A Hanson & Hopewell Spotlight: Lizzie - Bride-to-be
As the eternal single girls, living together in our heavenly ‘boy free’ bachelorette pad, my dear friend Lizzie and I didn’t think the day we chat wedding plans would ever come! We were far from crying over Bridget Jones and planning our future cattery business, it’s fair to say, we were really enjoying single life. Little did we know though that three years later, I would be married, and Lizzie would soon be walking down the aisle too – and all thanks to tinder! On this week’s #BridesmaidBible entry we chat to the gorgeous Bride-to-be Lizzie for a real account of all things wedding planning - a Hanson & Hopewell spotlight on the Bride-to-be.
So let’s start with the stereotypical questions shall we? Then we can get on to the juicy bits! You met your lovely hubby to be, Dan, on Tinder 3 years ago, was it love at first swipe?
Nearly 4 years ago! There was definitely an instant attraction... which I guess is the idea of tinder, right? But yes, on our first date we consumed three bottles of red wine on an empty stomach, chatted and laughed non-stop, and finished the night with a Burger King on our walk back to the station... at that point I knew he was a keeper!
When and how did Dan propose?
It was skiing in March this year... Dan has been a keen skier for years, I've always been the sun worshipper so there was bound to come a time when I had to bite the bullet and attempt a "holiday" where you throw yourself down a mountain, anyway I went and I loved it! This year just the two of us went and he proposed on a gorgeous sunny day at the highest point of the mountain. It was perfect!
You’re getting married in June 2018, did you both want a Summer wedding?
I don't think you can ever rely on a "Summer wedding" in the U.K. It's all too hit and miss! We didn't have a date in mind, we just went with availability of the venue and registrar. But I will of course be praying it doesn't rain!
Tell us about your chosen venue and how you found it?
I found the most stressful part was finding the venue, it's such a big decision and will determine the whole look and feel of the big day. We found ours by luck... we knew we wanted to supply our own booze, so that filtered a lot out! I'd always thought I'd love to get married in a castle so I just googled it and found one right near my mum’s house that had been tucked away! Although when I say "I just googled it"... it was hours spent trawling the internet but worth it in the end!
Do you have a colour scheme in mind for the wedding?
Our colour scheme is soft pink, I had that in mind quite early on. I have Pinterest to thank for that easy decision!
How did you choose and ‘propose’ to your bride tribe?
It's so difficult choosing bridesmaids when you also have some very close friends, I knew I only wanted a few and so I went with family - my sister, Dan’s sister and my sister-in-law-to-be!! I went online and created personalised cards for them all...they went down a treat! I wish I had been in time for Hanson & Hopewell’s bridesmaid proposal boxes that I’ve heard all about – I can’t for these to launch, great idea ladies!
Are you involved in the planning of your hen do? Any specific requests?
I'm not involved in the hen do and having planned a few myself I don't envy my girls, my only requests are nothing too expensive and for Tom Jones to somehow be included, if only on a soundtrack.. oh and Tina Turner... everyone loves a singalong to a power ballad after 14 vodkas right?!
What’s been the best thing about being engaged?
Best thing about the engagement period is being in an excited bubble of celebrations and fun planning... So far I've really enjoyed the majority of it!
What has been your favourite Wedmin task to date?
The best part of wedmin for me has been booking the catering... and will soon be the tasting. What's not to love about trying out the posh grub?!
Are there any Wedmin tasks you’re not looking forward to or haven’t enjoyed?
So far, the most un-glamorous wedmin task has been gathering quotes for additional toilet facilities... who knew that a) there were so many toilet options and b) how damn expensive they'd be!
Do you think you’ll have any bridezilla moments? And if so, why?
I’m hoping I don't have an inner bridezilla waiting to escape. However, if she is hiding in there I've given my bridesmaids the task of knocking her back (not literally I hope- unless she's a real bitch!). I can't think of anything which would spark a reaction but it is early days in the life of a bridezilla!
Has hubby to be been involved in the Wedmin?
Dan has been involved in some wedmin tasks... sorting the booze, booking the music, choosing a menu - all suitable blue jobs. Although come to think of it arranging the pricey toilets must be a blue job... maybe I should have delegated that one!?
Shotgun wedding? See what we did there!? Well, here's the quick fire round ready, steady, go!
The more the merrier or small and intimate?
Small and intimate
DIY or Designer?
Yacht or Yurt?
Hen night in or hen night out?
Hen night in
Diamonds or Pearls?
Diamonds...in the words of Marilyn Monroe "diamonds are a girls best friend" 😉
Cake or cheese tower?
Cake! You didn’t need to ask!