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Well hello 2018!

Happy New Year! If, like us, you’re full of Prosecco, cheese and not quite sure what day of the week it is, then welcome to the club. We’re guessing many of you are feeling very excited to now be able to say that you are getting married… this year! Or maybe you’re counting down the weeks and quietly freaking out, like our lovely guest blogger Sarah…

“How is it 2018 already? We’ve just passed the 12 week mark until the wedding and panic has set in for me, please tell me other brides had this too. Time seems to go so quickly and it’s going to be March before I know it!

“December has passed in a blur of starting my new job, hospital visits to see my dad and Christmas preparations. Duncan has managed to avoid the petal making but has taken over the dreaded spreadsheets, I’m terrible with numbers and money at the best of times, so it’s a relief not to have the financial admin to worry about.

“Saying that, we’ve managed to tick off a few jobs this month. We bought the flower girl dresses at the end of November and the girls have all now tried them on and looked so adorable. We’re having my two nieces, Grace and Martha and Duncan’s niece, Ailsa. We also can’t forget about my nephew, Hamish who, aged 3, will give the older gents a run for their money in the dapper stakes with his kilt. I have a feeling that once they’ve all walked down the aisle, I’ll be an afterthought! I’m on the hunt for rose gold shoes for the girls so let me know if you see any. I’m also going to be making Hamish a wee dinosaur buttonhole; Pinterest is a bad influence!

“We’ve finally chosen the bridesmaid’s dresses, I’m just holding out for a discount day to purchase them. One of my squad is away travelling in Argentina so I might wait until she is back at the end of January before I order hers.

“I’ll also be organising my dress fittings soon, though I am needing to live in the gym for the next three months – let’s just say my diet went out the window over Christmas. I actually bought my dress back in July from Bliss Studio in Edinburgh. I wanted to go shopping before my mother-in-law emigrated to Australia and we had a lovely couple of days with her, my mum, and two of my bridesmaids. Needless to say, my dress is nothing like I thought I wanted. Almost the opposite in fact but I loved how tall and slim I felt in it. It’s second hand but its previous bride must be almost the same size as me as it only needs basic alterations. I didn’t want any photos of myself in the dress so I didn’t over analyse it and end up not liking it (why do us girls do that?) and have kind of forgotten what it looks like, so it will be a nice surprise when I see it again.

“We’ve finally booked the honeymoon. At first we wanted to do a road trip through California, but after having a very relaxing holiday in Spain back in October, we realised that we just wanted to lie on a beach and drink cocktails for a week. After looking at almost every beach resort in the world we settled on a new resort in Mexico called Unico 2087. It only opened at the end of March and ticked all the boxes. Duncan is particularly excited about the free mini bar that we can tailor using an app before we arrive, meaning there will be a bottle of whisky waiting for him! We’re not going until a month after the wedding, so are currently looking at mini moon options for after the wedding for a few days. With it being Easter the next weekend, we think we’ll stay in Scotland somewhere.

“Talking of whisky, our house is starting to look like a recycling bank. There are empty bottles and jars everywhere, I’m going to put aside a weekend in January and get the girls round for some serious DIY, with Prosecco and nibbles of course! I’ve also found myself slyly looking in building yards and skips for a nice looking pallet, we need something to mount the table plan on, plus make signs for Colstoun as the wedding is spread out around the venue.

“We’re going to have a busy January with catering and venue visits, organising the wedding rings and also popping out to Haddington to register the wedding but with the anniversary of Duncan proposing at the end of the month, we’re going to make time to celebrate too!”

Sounds like Sarah has it all under control. Love the sound of the dinosaur buttonhole! And remember to let us know if you spot any rose gold shoes for her flower girls. Christina x

Sarah and Duncan are getting married at Colstoun House near Haddington in March, and Sarah is dreaming of an outdoor ceremony – either on the lawn or in the purpose-built polytunnel in the walled garden. Their day will be rustic with hints of blush, green and rose gold.

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