No sooner was the ring on my finger and the Champagne cork popped, my mind wasÂ flicking through the pages of Wedding Ideas Magazine and thinking of colour schemes and floral arrangements.
It’s no secret that I have been (slightly) obsessed with weddings since I was 14-years-old so, as we shared news of our engagement with family and friends, discussions soon turned to wedding plans and dates.
“You’ll be getting married soon then? Amy already has it all planned out, doesn’t she?”
But the answer is no. We want to enjoy the wedding planning process, together, and take our time to ensure we organise the perfect day for us and for all our friends and family.
I mean, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t already created the ultimate wedding on Pinterest and didn’t have a secret stash of glossy magazines tucked away in a cupboard, but I never entirely allowed myself to succumb to my guilty pleasure. It seemed to come as a shock to many of our friends that I hadn’t already bought a wedding dress and stashed it in the loft. And there was utter surprise that I didn’t have a leather-bound wedding bible with every single detail planned down to the final touch.
But everything changes once you’re there, you’re engaged and you’re going through the process – in real life – with the person you love. So, although many of my ideas have remained in place, we’ve started from scratch. Googling venues even though I’d had my heart set on a specific barn since I first waitressed at a wedding there in 2002; picking up magazines and taking inspiration from others’ weddings; and sitting down together to discuss what is important to us.
So, as we celebrate our new chapter and a new beginning as an engaged couple, we’re also getting stuck in to wedding planning because you can never have long enough to plan the perfect day!