The Wedding Planning Pt.1
So you may or may not know that Pete and I are getting married in Aug 2018! The excitement levels are, well… next level. I think about it constantly, well that and what my next meal is going to be! No, but seriously, it’s all I've ever wanted. I also need to remember that this is a ‘We’ thing and not a ‘me’ thing…
Our dream venue is booked. I literally cried when Pete told me. It’s magical, the people who work there are amazing, it has the most beautiful surroundings and it’s by the sea. It’s perfect. We have a meeting later this month to discuss thing’s like marquee space (can’t trust the great British summer), number of guests - (can we smuggle a few more in?), food tasting, wine gulping etc etc…
I plan to write about The Pete & Portia Wedding Progress over the months as it approaches. Please please, if any of you have any tips, HOLA! I didn’t realise how daunting it was actually going to be.
First things first, let’s discuss the guest list… This is bloody TRICKY! We currently already have a (super brutal) guest list of approx 100 people but have loosely agreed with the wonderful venue owner on a figure of around 80. We thought that was a good number of people to keep it intimate and of course to cater for and accommodate comfortably. By the time it came round to writing the list of guests who we would love to share our day with it just got longer and longer and slowly we waved goodbye 80! Some people have suggested that maybe we just need a bigger venue… Not an option! It’s perfect. It’s difficult but we just need to be a little tougher, after all it’s our day right? Ew, was that a glimpse of Bridezilla?
What are the rules? Is it the worst thing if we don't invite the significant others of friends who we barely know / have never met? What’s that saying? No ring, can’t bring? Then we have to have a hideously awkward convo, piss off our mate and then they don't come too? Silver lining, I guess then we get two spare spaces instead of one? JOKING! I’m aware that if we do decide to have an evening ‘Do’ that'll also help the situation but we’re still on the fence about that idea.
We did decide on having a child free wedding pretty much from the word go, obviously accept for Dylan and Rudy - but even they are going to be sent off to bed latest at 9pm (there’s a nannying service at the venue so that’s all covered). We decided to do this… 1. Because we want our mates who do have kids to relax and have a good ol’ time without them. Let’s be honest it’s not much fun when you’re 2 or 3 drinks in but constantly worrying and having to run around checking that they aren't grabbing the booze, peeing in the punch or just having general meltdowns under DJ Barry’s disco booth because the older kids paired off during agafuckingdoo! Seriously though, it’s a no 'Black Lace' zone to Pete’s upset. 2. There are animals at the venue, yep that's right child hating terrifying evil animals (Pigs, sheep, chickens, lions, tigers, grizzly bears, killer clowns) oh did I mention it’s by the sea… Cliffs! It’s a no go! 3. Errrrrrrm, Well I think points 1 and 2 have made it all rather clear. We have mentioned the P&P policy to the guests who have children and they're loving the idea. Phew! Having spoken to a few people that have been to weddings with a no kid rule in the past has been pretty amusing. Some deciding not to attend the wedding at all because their children couldn’t go, getting pissed off and the massive hoo harr that followed… hopefully something we won’t have to deal with… hopefully. Wish me luck.