This is a wonderful choice for sentimental book-lovers or especially if you have a child doing a reading, it has a beautiful meaning to it and appeals to those of us who are still children at heart!
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nanna came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Author - Margery Williams
So the lovely Cat D has asked us to write a little guest blog on wedding dresses and what brides should expect in the coming year. We couldn’t resist the chance to chat about all things wedding related and dresses are most certainly what we know best.
It may seem like a daunting task when you begin to think about your search to find ‘THE ONE’, but don’t let the fears and worries you have overwhelm you. It is important to enjoy your wedding dress shopping experience. At The Bridal Courtyard, we create a relaxing environment for you and your entourage to carefully try on various shapes, styles and colours, resulting in many of you saying that ever famous phrase ‘I’m saying YES to the DRESS’. Nothing pleases us more than seeing happy faces, it really makes it all worth while!
So what, I hear you ask, will be entering the world of wedding dresses in 2017? Well…its exciting, fashionable and ever changing, but here is what you will be most likely to see in the shops.
Lace! Lace will never go out of fashion. It is delicate, soft, classy and elegant and since that wonderful day that Kate Middleton married her prince, the idea of a lace wedding dress rocked the nation. It may seem like all wedding dresses in the world incorporate some sort of lace somewhere and of course not everyone is a lover of lace, but, it’s a fail safe in the world of wedding gowns. If lace isn’t your thing, fear not, as there are many other materials that will tick your boxes.
Crepe is creeping into the world of fashionable wedding gowns and on our recent trip to Barcelona we saw a lot of gowns with beautiful crepe skirts. Now if like me, you carry a few extra pounds, it may not feel like the most flattering or endearing idea, BUT, try these gowns on…you may be surprised. Gowns with a structured top will flatter and provide some support to your body and the skirt will skim past your hips, giving a very soft, floaty look. This material is also perfect for destination weddings as the light and airy texture and design will be wonderful on those hot sandy beaches.
I am a lover of the phrase ‘Less is more’ and I have been delighted to see that satin and similar materials are making a comeback into the world of bridal attire. We have a number of dresses in store that are classy, elegant and timeless, I think due to the minimalist, yet fabulous look. You may be put off in thinking that these dresses seem ‘plain’, but, give them a chance girls…what may look less embellished at the front, may WOW you, and many of these gowns have fabulous detail in other places.
That brings me on nicely to something that many brides are asking for at the moment. On numerous occasions I hear girls asking for ‘some detail on the back’, or ‘I want fabulous back detail’, and you can expect to see this over the next year. I think designers have started to realise that yes, it is important that gowns look wonderful, but that its extra special to have something stand out happening on the backs of wedding gowns, after all, during the ceremony your guests are staring at your back for quite some time. We love sparkly detail, illusion backs and generally anything a little unusual happening on an area that is just as important…photographers can get some great shots of you and your husband to be with the back detail on show…believe me…I have seen some fabulous shots.
Finally, if you are a little bit on the more adventurous side, and perhaps braver than you thought, try on something a little more revealing. Skin coloured tops with lace detail and gowns with a little more on show are a hit. Now I am not talking gypsy wedding style here, but sometimes a little bit of what seems like flesh on show brings out the sexier side in you. If this is a look that you would like for your day, then give it a go…in fact, everyone should give it a go because what looks like a no go on the hanger, may actually surprise you and you will may find that your look is the opposite to what you had first imagined.
Jennifer from The Bridal Courtyard
This is a lovely, heartfelt reading and can be easily adapted for same sex couples by simply changing the line to 'as Partners in Life'* instead.
Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone's life
You'll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as Husband and Wife*
It's a brand new beginning the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there'll be times when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure
You'll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken
So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It's the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper 'I do'
And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real
May success find it's way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts
Author - Unknown
This is a personal favourite of mine, having had it at my own wedding. We did make a small tweak, as my husband cannot claim to be overly active or drag me to a gym in his life... so we simply missed that verse out! I would say this to all couples, when deciding on a reading for your wedding don't be afraid to play around with the original text so it suits you both more so, especially if you love the overall tone.
He never leaves the seat up
Or wet towels upon the floor
The toothpaste has the lid on
And he always shuts the door!
She’s very clean and tidy
Though she may sometimes delude
Leave your things out at your peril
In a second they’ll have moved!
He’s a very active person
As are all his next of kin
Where as she likes lazy days
He’ll still drag her to the gym!
He romances her and dines her
Home cooked dinners and the like
He even knows her favourite food
And spoils her day and night!
She’s thoughtful when he looks at her
A smile upon his face
Will he look that good in 50 years
When his dentures aren’t in place?!
He says he loves her figure
And her mental prowess too
But when gravity takes her over
Will she charm with her IQ?
She says she loves his kindness
And his patience is a must
And of course she thinks he’s handsome
Which in her eyes is a plus!
They’re both not wholly perfect
But who are we to judge
He can be pig headed
Where as she won’t even budge!
All that said and done
They love the time they spent together
And I hope as I’m sure you do
That this fine day will last forever.
He’ll be more than just her husband
He’ll also be her friend
And she’ll be more than just his wife
She’s be his soul mate ‘till the end.
Author - Unknown
Fancy thinking outside the box? I know for a lot of excited brides and grooms to be out there, the idea of seeing each other BEFORE the ceremony is utterly unthinkable! I get it, I really do! For my own wedding we followed tradition, and like most couples in the UK, had all our pictures taken after the ceremony. However, have a look at the points below and wonder, just for a minute, if having most of your pictures taken before the ceremony could be a great decision!
1) Hanging about
Congratulations, you're married! Yeay! Let's paaart... no wait. First you need to disappear and have your pictures taken whilst leaving your guests to entertain themselves for a couple of hours until dinner. Sound good? Now, imagine you've already had the majority of your photos taken earlier in the day. Think about all that time for you both to relax, celebrate and hangout with all your guests. After all isn't that what you really want to do?
2) Strike a Pose
You've just had your hair coiffed to perfection, your makeup is flawless and your flowers are fresh from the florist. There has been no time for food or drink spillages. You haven't cried your way through the ceremony yet (never underestimate how emotional you will be on your wedding day!). You are looking positively glowing. THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN.
3) My Best Friend's Wedding
You're about to commit to spending the rest of your lives to each other but you don't get to see your best friend until the ceremony begins (along with the rest of your guests). Seems a bit odd when you put it like that, doesn't it? Seeing each other before the ceremony will not only give you a chance to have some quiet time to soothe the nerves before the madness of the day begins, it also allows you to catch your breath and take stock of the journey you're about to go on together. Surely that's the best way to begin your wedding day - together.
I hear this question a lot from couples. It’s usually followed by ‘I won’t need one I have my mum/sister/best friend/dog (delete as appropriate) for that’, or simply, ‘Aren’t they really expensive?’. So for my first blog I thought I’d get straight to the point and give you my Top 3 Reasons why you should consider hiring a wedding planner. I think you might be surprised!
1) Busy, busy, busy...
They say on average, a wedding nowadays takes around 250 hours to plan. That’s 250 HOURS! Now this time doesn’t happen all at once, but still needs to be slotted in around your busy lives. Whether it’s a busy career, family commitments, a packed social calendar or all three, finding this extra time can prove challenging. Hiring a wedding planner will give you this time back, but without you relinquishing control over your big day. A good wedding planner will be able to reduce the time you spend on tiresome and admin heavy tasks, allowing you to get on with enjoying the fun parts of planning your wedding - after all who doesn't want to attend the odd cake tasting or two!
2) Watching the purse-strings...
This might seem an odd reason to give as you would be paying for a wedding planner's services, so how could this save you money? Well, a good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold. They bring a wealth of experience in the wedding industry and can expertly match your requirements with the best and most reputable suppliers in the market. A good wedding planner will have cultivated these relationships and will be in a better position to negotiate the best possible price for their services. In addition, your wedding planner will work tirelessly to stick within your budget and help focus on ensuring you get value for money without sacrificing in the areas important to you.
3) Stress free planning...
Planning a wedding will take up a lot of your time and can be expensive but there is a third factor to consider – stress! With so many things to keep on top of, various suppliers, payment schedules, RSVPs, jugging family dynamics, trying to please everyone as well as staying focused on the big picture (you're marrying the person of your dreams, remember?). It can all get a bit, well, stressful. A professional wedding planner will be able to manage all these elements without you feeling any of the burden. Letting you concentrate on the important part of wedding planning – having fun, designing your perfect day and counting down the days until you say ‘I do’. Now who doesn't want that for their wedding?
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