Just before Christmas last year, Carl and I got engaged. We’d been together for 4 years, having met at a Halloween party(!), but it still came as a wonderful surprise. He very sweetly asked my parents and sister, and then got down on one knee at our new home, before taking me for the most excitable, romantic dinner at The Dorchester.
One of the most incredible and slightly overwhelming things about getting engaged was the amount of love, support and excitement we received from our family, friends and even acquaintances. I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who sent cards, messages, flowers, presents, and well-wishes. We really are so grateful for your love and support at this exciting time!
On the evening of our engagement we started chatting about our ideas for the wedding and (luckily!) we both seemed to be completely on the same page. We both thought it would be nice to get married within the following year, and location-wise, Ibiza seemed to be a bit of a given… We’ve spent so many special times there over the years and I don’t think anyone we’ve mentioned our plans to has been even in the slightest bit surprised by our choice of location. We wanted a wedding that reflected us as a couple, with a ceremony that signified the importance of our commitment to each other, followed by a celebration of this special event. We wanted people to have the opportunity to catch up and spend time together and for new friends to get to know each other.
Over the following weeks and months, everything seemed to fall into place and planning our wedding has been an absolute joy. I know many people can find it a stressful, and unnerving time, but my advice would be to remember that this is ultimately all about celebrating the love that you and your partner share. Try not to worry too much about other people’s opinions or expectations, and enjoy this special time!
One thing that we, along with many couples, have found a little difficult is tying down the guest list. It can be easy to feel pressure about who you should and shouldn’t invite but again, remember that it’s your choice, and I found this quote helpful at times of uncertainty: “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind”. Ultimately, we want to share our special day with our loved ones – the people that support us, encourage us, make us laugh, and most importantly, the people that have a positive impact on our lives.
So with this new exciting time, comes a new opportunity to share my experiences, thoughts, advice and tips. The Bridal Memo will pop up alongside existing content, and it won’t focus solely on our specific plans, rather it’ll be a mix of ideas and inspiration that hopefully will interest and inspire you along the way. Please let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to cover and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to.