So I was a little stupid. Well actually very stupid. I actually bought a second hand wedding dress quite a while ago. Yes it was smaller than I was but as I was losing weight and I thought it would not be too much of an issue. Unfortunately I took the word of the lady I bought it from that the dress was a certain size and that no alterations had been done to the dress. The lower part of the dress is indeed the right size however the top is actually three sizes smaller than it should be. How did I not notice? Well to be honest I did think it was small but  I just put it down to the fact I had been large for so long that I had lost touch with sizes. I did lose weight but nothing seemed to be working for the top part of my body. I kept trying on the dress and the bottom half was starting to fit, but I was still no where near on the top part of the dress. I was started to feel deflated and to be honest I lost motivation. I know that sounds odd but I just thought what is the point, I am never going to do it and feel foolish trying. Who was I trying to kid?

I then started to panic. Friends and wedding websites kept telling me to get something sorted as dress shops need at least 3 months to get your dress sorted. I dreaded going into a bridal shop as I had heard so many horror stories about girls being trussed up like a turkey in too small a size dress and then being coerced into parting with silly money. I was also freaking at the thought of someone seeing my wobbly bits whilst wedging me into a dress. I am that person who has to do a little shimmy dance behind a towel at the beach or in a changing room. I am just not comfortable with it.

I was plucking up the courage to visit a shop when I was told of a dressmaker called Audrey who lived in the local area who had saved another ladies wedding by making three bridesmaid dresses and a wedding dress in just three weeks. I thought it sounded too good to be true but thought I would give the lady a call. To say she was welcoming was an understatement, she was awesome! Anyone who answers the phone with a mouthful of jaffa cakes is good to me. Audrey took a look at the dress I bought, got me to pop it on and then came up with a solution to end my dress woes. No, it did not involve burning it or sticking me in a horrendous corset, instead she suggested altering it and adding some extras.  I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I could have shouted from the rooftops.  I just wish I had gone to her in the first place and not worried so much. If you are getting married and reading this, don’t believe everything you read or hear, you will find something that works for you. I know it can feel a bit daunting but it can be done.


Now for the serious stuff


So why are we getting married?

So you say yes, then the giddy smiles sits on your face for a while, then you go into organisation mode and you forget about why you are getting married. We received an invite from the vicar in Shropshire to attend a get together in March to think about the wedding ceremony and also why we are getting wed. Sounds daft but in the whirlwind, we have never sat and talked it through properly. Being serious, equals being grown up. Difficult for two big kids who still laugh hysterically at inappropriate childish things.

So I am sat wondering what readings and hymns we should have. Now as I don’t really know what is hippity hop in the churchy sense, I have to hark back to my school days and remember what I used to sing back then. I am not sure ‘there’s a hole in my bucket’ or ‘I can sing a rainbow’ would be ok. So I have been scouring the internet and have come up with a few tried and tested hymns which hopefully most people will know how they ‘go’. Just hope the church organist is on the ball. I have been to some funny weddings and funerals for that matter where the organist has hit some major bum notes or has got the tempo completely wrong. I think the funniest was my grandmother’s funeral where the organist decided to play really rather slow and then suddenly picked up to such a pace where I thought we were at a F1 race. It is the only funeral where I have laughed more than I cried.

Finding something and someone to read in church is also quite difficult. Not really the time and place to call out bingo numbers, recall 1000 excellent pirate jokes or read out lonely heart adverts. Advice on church readings seem to vary. Some suggest religious pieces, others timeless classics and a growing trend suggest pieces from favourite children’s books. Again I don’t think reading a snippet of the Hungry Caterpillar would cut the mustard. We have selected four readings, one is funny, one is a bit mushy, one fits in with the theme and one is religious. All being well one or two of them will be appropriate.

As Mister B and I are getting married in Shropshire and not where we live, we have to have our banns read twice, once in our village and once in Shropshire. This is the time for anyone to come forward and declare any impediments against us getting married. Hmmm, don’t think we have anybody locked up in a cupboard that will suddenly appear. If they do, they may let us know how to get to Narnia which could be jolly nice for a honeymoon.

Unfortunately the local vicar decided to join the dove from above, so we were contacted by a rather jovial stand in vicar who informed us he could fit in our banns. So we are heading to St Cynog’s at the end of April to get all serious and hear the banns being read. I am not sure what to expect to be honest. Will we suddenly have a moment of enlightenment or will Kenny Everett’s Brother Lee Love dance down the aisle and point at us with his huge hands? Hmm I think not. It is more than likely that Mister B and I will be hiding at the back of the church, trying not to laugh and then fishing about in our pockets when we realise we don’t have anything but fluff and buttons for the collection. Nevertheless we will be one step closer to the wedding. GULP!

mmmmmm PIE!

Let’s keep it simple and have pie and mash.


pie n mash

pie n mash

It was time to have a taste of the pies on offer for the wedding at Wilderhope yesterday. Mister B chowed down on the Steak and Ale and the Chicken and Leek and I had a taste of the vegetable offering. Whilst doing so we were surrounded by a massive party of teenagers who were letting their hair down after walking miles for their Duke of Edinburgh awards. There were walking boots everywhere, mud, maps and talk of ‘teenage’ things. Felt a bit strange sitting in a corner eating pie and mash. The clean plate indicated that Mister B enjoyed the meaty options. Even though the vegetarian option was tasty, I have opted for a different one for the wedding as it was packed with red peppers and not everyone is keen on them. Peppers just seem to be one of those foods which have a tendency to repeat frequently throughout the day so they had to go.

Leeky cluck

Leeky cluck


Next we were presented with the desserts…

Chocolate tart

Apple and berry pie with custard.

I am not a massive fan of chocolate desserts but it was delicious.The apple and berry pie was like a hug in a bowl.  Sadly I had eaten too much pie so had to leave it to Mister B to polish off all the desserts. I don’t think he was too bothered. As Mister B and I love cheesecake we have opted for a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake too. So now another thing is ticked off the list.

mmmmmmmmm PIE!

Wedding FAQ’s

Following a few questions from various people, we were on a mission to find out everything we could when we visited Wilderhope yesterday. So here goes:

Come through to the parlour

Come through to the parlour

If I am staying at Wilderhope can I arrive on Friday night?

Yes you can arrive on Friday after 5pm. The bridal party will be at the church around 6ish for a prep session but will be at Wilderhope later. All we ask is that everyone gives a helping hand at the night time.

Will there be breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning for those staying at Wilderhope ?

Breakfast will be available for all those staying at Wilderhope. Bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, beans, toast, fruit, croissants and tea/coffee will be available.

We are coming to the evening party and staying at Wilderhope, can we arrive late afternoon on Saturday?

Yes. If you plan arriving later in the afternoon please could you contact us to let us know,so we can let Wilderhope staff know. As the day guests will be in the main hall at this time, guests will need to use an alternative route to access their rooms.

I am bringing a young child/baby and wondered if you have a room to prep baby food/heat a bottle.

There will be a small kitchen for guests to use. If you want to bring a bottle warmer and leave it in here to use that would be fine. There will be some space to store food  in the fridge as well if need be.

The kitchen

The kitchen

Is there wheelchair accessibility?

The main hall is accessible, as long as you enter the building from the back of the building via the ramped gravel path. If you are bringing a van then you will need to pull up to the side of the building, to find the level part of the car park. Inside there are two steps into the bar and parlour at the back so extra assistance may be needed here. Unfortunately there is no access to the rooms upstairs or the snug downstairs.

small steps

small steps

There is an accessible toilet at the back of the building, with grab rails and lowered sink.

Will there be much parking space at Wilderhope?

There will be 30 spaces but we will be contacting the local farmer to see if they will allow any further parking. If possible we encourage people to car share as much as possible. Thanks!

I have special dietary needs will I starve?

For those who have been in touch already we will be arranging alternative food choices which includes coeliac arrangements. If you have forgot to tell us please could you,let us know and we will see what we can do.

Is there any wifi connection at Wilderhope?

Unfortunately there is no wifi connection at Wilderhope and mobile phone reception is patchy. We will be holding a support group on Sunday morning for those technically minded people who have withdrawal symptoms.

What time will food be served at night time?

We are thinking of serving food around 9pm for the evening party. There will be wedding cake and a few other nibbles to keep people going until then, so all being well you won’t be hungry.

Hope this covers all the questions that everyone has asked but any problems then please get in contact. Happy? Mister B is clearly.

Mister Lord B

Mister Lord B