The Bad Bride Diaries: I Finally Started Planning

Some little girls dream of their wedding. I was not one of those girls. I’m the first to admit, I am not a romantic, or particularly sentimental. After engaged in August, I did an initial excited Google of overpriced venues and then promptly abandoned all wedding planning. Instead, I’ve spent the last few months laughing merrily whenever anybody asks me how my wedding planning is going, or plotting the murders of people who call me ‘the future Mrs Whitney’ or ‘Mrs Whitney to be’, or occasionally idly staring at wedding dresses on Pinterest before deciding I hate them all. I am nailing this bride thing.

The Bad Bride Diaries

I have now finally accepted that if I want to have a wedding, I do actually need to plan the thing, as sadly, I don’t have the bank account to just book a planner to do it all for me. SO, I actually bothered to have a proper think about what I want. I have looked at some actual realistic venue choices, and downloaded brochures and everything. So far, I am astonished by what garbage websites lots of venues have. If I can’t find a single price guide anywhere, or even any proper pictures, I’m hitting that back button faster than you can say ‘Bridezilla’ and gone back to Google to find somewhere else.

I also figured it would be wise to start putting together a rough first draft of a guest list, just to give us a vague idea of numbers for when we look at venues. That attempt has resulted in my resolving to cause some sort of family rift, or encourage fallings out with friends, as it turns out I want more people than I expected at my ‘big day’.

I envision there being a lot of ‘I’m meant to have what,’ in my future, much swearing and general bridal rubbishness. It’s going to be quite the ride. Wish me luck…

The Wedding Club opens in the Mailbox

Designer bridal retailer, The Wedding Club has opened a brand new store in Birmingham’s Mailbox. The brand already has stores in Knightsbridge and South Kensington, and they focus on quality dresses for stylish brides.

The Wedding Club

I went along to the opening party to check out the new store and their range of bridal wear. The Wedding Club stock dresses and accessories for the bride, bridesmaids and the mother-of-bride, from designers including Jenny PackhamTemperley London and Two Birds.

The Wedding Club Birmingham

Designer bridal

The new store is a chic, white, calm space full of gorgeous wisps of lace and sparkles. The dresses here are stylish, with intricate detail. There’s a lot of lace, a lot of crystal beading, and a lot of tulle. The dresses are like works of art, and I drifted around for ages admiring how incredibly beautiful they are.

Bridalwear Birmingham
Wedding dress back detail
Lace wedding dress
Floral wedding dress

The store will host regular events, with a good list already planned, with upcoming trunk shows from Atelier Pronovias and Kate Halfpenny.

The Wedding Club is also known for it’s impressive sales, with some designer dresses available for a fraction of their original price.

Bridal sale

Bridal events

Bridesmaid Dresses

The new store can be found on the first floor of the Mailbox, and is open between 10am and 6pm, by appointment only.

It’s a beautiful store, sure to make any bride feel like a princess.

I was invited to the opening party of The Wedding Club. All pictures, words and opinions are entirely my own. I was not obliged to write a blog post. 

We’re Engaged!

I have SO much Disney content to share, but first I have some news.

Disney Proposal

We’re engaged! Being the adults that we are, Dave popped the question on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World.

It was our last day in the parks, and we’d decided to go back to the Magic Kingdom to go on the rides we missed the first time round, thanks to the truly horrendous rainstorms we’d had on our first attempt.

Disney Engagement

I said yes

Apparently, Dave had planned to ask earlier in the week, but rain stopped play. Our return to the Magic Kingdom seemed like the perfect time to try again.Disney has photographers dotted all over the place, and we’d already used several of them. Strolling up Main Street, castle in the background, we spotted another and stopped to pose. We took one normal photo, arms round each other, grinning like idiots, and then Dave said, “One more,” and produced the ring.

Proposal picture

Obviously, I said yes. We’re incredibly excited, and I’m so happy to have pictures of the moment. Now we just need to find a good way to celebrate now we’re home…

We’re not planning on getting hitched just yet, but there will be some more weddingy content on here while we plan. My regular content of vlogs, food reviews and nerdery will remain unchanged however, so don’t panic! I’m not about to become a wedding blogger.

Now, where’s that champagne?