I always look washed out in pale colours so am looking for something in a fairly bright colour, ideally a raspberry pink or teal but am open to suggestions. I'd also like it to be knee-length or just below, and preferably not strapless. I like those that are v-neck front and back. I cannot find ANYTHING. Am I being too fussy? How do you choose a dress when you have no clue what size you'll be? At this rate I'm just going to buy something that "will do" and then hate my wedding pics forever.

2) Table decorations There will be a fair few children, of all ages, so candles are out. I don't want goldfish bowls and tiny scattered crystals. There is not going to be a table plan, everyone can sit where they like. I don't know whether to do buckets of crayons and paper, or something similar. I thought maybe board games on the tables, what does anyone think of this idea?

3) Photos Where will we have photos taken? Outside the registry office is not very picturesque. Not sure whether to pay for professional pics or not, DP hates his photo being taken, and although he'd tolerate it, it would show in the pics.

4) Transport Not a clue.

5) Everything else I keep thinking of more things we need to do / think about / decide on, and it's stressing me out no end. I keep thinking I'm making this a bigger deal than it needs to be. Plenty of people get married with less time than we've got, and manage to make it a lovely day. Please someone talk some sense into me. Or at least tell me what else I need to arrange that I haven't thought of. I'm not having any bridesmaids as there are three or four people I could choose, none of whom know each other, and they all live hundreds of miles away.

MrsPennyapple Fri 15-Feb-13 09:15:37

Thanks Purple I do like that dress, I just wish it came in the right colour! The blue is nice though and certainly a possibility.

Byany I like the idea of the pinwheel bouquet too, but I think the effect is lost a bit, with them being crowded together. Could maybe do something similar though.

TheBeanAndTheBee Fri 15-Feb-13 11:54:19

right colour, is it dressy enough?

could maybe accessorize with fab heels?

TheBeanAndTheBee Fri 15-Feb-13 11:57:21


not maternity but could work?

TheBeanAndTheBee Fri 15-Feb-13 12:10:55

j crew

again not maternity

TheBeanAndTheBee Fri 15-Feb-13 13:02:55

right colours, too daytime?

TheBeanAndTheBee Fri 15-Feb-13 13:04:32

this could work

MrsPennyapple Fri 15-Feb-13 13:09:04

Thank you Bean! I'm not keen on the New Look one or either of the ASOS but I love the Halston (I do like purple) and the J Crew (would go for Vintage Berry).

TheBeanAndTheBee Fri 15-Feb-13 13:13:38

ooh good - there are some lovely dresses in the j crew bridesmaid bit. the outnet is also worth a trawl through. i'm stuck indoors with 2DDs with chicken pox so happily window shopping on your behalf!

MrsPennyapple Fri 15-Feb-13 13:38:59

Oh dear, sorry to hear about the pox! I will have a good browse at the J Crew site. I must admit I've only looked at UK suppliers, I'm a bit of a scaredy about buying things from abroad, since a friend of mine bought a jacket and had to pay £50 in taxes (on top of the purchase price) to bring it into the country!

TheBeanAndTheBee Tue 19-Feb-13 21:59:00

outnet this in pink?

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