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I’m Married! + Honeymoon in Mauritius (With Pictures)

I’m back, and I’m married! I have done a couple of wedding related posts (here, here and here) but didn’t have the time to do as many as I would’ve liked, so some of you may not be aware that the reason I have been a little absent from this blog is because I was getting hitched!

Ben and I got married on 23rd August and then spent 7 nights honeymooning in Mauritius. I’ve done a whole video talking about the wedding, so if you want to hear how that went and see a few pictures you can watch that, but I wanted to tell you about the honeymoon in this post.

It was a 12 hour direct flight and I’m not the best flier, but despite a few bumpy patches I actually managed to get some sleep and handled the mild turbulence without having a panic attack. We stayed at the Ravenala Attitude hotel on the North East side of the island, which in hindsight perhaps wasn’t the best location in terms of things to do around the area. Apparently the East side has the best beaches (although we didn’t managed to venture over to that side to explore), and the South is where most of the points of interest are. The hotel itself wasn’t the best to be honest. There was nothing terribly awful about it, more just a few little things that let it down and didn’t make it feel as special as we were hoping our honeymoon would be. Things like being kept awake by the loud music, not being able to get hold of an adaptor despite asking several times and being told each time that one would be sent to our room, the food not being piping hot and birds flying into the buffet restaurant and pecking at the food that was uncovered…

The hotel pool didn’t seem all that appealing but the beach was just 10 steps away so that’s where we spent most of our time – reading, relaxing and snoozing. We had hired a car so took a couple of trips out in that. On the Monday we drove to Casela, which is a safari park, and did a walk with lions as well as a segway safari. That was the best day by far and we both had so much fun. I absolutely loved the segway and can’t wait to go on one again! We spent the whole day at Casela, enjoying ourselves and looking at all the animals. That night we had a candlelit dinner by the beach as part of our “honeymoon” package, which was really lovely. The staff really catered to my lactose intolerant, vegetarian and not-too-spicy food requests (not that I’m fussy!), and everything they came out with was packed with flavour and presented beautifully.

A couple of days before we flew home we took the car out for drive to Grand Baie, just North of where we were staying. The sea looked a lot prettier there but the beaches weren’t quite as nice. From there we drove South to the Black River Gorges to look at the waterfalls. That was a little disappointing as you were viewing them from afar and they didn’t seem as impressive as I was hoping but it was a nice change of scenery from the beach.

Weather-wise, it was winter in Mauritius, which was still a pleasant 23-24 degrees C whilst we were there, but the sunshine was interspersed with short bursts of drizzle. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend the hotel and I’m not sure we would go back to Mauritius, but it was a very welcome break from work and was lovely to relax after the craziness of planning a wedding in 6 months. Now it’s back to work, playing catch up and trying to make my way through my monstrous to do list, so posts might still be a little sporadic for the next few weeks. Apologies for that, but I promise I’m trying to get back on track ASAP, and in the meantime here’s some honeymoon pictures…

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Wedding Craziness

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The wedding craziness has begun…

Back in February, when Ben and I first decided to get married this year, I had an initial hit of stress worrying that we wouldn’t be able to pull it off on such short notice. Anything wedding related tends to get booked up pretty far in advance, but as luck would have it, and with our wedding being mid-week, all of our first choice vendors have been available. After we’d picked the vendors and booked things in everything seemed to calm down and I felt like everything was coming together nicely and the wedding was practically sorted.

Well, with only 2 months to go the wedding craziness has got a second wind and I’m feeling more than a little frazzled and overwhelmed. It doesn’t help that my lovely fiancé decided that we would basically completely redo our kitchen the first weekend of July… I’m talking all new units, work surfaces and appliances. We’re having to move the layout around a bit to accommodate a dishwasher (which is what started this whole ordeal), and re-tiling the walls. He’s even taking the ceiling down and having it re-plastered so we can finally have some decent lighting fitted! I’m currently sat amid boxes full of plates and things like couscous and quinoa, whilst our existing kitchen is being dismantled in preparation for the new one going in next weekend.

But back to the wedding craziness: we met with the venue for the second time earlier this week with a view of being able to get a few more bits sorted and feeling more organised about the whole thing, only we actually came away with an even bigger to do list! Some of the things the venue pointed out need to get sorted ASAP but I have no idea when I’ll have time to fit them in as I am stacked out things to do at the moment. I desperately need to buy my wedding shoes as well as I’ve got my dress fitting towards the end of July and obviously need to wear the shoes so the lady knows how much the dress needs to be taken up, but I haven’t even looked at any shoes yet!

The bar situation is another urgent one – we thought the venue would be able to sort that out for us, but after having a chat with them it seems we have to organise it ourselves. So now it’s a mad dash to find a company that is available in 2 months time and is within our budget. Other things we need to sort are the hire of the tables, chairs and linens, decide on the wording for the actual ceremony and if we want any readings, as well as the music for the ceremony – apparently you need 3 pieces of music and I only had 1 in mind! Also, certain vendors are starting to want to be paid now so there’s all of that to do.

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Everything’s just a bit hectic and at this point I really need a holiday but even the honeymoon is up for discussion at the moment. We’d decided we would have one and were hoping to grab a late deal, but I was going over our finances the other night and I don’t think we’re going to be able to afford it. Which sucks because I normally shy away from holidays as I hate flying, so the fact that I really wanted to go away somewhere lovely and hot was a big deal for me. Who knows, maybe in a months time when things have (hopefully) calmed down a bit we can re-evaluate and see where we stand with regards to the honeymoon. In any case I think I need to book myself in for a massage stat!

I’m sure everything will turn out lovely in the end (or so everyone keeps telling me!), I just don’t know how I’m going to find the time to plan it all to ensure it does! My advice to anyone that’s engaged and thinking they have plenty of time so don’t need to think about planning just yet is: Don’t Wait! Get everything planned, organised and booked as soon as possible, even if your wedding is a year+ away. That way you can just enjoy the build up of excitement to the big day, rather than having that excitement tainted with stress and pressure that could potentially lead to arguments between you and your other half.

Wish me luck with the kitchen and wedding planning, and if you have any advice, whether that be for the wedding or relationships in general, time management or coping with stress, PLEASE leave it in a comment or tweet me – I would really appreciate it!

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Wedding Updates

With just under 4 months to go till the big day, it’s about time I got my butt into gear! There’s still so much to do ? We have managed to get a couple more things crossed off the list though:

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  • The other week Ben and I headed into the city with Ben’s best man and his fiancé. The plan was to get their suits sorted, and sorted we did!! We went into House of Fraser and Next but didn’t see anything we liked enough to even bother really trying on and then we headed over to Slaters. The boys had low expectations but I had a good feeling about this one. We found a suit that we liked in the colour I wanted, and when Ben tried it on it was perfect! So we ordered one for him and one for his best man – all done within about an hour and a half!
  • Since we got the suits sorted so quickly we figured we might as well move onto looking at wedding rings whilst we were out and about. We looked at a few places before ending up in Ernest Jones where Ben found the ring he wanted – a two-toned one in the style he likes. I tried on a few but none were quite what I wanted so we decided to stop for some lunch in Bills (love their Kale Salad!) then said goodbye to our friends. As Ben and I were leaving we popped back into Ernest Jones to look at the ring he liked again, and as we were about to leave I saw one I really liked for my wedding band. It was a white gold, diamond twist band and when I tried it on it complimented my engagement ring beautifully. It wasn’t exactly what I’d had in mind but I loved it all the same, so we ordered both our rings then and there!!
  • The last thing we’ve got sorted is a guest thumbprint tree. I literally just got that sorted this past weekend. I found one on Etsy, but shipping from the USA is ridiculous, so I ended up finding one very similar on Ebay, for half the price and with free shipping. Sold! The kit I bought comes with one ink pad, so I bought another one separately as I wanted to have both our wedding colours on the picture. In case you don’t know what a thumbprint tree is, basically it’s a tree without leaves printed on either card or canvas. You set it out at your wedding (or whatever event – it works really nicely at Christening’s and birthdays too) and your guests use the ink pads provided to leave their thumbprints to create the leaves of the tree. It looks really pretty, is a great keepsake and an alternative to having a guestbook.

So that’s that. The next thing we REALLY need to sort is the catering, which I have been majorly procrastinating on as I really don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding some sort of buffet/BBQ service that can provide vegetarian and lactose-free food, all within our very limited budget! Wish me luck!!

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I’m Getting Married!!

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Hey guys! You may remember I did a post a year ago sharing mine and Ben’s Engagement Story.. Well after being engaged for 5 years now, we’ve finally decided it’s about time we got married… So we’re doing it this year… Yep, you read that right, T H I S   Y E A R!!! We may well be crazy, but we’re hoping we can pull it off.

We’ve already found a venue we love and will be having a tour of that ASAP, we have the guest list narrowed down to under 75 people, and I will be shortly booking appointments to go wedding dress shopping with my mum and soon-to-be mother-in-law. Can I say eeek?!!

In my mind, the 2 biggest concerns are getting the venue booked and getting a wedding dress that I love on such short notice. A friend of mine if getting married about a month after we plan to and she has only just managed to buy her dress quick enough to get it in time for her wedding, so that’s making me nervous at the moment.

It’s going to be a crazy whirlwind of planning these next few months, there’s so much to do, but I can’t wait to marry my best friend. Make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Instagram for updates on the progress, and let me know if you would like to see any wedding planning related videos over on my YouTube channel.

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