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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Kickstarting The Wedding Planning Process

wedding planning
It's been three years since we got engaged - since the initial time that I spend scouring bridal magazines, jumping into a whirlwind of planning and ideas. I'm beyond excited to kickstart the planning again, this time hopefully taking a slightly different approach!

Over the years I've dabbled with ideas and plans, each of which haven't felt exactly right for us.
I'm so glad that we waited - looking back at some of my initial plans, our tastes and wants have definitely changed. It's amazing how a few years can change how you feel!
This year, we've jumped all in - opting for a date next year, just something small and with a couple of celebrations with family. I've dropped a lot of the things that we just don't need - or really want, to lessen the pressure. I'm hoping for something casual, memorable and perfectly imperfect, if that makes sense? Something that in years to come, we'll still treasure, something just right for us.

So with the venue and the date provisionally sorted, I've moved on to planning the little things - the products, the bouquet and writing a to do list for the year ahead!
wedding perfume

The Products
I'm planning on doing my own hair and make up on the day so I've started to build up a kit - I haven't settled on the majority of my make up just yet, but I do have a few must-haves and I want to make a few special purchases for the day. The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is a cult favourite for wedding make up, I'm planning on picking up a smaller, trial pot to test out first - just to make sure it works for me!
I've also snapped up an Essie Monique Lhullier Gel Polish before the limited collection sells out. My dream dress designer, however waay out of my budget - but it'll be nice to wear something designed from her on the day!
For lipstick, I'm torn between a pretty packaged, luxurious pick like Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl or one that's more practical and long lasting, like a NYX Soft Matte lip cream, or even a tint or a stain!

For skincare, after a bout of troublesome skin, I've minimised my routine, narrowing it down to just a few products. This, and with the addition of La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, more water and a better diet, my skin has cleared up and is finally getting back on track. I'm hoping to keep it up for consistently clearer, radiant skin, only introducing one new product at a time into my fail-safe routine.
...Although I am planning on making a slight exception for Glossier when it's released!

In regards to wedding fragrances, I've been on the lookout for something beautiful and quite unique. After catching a smell of Ellie Saab Le Parfum*, I knew straight away that it would be a contender for my wedding fragrance. With bursts of orange blossom, alluring ylang ylang and enchantingly sweet rose honey it's divine - opulent, elegant and feminine. The original Le Parfum is beautiful but the Intense version is a little more special... luxurious and longer lasting. Ideal for a wedding!
In top spot for Alex's fragrance is Givenchy Gentlemen Only*, another classic, elegant scent. I adore this - it's clean, masculine, woody, effortlessly sophisticated and with vetiver, nutmeg and birch leaves it smells heavenly!

Lastly, I've started to really look after my hair. Daily washing and blowdrying has taken it's toll, turning it into a frizzy, dry mess. To start - after a well needed chop, I'm going to follow Rebecca's guide to try and wash my hair less frequently - trialling a wash every other day. I've also been introducing the Kerastase Elixir-Ultime Oil*, a dreamy blend of nourishing oils (Argan oil, camellia oil, Pracaxi Oil) to leave my hair in tip-top condition. I simply take one pump, running the silky oil over my hair. Doing this before blow drying has really helped me to protect the lengths and ends, as well as a leaving it in overnight as a pampering treatment. I'm beyond impressed with this so far - my brittle, colour damaged hair is already shinier, softer!
to do list

Finally - A Small Wedding To Do List! 

1. Find a cute ring box, to carry the rings in on the day. I've spotted some gorgeous DIY's with these Oliver Bonas Gold and Glass boxes which you then can re-use as jewellery or trinket storage! I'm thinking silky or velvet lining on the bottom and then the rings sat ontop would look so pretty!

2. Order our rings - considering the fact that wearing an engagement and wedding ring means that they wear down together over time, I'm planning on for one the same carat as my engagement ring to minimise damage.

3. Pick up a new notebook to jot everything down in, it's amazing just how many things there are to plan and note down! The lovely (and handy!) To Do list* above is from here!

4. Start to trial a few hairstyles, look for garlands, clips and veils as an option! I love this ribbon fastening hair crown!

5. Make a playlist - and pick a first dance song.

6. Research flowers. Peonies although pretty perfect, may not be available depending on the month we wed. I want to ensure I have a list of seasonal lovelies to choose from just incase!

7. Book a time slot to clear out my iPhone photos so that I can fill my phone with memories of the day!

8. Continue my search for a dress, why is one so hard to find!

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