As I mentioned previously, Dele and I used our second visit to Spain as an engaged couple to choose “the basic wedding stuff”:
I know I should start with the actual wedding preparations, but the honeymoon just happened to get sorted first, so it is first on my list.
When Dele and I arrived at my family home after a tiring journey, my aunt and uncle joined us for dinner and gave us a very pleasant surprise: they were going to pay for our honeymoon! But I’ll tell you a little secret, we already knew this. My mum had told us a few weeks before, so we had to bring on our acting skills and look very surprised (and I think we did just fine!).
Still, it was all quite exciting, and we were glad someone had offered to pay for this. In Spain (not sure if it’s the same in the UK) close relatives and friends usually pay for some of the wedding preparations as a gift, my wedding story will give you some examples.
Before we got the news, we had been looking at Brazil, Mexico and the Caribbean. My uncle and auntie and cousins had recently been to a fantastic resort in Mexico and they suggested we go to the same one: http://www.palladiumrivieramaya.com. They gave us a brochure and told us all about the great time they had. That night we knew we didn’t have to look any further!
The wedding venue
Finding the perfect venue has been one of the hardest tasks so far, as you will have probably guessed if you read my previous blog covering this topic.
As we could only visit a few places while we were on holiday and had to book a venue quite soon to avoid disappointments, we trusted our online research and what friends and relatives knew about those places. We visited 4 places in total, the last of which quickly became “the one”: Hotel Envía Almería,
My wedding dress
Surprisingly, choosing this was quicker than I thought. My mum (bless her) had been browsing at some of the bridal shops in Almería and booked appointments at three of the shops for me to attend during Easter.
Luckily for me, my dress was another wedding gift, this time from my grandmum. Although she asked me not to worry about the price, I tried to look for the ones with the least zeros on the price tag.
I more or less knew what style I wanted, so it wasn’t hard to be selective until I had to choose between two dresses, each from a different store. With the help of my mum, my sister and my aunt (the one that’s getting us the honeymoon), as well as my critical thinking, I finally chose my wedding dress, in less than a day! I am, however, keeping this top secret, so I can “wow” everyone while walking down the aisle.
My wedding shoes
Straight after I chose my dress, me and my wedding team (my mum, aunt and sister) went in search of shoes.
I wasn’t very impressed with what I was seeing, until we went to the shoe shop where I’ve bought most of my shoes for years. My wedding shoes were waiting for me there!
There were a few I liked, but I knew comfort was the key ingredient this time. So I chose the most beautiful and comfortable wedding shoes ever (also a secret till the W Day!).
To be continued…