Foreign Wedding Preparations (the continuing panic) Part Trois

Case packed!

Case unpacked!

I spy room in Andy’s case 😉

Clothes reorganised.

He doesn’t need much more in there anyway 😛

Oh! …………His suit for the wedding!…………… And his shirt,………… and some more shorts.

Ah but there’s room for a few of my bits too 🙂

It would help if I didn’t have most of the wedding paraphernalia in my case!

As for the shopping trip yesterday, it was quite successful.  I managed to find 2 pairs of blingy sandals in Shoe Zone 

– they seemed to be the only place that was still selling sandals!  Couldn’t decide on gold or silver though, my bag has both incorporated, so I bought both. Well, who wouldn’t at £12.99 a pair? They only have to last the day & then they can fall apart for all I care!

I also appear to have another 2 pairs of sandals in my bags, for casual wear (I’m a typical shoe loving female who should not really be allowed near shoe shops alone!)

I came very close to buying yet more possible wedding day footwear whilst browsing in Debenhams (as you do).  I found a gorgeous pair of blue satin shoes and another pair of silver blings.  Unfortunately they weren’t my size, so I went over to one of the assistants at the cash till in the shoe department. She told me that she couldn’t possibly help me with larger sizes as the girls who dealt with those particular shoes, were away from the area!  What the ….???  Suffice to say I told her that they obviously didn’t want my money, put the shoes down on the desk and left. It was a shoe department & she was working in it! I hate these department stores where each concession can only deal with it’s own products, especially as there is nothing to show it was a different department within that one! Soooo confusing!

Anyway, I found the other bits I wanted.  Came home with 3 new bras which feel like they are made from some of the strongest elastane known to man.  Obviously I am far too comfy in my old ones and are they sure my boobs should be under my chin?  A case of cantilever construction is needed if I’m going to wear the chosen dress though so I’ll have to be uncomfortable for the day.  I’m not the biggest fan of strapless bras, but gone are the days when mine was burnt and nobody noticed :S

I found another swimsuit, a new shirt for Andy, which goes much better with his suit than the one he’d chosen, and thoroughly enjoyed being set free alone to shop for a change 🙂

Have you packed the dress I hear you say! Well, I don’t as that would actually be awesome as it’s impossible – this is a blog, not interactive chat!  I hear you in my head, amongst the other strange voices that tell me I’m very sad for doing this, and the others that just shouldn’t be there!

Remember the box? 

Well, it really is this big! 

With the help of our admin assistant Rachel, it did go in, but not without a fight!

There were giggles, swearwords, jumping & crawling around on the bed.  At one point, I thought I’d actually packed Rachel in the box too.  There was tissue paper flying everywhere, repositioning of the box, then the dress, then us!  I think it will need a lot of hanging and steaming before it can be worn though 😦  I was determined that it would not be travelling in the hold.  The box is just the right size for hand luggage.  That dress will not go out of my sight!

All the suitcases can go missing.  You can get married barefoot, without make up, or you can buy shoes, makeup, underwear,  but if that dress went missing, it could never be replaced.  My Mel will wear the dress we chose for her day (even if it’s creased!).  It’s special, and so is she 🙂

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Foreign Wedding Preparations (the continuing panic) Part Deux

Just a quick update as I’m sure you were all on the edge of your seats as to whether my outfit fits! Tried it on last night & yes with a little encouragement and careful zipping hubby was able to do the dress up!  Don’t you just hate dresses with side zips? – They don’t work on ‘ladies with curves’ very well! And they don’t work very well when there is a major seam for them to be taken past too! I also had a few problems with the V neck being quite low & my strapless bra coming quite high!  Something else to put on the shopping list for today!  I tried another possible dress on & whilst it looks & feels stunning, it was about 2 inches too long & the lace up back caused a problem where the underwear was concerned :S

Anyway, I’m off to Telford Imageto see if I can find the last minute essentials: New strapless bra, New Shoes, Blue socks for Andy, Possibly a new shirt for Andy too – and 2 or 3 large cappuccinos to calm my nerves!

Soon my lovelies!

Foreign Wedding Preparations (the continuing panic)

Her dress is hanging on the outside on the wardrobe in my spare room waiting to be packed away in it’s box for the journey.  How on earth am I going to get that gorgeous but rather large piece of essential wedding kit in this box I’ve no idea!

The Box! It’s 35 x 55 x 20 cm (deep)

It’s a daunting task and I’m the one that has to do it.

The bride can’t as she needs for it not to be in her house until we are about to leave, so that the groom doesn’t see it!  Besides, it’s all part of mum’s job isn’t it?

I have 5 more days to make sure I have everything ready to go into my case.  I have made up my mind that I will make a list this time & stick to it!  Then it will be a panic when I realise that I have things on the list that either need washing and ironing or don’t fit me anymore 😦 Believe me that is seriously a possibility the way my weight has gone up since I stopped smoking!

OK, so i need to make my list today, check where the things are, try them on & make another revised list!

One thing I desperately need to do is try on my outfit.  It’s the 3rd one I’ve bought  & I’ve had it in the wardrobe for over a month! It could have shrunk! Better make sure I can still squeeze into my corset too just in case 😉 And where did I put my fascinator? It’s somewhere safe, and we all know what that means!  My shoes, as you are probably aware are a disaster.  I did buy some more on Ebay but they’ve turned out to be stilts, or as good as.

The Stilts – erm shoes!

Probably fine for some young thing with no weight problem & strong ankles.  I used to wear heels so much higher but now, I think I’d best stick to some sensible sandals with either a small heel or wedges.  So that means a trip to the shops.  I’ve talked my lovely hubby into taking me to Telford tomorrow.  He’ll then come back to work & leave me to shop til I need him to come pick me up again.  Once again, the joys of not being able to drive in a community with none or hardly any public transport scuppers my ability to  go freely amongst the shops!  So lucky to have a helpful taxi service, erm,  husband!

Watch this space over the next few days for updates as I get more panicked & more nervous.  I’ll also tell you the saga of my son’s passport at some stage which hasn’t helped in the slightest!

All going to plan though so far & I am seriously looking forward to that welcome drink at the hotel on Saturday when we arrive!

Onwards towards the wedding of the year I say!

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