Here we have a bride to be, Claire, a lovely lady who is getting married at a gorgeous Spanish DIY wedding the week before Tom and I. It has been a pleasure to be able to chat with someone at the same planning stage as us, to not only share our excitement but also support when times have been stressful. It’s not long now Claire, you’re on the final stretch with a fabulous end in sight!
How did you meet and when did you know he was ‘the one?’
We are both Irish but met on the Isle of Man! Maurice was there after finishing university and I was there working on the ferry. We first bumped into each other in 2000 but one of us was already attached so nothing happened. We again met in 2002 and the same person was still attached, however after speaking quite a bit on the phone we realised that we needed to be together and so once we were both unattached we got straight together. I realised after about a year (just after we moved in together) that he was the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and so the waiting game began!
Was the proposal everything you’d dreamed it would be?
We had been together 8.5 years before the proposal finally came! We had spoke at length about getting married and we both knew that we wanted that but life kind of got a little in the way and the time was never ‘quite’ right. We were on holiday in USA at the time and I can remember us always saying that this was a holiday of a lifetime but I never expected a proposal. We were in the Grand Canyon after taking a helicopter trip and were standing on the base just looking up and admiring the view when I thought ‘ where did he go?’ as I turned round he was on his knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked but did remember to say yes! I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal, the boy did good!
When and where is the big day?
The big day is in around 5 short weeks! On the 21st October and will be held in Marbella, Spain. We always agreed since getting together that we wanted our wedding to be abroad and I’m pleased to say it is.
Do you have a style in mind for your wedding?
I wouldn’t say that we have an exact style in mind, we just want it to be fun, relaxed and hopefully a little bit sunny. Our colour scheme is Purple and creams with hearts for good measure.
Are you having Bridesmaids?
I have decided to only have one adult bridesmaid and 3 flowergirls. All of which are our family.
What have you enjoyed the most about wedding planning?
There has been so much that I have enjoyed about planning the wedding, I suppose the nice stuff jumps out first like picking the colour schemes, dresses and rings. I have made all of our wedding stationary and although some parts of this have been quite difficult now it is finished I would say that I really enjoyed doing it all and am so pleased to think that they were all made by me. I have also enjoyed picking our church and venue which meant that we got two weekends in Spain!
Have you encountered any problems?
Our main problem has been the logistics of planning our wedding in Spain. At first it seems like a great idea but sometimes, language barriers and general differences in traditions can cause a few minor problems, Also Spain is a lot more relaxed than us so never rely on a quick response from anyone would be my mantra. Also figuring out how to get everything and everyone there has caused a few headaches.
Have you discovered the Dress?
Yes, Yes, Yes! Although it is not what I went shopping for. I know that is what you hear from the already married all the time but I never thought that would be me. I had a very specific style in mind and tried on quite a few like that, but a shop that I went into didn’t have any in that style and instead of wasting my appointment I tried on a few that she had. As soon as I tried it on I realised that this was it, I bought it there and then.
What are your hopes for the future as Mr & Mrs?
I hope that we grow old together, that we can always rely on each other and that we never forget how we both felt when we decided to get married. He is the love of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing about him, the one thing that I would like to do for him is to make him a Dad and I really hope we can achieve this in the near future.
Do you have any advice for other future brides?
Don’t be afraid to do things a little bit differently if that is what you want. You can have your wedding abroad and people will come if they want to share the day with you. Relax and enjoy the wedding planning but don’t let it take over your life completely. One thing we have made sure to do is have regular date nights where the wedding is not on the agenda!
I have been blogging about my journey though planning a DIY wedding abroad here:
Very impressed with Maurice’s proposal, how romantic! You can also follow Claire’s final wedding adventures on Twitter here. I’d like to say thank you for keeping me sane throughout everything and I absolutely cannot wait to see pics from your big day, it’s going to be beautiful!