Saturday, 30 April 2011

Wedding Invitations - DIY Project

So the great wedding invite making weekend took place last week. After trying a few samples I finally narrowed it down to what I wanted and something that wasn't going to take forever.

I started by designing our own monogram through Word which was really easy actually, once I figured out the basics. I am using it throughout the wedding and hope that it just helps with making the day more us! After too many hours to count I had managed to address all the inserts, cut them to size and finish of the corners.
I worked quite hard at making a little production line with all the things on it that I would need and hours measuring bits of ribbon to add to the front but once they were all put together I was really happy with the final product.

Inserts Cut and ready to go in the cards

I added the ribbon to the front by cutting and measuring a long length of ribbon and then tying a knot ribbon through this once it was secured to the front of the card.

I really wanted to keep the fronts of the invites very simple, so after spending some time playing about with the computer I managed to get the words to print onto the front of the card. I used hearts that I had punched using a heart puncher from purple pearlised card and finished off with some diamante stick ons.

Inside of a finished invite

The finished product!

I must say I'm really happy with them, I think that they look really professional and hope that everyone feels the same. Let me know what you think?

Thursday, 21 April 2011

6 Months today!

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Well the title says it all! 6 Months today to our wedding day.!!!!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Paperwork, Paperwork

The time has come to think about starting the paperwork for our wedding. The Spanish are very strict on everything being dated withing 6 months of the wedding, so anyone planning your wedding in Spain bare this in mind.
We are having a full Catholic ceremony in Spain, which I have been informed is the easiest way to get married in Spain as Civil ceremonies are yet to be recognised. If you are wanting to get married in Spain outwith the Catholic church, you are recommended to get a civil ceremony either in your home country or you can also do this in Gibraltar.

So to start the religious side of the process we need:
Full Birth certificates Copy of Baptism certificate (some parish's may also require your confirmation certificate)
A place on the marriage preparation course
To arrange a meeting with our local parish priest to start to go through our freedom to marry information (Basically a meeting where you provide all of the above certificates to the priest so he can provide you with a freedom to marry certificate for the catholic church)

There is also a lot of legal aspects of planning the wedding that also need to be done but I will cover them in another post.

We have already met with our local parish priest who has started to look to begin the paperwork process with us, the meeting really consisted of him asking us about where we have lived previously (they need this to check out that you have not previously been married) our thoughts on marriage, why we wanted to get married in the church, how we will prepare for marriage, and taking our information to enrol for the marriage preparation course.

In Scotland the course of choice for the Catholic church is run by Scottish Marriage Care and is called FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) it is an questionnaire which focus on the basic key elements of a successful marriage. You meet with a facilitator and complete the questionnaire separately and then you return as a couple a few weeks later to discuss the responses that were given. The facilitator will then help you to look at patterns in your responses, identify positives, discuss issues and raise awareness of important relationship topics. In total the sessions over the two periods should last around two hours, if required there is opportunity to have further sessions. I feel that this type of course is better than previous ones which were ran by priests themselves, who to be honest in my opinion are not best placed to provide guidance for marriage. Part of me is a little nervous but I am also happy to be completing it so that we can look at all aspects of our relationship (I suppose it's a bit like pre-marriage counselling)

Monday, 11 April 2011

Trip to Spain

Well this weekend was spent on our final viewing trip to Spain. One of the joys of planning a wedding abroad has been to get to go on a few weekend breaks!
This time the sun was shining and everything just looked so beautiful. I know I have put a few pictures on already of the venue and the church but I can't help but add some more in the sunshine.

The view up to the church, I just love the look and feel of Marbella's old town, so quaint!

The view that our guests will have, whilst we are eating dinner, bad news is the top table will have their back to it!

And the reception venue, we will be eating on the bottom terrace then move inside for the DJ.

We tasted our menu whilst we were there and really enjoyed it, I wanted a Spanish feel but nothing too far from the norm for the oldies! lol and thats what we feel we have managed to achieve.
I also had my hair and makeup trial which went really well and I can't wait for the day to see it all together with my dress.

So all in all a really good productive weekend (damped slightly by me being quite poorly)

We have all the major things sorted now, but the paperwork will be another story in itself!!