Monday, August 17, 2015

wedding preparations

 (I've been laughing about this video since I first saw it at the turn of the century...)

Phew! I've gone admin crazy today, making appointments with every business in Glasgow, from beauticians to cheesemongers.  I think things are starting to come together?  12 days to go...

One thing I am struggling with (maybe someone reading this can help me?) is ideas for gluten-free, preferably veggie, easy-to-make canapes.  Any ideas?

Right, off to make some colour-coded lists :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

stresss (with a treble s)*

Bridezilla, moi?!  I never thought it would happen to me but it has.  I'm so flippin' stressed - horrendous and constant nausea, inability to think or sleep, SO MUCH TO DO.  Poor Graham is most likely thinking he made a terrible mistake when he agreed to marry me.
This is the week when the final bits of wedding paperwork have to be handed in, so I don't have time to think about food, clothes, decor etc.  The invitations have gone out and all our kind friends and family are stepping up with offers of help, but I can't even tell them what I need them to do and every time someone contacts me I slide deeper into my overwhelmed hole of despair.  Last night my stress levels reached their absolute peak and I narrowly avoided meltdown.  I convinced myself that I had made a mistake that meant the wedding wouldn't be able to go ahead.  Stresss!  Well, this morning I have pulled myself together and made some phone calls and got lots of things sorted and confirmed I haven't destroyed the whole wedding with my ineptitude.  Yet.  I'm still sick with anxiety but am able to have a slightly calmer inner monologue going on, just ticking jobs off the list and looking forward to next week when my to-do list will consist of fun and creative tasks.  It WILL be fun, it WILL be fun...won't it?

Anyway, in the spirit of concentrating on the positive, the postman brought lots of RSVPs today, pictured above.  I printed the RSVP cards with an ice-cream cone and asked the invited people to decorate it with a fantasy ice cream before returning it.  I'm not sure everybody understood as two cones have come back naked (boo) but the ice creams that have reached us are super fun.  I'm going to have so much amazing mail to open over the next couple of weeks.  Yippee!  Also fun has been people's reactions to the invitations, which I spent A LOT of time and effort on.  (I'll share some pics after the fact.)  Yesterday one person described the experience of opening her invite as "Joy upon joy upon joy," which was EXACTLY what I was aiming for.  It made me so happy to hear that and it's nice to be able to remind myself of my successes in wedding planning as I tackle my fears of failure in the field.  I can do this!  I hope...

* "Stresss with a treble S" is taken from this song, which I listened to a lot as a teenager.  The song hasn't particularly stayed with me, except for that expression, which loops around my brain frequently at times like this.

Monday, August 3, 2015

are you game for origami?

I'm busy, busy, busy with wedding stuff.  Despite my pesky heart throwing me a minor curve ball, I am getting there, but with less than four weeks to go, I'd have to be!  I'm making all our decorations by hand and wondered if anyone reading this would like to help by making one or two (or one or two hundred!) paper cranes?  I'm hoping to have a curtain of 1000 cranes (and the good fortune they're meant to bring) at the entrance to our reception.  I've got some friends and family on the case already, but I think they could do with some help and I love the idea of the cranes coming from all different places/people.  
The cranes can be any colour, plain or patterned, any size (within reason - there are going to be 1000, hopefully, so we can't have MASSIVE ones) and they don't have to be perfect - there'll be no crane discrimination!  You can find instructions all over the internet, e.g. here.  Two of my friends who've been folding these for me were total novices a few weeks ago and are practically pros now.

If you're up for helping us out/practising your origami, you can email me or leave a comment and I'll get in touch to let you know where to send your folded friends.  I'd probably need the cranes by August 22nd, to give me time to thread them together into a crane curtain.  Whether you make 1 or 100, I'd be very grateful and happy to receive them and I promise to share pictures of the cranes in pride of place on the big day.  Plus I think folders are party to the good fortune that 1000 cranes bring, if you believe in that sort of thing :)