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Unread 23 Apr 14, 09:40 PM  
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Yeah we like the Hobbit too but it's too small for our numbers - I've already asked They can only seat 70 for the meal and we've got between 90 and 100.

Neil and I have been chatting and the Fleece are offering a 15% discount on bookings in October and November and February and March so I think we might be going for the Fleece on bonfire night It becomes affordable for us with the discount. Plus we've trimmed the fat off the guest list

Then we're thinking a mini honeymoon in Kirkby Lonsdale just before Christmas (where we got engaged) and then do the Florida thing the following July, so we get a winter and a summer wedding and the pictures to match!


Still stuck with the bridesmaid thing though. - I'm meeting my Uni friend next week so I might break it to her that because we're on a budget, I won't be able to have her as a bridesmaid, much as I'd like to. Play the 'money is the bad guy' card as opposed to me being a bad friend. Truthfully, that is the problem though. I might ask her to read something during the ceremony though to cushion the blow

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I LOVE WEDDING PLANNING!

I possibly love it a little too much and at the expense of work I should probably be doing but it's all good! Surely every newly engaged girl is like this

I get like this with Disney holidays though. Once I know what I want, I want to book like RIGHT NOW. Even though Neil and I haven't actually looked at any venues yet.

But we both (me especially) are excited by the new possibility shaping up for our wedding.

The Fleece, previously thought out of budget, have offered us a 15% discount if we have our wedding in October or November. So we have been thinking about how to make a wedding in October or November fun... the answer: BONFIRE NIGHT!

We LOVE this venue. I mean, really LOVE this venue. As previously mentioned, we went to a wedding here a couple of weekends ago and it was stunning. The food was FIT and the views were spectacular (even though the weather was crap!) It's a great pub, very Yorkshire AND it's local so no-one would need to stay over anywhere, except for a few friends coming up from London but we could house those with family and friends

Dressed for a wedding:



Terrace where people could wrap up and watch the fireworks over the valley. Living in this area, I know that there are loads of displays that you can see from this aspect:



It is still pricey but certainly doable!

Then there was where to actually get married as the Fleece isn't licensed for Civil Ceremonies.

BUT, there is a nice function room about ten minutes drive away from here that will let us get married there for 200. A snip by comparison to a lot of places, trust me! It is v classy. This is the room that they will let us book for sure:



There is another that I wanted more and that seats more people but they said that they wouldn't let us book that unless there was an evening function booked in the meantime. But if there is then we can have it It's next door to this building.

They have also said that they can open the bar whilst we are having photographs taken!

We could maybe get one of those buses to transport people from A to B. Or just book and pay for taxis. Not fussed really.

But yeah, I'm loving this at the moment and I want to book

Currently waiting to hear from the Fleece to see if we can actually have it on Bonfire night but Bertie's (civil ceremony place) have said we can get married there

I've also got a few ideas on how much fun we can have with this theme. From my Pinterest board:



And I definitely want these on mine and my sister's bouquets:



I love the fur shrugs on these bridesmaids:



But the colour of the bridesmaids at the top of this image:



Also love these cupcakes, but don't know how expensive cupcakes are by comparison with a cake. I quite like some of the ones in M&S which are only like 200!



But I could put these in cupcakes:



And no-one does cupcakes better than my Mum... way to save money maybe?

Anyway, those are the ideas so far. I have also thought I might want a light gold/champagne coloured wedding dress which I think would look quite nice with my hair being the colour it is. I love the ones with ruched skirts like Belle's ballgown

TBC below for Florida updates.

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AND how would Florida pan out under our new plan? Well our plan is to go the following July after getting married in the November. That way, when we leave this July, I can know that the next time I go back, I'll be Mrs T! And when the wedding is over, it's not really over!

Well, we've mentioned it to a few family friends who we thought would like to come already and the response has been overwhelming. I think we've nearly reached our 20 people max for an Escape and we definitely couldn't afford Wishes!

So far we've got:

1) Me
2) Neil
3) Mum
4) Martin (Step-Dad)
5) OB (Brother)
6) Katie (Sister and MOH)
7) Jonathan (Sister's BF)
8) Dad (if he wants to go)
9) Sylvia (Step-Mum
10) Sue (MIL)
11) Dave (FIL)
12) Chris (Family friend)
13) Mandy (Family friend)
Chris and Mandy go to Florida on holiday nearly every year so pretty sure they'd be on board 😊
14) Mark (Uncle)
15) Debsy (Auntie)
16) Megan (Cousin, Goddaughter and BM)
17) Debbie (Mum's best friend - anxious to return to Florida on a mature adults only type holiday)
18) Michael (Debbie's partner - Florida sceptic who Debbie is determined to convert! )

This isn't even including Neil's brother who may or may not want to return. Already, we have only 2 spots left This was part of the reasoning why I thought we'd be okay having a Disney wedding to start with! I knew people would respond well!

Given the new dining plan release and how much our bog standard Disney holiday is going up in cost from year to year, I think my initial estimates on how much this would cost are pretty accurate which is good for our budget spreadsheet.

What I really need is for the Escape collection to stay pretty much the same price! Otherwise I may have to cut things from the budget!

I have to say though, the idea of having both a winter and a summer wedding is making me

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Wow what fab plans I love the wee fairy dust bottles and the Micky heads on the flowers are cute
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Lucky you having the 2 weddings
Some fab ideas there, I don't think I'd know where to start if I had to plan a full wedding, so I take my hat off to you .
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I've just been on a few wedding forums and now I feel paranoid...

Does anyone think there would be a problem with me booking the Fleece? Venue with the balcony above? My friend got married there two weeks ago and we LOVED it. Our wedding is going to be on 5th November 2016 (hopefully) and hers was 12th April 2014. They will be completely different in every way. I have a different colour scheme, we'll have very different flowers and a very different feel as ours will be a winter wedding! I want candles, fairy lights and lanterns. She had yellow and purple spring flowers. She got married in a local church, we will be having a civil ceremony in a local function room.

We are both from the same area and both very local people so the venue is a pretty natural choice for both of us. There will only be 6 guests in common between the two weddings, 2 of those are her and her new husband! Knowing her, I really don't think it will be a problem but now I've read all these horror stories about people falling out over wedding venues!
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We've BOOKED!

Hurrah! Yesterday, Neil and I booked our wedding at the Fleece!

We had a meeting with the wedding planner this time last week and we loved her and the venue even more, so we booked! (How do I change the title of the thread, as the date is now wrong haha?!)

The wedding can, now, in theory, go on the backburner for a bit while we look for a house! However, naturally, I'm still planning like a good 'un

I have now secured three of my bridesmaids:

1) My sister, Katie (MOH)
2) My Goddaughter, Megan
3) My best friend, Olly

Neil has also selected his Best Man, Olly's boyfriend, Ben. I'm thrilled he's chosen Ben. He's known us both for years and he's a lovely guy who I know will do a good job. There's a lot of material on Neil for the BM's speech, let's put it that way!

Now, I just have 1 more girl who I'm definitely going to ask, and then I'll hang fire! We can afford the wedding at the moment, but I don't want to go over budget with bridesmaids, just in case!

I wanted to ask some questions to you all about etiquette as I have a few dilemmas with guests. I know it's early to be fretting, but I do like to plan ahead!

We've got a core guest list of 81. These are people that we see all the time that we definitely want to invite. The problem is, because of where we live, these are mostly my family and I feel bad We also have a lot of mutual friends who make up about 30 of these people The thing is, by their own admission, Neil's family isn't as close, or as big as mine.

Neil's Mum, Sue, has five cousins down South, who I have never met (and Neil and I have been together over five years) By Sue's own admission, these cousins are very slack (they organise family get togethers and then don't show up?! ?!) Neil's Dad, Dave, has one sister, who is not very well, she has motor neurones. She is a lovely woman and I've met her a few times. She needs someone with her to look after her as she is not very mobile. Sue says that she would like to invite some close family friends. These are a party of four who Neil and I know very well and love to pieces so this isn't a problem. But then she keeps bringing up these cousins as well! She said, 'Oh, I'll have to mention it to them, but I doubt they'll show!' Not exactly ideal when you're trying to pin down numbers. Plus, I'm loathe to invite them anyway as I've never met them! Neil agrees with me.

We also have my Dad's family. My Dad isn't particularly close to his family. He has two brothers and a sister. He visits them on birthdays but doesn't socialise with them on a regular basis. I haven't seen some of these for 5-10 years. Neil hasn't met any of them. I feel like I should apply the same standard to them as I do to Neil's extra family. But then I feel bad for my Dad. (He does have some family friends going though, including his business partner and best friend)

My question is, am I expected to invite all these extra family? This would bring our guest list up to about 100 which is a lot of extra mouths to feed!

I've had a look online at the etiquette for this sort of thing. The general answers I've found have been that if the parents are paying, they can choose, but if we are paying, we can choose.

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Enjoying reading your plans. We are getting married in aug 2016... Couldn't afford the disney package for our 38 guests but we are getting wed at cypress grove park, holiday at the same time and hoping to do a Bahamas cruise for mini moon. :-) we then plan to have a uk reception if funds allow. Like you, we are also saving to buy a house. Will be following your thread for sure. Happy planning. X
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