The Jones Wedding Update – March 2019

How have we been engaged for nine weeks?! It’s absolutely flying by and I can’t believe we’re now in March. I remember thinking that getting married in 2020 seemed forever away, but in a couple of months, it will only be a year.

I’ve been really enjoying living in our little engagement bubble. We’re still receiving congratulations from people we haven’t seen yet and all our cards are still up. Not sure how long is TOO long to keep them up – but to be honest, I’m only planning on doing this once so I don’t give a flying…

My ring is still a massive novelty and while I’m now less likely to forget to put it on in the morning, I’m still majorly careful with it. My engagement ring is insured but I just can’t bear the thought of losing it – a replacement wouldn’t be the same! I was too scared to take it abroad to Ukraine, so I bought a very cheap wedding band to wear instead.

The words ‘wife/husband-to-be’ and ‘fiancé/fiancée’ still sound a little weird in our mouths, but delicious nonetheless.

Here are the things we’ve done so far…

Made a MASSIVE spreadsheet

Not a THING will be able to slip through the cracks. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – Google Sheets is your friend.

Booked the venue

Surprisingly, and thankfully, the venue we wanted was free on our chosen date, but had a few other interested parties. We booked it as soon as we knew – it has everything we want and need.

Sent out Save the Dates

This was a big one. Bar the engagement announcement, this was the first time we’d involved other people in our news. We sent out e-card Save the Dates to everyone we want to see at our wedding and have had an overwhelming response – can’t wait to send out the invitations.

Tried on wedding dresses

I’ve been to two wedding dress appointments and I have to admit I’m still struggling. I’ve LOVED some of the dresses I’ve tried and understand what style I want now – but I’m still looking for The One.

Arranged an engagement party

Our engagement party is happening on Saturday and we’re SO excited but I in particular am really nervous. There’s loads of people attending, including family that haven’t met yet. I always think that I like to be centre of attention, until it actually happens and I get really anxious and can’t get my words out right [strong contender for a bride who needs to say vows in front of everyone, eh?]. I’m sure it will be fine, everyone who is coming is fab

It’s all coming together really well. I suppose we’ve planned quite a lot rather quickly, so perhaps need to remind ourselves we’ve got plenty of time. We don’t feel stressed about the planning of it in the slightest as yet…maybe that will come with time but I’m not feeling any of the panic you often hear about.

I think the next steps are to start thinking about our hen and stag dos. I’m sure Will’s will be a disgusting affair somewhere in Eastern Europe and mine…I’m not sure! I really don’t mind, as long as the people I want there can be there and have a great time.

We’ve got so much to look forward to and I’m looking forward to writing it all down.

The Future Mrs Jones [WHAT!] X

We’re Engaged!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to announce our amazing news on my blog!

I’m engaged. Like, actually engaged! It’s still taking a while to sink in; it’s still unreal! I’ve dreamt of this moment my whole life and I can’t believe it’s here. I’m getting married. I’m going to be a Mrs. And the cherry on top – it’s to an absolutely incredible man.

NGL, every wish I’ve made since I met Will has been for this.

Here’s the build-up, engagement story and the aftermath – written by yours truly (left hand currently weighed down with a MASSIVE rock. Seriously, Jonesy did the best job choosing the ring).

How did he do it?      

I’ve known that William is The One for a long time. He is the gentlest, thoughtful, kindest and funniest soul I have ever met, and there is not a day that goes by where he doesn’t put a smile on my face. We spoke about our futures fairly early on in our relationship and knew that we were both in it for the long-haul, so I simply waited until William knew it was the right moment to ask the question that would make me the happiest girl alive.

On New Year’s Eve, Will and I were due to go out for dinner at our favourite restaurant. I can’t explain it, but whilst I was getting ready, I was overcome with nerves and excitement that came out of nowhere – I was actually shaking! I pushed the weird feeling down and got on with our evening.

When we came back home at around 11pm after a lovely meal, we put on some records and had a dance around the living room. Just before midnight, we put on the TV to watch the countdown and fireworks. At the stroke of midnight, I turned to my right and William was on bended knee, holding the most perfect ring out to me.

Poor Will – I didn’t immediately say yes. I asked if he was joking, then burst into tears and collapsed into his arms. Once I’d calmed down slightly, he asked me again and I was able to say a very definite yes. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.

There IS a video…but I spend most of it absolutely HOWLING so not sure it’s ever going to see the light of day.

We spent the rest of the evening ringing family to tell them our good news!

You can read the full story on How He Asked.

What has happened since we got engaged?

It’s been pretty overwhelming! The reaction we’ve received since sharing the news has been astoundingly positive. We’ve loved telling all our friends and family. Also, anyone who knows me knows I’m a fiend for a good greetings card, so I’m in heaven right now.

The first week or so was quite surreal. I kept forgetting to put my ring on in the morning and having to turn back towards home halfway down the road. I’m getting better now, but because I’m still being super careful with my ring, there are still a couple of occasions a week when I realise I’m not wearing it and nearly collapse with panic. Luckily, it’s usually in the ring box where I left it, and you can be damn sure I insured the FUCK out of it on day one.

We’re heavily into January now, and time is moving so fast. I’m actually super surprised at how much stuff we’ve got sorted or are in the process of getting sorted already. The engagement party and everything that goes with that is completely sorted – bring on March. We’re currently viewing venues, looking to secure a date for Spring / Summer 2020!

If my years in PR taught me anything, it’s how to be disgustingly organised. Yeah, I have the mother of all spreadsheets (colour-coded, hundreds of tabs …the lot).

It’s also been stressful. Like I said, I’ve dreamt about this forever, and the amount of writing I do for my lovely clients in the wedding industry, you’d think I’d have a strong basis for what I want. Nope – we’re doing so much research to make sure any decisions we make are the best for us and what we want.

Howeverrr…y’all know I am a people-pleaser – not to mention super-anxious – and I’ve been a bit upset (yeah – the first wedding-related tears have been shed) over trying to accommodate everyone’s wants and needs.

Everyone (EVERYONE) has a bloody opinion, and however (and most of them are) well-intentioned, each one has me doubting myself. I really need to learn to be more like Will. He will listen to an opinion kindly and thoughtfully, then diplomatically respond – before subtly ripping it up and placing it gently in the bin.

Will’s mum said I should stick a big sign on the fridge saying: ‘IT’S OUR DAY’, and I think I’m going to do it. The most important thing I need to focus on is that Will and I are getting married – the wedding is just a party at the end of the day.

Any brides or grooms, past or present, got any advice for me? Apart from CHILL THA FUCK OUT, WINSTON?

I’ve got a feeling I’m going to have a LOT to say about our impending nuptials, so I’ll make a new category on the blog menu and add anything wedding-related there.

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