As soon as Mike and I got engaged we had a good idea about a location for getting married. We also decided early on that we didn’t want to wait too long to get married (I’m far too impatient for that!) and that we definitely wanted to do it this year, the only issue being that we really wanted a summer wedding (or as close to summer as we could get) and knew January was quite late to be booking one for the same year…I got in touch with the location anyway to see if they had any 2016 dates left and they came back with 17th September, perfect! It was meant to be.
The venue is located on the Llyn Peninsula of North Wales, an area Mike and I have both been visiting almost every summer with our families since we were young. We also visited the venue a few years ago when my Mum had a birthday party there so both the venue and the area already hold lots of good memories for us.
As an old mining quarry, the location is now available to hire for weddings and has on site a reception venue and accommodation for up to 138 guests for a whole weekend (as well as an amazing wedding planner called Mair). After we found out that we and (almost) all our guests could stay at the same place, it was a no brainer. We had wanted to make a whole weekend out of the wedding anyway and make it feel more of a mini staycation than just a wedding day. We plan to get everyone together on the Friday night before the ceremony to celebrate the impending nuptials and spend the rest of the weekend drinking, dancing, eating, celebrating and taking walks along the amazing coastline.
Did I mention it also has it’s own private beach (I know, right)?! Fingers crossed the weather will be good, though I’m going to need to spend the next 6 months convincing myself that if it’s not, it’s fine…
In terms of the decor I’ve got big plans of draping the chapel and decking the reception hall out in lots of white fabric bunting, ivy garlands and foliage. Luckily a friend of mine is an ex-florist and has offered to help out with the dressing of the venue. My bridesmaids have also offered to get stuck in and I’ve already been saving glass jars and doing bits of DIY here and there.
Since booking the venue the planning seems to have ramped up a notch. Last weekend I spent the day wedding dress shopping with my mum. We went to the White Closet in Didsbury and although the dresses were beautiful, I didn’t find ‘the one’. We did however also pay a visit to Knutsford-based designer Emma Beaumont and found it (!), but more on that in a future post…(exciting!) I’ve also been busy creating a wedding website, booking the Minister and registrar and designing and ordering my save the dates which went out last week.
Next week I’ll be talking about my save the dates, the general stationery theme and the plans for the rest of it. We’re also off to Amsterdam for a long weekend away this weekend which I’m really looking forward to!
See ya then!