Broke-Ass Tag: UK Wedding Planning


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Hey brides!

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks with everything BUT wedding planning. So, instead I’m gonna hit you up with a terrible listicle. Mmm’Kay?

Five reasons why planning a wedding is awesome/terrible:

1. You get to go through all your lists of friends and family and choose which ones you like the most! THEN halve that number and play the game I affectionately call “trying not to upset people by not inviting them to your wedding, even though you’d like to, because it’s so freakin’ expensive.” It’s not catchy, but it works.

2. You get to go dress shopping, with loads of awesome women and THEN when you find dresses you like, they get to judge you! Amazing.

3. You get to eat and drink loads of good food and wine, all in the name of ensuring your guests are well fed and watered. This is seriously awesome, and seriously dangerous for your waistline. Nibble and sip, my friends, nibble and sip. Not to mention the possibility that as a couple, we might be so busy saying hi to everyone that we might not even get to eat that food we’re paying for.

4. You are allowed to become totally obsessed with Pinterest. Enjoy it. It’ll soon be over, and staring at photo after photo of gowns and hairstyles will suddenly be seen for the truly anti-social behaviour that it is.

5. You get to buy new jewellery — including a fabulous new ring that you can definitely splash out on because, like, you are totally gonna wear it for the rest of your life. Jewellery (*ahem*) rocks.

That’s all folks!

Am Dram Bride out.

Emma Watkins
  • 8/21

    I am a very lucky girl. Earlier this year my fiancé came top in the UK in a competition for Kinect Sports Rivals (an XBOX game that requires you to throw yourself around as if you were climbing, jet-skiing, bowling etc. ). This meant that we were given an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego Comic Con, where he would be competing in the World final.

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    Mike and I with all the other KSRivals finalists! Credit- my iPhone!

    What does this have to do with wedding planning?  Two words: David’s Bridal. Once I knew we were going to San Diego, I became obsessed with the idea of bringing back an absolutely bargainous gown. One that would blow that Justin Alexander dress out of the water, that no other UK bride will have ever worn. I scoured their site, I saved my favourites and repeatedly checked the exchange rates whilst rubbing my grubby little broke-ass hands with glee.

    To add to this, Microsoft kindly gave us a very decent whack of spending money, and Michael gladly (I think) earmarked some of it for the wedding dress. I was all set.

    On the day we arrived, after traveling for roughly 16 hours, and jet lagged beyond all belief, I marched into my appointment at David’s Bridal. I was alone but determined.

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    David’s Bridal, San Diego. Credit – Mike’s Go Pro

    (Poor Michael was stranded outside the shop for about an hour and a half, with only a small beetle for company. Like I said, we were horrendously jet lagged and more than a little delirious).

    The appointment went well, despite it being a bit odd that I had no one else with me — not even a beetle. Still, the sales assistants were very helpful, and after trying on pretty much everything in my price range we found a dress. Through my barely open eyes I looked at myself in the mirror and breathed a sigh of relief. I had found a gorgeous dress and it had cost just $350. Brilliant.

    I rang the bell, which is apparently what you guys do over here, and handed over my cash. Job done.

    Since it was a sample dress I took it home that night. It hung up in our hotel room for the rest of the trip, before being carefully squished into my suitcase for the long journey home.

    Mission: Accomplished.

    Am dram Bride – out.

    What was your dress-finding story? Did you luck out at one spot, or did you have to go through a few different places to get to your winner?

    Emma Watkins
  • 7/14

    As my moniker suggests, I am a full-on musical-theatre-loving, jazz-handing, amateur dramatist. For those unfamiliar with my post code (zip code for you American readers), Bristol is a hot-bed of creative people. So I am incredibly fortunate that two key parts of the wedding will be deftly handled by talented people we both know and love. First up: Photography. All the blogs I have read on…

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    Good evening my fellow BAB's. I am writing this during the England vs. Uruguay World Cup match. The match isn't over yet, but I am already despondent about our chances of winning, so I am consoling myself with a blog post. Excuse me if this ends up being a little more morose than usual. Today I'd like to talk about The Dress. As an am…

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    And so it is time. Time to stop avoiding the inevitable and start putting people's names into a spreadsheet. *dum dum DUUUUM* I had been dreading this from the moment that ring slipped onto my freezing finger (see first post), and valiantly tried to ignore it for as long as possible. But now we are looking at caterers, and the thing that caterers need is numbers and for…

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    My name is Emma, and I am a fiancée. In real life I work in marketing for a publishing company, and my fiancé, Michael, works in insurance. We live in Bristol, England, and have been a couple for 11 years. We have a date in mind for our wedding - October 8th, 2015. And yes, that is a Thursday. More on that in a forthcoming…

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