Wedding Guest

Being a wedding guest is actually so stressful! Especially when it’s in a different town. I mean not only have I got plan what to wear, how to do my hair and what shoes to wear; I have to also plan accommodation and transport. Thank goodness, I am not the bride .. I would be a major Bridezilla.

So I’m attending a wedding Mid August as my cousin is getting married. The church ceremony is in Reading and the reception is a half hour drive away in a fancy hotel.

The outfit

Okay, so being a female my first thought is what to I wear. Actually this thought also guided me to another thought, I probably should loose some weight? It’s defiantly helps having a goal, for weight loss. Now I’ve lost the initial weight, I was ready to order my dress 3 weeks before the wedding. I trolled through website after website, I looked in Next, Missguided and New look. Do I go extra, so I go sophisticated, do I go summery.. what if it rains. Eventually ( 2 weeks into looking) I found a light lilac, off the shoulder, sweat heart cut midi dress that I thought could be the one. I ordered it from Boohoo.com and had it delivered the next day. I loved the colour when I opened it, and I tried it on and it fit great! It was maybe even a little to big for me ( which is good because I always order the same dress size on boohoo.com)

The Nails

I had my nails done a few days before the Wedding. I had Almond shaped weddings, with purple Sheelac and Chrome over the top.

The Hair

So the day before the Wedding! I have visit Pretty Please in Hove ( where I get all my blow drys done) They have washed my hair, and pinned it up! I’m to sleep with the pins in, for my hair to bed ready for the BIG day ( My cousins Big day, I’m sound like its mine)

The Accommodation

This was complicated! So the wedding ceremony is in Wedding but the Reception is in a different town. So I have booked the Premier inn, in Reading by the oracle (£52 a night) for the Friday. Then on Saturday, I’ve book The Bird Hand Inn which is where the reception is! ( so I can get drunk and stumble back to me hotel) and finally I’ve booked the Premier Inn ( again) so that I’m back in Reading as my family live around the corner! NIGHTMARE! But I do think this is the easiest way to do it!

Pre Wedding Eve

It’s the day before the Wedding! Today so far I’ve worked until 1pm, had my hair done and it’s now 3pm. I’m almost finished packing but I’ve taken up 2/3 of the suitcase because I couldn’t decide what make up to bring, so I’ve brought all my pallets! ( not sure where my boyfriend stuff is going to go woooops) I’m waiting for Tony to finish work, so we can get on the road!

On Our Way

4:30pm and we are on our way! There is lots of of traffic, so we are taking the country roads! It takes us a while to get there and we arrive at 6:30pm at the Premier inn by the Oracle in Reading. Time to get ready for some dinner in the hotel, I’m looking a bit crazy with my pinned up hair.

Wedding Day

It’s the Big day ( For Sam and Ashley). We woke up at 8am, and got changed into some comfy clothes for breakfast in the hotel. The breakfast wasn’t that nice, as it was a little greasy for my liking. I enjoyed a Costa Cappuccino and a glass of fresh Orange juice.

Once our bellys were full, it was time for a hot shower and a hour and half to do my make up. For my make up I used my Huda Beauty Rose gold edition for my eye shadow, my Revolution baked bronzing Pallet and my usual make up. I actually did my eye shadow first, as I knew it was going to be quite heavy. Then cleansed my face , before doing the rest of my make up. Once, finished I unpinned my hair and I was ready to go.

My Dress is from Boohoo.com, and it’s a Sweet Heath cut, midi dress. I wore my black scrappy block heels from Primark and my Envelope clutch from New Look.

Once, I was ready ( and took a few selfies) we got in the car to pick up my Auntie Lizzy before driving to the church.

Church Ceremony

The wedding Ceremony started late ( which is typical for a wedding) The Church was beautiful with Tall stained Glass Windows. The church was were my nanny and Grandad for married many many years ago. The Ceremony was lovely and the priest made lots of jokes keeping us entertained throughout.

The Hotel

We checked into the bird in hand Hotel after the Ceremony and freshened up. My dad went in a separate car and managed to sneak KFC into our room! We were all greeted with Pimms and sat outside in the Sunshine. The Hotel was super cute!!!

The Food

Unlike most weddings, the sit down meal was a BBQ!! I Had a hot dog, a burger and lots of salad. I also discovered that the American mustard I had smothered my food in was actually spicy French mustard. The puddings were a miniature selection and were very delicious.

The Toast

I must of been tipsy at this stage because I kept joking that they were going to give us roast, rather then us doing a roast. I realised this wasn’t the case when we were all handed a glass of wine. Lucky my dad and Tony didn’t like there’s, so after I drank there’s too.

The Party

Our tummies were full, our livers were saturated with alcohol and we were ready to boogie. There was lots of R&B tunes for me to dance too.

Bars Closed

At 11pm it was last orders but we were not ready to go to sleep yet. We decided to have an after party. It was the Bride, The Groom, my cousin, their friend, Tony and myself that carried on through. The Hotel told us off for drinking downstairs, so we drank our champaign in the car park. ( classy but fun)

It was safe to say we were all pretty drunk at the wedding. I had consumed Gin, wine and champagne ( I won’t even tell you about my hangover) I thought it was a good idea, to tell everyone to go for a family breakfast at 9am the next day. When i woke up, it didn’t think it was such a good idea.

Overall

It was a great Wedding! So lovely to see my family old ( 13 years I haven’t seen some of them for) that had travelled from America. It was amazing to drink with my cousins, and I’ve actually invited them for a night out in Brighton.

Bucket list 

As many of you will know by now, I love a bucket list. I have managed to tick a few more things off in Thailand. Thailand also inspired me to add a few knew things. I’ve also added into the to do list countries I’ve been too; I’ve currently been to 12 countries and can’t wait to add more. 

Meet an elephant in the wild

Go to Disney land

Visit Lapland ✔️

Kayak ✔️ – Kayak on the sea in Koh Phanang 


Go on a ghost walk / hunt 

Spain ✔️

Complete a half marathon 

Egypt ✔️

Hug a panda bear 

Go on a ski holiday 

Morocco ✔️

Gibbrolata ✔️

Ride hot air balloon 

Grenada ✔️

Fly a kite ✔️

Hold a monkey ✔️


Stand under a waterfall ✔️

Write letter to my future self

France ✔️

Be sent flowers at work

Gran Caneria ✔️

Greece ✔️

Amsterdam ✔️

Volunteer at a soup kitchen 

Belgium ✔️

Bring food to the homeless 

Cyprus ✔️

Have a price of writting published 
Try acupuncture 

Have my palm read 

Go to a murder mystery night 

Go to a casino ✔️

Go to bingo✔️

Go to a fashion show

Have a make up lesson ✔️

Go wine tasting ✔️

Take a cookery class 

Fly in a helicopter 

Spin records like a dj ✔️

Be a member of a tv Audience 

Sleep in a castle 

Visit a Buddhist temple✔️

Visit the Pyramids 

Go to Octoberfest 

Go to Dublin 

Floating lanterns on a beach 

Sit on a jury 

Be taken to Paris 

Visit the Dead Sea 

Feed a exotic animal
Try a watersport ✔️

wall of China 

Go island hopping ✔️

Go on a moped ✔️

Go to a full moon party 

Achieve somthing for make a wish 

Drive a sega way 

Go to Pompey 

Go glamping 

Go on for dinner or the River Thames 
Amsterdam✔️
Hawaii 
Visit a factory✔️

Win something amazing 
Added to the list on 19/01/2017

Visit Australia 

Go snorkelling 

Visit America 

Travel around Asia 

Parasailing 

Go to a floating market 

Visit Fiji 

See a koala 

Watch football in a different country 

Go to a Christmas market

Go zip wiring 

Visit Singapore 

Visit Vietnam 

Go to Harry Potter world 

Stay in a group hostel 

Do a fun run for charity 

Save £10,000

 

Revised bucket list 

At the start of the year I made a bucket list and I have done a few things that I can tick off. For my birthday the girls planned a week of suprises, from stuff off my published bucket list. I have made a revised version of my bucket list below:

Bucket List
Meet an elephant in the wild: booked flights to Thailand and going to wash and look after them in chaing Mai 

Go to Disney land

Kayak through caves 

Go on a ghost walk / hunt 

Complete a half marathon 

Hug a panda bear 

Go on a ski holiday 

Ride hot air balloon 

Fly a kite: girls bought me a kite, hoping to do in next couple of days

Hold a monkey 

Stand under a waterfall 

Write letter to my future self

Be sent flowers at work 

Volunteer at a soup kitchen 

Bring food to the homeless 

Have a price of writting published 

Try acupuncture 

Have my palm read 

Go to a murder mystery night 

Go to a casino: visited casino in Brighron Marina, wasn’t what I expect. I think I expect what you see in the films in Las Vegas. In the first ten mins, I was £10 up but when I leave I had lost £30 in total. Maybe not for me haha.

Go to bingo: loves bingo, the girls took me. My friend Saskia won money on a game that she wasn’t even going to play. The read the numbers very fast, so you have to concentrate. Got my gala bingo card now, can’t wait to go again.
Go to a fashion show 

Have a make up lesson: had this done on my birthday, they took me to bare minerals where I had a make over, they did half of my face and I did the other side. Good make up, although I did add to it when I got home. Learnt mainly how to conture my eye lids and blend colours together.


Go wine tasting : girls took me to this for one of my birthday suprises. Loved this, we tried 6 different wines. My favourite was ridgeway, which is actually a Sussex wine. I now know how to slurp my wine to get the most of flavours. I also know how to swish around the wine in the glass, to see how much suger and alcohol is in it. 


Take a cookery class 

Fly in a helicopter 

Spin records like a dj

Be a member of a tv Audience 

Sleep in a castle 

Visit a Buddhist temple: will go in Thailand 

Visit the Pyramids 

Go to Octoberfest 

Go to Dublin 

Floating lanterns on a beach 

Sit on a jury 

Be taken to Paris 

Visit the Dead Sea 

Feed a exotic animal: will do in Thailand 

Try a watersport 

See wall of China 

Go to a full moon party 

Achieve somthing for make a wish chairty

Drive a sega way 

Go to Pompey 

Go glamping 

Go on for dinner or the River Thames 

Amsterdam: went in June with my boyfriend had a awesome time!! Loved the canels and little houses. Beautiful place.


Hawaii 

Visit a factory: does the Heineken experience in Amsterdam count?? 


Win somthing amazing 
I shall be doing a new revised list! 

To be continued …. 

Wine tasting 

Thursday evening was not my average Thursday evening. Usually I would finish work, make myself some dinner watch eastenders and go to sleep about 10.

The girls had surprised me with a wine tasting session as one of my birthday surprises. I finished work at 6pm and walked down to Pompokos with Serena to meet Saskia there. For dinner I had a chicken namban don, or you could just call it number 18.

At 7pm, we walked up to the ten green bottles in the laines where we met Anna. 

We taste 6 different types of wine; white, red, Rose, port and sparkling white wine. My favourite wine was called ridge way and was a white sparking English wine from ditching. I learnt a lot about swishing the wine round and understanding that the speed of the “legs” falling down the glass showed how much suger and alcohol was in the wine. I learnt how to slurp the wine to allow oxygen to enhighten the taste. To be honest I was tipsy after two glasses of wine, so imagine how I felt after 6. 


After this we went to the cocktail bar next door and order two cocktails. Saskia encouraged me to try a Long Island which was actually very nice. Anna and I drunkly salsa danced around the bar, and we were rewarded by a free cocktail from the manager.


From here we went for a boogie at the Font and then to the cricketers in Brighton. 
Our friend Oli kindly picked us up and gave us a lift home. I’m sure he loved all of us girls singing Justin bieber songs in the back of his car.