Mr M’s personalised Grooms book is here!

I posted the other day about Blurb photobooks and mentioned I’d created one for Mr M to replace the Oh So Cherished Grooms book that I’d bought when we first got engaged.

Well, its been delivered!! And I love it! Here’s a sneak peak…

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I just hope he loves it too!

The new Bridesmaid dresses – part one

You may remember I posted a week or so ago about a slight/major bridesmaid dress hiccup in which requires me to buy new dresses.

Well I’ve managed to track some down. This in itself is pretty momentous for a couple of reasons: they were within the ‘I can just about scrape enough together’ budget. AND all three of my bridesmaid like them! Shock! Horror!

However, rather than being from the safe and friendly high street where things can be tried on, dismissed for a different style, and taken back if necessary, I’m doing what I always said I wouldn’t – buying online from a Chinese seller.

Now let me make a couple of things clear, there’s no real problem with buying online; generally PayPal/your credit card provider will protect you, and there’s nothing actually wrong with a Chinese person making your dress. However, add these factors together and big flashing warning signs and horror stories jump up on the computer screen.

I think most people have heard at least one horror story of someone ordering a cheap, Chinese made dress from an unscrupulous company. And for that reason I said I never would. But it’s amazing what being faced with buying three new dresses literally weeks after being made redundant from your ‘wedding money’ job does to you!

So I’m risking it. In all fairness, I’ve chosen an eBay seller with near enough perfect feedback. And I’ve also contacted them for material colour samples and they sent it super quick. And they’re not actually based in China (Birmingham in fact).

But my dear mother from a young age instilled the fear of being ‘taken advantage of’ by online sellers and so I will worry from the moment I order them (I will instantly regret it and re-read the Ts&Cs), and panic right up until they try the dresses on. Simply because, if these dresses turn out to be a complete pile of poo, I will have 6 dresses and nothing for my Bridesmaids to wear.

But enough of the irrational worrying! Here are the new pretty dresses!

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They’re simple, chiffon, floor length gowns. I won’t be having them in the same colour as in the photo though; I sent off for a couple of colour samples and one of them turned out to be an almost perfect match to the original dresses and the shoes they already have!

Fingers crossed they’ll be as lovely in real life as they are in the photos!

The second video installment of the (1st) McFly wedding…

Tom from McFly and his wife have released their wedding video, and once again, its AMAZING!!

I can only hope that our videographer can capture as many beautiful moments that theirs have done – its such a stunning and incredible memory that they’ll be able to cherish forever, and its so nice of them to share it with the world.

And, their ceremony room decoration is gorgeous… I think I may have to ‘borrow’ some ideas there…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtRD76HxWYk

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Twitter

If you’ve not already followed the itsabridesworld blog on Twitter then get to it!

Admittedly I’m an ‘L Plate’ Twitter user (i.e. I’m pretty rubbish), but I’m determined to get better! I link each and every post I write to my Twitter site, so if you follow it then you’ll have access to my posts quicker!

Just search itsabridesworld in the Twitter search bar and you’ll find me!>

See you over there!

Hallmark candle offer

I popped into my local Hallmark Discount store today and picked up some great candle bargains!

I was tipped off by my future Mother-in-Law that they were selling Christmas scented Yankee Candles at a really cheap price – £6.99 for the large jar (RRP £19.99), £5.75 for the medium jar (RRP £16.99) and £2.99 for the small jar (RRP £8.99). There wasn’t a huge range of scents, but I love the Christmas scented candles and because they were so cheap I thought I’d buy them and put them in my ‘bottom drawer’ for this Christmas.

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I bought 1 large and 3 medium jars to use around our house, and I bought 3 small jars which I’m going to put in my Bridesmaid thank you bags. AND, when I got to the tills, the cashier told me about another deal – spend over £10 (which I had) and you receive a free ivory pillar candle for free!!! I’d spent just over £30 so the lady gave me three of them! Which is really handy as they’ll be useful to use on our wedding day to decorate our venue!

Big yays for unexpected bargains!!

Blurb – an online photobook creator

For those of you who haven’t yet heard of it, Blurb are a company that makes photobooks.

When Mr M and I first got engaged I bought an Oh So Cherished Journal, which is basically a set of romantic questions which you answer and give to your partner on the morning/night before the wedding. The journal itself is lovely – its made from leather with nice quality pages, space to put your photos in and it comes in a nice presentation box. For anyone who isn’t a perfectionist and worries that they’ll make a spelling mistake or if you are someone with lovely writing, this is perfect for you. I however, have neither of these traits and so I decided to sell the Oh So Cherished Journal and make one via a photobook maker.

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I must have tried at least 5 different online photo book creators before finding Blurb and its simple and easy to use online tool. It allowed me to edit what I wanted, put photos where I wanted and leave them out from where I didn’t want them. There was also a lot of different templates and sizes and scope to use your own colours. The only bad point I found was the p&p – quite steep at £4.99 I thought!

But anyway. I created a romantic journal through Blurb for Mr M and in total it cost me a little over £20 including p&p. This included 15% off for new customers. And I’ll also save another £1.06 through the cash back I’ll get from Quidco for going through their site.

AND, they’ve sent me another offer which will benefit YOU if you want to make your own… Open this link, and Blurb will give you (and me) £15 off our next order! Woo hoo!!

http://refer.blurb.co.uk/go.axd?ref=1KKE5N

Photobooks for everyone! Yay!

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