Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Moving on up!


Because I couldn't change the name of this blog to the new 'married' name you're just going to have to come and find my new adventures.

I'll make it easy for you though.

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Saturday, 12 May 2012

Just Married

Grace Louise Smith became Grace Louise Bell today after marrying Adam Peter Bell. She was 40mins late and put everyone in a panic, but she looked absolutely beautiful.

With Much Love From The Mother of The Bride xxx

Monday, 7 May 2012

So... What's Next?

We have everything sorted.

So, what do you do when you think you have everything sorted for your wedding? Which is in just over 5 days may I add.

There are a couple of little things left to be finished off, but nothing that will take lots of time.

I am going to my cousin's house tomorrow so she can play around with my hair for mine and Adam's Wedding Day. I have kind of decided what I want doing with it, I just hope it looks okay. I must remember to take my veil and tiara.... which pink plastic and shiney.

Adam asked what my hair would be looking like so I told him "half up and half down with a veil on top" then he looked at me a bit weird, so I said "the only reason I told you is because I know you can't imagine it in your head". So true.

We do need more bottles though, which is slightly worrying me. We went and bought flowers for the Reception the other day and I did a little test run with some of the flowers and fairy lights - it looks extremely good but I think we are about 20 bottles short of having the full set. The idea looks really good though. Apparently, bottles & flowers seems to be really 'in' at the minute, which is really cool because I am never usually 'in' I am always just getting there and then styles change. It's weird though because I didn't even know they were 'in'. I just thought it looked good.

Anyway, back to what you do when you have everything sorted.

Currently, I am getting my emotions stuck into 'The O.C.' right from the beginning; and a series called 'The Killer'... don't judge. I suppose I should be packing, but as anyone from Uni will tell you... I'll probably do this on Friday. If Adam and I were sticking around after the wedding then I would probably pack then but since we're not, it'll wait. On the plus side, I haven't really unpacked since moving back to my mums in January. I'd say 70% of my stuff is still in boxes.

Or, you could go on bored.com ? I hear they have some pretty good games and pics and what not on there.

Oo! On other news! Adam and I will have a couple of little additions to our mini Bell family when we get from our holiday in Spain at the end of June. They'll be called Phadra and Kushka -

The picture isn't the best in the world. But they are the ones on the top left and top middle.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Itsy Bitsy Bits

When I started planning mine and Adam's wedding I don't think I realised just how much was involved. I am happy to say that besides the cake everything has been paid for, and we have a honeymoon booked. Sure, it's Blackpool and sure it's not somewhere abroad like we'd have wanted. But, since neither of us can remember going there before at all - it'll be a good experience to share together.

But when planning you think of the big things, dress, suits, cake, ceremony and reception location; you kinda forget the smaller stuff, like cake stands and decorative flowers in the Chapel room etc. I think the itsy bitsy bits have actually cost us just the same as the bigger bits - thank goodness we haven't had to pay anything towards our Reception location, but it is home and it is where we would like to be. I'm so glad that Adam and I chose to get married in Bradford and I am thankful to all the people who have said they will come, from places as far as Switzerland and Luxembourg! I cannot wait until next week.

So, I know, I know, I've been a little 'lacking' in the blog posting department recently and even though I have loads to tell you, I also have loads to do. This is just a mini catch-up and run down of what has been happening the past couple of days:

Bridesmaid dresses arrived - I posted about that already

Bridesmaid Dresses - Looksee Here!

I went to Costco yesterday and Makro so I'm just deciding which one I like most, but I think I am edging towards Makro, however, I am not sure if they have one in Newcastle. Surprisingly enough they are cheaper than Costco and have a wider range of things. Joyce and I were stood staring at lots of plates, lots and lots of plates, different sizes, shapes, colour, material. My mind was almost boggled. Joyce told me not to settle for anything that I didn't want, but, as I said yesterday "right now, it matters that everything goes and looks perfect, but to be honest, on the day, I won't care, it won't matter' which is true. It won't. If we hadn't have had so long to plan I probably wouldn't have done as much as I have. It'd have been cake and biscuits or something. I also bought more cutlery yesterday too just incase people don't want to use the same knife, fork and spoon all the way through. Yes we were supposed to be borrowing from someone, but, we are just using clear ones now - that has taken a little cost out of the budget that we didn't budget for, so I'm having to sacrifice elsewhere but oh well you have to do what you have to do. So, yesterday at Makro and Costco Joyce and I bought:

Knives, Forks, Spoons
Plastic Cups
Chocolate Jazzies
Chewy Bars

I know I didn't need the last two, but sometimes, you just gotta.

I bought the last of the flowers today for the Reception. Country Baskets didn't seem as daunting as it did before and we fulfilled our mission quicker than last time - 2 hours quicker. I was trying to imagine all my flowers in bottles and we only got a limited amount of flowers due to funds so hopefully it'll look good. I want to create a spring effect and maybe real flowers might have looked and smelt better but oh well what can you do? We bought a lot of flowers that go with the bouquets so it'll look really good on the day before when we set everything up with all the lights and things. It's the itsy bitsy bits that count. That given it that finished overall effect.

At the moment I am slightly addicted to watching 'Say Yes to the Dress' and 'The OC'. Don't ask me why. I obviously need more drama in such a drama filled life.

Things that still need to be done:
Order of two days
Cutting of organza & table roll
Cake knife and cake stand
Design and write thank you cards for all favour bags
Design and write sweet tokens for the sweets table
Organise transport for Reception-y things from house to chapel
Actually set up the reception and chapel room

Full days until the wedding: 8 (and a half)

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Happy World Happy Grace

So far, all planning, is going well. We haven't had any major major hiccups. At one point I honestly thought my bridesmaid dresses were never going to get here. But! Get here they did. Eventually. After 3 attempts. Third time lucky I suppose. But, it is all UPS's fault that the dresses didn't come the second time round - shouldn't have tried to deliver them yesterday when nobody was in.

Here is a little sneak peek of the dresses - you can't see them on anyone though because then that'd ruin the day!

What do you think?

Sure they're a little crumpled, but, wouldn't you be if you had flown all the way from America - taking 5 days to do so.

Adam and I put a timer on our phones and on my laptop and because it asked for the 'hour' we are getting married technically at this point in time, there are 10 days until our wedding. 10. Does this get me nervous? No. Does this get me excited? Well, yeah kinda. But, the thing that got me the most excited was that we received the bridesmaid dresses today. And I finished off and printed the Order of Service yesterday so now everything is pretty much coming together.

Tomorrow I go to Costco with  family friend to buy plates and bowls, then on Thursday (if I can get hold of my flower lady) we will be going to Country Baskets again for more flowers. The house is going to look like a Country Baskets advertisement there will be that many flowers.

We still have to print out sweets tokens, organise the table plan, print out the poems and then, I think, we sit and we wait. Until next week. I am definitely getting excited/nervous/anxious - I started pacing rooms this morning.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

She's Here, She's There...

She's Everywhere!

Today... has been insane. But incredibly fun. I started at 9:30am and practically stopped by falling asleep at 7:30pm.

We met with our photographer today! Ruth Mitchell is very lovely and friendly. I am so glad that we can have a relaxed working relationship with her because Ruth will be in some of our most intimate moments at the house when I get ready and at the chapel. Adam and I had a pre wedding shoot too and it was so much fun! I have no idea why but Adam was just so funny and we were able to relax and get some really great photos. We showed Ruth around the chapel; and I am sure it used to look a lot bigger - but hey I was 10 or so the last time I remember it properly. There is plenty of space though so no pressure.

Then, Adam and I went to my house, picked up Bethany, and drove into town, to do a swop over and pick up Michael (my brother).

Mike and Adam went up to Newcastle for Adam's stag do - an 11-a-side football match at Chester le Street (I think). I really hope he is having a good time and getting really hyper on shloer or diet coke! Bethany and I went into Leeds - on a mission. We were going to find me some wedding shoes and a tiara, and she was going for some holiday clothes.

We rang Emily in Sunderland to ask if she had gotten the rest of the bridesmaids cardigans and shoes, but she said no, and told us she was getting up right that second to go into town and get them.

We went into the first shop, with extremely high hopes as we'd seen shoes online that we really loved, and there they were. We asked for them in a 6, but because of the way they are made and the way my feet were already a little swollen, the shoes wouldn't fit on, I asked for a 7, but they didn't have them in my size. I asked for another shoe in a 6 but they didn't have it, and the other shoes we tried on that we had high hopes for just didn't really scream 'WEDDING'.


Emily rang Bethany and I, and told us that the shop that we were buying the cardigans from didn't have Bethany's size in stock and wouldn't have it in before the wedding if we ordered it. Emily was panicking (I am sure this is my job) because we needed to get the cardigans. I told Emily to breath (I am sure this is Emily's job) and we would sort it. We checked if there was a 'Select' store in Leeds, but the closest one was at the White Rose Centre and Emily told me the closest available 18 to her, was in Peterlee. I said if there was a problem then we could order the 18 from the internet, but then I had a brain wave.

My friend, and collegue, Carolyn, lives next to the White Rose Centre, so I rang her and after lots of pleases asked her if she could possibly go into the White Rose Centre if she wasn't too busy (please) and to go to Select (please) to see if she could find the lemon cardigan we needed (please) in the size 18 (please). Carolyn said she'd let me know...

...At this point Bethany and I have been into about 8/9 different shoe shops and have completely given up hope on ever seeing a white pair of shoes that I won't fall over in. It wasn't even that they were out of my budget because they weren't, they just weren't easy to walk in, or the shop didn't have any. Then we remembered we were in there to shop for Bethany too, so we had a break from shoes, shoes, shoes and had fun shopping for Bethany's holiday to Spain.

After that we went into a shop for some shoes and went into their Bridal section and saw tiaras. So, Bethany was my tiara stand as I tried on about 6. We found this really beautiful one that was big enough to look pretty but delicate enough to look elegant. I was just about to buy it when I found a child's tiara, that was soo much better than mine! No Fair. So I bought that one instead.

Carolyn found the cardigan and bought it for us!!! YAY!!!

It got to about 5:20 and Bethany and I are really starting to drag our feet because of the shoes, I mean we had looked in every place we thought possible, we knew we had a couple of shops left but just as we thought they weren't the best, and didn't really have anything in. In the end we got a completely different pair of shoes to what I had originally wanted but they are still really nice, AND COMFORTABLE; which is the main thing.

All in all, we got the shoes, we got the tiara, we got some deliciously scrummy food, we got some little extras for the wedding and Bethany got her clothes for Spain, well some of them.

I shall let you know, which photo's we pick from the shoot with Ruth today!

Next on the agenda:

Flowers, Food, Cake & Cosco.

Days Until The Wedding - 13!!!!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Up with Love, Down with UPS


I officially dislike UPS. The courier service. They're annoying. Them and their stupid brokerage charges...

My dresses are in the UK, they were in Castle Donington (wherever that is), from Castle Donington they were transfered to Dewsbury; which is where they shall now stay until UPS receive their stupid brokerage charge. I wish people who had used UPS before had warned me of the brokerage charge that can be anything from £10 to £100... great.

So, now the dresses are in Dewsbury. However, until we get them here and open them (possibly tomorrow, possibly Tuesday) we won't know if all 5 dresses are in the package because mum said the box looks kinda small for 5 adult bridesmaid dresses, which is now stressing me out even more. It'll be fine. The dresses, I told mum, are just vacuum packed for smaller packages and less postage. It's a good thing the box is so small, I hope.

Adam picked our wedding rings up today and now he has to guard them with his life, his eternal one, not just this one. He sent me a picture and they look amazing. I can't wait, it is going to be so awesome! The rings even come in their own little HSAMUEL boxes. I love HSAMUEL. Anyone wanting to get engaged/married go to HSAMUEL. In every store I have been in they are friendly, relaxed, not rushing you out of the store, patient, helpful, they're great.

Rings, bridesmaid dresses, I am sure there was something else.... shoes!!!

Wedding shoes!!

Anyone that reads my blog and is married and got married in a white dress, can you please tell me where you got your shoes from? I don't know if it is just me being picky or whether it is just simply because there are no really nice white wedding shoes out there. I have looked on pretty much every single UK website I could find and in every high street retailers, and nothing. I know the majority of women get married in ivory these days and therefore the demand for ivory has gone up and the demand for white has gone down, but seriously.... Debenhams had NO WHITE SHOES at all. None. They must have had about 50 pairs of shoes in their Bridal collection and not one was white. So, if any of you have any good suggestions for places to buy wedding shoes please let me know!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Stop! Wait a Minute!

Mr Postman!


Okay, yeah, so I can't sing.

Sorry. Offline life has been incredibly busy these past couple of weeks. It's been nearly a week since I posted. AH!

Things are slowly coming together. I am in my final week of work, I am having mixed emotions to this but still new beginnings are good. I finish on Friday.

I have about a million things going on in my head and sent a very nice (yes it was nice, honest) email to the place in America that I bought my bridesmaid dresses from and asked them if the dresses were on their way, since they are very late now, and they told me the dresses would get to them on the 18th April and the dresses would leave them and arrive here by the 25th, which is only 5 days after they were supposed to get here.

So on the 18th I went to the Bestbridal.com website and checked my order, it still said 'Processing'.
I checked it again on the 19th, and it still said 'Processing'.
So, just be on the safe side, I checked it again on the 20th and it said, 'Processing'.

By this time I am practically turning into melted jelly on the floor waiting and waiting for these dresses to be available or at least change their status to 'Delivery'. So yesterday, even though it was Sunday, I just couldn't bare it any longer and I emailed them and said 'I really hope they are on their way' or something nicer to that effect, and I wasn't expecting to hear anything back over the weekend.

At this point, I got really bored and decided to delete all the unread emails on my hotmail account (I have like 300 odd), I know, it's all procrastination, things will get done I promise. So yeah, I'm scrolling down and deleting emails and I came across an email from UPS.


No, not ups. U.P.S. So I clicked it.

My dresses had been sent out on the 18th AND THEY ARE IN THE UK.

Now we just need to hope that they fit.

Things to sort:
Order of Service (need designing & printing)
Order of two days
Favour Bags
Cutting of organza & table roll
Cake knife and cake stand
Paying people
Go shopping with my florist again to get flowers for the Reception
Making 140 favour bags
Design and write thank you cards for all favour bags
Design and write sweet tokens for the sweets table
Organise transport for Reception-y things from house to chapel
Actually set up the reception and chapel room

Is it just me or...

...is the list getting smaller....??

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

The Bridezilla Wins!!

Grace 1 - 0 ASDA

I went to ASDA yesterday, marched in with a trolley up to the drinks isles and proceeded to put as much J20 and Shloer into my trolley as I could. I got to 17 cases of J2O and 22 bottles of Shloer... This would not do at all. I needed 100 bottles of Shloer.

I grabbed the nearest customer service assistant to me and asked them for help. Apparently, they were there when I rang last week regarding all the bottles of Shloer that I wanted, so I'm famous... In ASDA anyway. I told them I was getting married in 3 and half weeks and was getting incredibly bored of being told I'd get a call back from their trade manager for the drinks I needed to order, so in the end I came in. They agreed with me. Since I was alone I asked them to go get another trolley (I did ask nicely I promise), so off they went as I carried on trying to pile more bottles of Shloer into my trolley... Goodness knows what anyone thought, not like I cared at that point in time.

When he came back with my second trolley we started filling it up with even more bottles but it just wasn't working and it was taking forever, so in the end I asked him (nicely) if there were any packaged drinks out the back we could have instead of putting the bottles in one by one, good for the arm muscles but not the packaging of glass bottles. He said he'd go check, as I was slowly depleting ASDA of their Shloer stock.

He took ages out the back at one point I actually thought he was stood watching CCTV with other members of staff laughing at me putting bottles in the trolley one by one but eventually he came back with 4 packaged crates of Shloer and 6 packaged crates of J2O AND A BIG MASSIVE CARRIER TROLLEY... thing. It was one of those huge ones that they have all the boxes on when putting out stock.

This guy and I filled up this tray trolley thing with 8 x 12 crates of Shloer, 6 x 4 crates of J2O and the trolley was then filled with 11 x 4 crates of J2O, 4 x 4 (2ltr) Sparkling Water, 2 x 12 cans of tonic water and 4 bottles of Shloer.... It was really fun. I didn't even have to carry a thing.

The woman at the checkout won't forget me in a hurry either! She had to put through 52 bottles of shloer seperately.... whilst the guy on the other end put them back in boxes and celotaped them together.

I called a taxi firm that didn't have a mini-van available but said they'd send a big taxi and we went to wait outside with all my drinks...

...Oh and cat food, eggs, yeast and a capri-sun, because I was thirsty.

The taxi I called broke down so I had to call a different one which came a little later. The taxi driver was awesome and extremely friendly. We packed his car choc-a-block FULL of glass bottles and off we went. He unloaded the whole of his car without a single moan and only wanted normal fare for helping me. So I gave him a little extra fare for being so nice.

So, at least 3 members of staff at ASDA now know I am getting married in 3 weeks and so does the taxi-driver, aswell as the staff in Wilkinsons that I notified the other day. It's all good.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Tip for the Toast

If you want to buy drinks (non-alcoholic or otherwise) whatever you do, do not ring customer services at any large supermarket, just go in and buy it.

ASDA is the culprit at this time. I have been trying to order lots of bottles of shloer and J20 from them and you'd think I was Einstein giving them an equation to solve. I have been trying to get hold of them since last Wednesday to make sure they have in enough shloer and J20 for our wedding-ly needs but maan. I was told someone would ring me back Thursday, they didn't. I rang them Saturday and was told someone would ring me back and they didn't. I rang them again today and was told by a member of their staff "well nobody rang you back because if the prices change and we order you in 100 bottles of shloer and you don't have enough money to pay for them then we are stuck with lots of stock we don't need"


1. I didn't actually tell her how much money we had to spend so wouldn't have had a clue of whether or not we could pay for all the bottles of shloer that we want.
2. How on earth is that an excuse for no-one to get back to me.
3. Surely they'd ring me back and explain this to me.

When I told that actually we do have enough to spend for the 100 bottles of shloer, amongst other non-alcoholic drinks, and not that it was her business anyway to decide whether or not I had enough money, she put me through to someone else - without even telling me.

This other person, apologised, and I finally thought I was getting somewhere until...

...They took my number and told me they'd ring back at about 1:30pm, unless they meant 1:30 am (highly doubtful).

So, you guessed it. Nobody rang me back. I think this is appauling customer service for someone who is actually wanting to spend so much in store. Therefore, tomorrow I am going in and buying as much as they have in stock of all the drinks I want and putting in a formal complaint against the customer service at Rooley Lane, Bradford, ASDA.

I mean, you'd think they'd actually want me to spend my money?! Apparently not. I don't care if they are the cheapest around, and I will still be going to them anyway but the fact that I have to go in and sort it out myself like literally go in and buy it in a trolley and take it home in a taxi is disgusting. If I'd known, I'd have just done that in the first place.