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Wedding – Update on our Journey

Wedding journey | free budget worksheets!

 

Hi there friend, it is about time that I update you on the wedding planning progress. Well, it doesn’t really feel like there is much progress at all at this point, but there is some.

Let me quickly vent about how ridiculously expensive everything is!!! I knew that planning a wedding would be expensive, but not this expensive!! I just hope our budget will cover everything at the end. (Maybe I should do a post about how much everything cost us when the wedding is over. Mmmm…)

The previous post was about our color theme; if you want to catch up on that you can read about it here.

Here are the things that we booked so far:

The church and the pastor;

The venue; and

The photographer;

I went to see two florists. Man, I was shocked about how much it cost for the flowers alone. I wanted to have those rectangular wooden boxes filled with flowers and greenery, more greenery than flowers, but still, I wanted it to feel luxurious. But the price changed my mind. So, I am changing my ideas again to fit the budget, a very tight budget might I add. The conclusion I came to about the flowers was this: bigger vase = more flowers = more money. Eish… so smaller arrangements it is!

Our photographer is very affordable and we worked with her before and we were really pleased with the way the photos came out. I also looked at her portfolio for weddings that she photographed before and the photos were stunning!

We booked the Queens Hotel’s restaurant, The Colony, as our venue. The restaurant had a renovation in the past month, and the end result was disappointing to me. They exchanged the warm traditional look for a cool modern one. In my opinion, they kind of ruined the feel of what the hotel is known for. The new colors are tones of grey, which messes with my color scheme! They also changed out the wooden chairs for grey upholstered chairs. When I saw the new chairs I immediately asked if they still have the old ones, luckily, they still do. And they agreed that we can use the old chairs for the wedding. Phew, one thing that makes it a bit better.

You might ask why I do not want to change the venue as the wedding date is still a long way off.  The answer is simple. The budget. They charge us nothing to rent the restaurant for the wedding, we just pay for the food and the champagne. That is a big win in my book! I think that you will not really notice if the wedding color scheme clashes with the rest of the restaurant when the lights are dimmed and the tables are beautifully decorated! And guests don’t really remember the color scheme and the decorations a few months later.

We will be spending our first night as husband and wife in the hotel as well. Which is great, because then we don’t have to go anywhere when we are tired from all the dancing! I plan to close the place down with dancing! The hotel gave us a nice discount on our stay and also a bit of a discount for our guests.

Everyone tells you that planning a wedding is stressful, but you don’t know how stressful until you are planning one. I think the most stressful thing about planning the wedding is fitting everything that you will need within the budget and still get everything you’ve dreamed off.

The past two months of actively wedding planning I learned that you have to be flexible. You probably won’t find everything you see on Pinterest, and you have to be okay with that. You will have to be creative and find ways to make your dream wedding a reality.

I think because I mentioned the budget so much, it is only fitting for me to give you a free printable that is wedding budget-related.😊 What do you think?

Wedding budget planner |  Trou begroting Werkkaart

(PS – if you find a grammar or spelling mistake in the printable, please let me know and I will fix it, I didn’t really excel in language subjects in school!)

Till our next coffee

Nadine

Previous Post in this Series:

Our Engagement

Wedding Journey

Wedding Journey – how I plan to stay sane

Wedding Journey – All about That Color

Wedding Journey – An update  You are here

 

All about that colour

I always thought that I would have a spring wedding with soft pastel colours. But that changed since Wiehann and I started to discuss colour schemes. He quickly put an end to my pastel dream. There wasn’t even a way to persuade him. When I asked him why, his answer was: “the colours are dead”. My reaction: “WHAT?!” and then we had to choose the date… another nail in my pastel dream, because spring was out, and so was summer… I can almost feel your frown through my computer screen at the moment, but don’t worry, mine was also almost carved into my forehead.

The reasons why these seasons was crossed off the list, was simple. Summer in Oudtshoorn is extremely hot. Some days reaching 40˚C. So that was a no no in both our books. No melting make-up and no sweaty armpits on the wedding photos!!! Spring time is also problematic because of my allergies. So that left autumn and winter. And to make a long story short – we decided on May, because we started to date in May, and May 2018 we will be together for 10 years – so some sentimental value was a big push for that specific date.

But after that discussion, and a bit of disappointment, I had to change my vision. Which is not always a bad thing. After all the day is not all about the bride (even if you want it to be 😊). So I started pinteresting my way through alternative colour schemes.

Who thought that there were so many options available. Pinks, purples, reds, blues etc etc…. after a while I realized that I have to narrow down my search, because I didn’t find anything that I liked! I mean I liked a lot of them, but not like-like you know?

Lightbulb! I started to search for autumn and winter weddings. And I swooned… OH MY WORD!!! Winter and autumn weddings are beautiful! All those rich dark colours that were available just made me so excited!

After another long scrolling through pinterest, and showing Wiehann a few ideas, we decided on:

 

These colors just make me so happy! They are warm, inviting and cozy for an autumn. I have so many ideas it feels like my head wants to short out sometimes! Here are a few images that I’ve found that are my source of inspiration…

I love how they combined the rustic with the elegant! Show you that everything can match if you just put the right things together! To see more of the pictures that I’ve collected for inspiration you can follow my Pinterest wedding board

If you want to read the other posts in this series you can find them here:

Let me know what you think and maybe share some ideas with me.

Talk soon!

Luv

Nadine

Why I started a blog….

I think it is a question most bloggers will be faced with. come find out why I started one.

I think all bloggers are faced with this question somewhere down the line, so I thought I should share my story and then maybe give you an update a few months later on how I am experiencing blogging.

After four years studying at the School of Architecture of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, I started to work in 2015… after working for a year I realised something… I didn’t like the work as much as I thought I would. Maybe because it was my work situation or I genuinely didn’t like the work as much, I don’t know for certain, but wouldn’t want to bore you with these details as well.

As a designer, many times your creativity is boxed in by what your client want. And this can be quite frustrating as the client don’t always want to listen to your advice or ideas. And your project will always be controlled by the budget of the client. I want to quote the late Zaha Hadid here: “if you want an easy life, don’t be an architect” and I found this particularly true in the profession, but I think all designers can relate to this, can I hear a ‘amen’ my follow designer friends?

In November 2015 I stumbled on to Luzanne’s blog called Pink Peonies. I was so inspired by her beauty blog, because she is a South African woman who had worked hard in creating wonderful content that is insightful and an investment into many South African ladies’ lives. And from there a little seed was planted in the back of my mind that maybe I can do it too.

Months went by where I didn’t think about creating a blog and the times I did think about it, I told myself that I don’t have the time or maybe I am not creative enough to start a blog… so I left it.

Fast forward to June 2016 I got an email from Ultimate Bundles about their Ultimate Homemaking bundle. I looked through the content and instantly knew that the e-books in this bundle will assist me in the coming years as I love everything that has to do with homemaking. I bought the bundle on an impulse while it was on sale.

One of the topics covered in the bundle was ‘working at home’. I love the idea of working from home, especially if you have children. The book that I loved the most was Building a Framework from Abby Lawson of Just a Girl and Her Blog. Her book was so inspiring and full of information on how to create a successful blog. Her book gave me the necessary information and steps in creating a blog. Even though her advice was based on American sites and hosting companies, I was certain that I could find South African equivalent companies and sites.

But still I was not convinced that I can really do it. Self-doubt and criticism played a big role. Will it be successful; will people be bothered to read my blog? Do I have enough to say, etc. etc… (I am certain that you know that little devil that is always sitting on your shoulder very well)  So again I left it, but the idea never left my mind.

One Sunday after church I invited a few friends over for coffee and cake. And I discussed the idea with them. Long story short, they encouraged me to do this. Even though no one reads my blog, I should do it for myself. Create it as a hobby and to give a creative outlet to my frustrations.

So my friends gave me the last push to create a blog and put the negative thoughts out of my mind that I am not good enough to do this. I spend a few months researching different hosting companies, domain names and writing a few blog posts. I’ve found that I enjoy writing a lot. I gave myself a deadline to create a blog and Coffee with Nadine early in January 2017, and here you are reading my first blog post.

And by God’s will and grace, may I make a success of it!

Luv Nadine