Get On Top Of Your Wedding Day Plans

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weddings are a stressful but beautiful time. You’re full of joy and love, and it’s exciting, scary, overwhelming and of course, expensive! Making sure you everything is completely in place is daunting, especially when you’re taking care of a long list of guests and when you have to stick to deadlines. Keeping on top of your to-do list is key, especially if you have a full time job or children to look after, the 9-5 life can easily take its toll.

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Whether you’re planning a beautiful bright summer wedding on the beach, or if you’re wanting an icy, perfect picturesque snowy wedding in those crisp winter months, there is a lot to think about. The first thing is looking at your venue. Picking a place with your fiance is a magical task, and of course you want to find the best exclusive wedding venues with lots to offer and the place that will be home to the best day of your life. Memories flowing and hopefully good wine too. Once you have your venue organised, then taking care of the details is the next step. Keep a list, of course prioritising is going to be the most important thing. Here are a few topics broken down easily for you to look at; to make it easier for you to prioritise what and when.

Creating your guest list
A vital part of any wedding planning is making sure your list is full up and you have everyone invited. This way you can begin to take care of the more minor details, who is sitting where, and planning your table decor, which of course is the most exciting part!

Catering and drinks
Getting together your perfect wedding day menu can be a challenge. Of course it’s vital that you’re able to gather a list of any food allergies or requirements that any of your guests may have. This is essential to avoid any issues on the day, and it can be passed onto your planner. You could even have a dabble in creating your own recipes for your wedding and make it really personalised!

Flowers and decor
Flowers can be delivered at short notice, so this is something that isn’t going to be a top priority but you probably already have an idea as to what flowers you want to use and where you want to use them. Are you looking at a floral theme for every table? Are you perhaps wanting a floral theme to take you down the aisle! It’s always  good to know the style and theme you may want and it can be implemented easily for your venue. For decor, colour themes may be chosen or you may want certain fabrics.

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Wedding music is always going to be subjective; the bride and groom probably want specific songs played at their wedding, but again this is something that can be chosen later down the line, but making sure you have a DJ prepared in good time is always essential, as wedding DJ’s or wedding singers may need to be booked months in advance, especially if they are busy.

This is the fun part of the planning, but of course not every couple are in a position to take a honeymoon right after the wedding, but why not keep it local if your budget is tight? There are plenty of beautiful UK destinations just waiting to be explored!

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Spring Goals - Things I want to Achieve

As we’ve headed into a new season I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of my goals that I’d like to achieve by the summer. Some of them are personal and some are related to my blog but they are things I’d like to improve or achieve. I feel like writing them down will give me that extra push I need.

Driving Goals & Car Care
I need to get more confident behind the wheel. I tend to let my husband drive everywhere as I don’t feel as confident as I should. I know I can drive safely and I just need to do it more, I’d love to improve my parking too! Car care is a huge part of driving and such an essential to ensure safe journeys. Checking oil, wheels and brakes before setting off on big journeys are so important. Brakes are so important to check as not if they are not timely repaired they can cause fatal accidents, which just doesn’t bare thinking about. Car brakes repair from Dat Tyres will help you stay safe on the road.

Film a Video
We’re hopefully going to be getting out this weekend so it’s the perfect time to film a day in the life video. I don’t know what’s stopping me from filming videos. It’s crazy to be so shy of just a camera. I will be filming videos over Easter, please nudge me if I don’t! 

Start Work on My Ebook
I’m going to be writing a meal plan ebook over the Easter holidays. It will be my favourite meals, written in an affordable meal plan. I need to write the recipes, photograph them and then design the book.

Sell a Product
Not only am I writing an ebook I’m also going to be selling some stock photos for bloggers to use. Pretty flatlays and images that will be perfect for bloggers. It’s about time I put my photography skills to a good use via blogging.

Meet More Creative People
I already have another date in my diary to meet with another local photographer. I left our meet up feeling so inspired and it helped clear my head and set me in the right direction.

Spend Time Together
With us both working we don’t get that much time just to be together. I want at least 2 days over the Easter holidays of no work, no social media updates just us together as a family. 

I’m going to leave it at those six. They are all achievable I just need to go out and do them. Wish me luck!

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Sweetcorn Chowder with Cheesey Tortillas

We've got a little bit of a lunchtime obsession. It's soup! I used to laugh at my mum who would eat soup everyday for lunch. Well I'm officially turning into my mum and soup for lunch everyday sounds amazing. 

It's a great way of getting veg into Edith and easy meal to prepare and I can use up leftovers. This week I had sweetcorn leftover from when we made our own pizzas. My thoughts instantly turned to soup and I've always wanted to try sweetcorn chowder and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I took influence from a Nigella recipe. But me being me has to adapt recipes. Mainly because I didn't have everything I was supposed to but it turned out really good! 

The cheesy Topped tortilla chips are what makes this. Edith wolfed it down and so did her mama!

Sweetcorn Chowder with Cheesey Tortillas

- Serves 2 - 

325g tinned sweetcorn

1/2 leek

1 tsp garlic salt (or 1 clove of fresh garlic)

800ml vegetable stock

32g couscous

2 tortilla wraps

100g grated cheddar cheese

1 tsbp olive oil

In a medium pan heat the oil and gently fry the leek until golden.

Add in the sweetcorn and fry for a further 2 minutes.

Place the leek and sweetcorn mix into a blender and blend until smooth. 

Pour in the half the vegetable stock and blend for 30 seconds.

Pour the mixture back into the pan and add the remaining stock, coucous and garlic salt.

Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened.

Whilst waiting for your soup to thicken. Place the wrap triangles onto a baking tray and cook in a hot oevn until golden and crisp. (This takes around 5 minutes) Sprinkle the grated cheddar on top and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Bowl your soup into serving bowls and top with the cheesey tortillas. 

Sprinkle with a few dried chilli flakes if desired. 

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