Well, if I thought things would slow down a bit after the wedding… I was wrong!
The two days after the wedding were just as busy as the lead up to it. I don’t envy newly married couples that go away on their honeymoon straight after the wedding. They must come back after a relaxing fortnight/three weeks away, to the bombshell that we met when we got home.
We got home the morning after the wedding and had to tidy up the house – there were tables and chairs all over the place, from when we were getting our hair and make up done the previous morning and there were also clothes all over each bedroom, that had been left by everyone that had gotten ready at the house. That was in addition to all the other bits and bobs we’d bought back with us from Bosworth Hall, things like the cake stand, uneaten cakes, table plan, and my dress and accessories.
We did manage to have a rest later on in the afternoon – it was lovely to have a cuddle on the sofa and watch a bit of the Olympics. We’d not see much before the wedding.
We got up early on the Monday as we had to gather up all the suits from the male guests in our wedding party and get them back to the formal hire shop. We’d also got to return my underskirt and the cake stand that day. We were on a tight schedule as we’d booked tickets to see Blur at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Monday night and had to be at the hotel by 6.00pm.
We finished up rushing over to Bosworth Hall in the afternoon to fetch back the sweet dishes, scoops and tongues that we’d used for the sweet buffet and got home with minutes to spare before we had to set off to Wolverhampton. We dumped the boxes of dishes, picked up our overnight bag and set off for our 90’s retro indie evening together.
We had a great night in Wolverhampton and even though the evening was busy and lively it was relaxing all at same time. Simon wasn’t really looking forward to seeing Blur as he was more of an Oasis fan back in the 90’s but we both thought they were great. It is nearly 20 years since I last saw them live but they were as good as I ever remember them to be. We had a few beers, a sing and a dance and a kebab on the way back to the hotel – it was a perfect night.
We got up on Tuesday morning still feeling drained – but happy all the same and went home to do a few jobs around the house. We had a fun couple of days after the wedding just enjoyed having dinner out, going for a pint at the local pub and making the most of being off work.
When we got up on Wednesday morning we both felt more refreshed and rejuvenated. It felt like the stress from organising the wedding had finally gone. We had a great day just chilling and getting things ready for our trip to Skegness on Thursday.
I’ve just had a new car, a Volkswagon Golf Convertible, and the sun was shining brilliantly on Thursday so it was the ideal weather to drive to Skegness with the roof down. Neither of us, however, had remembered that you can still get sunburnt whilst travelling in the car – we had to stop at Tesco to buy sun cream, of all things.
We checked into the guest house (Lazydays) and had a good old catch up with our friends Neil and Christine, the owners. I’ve known them for three years but Simon has known them for 7 or 8 years. Unfortunately, the weekend we got married was one of Neil and Christine’s busiest weekends of the summer, so they weren’t able to come to the wedding. We told them all about the wedding, showed them the few pics we’d got and celebrated with a bottle of cold beer.
It was so nice to be able to chill out and just be away from things. When we got to our room Neil and Christine had left us a bottle of red wine and two glasses. That’s why we go back to Lazydays year after year – they are just two of the loveliest people you could wish to meet.
We unpacked and then hit the town. We had a lovely walk around; had a bite to eat and a few beers and lost a few pounds on the two pence machines in the arcades. I love trying to win the trinkets and key rings on them – I didn’t win any this time though.
We finished the day in the Ship Inn, it has a great atmosphere in there and there’s always some kind of holiday entertainment on during the evening – either a live band or karaoke.
We got up early for breakfast on Friday and when we got down to the dining room, we had a lovely surprise - Christine had decorated our breakfast table with glitter and ‘just married’ confetti, and there was a helium balloon saying ‘congratulations’ tied to the back of my chair. It was really sweet.
It was a lovely sunny day again so we thought we’d have a walk up the front to Ingoldmells and into Fantasy Island, I haven’t been there for years.
It was so warm that people were sunbathing and children were in the sea – it was just like being abroad. We had a brill time at Fantasy Island and had a good look round the market and rides. Simon’s a bit scared of some roller coasters though and so wouldn’t go on with me. I always have to go on my own but I didn’t bother this time.
We caught the bus back into Skegness and did a bit more sight seeing.
We’d booked a table at one of our favourite restaurants for our evening meal – Steak n Stuff. It is really popular and gets so busy that we book well in advance. We had to call into the Ship for a beer on the way back to the guest house, well, it wouldn’t be a night out in Skegness if we hadn’t.
The morning soon came around again and it was time to leave. We said our goodbyes to Neil and Christine and got on our way. We hadn’t seen Ronnie and Reggie (our cats) for a week and were looking forward to picking them up from the cattery.
We spent the rest of the weekend reflecting on our fortnight off work and how much we’d enjoyed ourselves and couldn’t believe how much we’d packed into it.
Monday morning was soon upon us though and it was back to the routine of normal life, and work beckoned!
It’s been great to do the blog over the last few months in the lead up to our wedding. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. It will also be a reminder for me in years to come of the fun (and stress) we had of organising the wedding and the memories we had doing it.
It’s time now to get on with married life and we both look forward to sharing our life and experiences together for a long time to come.Sadly this is the last blog post from Karen who is settling into married life, but if you know a Bride-to-be who would like to share her pre-wedding planning with us or you yourself would love the opportunity to pass on your wedding wisdom, send an email to email@example.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and your upcoming wedding.