Wedding mission commences

Well countdown has well and truly started. Already Mister B and I are walking round looking a bit zombified. I have to say getting married where we live would have been easier for us as we have spent most of our time remotely trying to get everything sorted out. Weirdly enough, the first time I will see all the bridesmaids together will be on Friday. I also haven’t seen them all in their dresses apart from the photos.

I finished work last Friday and haven’t stopped since. We have had a few cancellations sadly, which we know cannot be helped (we understand!) and we have added a few people (welcome to the party people!) Mister B and I have been up to the wee hours making place settings, a seat plan, doing the favours, parking and room signs.

I mazipanned the wedding cakes and then iced them. I thought I could cheat by buying ready rolled icing for the bottom tier but it was a pile of poo. As I unrolled it, it cracked straight down the centre. So I ended up doing it the old fashioned way. Transferring it to the moistened marzipan was interesting as it was huge. I improvised by placing the wedding cakes on an upturned glass bowl, instead of a turning table. They are not perfectly smooth but not too bad for a rather knackered bride! They have now been stored at my father’s for safe delivery on Friday night, where we will stack them and decorate it. I made a little cake topper myself which I hope does not look too bad.

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John Lewis have been in touch about delivery of our gift list which is jolly exciting too.

We packed everything into two vehicles this morning and headed north. First stop was to see the wedding car. Mister B’s father started to restore the Hillman in 1980 but sadly was unable to finish it. Today for the first time in 33 years it is back in one piece and working again. Neville and his team have done an amazing job on restoring it. I am really excited about being in it on Saturday. Everyone who has seen it falls in love with it. My father added the gold trim to it today too which really sets the paintwork off. Won’t post a photo just yet as we want it to a be a nice surprise for everyone on Saturday.

Mister B had his hair chopped tonight and we dropped a load of things off at my mums.

Loads of questions keep coming in which we will try to answer shortly. If you don’t get an instant response bear with us we will get back to you but might be dashing about.

not long to go folks…

xxx

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Say cheese

A few weekends ago we ventured with Mister B’s mother to the wonderful The Cheese Shop in Chester to order some cheeses for an alternative to the wedding cake. We realised after we invited Mrs B that she actually dislikes uncooked cheese and this was possibly her idea of hell. Oh dear!
As Mister B and I are huge cheese lovers we thought it would be nice to have some at the wedding for everyone to nibble on.Walking into the shop was like heaven, the smell was amazing. The Cheese shop has so many different types of cheese it is difficult to know where to start. We tried a few cheeses hard and soft which were all lovely. Some nutty, some sweet, some salty, some garlicky. The first layer will be a lovely Garlic Yarg, which is quite subtle and is wrapped in wild garlic leaves. Next will be a Barkham Blue, a lovely creamy blue, followed by a Wigmore Brie for the top. As I am a vegetarian, I have made sure that they are all suitable for us veggies.

When Mister B cut up the tree trunk we had an extra board so this will be perfect for the cheese. We will look to cut this as the wedding breakfast finishes and the evening guests arrive. Mister B’s Aunty Ruth has kindly agreed to make some of her award winning chutneys to go with the cheese which is jolly nice! I have visions of the cheese not making the reception…. we MUST not eat the cheese before then.

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The wallsAfter all the trauma of the cheese shop for Mrs B, we headed to get coffee and cake and then strolled around Chester walls. It has been ages since I walked the walls and the city centre. I must admit it was nice to get back and see it all again. The walls

Is that a muffin Mister B?

Is that a muffin Mister B?

From one cheese to another. We would like everyone to say cheese on the day for the rather talented photographer Naomi Bullivant. I know, I know that was a shocking link. Honestly I have never worked in local radio and have no ambition to. Anyway back to saying cheese.

Naomi will be capturing the preparations the night before and mingling with everyone on the day/evening. Mister B and I will miss out on a lot as we will be too busy messing up our vows, making our faces ache with smiling and trying to negotiate using the toilet with a wedding dress on (that is only me I am hoping). So photographs will give us something to look back on and smile. So if you see a lady with a lens then smile, gurn or give a wave-Mister B and I will love you all forever if you do.

Welcome to our party Naomi!

Our wedding gift list is active!

For those who have asked, our wedding list has now gone live, so if you would like to have a browse, the website to go to is:

John Lewis gift list

The giftlist number is: 524042

There is no password 🙂

The website will also allow guests to buy gift vouchers to put towards the more expensive items.

Any problems then please let us know-Thanks!

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.

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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

Let us be seated.

Today I woke up having an anxiety attack, heart racing and feeling of being sick. I am starting to get panicky over the wedding. Lots of things to do and it started to overwhelm me. I keep hearing

“You will be fine, don’t worry”

but this is not really calming me down.

We set the end of November as the RSVP date but we have yet to receive some which I have to say is not helping stress levels. So if you are reading this and haven’t replied please please please with a cherry on top could you get back to us, even if you are not coming. Thank you!

Armed with those most splendid Post it notes, some Sharpies and pad we set about doing seating plans for the Wedding breakfast. Now If you are a seasoned wedding goer you will know that seating arrangements can make or break a wedding meal. Sometimes it is nice to mix it up a little but at the same time it can be uncomfortable if you are sat next to people who simply don’t share any interests and are poles apart. So with this in mind we have tried not to be too controversial and have tried to please people as much as we can.

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So if we have done our sums correctly we should have eight tables including the top table. To be fair we managed to do the plan very quickly and we hope that everyone will be happy with the layout. We have also finalised the bunk room bed plans so will be publishing those soon for those who have asked to stay over. If anyone would to change their minds then please let us know.

Next week we have a lot of things to chase up and sort out. I must not get panicky. Everyone say “OM!”