Gill’s Wedding Diary

Gill's Wedding diary

Gill’s Wedding diary

12/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

Gill bumped into her childhood friend Mike in a snooker hall, which she admits was not very glamorous! They thought they would ‘take things slowly’ ‐ now they’re getting married! Gill Banks is 23 and lives in High Wycombe. She works for a Communications company that sells video conferencing equipment and travels round the country… read more

Gill's Wedding diary

1 The planning begins – Gill’s Wedding Diary

11/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

The wedding fayre Feeling in the wedding mood and wanting to make the most of the time that Michelle was visiting, we went along the following day to a local wedding show. It was here that mild panic started to set in ‐ at least one person from each stand asked me what I had… read more

The great venue hunt - Gill's Wedding Diary

2 The great venue hunt – Gill’s Wedding Diary

10/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

Call me a geek Pretty soon mountains of information started to arrive and it was becoming impossible to remember what each of the different venues had available. To make life easier, I drew up a chart with all the important information listed on it to save me searching through all the brochures every time. Call… read more

The great venue hunt - Gill's Wedding Diary

3 Choosing your venue – Gill’s Wedding Diary

09/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

Our reception venue was the first thing that we booked and it might well be the most expensive thing we book. Dad’s chequebook took a bit of a hammering, to say the least! It’s so important to choose the right venue and there’s lots to think about when making your choice ‐ so here’s some… read more

4 Picking your photographer – Gill’s Wedding Diary

08/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

Agency advantages? As well as photographers who work independently, there are a number of photography agencies; these can be good and save you some leg work, but if you make an appointment to see work from an agency, you may find that the person you see is not a photographer at all, just a salesperson.… read more

5 Flowers and decorators – Gill’s Wedding Diary

07/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

Fun with the flowers I contacted a number of florists, but some of them told me that unless I had a swatch of my dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses to bring with me, I would be unable to book them or even come for a chat about flowers. They were really snooty too! I don’t… read more

6 Wedding cars – Gill’s Wedding Diary

06/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

Watch out ‐ bridezilla’s about This is where I had my first (of no doubt many) real ‘bridezilla’ moments (not a pretty sight ‐ blushing at the thought!) There was one car that we all really liked, so we all went up to their office to ask about booking it. When we got to the… read more

6 Wedding cars – Gill’s Wedding Diary page 2

06/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

As I mentioned in my previous diary entry, my knowledge of most things car-related is somewhere in between very limited and totally non-existent, but this aside, cars for the day had to be chosen! Most elements of our wedding are pretty traditional, so I really wanted a vintage type car to take Dad and me… read more

7 Suits – Gill’s Wedding Diary

05/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

Suits you sir It was time to get the men suited and booted. This was where I could see a lot of scope for conflict, mainly because lurking under the surface of most cool, calm, collected and reasonable brides to be is a scary bridezilla just waiting to escape. I’m no exception! Mike and I… read more

8 Wedding dresses – Gill’s Wedding Diary

04/09/06 • Gill's Wedding Diary, Real Bride Diaries

Very near the beginning of wedding dress shopping I was invited to a designer preview day at one of my local shops. I won’t say the name of the designer as I don’t want to give too much away, but we saw one dress that I fell in love with and it quickly became the… read more


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