Engagement photos

So myself and S visited my home in England last week to say a final farewell to my Father.  Whilst there she sprung on me an idea she had for us doing ‘official’ engagement photos.  Obviously she was prepared but I had to think fast on what I should wear. Luckily I had come equipped with a suitable outfit.

We found a local photographer who was offering a cheap deal if we were able to fit in with their schedule (i.e. filling the gaps where they didn’t have any work).  We were flexible enough and went to my home town of Henley-on-Thames for a walk by the river whilst two photographers buzzed around us taking snaps.

It was an unusually hot day and walking around in the full sun wearing jacket and trousers was not the most comfortable.

Despite the heat, it was a fun experience and hopefully we will get some nice shots out of it once they have been ‘processed’ i.e. making my complexion spotless and losing me a few pounds (hopefully).

Thanks to Anna Mikulich


Family trouble

Not a great deal going on right now in terms of preparation so posts are not going to be frequent.

However, one thing is on our minds; well mine at least and that is Family.

This is not intended to be a massive family occasion we just don’t have the money for that and we’d like it to be mostly our close friends.  Two family members are required/invited right now; my daughter and S’s Mum.

I heard from my daughter this week though (as she had easter with my brother and sister’s families) that they are all excited to go and looking forward to the invite and details so they can make arrangements.

This came as somewhat of a shock and now a concern.  We know that although S has a similar sized family that none of them have any interest in spending several hundred dollars on flying to Hawaii and staying there whilst we get married.   I haven’t said anything that suggests that everyone is invited on my side either.

Our concerns are that;

  • My family are expecting a big American style wedding including reception.
  • We will have to pay for additional food etc to accommodate them.
  • Suddenly the wedding is heavily unbalanced with 12 adults on my side and 3 on S’s side.

Not sure how to handle this.  I don’t want to upset my family telling them they can’t come (I have history on this and my sister didn’t get invited to my first marriage which did upset her).  Equally we want this small and as inexpensive as it can be without my family dominating.  Obviously I would be happy to see my family and enjoy some time with them in a lovely place but I have to put that in context with the event as we have envisioned it.

I haven’t spoken to them, only to my daughter so at this point it is their own expectations. I am seeing them in July so am hoping to deal with it in person when I am there.

All I can think of right now is to explain that it’s; not a big wedding.  There won’t be a reception (in the traditional sense). S’s family are not going. If they turn up, then not to expect much, they likely won’t be part of the wedding itself* and they will have to fend for themselves and contribute to the event.

*Although being as it will be a public beach there’s nothing to stop them.

All good

I took a trip and blogging didn’t get a look in, didn’t realise I hadn’t posted for that long. Anyway, the nature of these blogs is that you have an initial spurt followed by a lul which hopefully picks up after a while.  For this blog that won’t really happen until things really kick off.

An update on status;

The last important person is fully on board with our dates so we are all go now for Kauai in September 2018.  The next important thing is to secure is the photographer, after that pressure is off somewhat while we finalise the rest of our plans.

S is busy collecting various things relating to the dress and throwing out random ideas here and there .  We have the fabled wedding planner book so she’s happy with that.

We are questioning whether we should stay on the one island the entire time as some people want to explore the bigger islands but we can resolve that in a few months.

Date is set – accomodation sorted

After a lot to-ing and fro-ing over the last week we spent a couple of late nights and long mornings going over dates and prices and at the weekend we booked our accommodation for the wedding which puts the wedding date into a span of just a few days.  The venue for the ceremony is the beach so there’s not so much ‘booking’ as such for that.  Everything else will happen at the house.

The house will sleep 12 of us meaning the whole wedding party is accommodated, anyone else coming will be staying somewhere else nearby.

We still have a few open questions about the date exactly as there is still one person yet to be fully on board but my daughter’s activities for that summer and a couple of other things kind of fixed the week we could possibly do it.  Hoping that the other key guest can fit us in too.

Selecting the place was harder work than we thought as there were quite a few that we liked but they all were different in various ways.  The first one we picked turned out to be mis-priced which was disappointing as it then went over budget for us.  In the end a spreadsheet was made to try and put some order into what was important and a decision was made.

So the first thing is booked!  that means everything else has to fit in with that week.  Next up is photographer I think as we have already chosen him (kind of) just need for him to be available.

Setting the date?

How early should we pick a specific date?  We’ve got an idea of approximately when we would like to do it but I’m trying to work out what the deciding factor is.

Is it the availability of key guests? or the venue? or maybe the photographer we have chosen.

I’m concerned I guess, that we will spend too long thinking maybe this and maybe that and until we have one thing confirmed everything will be up in the air and potentially we’ll miss out on something.

Right now I’m unsure what will make us pull the trigger and set things in motion; I think the defining dependency is the venue.   If we book that everything else has to fit in.  But what if….

Ugh procrastination!

Must remember “Any decision is better than no decision at all”


It’s my turn to choose

As I said previously most of all this is about the bride but there is one area I want control; and that is the Groom and Best man’s outfit.  Is that unreasonable?

We have agreed that as the wedding is (hopefully) on a beach in Hawaii that myself and the best man will wear matching hawaiian shirts.  Now I don’t know what it’s like here, but in England the Groom, Best man and the rest of the wedding party on the male side, at traditional weddings usually wear identical outfits; often hired from the same store.

At the end of last week S started showing me shirts for me to consider, none of them match my thoughts and she’d also suggesting we have contrasting outfits.  I think I am going to try to stand my ground here and hold onto control.  As long as I don’t go too wild in colour it should be up to us as far as I am concerned.

This could be the first issue we have to argue through.