Whilst telling you about our wedding day I can’t not tell you about myself – the bride!
I’ll start with the obvious – I was plus size bride, and I’m still a plus size woman. As a plus size bride-to-be, I tried to lose some weight for my wedding day and went to the gym with a personal trainer. But ultimately I was always going to be a plus size bride. And I was okay with that, and I’m still okay with that!
People say you should lose weight for your wedding – and if you want to – you do you; but me, as long as I felt beautiful in my wedding dress, and as long as my husband thought the same, that is all that mattered. I was a big girl when Steve met me, and I still am to this day. He loves me just as much ten years on from our wedding day, as he did back then.
I think you only have to look at the smile on my face in our wedding photos to know how much that day meant to me – it didn’t matter what size I was!
I had my wedding dress handmade for me, and I ADORED it once I got it on. In the pictures that they emailed me first, not so much, in fact, I shed lots of tears! My mum said it was because it was shapeless and lifeless on the dressmakers dummy…and she was right. Once I got that dress on at my first fitting, I was instantly smitten with it!
It was made from white satin with an organza overlay. A sweetheart neckline with crystals embellishing the bodice, as well as along the hem/train. I also had an organza shrug embellished with tiny crystals. My veil was white, with pretty drop crystals at the ends.
And my lovely hairdresser, Jackie, came to the venue on the day of the wedding to do my hair. I used to have red (dyed) hair, but a few weeks before the wedding I changed over to black. I’ve stayed that hair colour ever since! I love my black hair :)
My shoes…how could I forget my shoes?! They were purple. They were gorgeous. ‘Nuff said!
Another purple accessory was my cute little heart-shaped clutch bag. I used hearts as decoration throughout the day, so when I saw this on a shopping trip with my mum, I had to buy it!
Steve bought me my wedding jewellery, which was handmade. The necklace was clear and purple crystals; and this GORGEOUS charm bracelet, where I was able to chose the charms and I talked more about in my post about the wedding jewellery.
I decided to treat myself to a make-up artist on the day. Not that I am lame at applying make up – far from it, but because I thought it would be nice to relax and not stress. This is me after my make up trial. I went for bold coloured eyes, with purple shadow and dark eyeliner. I wear eyeliner every day, and I’m just not “me” without it! I also had some loooong false eyelashes applied – I loved them! A wonderful local lady called Janine did my make-up. I also hired her for my 35th ‘At The Hop’ 50s Birthday Party.
Steve also bought me a bottle of Jean-Paul Gaultier perfume to wear. It was in a limited-edition summer bottle which I kept to remind me of our day. I have a regular bottle of the perfume, and the smell always brings back memories of our day.
I’m sure that most brides will say that their perfume is one of the smells that reminds them of their wedding day. .But for me, it’s the smell of my lip gloss which was by Estée Lauder! Whenever I wear it, I’m instantly transported to my wedding day and all the excitement that that day brought.
I put together an Emergency Kit for myself as well for the big day. I was so glad of that fan, let me tell ya! Our wedding day was hot, hot HOT!
Since I would be getting ready at our venue, we saved money by not hiring a car for myself and my bridesmaids, and I unceremoniously drove myself to the venue in our little blue Peugeot! We bought some car ribbon from eBay, just to show it was a wedding car!
I made wedding day time lines for Steve, myself, and for the day. I printed and laminated them so everyone knew what they needed to be doing and when!
Our Wedding Day Index
- Our Wedding Venue
- Our Wedding Invitations
- Our Wedding Stationery
- Our Wedding Jewellery
- Our Wedding Favors
- Our Wedding Attendants’ Gifts
- Our Wedding Memories & Keepsakes
- Our Wedding Flowers
- Our Wedding Cake
- Our Wedding Candy Buffet
- Our Wedding Food
- Our Wedding Attendants
- Our Wedding – The Groom
- Our Wedding – The Bride
- Our Wedding Music
- Our Wedding Entertainment
- Our Wedding Dining Tables
- Our Big Day!
After Our Wedding Day…