What I would like to say is -
We talked for hours
There were tears.
There were detailed spreadsheets and outpourings of love.
We came to the most beautiful conclusion.
What really happened -
Me: "Shall we get married in Northumberland, then?"
The Boy: "Yeah, sounds good"
Me: "High fives all round"
The Boy: "Let's lock it in"
Lame fist bump ensues.
So why Northumberland?
Whilst London is totally awesome we simply do not have the funds to have the wedding we really want in the most fantabulous place on earth. We can still celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and hopefully many years to come in this, my lovely city.
Northumberland is beautiful. More pleasingly its distance from civilization (sorry only kidding - well to some extent) means that we get more bang for our buck, as you lovely Yanks must say all the time!!
Hopefully it means we can afford a to hire a big house for the weekend and can have all our guests (actually I don't like calling them guests, more comrades!) stay with us from the Friday until Sunday afternoon.
We can hire a caterer who will offer a variety of food for the wedding breakfast, banquet style! Whoop. I definitely have a caterer in mind, who can offer a super menu, game heavy and delicious!
We can bring our own alcohol and not get charged £25 per bottle corkage. We have quite particular tastes and want to supply our own wine and spirits! There will be a bar where people can just mix their own drinks for the whole weekend except maybe a few hours when we can have a few young handsome waiters!!
I can buy the flowers wholesale and have simple, simple flora on display which will be whatever is seasonal. Come on November peonies! (which we can then give to everyone there or to the local hospice.)
Most of all, I get to spend a weekend of my life with my closest family and friends altogether. We can laugh, we can cry and celebrate our imperfect weekend of debauchery and ultimately commitment.
Yay, I am psyched. This is what I really wanted all along before I mooted the idea of a chic city wedding. The wedding will still be chic but a whole lot more fun and friendly. Much more my style. Now we just need to find the perfect place. We have a few contenders that offer what we want, nay need.
It would be fantabulous to go venue hunting in person at the moment but during the height of wedding season? We have decided to leave it until the wedding season is over so we can have the full attention of the vendors. Do not fret, I have many other things I can witter in about and show you places I fancy as a venue!
And so another adventure begins....
P.S. I may have sort of bought a wedding dress today.