Hello, lovely ladies!
As promised, here I am with a fresh new post about our civil wedding which took place last month. I must say that it felt like the shortest day of my life…although we woke up early in the morning to finish all the last minute details for our big event.
So here are some planning tips for all the brides to be which I hope you will find useful:
1. Try to have your civil wedding in a different day than the big wedding party – we decided upon spring, the end of April seemed like the right choice. We had lovely weather and sunshine all day long. It was pretty exhausting and I cannot imagine doing both events in one day, especially in Bucharest. So, if some of you go with the second choice, try to rest a few days before and maybe ask some of your friends to do some chores for you 😀
2. Be organized – I don’t know about you, but me and my husband (so strange calling him like this :)) ) wanted to do everything ourselves without involving our parents and I think it was for the best. We had a great time organizing everything together, without arguing over the details. First we decided upon the date, then figured it out which documents we need to get married, found a proper location for a small lunch after the event and of course thought of what we were going to wear that day. I have to point out that we didn’t take any day off prior the event and we managed to do everything. On that Friday a had a tight schedule but it worked just fine:
6:30 Woke up
8:00 Appointment at the hair salon (meanwhile Alex went to get the sweets for the candy bar)
9:00 Make up
10:30 Arrived at the City Hall to welcome our dear guests
11:10 “I Do” moment
12:15 Photo Session in the park
13:00 Family lunch
3. Buy an outfit which you can wear afterwards – We knew exactly what we were going to wear for our big moment, we just needed someone to make our wish reality. Lucky as usual, in just one day we had our outfits ready for order.
Bride – I wanted to go for simple yet chic dress, in a white or neutral shade, with a pair of baby blue stilettos. I found my lovely dress at PNK casual Flagship Store with the help of the nicest girls from the store, then I bought the shoes. All of this in just 2 hours. It was easy like a Sunday morning.
Groom – Alex was a bit more pampered than me (no worries, I will take my revenge in August) and bought a tailored made suit: navy double breasted blazer, white shirt and a pair of grey trousers, accessorized with brown double-strap monk shoes and a colorful handkerchief to match my shoes and bouquet.
We can easily wear these clothes at other events and in various combinations and this was our idea from the beginning. We didn’t want to waste money for something we would wear just for a few hours. We’ll keep the extravaganza for the wedding in August.
4. Make it a day to remember and enjoy every minute of it – Despite all the stories we heard about other civil weddings, we were very calm on that day and everything went as planned. Of course, once we arrived at the city hall, all the emotions took over, but in a good way, I just couldn’t believe my eyes it was happening…saying I Do and hearing my husband saying the same thing, it was overwhelming. I didn’t cry but my legs were shaking, my voice was trembling and my heart was racing. Literally, it was a feeling I will never forget. I remember every single moment, every sensation, every word from that day as I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends, celebrating such a wonderful event all together.
5. Be yourself – This day was about us and we had a great time: nothing fancy, just love! I strongly believe that there is no need to show off or to pretend to be someone you’re not. In the end, only the love and respect between the two people matter the most. We had the day we imagined and we are looking forward to celebrate again in August.
7. Plan a pre-honeymoon to relax – Yesss, please! More details about the places we’ve seen you can find out reading my post The charming Dolomites and another following story I will publish in a short time.
In the end, I want to give thanks to everyone who contributed beautifully to our big day! We had the most amazing day! You filled our heart with joy, our house with flowers and gifts, our album with unforgettable memories and our event with genuine love and good energy!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and the photos below, lovelies! I’m waiting for your comments and messages regarding any wedding detail! I know what is like to be in charge with such an important task so don’t hesitate to send me your questions.
Here’s to love and laughter and happily ever after!
(and for the first time) Arina Angelo
P.S.: I have never thought that changing your name could be this hard until I had to sign the papers at the city hall…I don’t want to exaggerate, but it’s life changing just like the entire marriage thing. It’s all fun and games but one day you are just girl and the next day you are a wife. I still feel lost somewhere between identities but hopefully this feeling will go away soon. Although a paper does not change a relationship, it does something pretty amazing: it starts a family! So, since then, we have our own little family and we are responsible for whatever happens next.
Lace dress: PNK Casual
Flower bouquet: Departamentul de Dichis
Hair: Stefan Ungureanu, Salon Manifest
Make-up: Andreea Vilau Make-up Artist
Suit: Tudor Tailor
Photos: Land of White Deer
Candy bar and cake: La Dolcerie