I haven't really spoken much about our wedding plans on here yet, mostly because there were no plans until I got a job and we could figure out boring things like budgets. But the past few weeks have seen us racing full steam ahead with wedding ideas, lists and plans.
For one thing, we finally set the date - November 20th 2010. Yup that's right, only a few months away and that time, I'm sure, will go very quickly...
We do not want a big wedding - we're not really the 'big wedding' kind of people and our modest (read:teeny tiny) budget doesn't allow for it either. Our initial plan was to have the wedding in Sydney, however, that plan went straight out the window when we started researching venues - everything is so expensive! We wanted a lovely historic place to hold the ceremony and reception, but even the places without any historic relevance were expensive and wanted a minimum 75 guests (ours will only be around 40).
We were starting to feel a bit low about the whole wedding thing and our piddly little budget when David mentioned he had emailed a beautiful historic venue in Dunedin. When they got back to us with pricing, we decided that going back to New Zealand was what we were going to do.
We spread our venue search as far north as Christchurch, looking at vineyards and other lovely venues. David even found the CUTEST little berry farm just outside of Christchurch that we very seriously thought about using (I squealed when David showed me the website). However, we decided that staying in Dunedin was easiest for us in terms of having family there. We've chosen a historical garden and homestead just around the corner from where we lived last year - it's also well and truly within budget, which I still can't believe!!
So now the work begins - its going to be very much a DIY wedding which I'm really looking forward too. David is designing the invites, I'll be doing the flower arrangements and am going to have a go at making my own bird cage veil and we'll both be making the wedding cake.
Oh, and I've already got the most important thing - my dress, of which you are seeing small snippets of throughout this post. Its a beautiful full skirted 50's gown that I found at my local vintage store. I initially put it back and decided that I wasn't going to buy a dress until I had a job. But I kept thinking about my beautiful dress and a few weeks later went back, tried it on and bought it.
The bow, I'm sure, is not original and looks a bit tatty so I'm going to replace it. I also need to fix a tiny seam where the zip is coming away, and do a small amount of hand sewing to fix a little hole in the lace by the zipper. Otherwise, it's in amazing condition, with attached tulle petticoat and all!