Getting engaged is one of the most exciting things in a girl’s life. Many girls have dreamed about their wedding day from being a little girl, the big dress, the sparkles, being a princess for the day and this dream becoming a reality is on the horizon.
What doesn’t cross our minds in this little girl’s dream is the actual planning of the big day; this usually happens when we’re older and start thinking about our perfect wedding dresses while daydreaming at work. From the same day of our engagement I started to look at cakes, venues and dresses (although, if the truth be told, I had been having sneaky peaks at dresses for a few months before our engagement, just don’t tell my fiancé that!). In fact it was only a few days after our engagement that we found our dream venue whilst browsing for ‘quirky wedding venues’ on the internet. That weekend we visited our venue, Danby Castle in North Yorkshire and within the first five minutes we were sold. It was gorgeous, one of a kind and exactly what we were looking for. It was the first venue we had looked at and the last!
So, with out venue booked we commenced the search for everything else wedding. I must have bought every wedding magazine on the shelves, flicked through them, read them in more detail and read them for a third time just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Still there was something lacking. I’m not saying that the magazines weren’t helpful, they had some wonderful ideas but they just weren’t totally ‘us.’
Then came Twitter, a tool that has been more helpful than any website or magazine in planning our wedding. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved nothing more than sitting down with a cuppa and my favourite wedding mag, even now when we’re coming towards the end of our planning! Whilst perusing through wedding related time lines on Twitter my followers built up one by one – people in the wedding industry offering the most amazing, unique and original wedding related items. Dressmakers, stationers, florists, wedding planners and venue owners to name just a few.
Some of the inspiration for our special day has been taken from the many wonderful wedding blogs offering a feast for the eyes with all things wedding related. Styled wedding shoots, photographs from real weddings and engagements, showcases of suppliers, the list is endless. Before Twitter I knew of only two wedding blogs however I was amazed to find an array of beautifully written blogs by full time bloggers, part time bloggers and brides to be. It is on one of these fabulous blogs, Love My dress, that I stumbled upon my amazing dressmakers – House of Mooshki. Without Twitter I never would have found the Sunderland based designers who are making me the dress of my dreams!
Via a tweet from Carolyn, the proprietor of our wedding venue, I discovered our beautiful wedding stationery made by the hands of the amazingly talented Nikki at Knots and Kisses. Along the way I have also met some of the most wonderful and friendly brides to be, sharing our ideas and plans in the run up to all of our big days. Rustling up excitement for each other, it’s just great to be able to chat to people who are in the same boat as you sharing the same thoughts and feelings with them.
From the start of our planning process it went without saying that our wedding was going to be planned by myself with the help of my lovely mum. Working shifts I am lucky to have the time to spend on our wedding planning and I definitely take after my mum in the organisational department; she always says that if she had her time again she would be a wedding planner. A lot of women however, aren’t fortunate enough to have a lot of spare time with the ‘all go’ lifestyles that people lead these days. If I’m honest I always thought having a wedding planner was more of an American thing but after meeting lots of fantastic UK based planners on Twitter who have the most incredible ideas I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a planner to any of my friends if they didn’t have the time or the want to organise their own wedding.
What I am trying to say is that Twitter has educated me on some of the most remarkable and innovative suppliers and ideas related to all things wedding. It has been a Godsend throughout our wedding planning, better than any search engine. So much so that the social networking site along with it’s fabulous members have inspired me to write my own wedding blog in the run up to our big day and I will no doubt be still talking about all things wedding long after our special day this November!