The countdown begins

White blossoms surrounded new spring foliage.

It’s just over 50 days till Adam and I get married, and planning in our household has just stepped up a notch.

Even though we’ve been pretty organised in putting together our nuptials, it’s become clear that there are parts of the day we’re only going to be able to finalise and in the weeks, and even days, before the ceremony.

Earlier this week we took advantage of a public holiday and dedicated the entire day to wedding planning.   On the white board in Adam’s office we brainstormed all the things that still needed to be done and then got stuck in.

White board covered in notes.

We’ve now finalised guest numbers, so decided to tackle the reception seating plan first up, as we figured we may revisit that over the next few weeks a couple of times.  It took us a good few hours of playing around, but we think we’ve managed to place the right people next to each other.  One of our greatest wishes for the day is for everyone to enjoy themselves, so we really want to make sure our guests get to mingle with old friends and potentially make some new ones too. Hopefully with the seating plan we’ve devised that will happen!

Wedding brochure.

We also took the time to properly read through all the information our registrar provided us when we gave notice of our wedding way back in November last year.  Adam and I now have a very clear idea about how our wedding ceremony will flow, the vows we’ll say to each other and the process that’ll happen before and after the big event.  We’ve been in regular email correspondence with our registrar over the last few months and we’re both really looking forward to meeting her once we get back to England.

For us, one of the hardest aspects of planning has been deciding on the music we’d like to feature in our ceremony and for special moments in the overall wedding day, like our first dance.  Music is a big part of our lives, and we know the songs we choose will have strong emotions attached to them for the rest of our lives, so we want to choose wisely! For months we’ve been adding songs to a music playlist, listening to them while driving or doing housework, and waiting to see what felt right for certain moments.  One song we’ve had picked out since the day we got engaged, another – after hearing it countless times – suddenly became a firm favourite and felt so obvious for one part of the day.  We couldn’t believe we hadn’t thought of it sooner!  There’s still one important song to choose, but we’ve got it narrowed down to two choices…so I’m sure we’ll know which one right soon.

Phone, headphones and notepad sitting on cream and gold background.

Adam’s previous experience in event management and logistics has really shone over the last few days and I’m so every grateful he’s able to look at the day in such a level-headed way.  He’s putting together a running order for the entire day, that’ll clear show who needs to be where at certain times, and I’m sure it’ll help this excited bride to keep cool, calm and collected in a few weeks time!

For those who’ve already walked down the aisle – do you have any words of advice for those final few weeks of planning?!  I’d love to know some of your tips and tricks.

Have a wonderful weekend. x

5 thoughts on “The countdown begins

  1. Congratulations and looking forward to reading more about your wedding! There are so many wonderful ideas out there and a lot to do beforehand.
    If I were to go back and give myself advice it would be to not lose sight of what the day is about (marrying the love of my life). On the day no one cared about my gorgeous flowers or floral arrangement and neither did I. I was just too excited and happy.
    Best of luck!

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    1. Hi Clodagh! Thanks for your kind words. Your words ring especially true- it’s so easy to get caught up in the wedding planning game. Thankfully both Adam and I have simple tastes and we’re having quite a modest size wedding so I feel we have a nice balance happening for our day. To be honest, we’re just super stoked to be able to share our special day and can’t wait to celebrate it with friends and family from both Australia and the UK. Looking forward to sharing more as the day gets closer! X

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  2. How exciting! My top tip is make a list of all the photos you want your professional photographer to take, and have some trusted people (ideally someone from each side of the family so they know everyone) to round up the people who need to be in them. You don’t want to get your photos back and find you haven’t got a pic just of you guys and a special grandparent, for example. So much going on that it can be easy to lose track on the day, so with a list you can get them all ticked off. Other than that, just enjoy!

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    1. Great advice Goanna! With my family being in Australia and Adam’s in England, it’s pretty rare that we’re all together in the one place, at the one time, so definitely don’t to miss the opportunity for special pictures! Enjoy your Sunday!

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