Sunday, 1 March 2015

A Tart's Boudoir

HAPPY ST DAVID'S DAY
I don't know how serious shoppers do it, but after a day in Chester I was fit for nothing. I think I must be slightly allergic to the whole retail thing because when we got home, I had a low grade temperature. Thankfully affable despot Jason had kindly  delivered some coal ( remember the Berlingo is " resting" at a garage in St Asaph) so after getting the cottage all warm, I fed the dogs and then went to bed at 8 pm which is unheard of in these parts.
( btw Chris' new wedding haircut IS very impressive!)
Today I feel miles better, so as the dogs and Albert have their lie in, I thought I would share some wedding details with the blog.
Did I tell anyone that I was getting married?

Anyhow, we get married in the registry office in Llandudno.
For those that dont know Llandudno is the only Victorian seaside town in North Wales which has survived the modern day lust for foreign holiday breaks and still remains a popular destination for Brits seeking a bit of " bracing sea air"
The town boasts a pier, a wide and pretty Promenade and Victorian tram which takes visitors up the great Orme, which is a huge peninsular of Limestone which dominates the town.


It's all very........well........nice!
We have twenty eight guests. Chris ' entire family (Mum, Dad, brother, sister in law, nephew, Uncle, Aunt and Cousin ) are coming up from Kent and my family  ( sisters and sister in law, bros in law, nephews & partners, great niece and matriarch Aunt Judy) will be coming over from the most part from just down the coast. In addition we have a nice selection of friends " jetting in" from such  cosmopolitan places as Sheffield, Manchester, Snowdonia and just to be that extra Showbiz, ....from JAPAN!
( Hello magazine take note!)
Chris' witness is his brother Jon. My witness will be my best friend Nuala . Our dear friend and fashionista John H (Bel Ami ) will be " performing " the reading at the wedding........he is wonderfully suited to this sort of thing as he has the stage delivery and cheekbones of Marlene Dietrich
( in her latter years)
After the deed is done, we shall all pop off for a meal at our favourite restaurant at Osborne
House....which does somewhat resemble a " tarts boudoir"
My sisters have been busy beavering away behind the scenes with flowers, favours and other such titivating bits...which is a real treat......its those kind of attention to detail that makes the day a special one

Everything has been organised, so the only thing now to do is to prepare my speech, sort out dog babysitters and make a collection of umbrellas as it looks as though its going to be a wet day!
is there anything else we've forgotten?
I'm sure one of you will prompt me!
Hey ho

131 comments:

  1. Wedding undies?

    Seriously, I am thrilled for you and can't wait to see the pics!

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    1. Not of the undies you wont!

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  2. have you ever been inside a tart's boudoir? methinks NOT!

    this is all so exciting; I cannot wait to see pix or a video of the whole celebration! make sure you have a handkerchief to blot away any "excess eye moisture".

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  3. It all sounds wonderful. Looking forward to seeing pics.
    Rosezeeta

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  4. Ceremonial galoshes?

    Wonderfully thrilling. I can't wait to see the pictures. I've bulk ordered waterproof mascara. :-)

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  5. It all looks very grand and lovely. I am sure a reception would have been just as nice in Trelawnyd village hall!!! Take it easy in the run up to the wedding, relax and enjoy the day. I am looking forward to seeing post wedding photos too! x

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    1. Indeed.... Thevillage hall has been host to 100 of weddings over the years me thinks

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  6. Just remember to savour every moment, it zooms,by. On another note, please would you send me your address don't worry I am not going to turn up in my best wedding frock, nor will I publish it. Have a fab day !!!
    Twiggy x

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    1. Email me twigs
      jgsheffield@hotmail.com

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  7. Been sneakily following you (virtually!) for a while. Now I feel I must pop in and say have a fab time! x

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    1. Lisa...welcome to going gently ( officially)
      Xx

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  8. The wedding plans look beautiful . Can't wait to see photos. Xxxx

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  9. Bridal running mascara so spoils photos, so take care. I am a wee bit excited for you. Even a little envious perhaps. No not really. If I asked my partner about getting married, he would ask, to who?

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    1. How long have you been together andrew?

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    2. 36 years at some point this year. We are not sure when it should be celebrated, so never have.

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  10. it all sounds so very British!

    i hope you have a wonderful day xo

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  11. I'm sure you'll have a fabulous day John, I do hope so. It all looks very classy, right up Chris's street... x

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    1. Lol.....and not mine? Lol

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  12. What about the throwing of the bouquet?
    If there's a stiff westerly breeze and you give it your best, I'm sure I could catch it in Amsterdam.

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    1. The nearest we'll get to those are posh buttonholes

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  13. Are you getting married? Dammit I haven't bought my hat yet. Have a wonderful day. Can't wait to see the photos. x

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  14. My neighbour's daughter got married last year and saw that the forecast wasn't to be good, so she bought colourful matching wellies and umbrellas for the bridesmaids, herself and groom and best man for some of the wedding photos. They looked really good! Best of luck this week with all the plans. We only had 28 guests at our registry wedding and buffet afterwards - 25 years ago x

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    1. Wellies sound grand......

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  15. All you need is love John. Take that along.xxxx

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  16. I have been reading quietly for a while, ever since Ms Moon introduced me to you on her blog. I hope you have a wonderful wedding day! I'm happy for you.

    As for the day itself, I love the little tradition of having on your person "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." It allows equal parts sentiment and hilarity.

    Can't wait for the pictures.

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    1. Im wearing cufflinks borrowed from chris.....( his grandfathers)
      Old.....they are too...
      Blue undies
      New undies

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  17. Osborne House is the nicest place I have ever stayed. I know you are local, but if you ever get the chance to stay for a night do it. We were lucky enough to stay there after a problem with our booking at their sister hotel up the road. It was amazing - I even needed a set of stairs to get into the giant ed (as Hubby says, I am a short arse). Can't wait to see a wedding snap and hope the next week flies by.

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    1. Sally. Im glad you said that.......we were going to stay at osbornes but we are now staying at Bodysgallen hall, which is quite lovely

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  18. Have a wonderful day!!!

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  19. i take it the girls are looking after wedding cake and music as well? Don't forget your attendants gifts. It is getting SO very close isn't it?

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  20. Yes, Hello magazine needs to take note of all of the people around the world who are wishing you and Chris all the best and are excited for you!! The advice to enjoy every moment of the day, despite the weather or any glitches is mine too. The day belongs to you and Chris!!

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  21. Just have fun! It is your day, so make sure you and Chris lavish yourselves in all of the attention!

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  22. Sounds perfect. Photographers?

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    1. Weve asked everyone to bring their iphones and cameras

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  23. I like the idea of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue that someone mentioned earlier.

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  24. Thrilled for you both and looking forward to seeing a few photos!

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  25. your wedding sounds just right, and I think I need to visit Wales, somewhere mostly overlooked as a destination so far!

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  26. Sounds wonderful, have you chosen the music yet?

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  27. Congratulations! I have been silently waiting to hear about your wedding. We love Llandudno. We were there in 2001 and I kind of remember dining in a beautiful place like Osborne House. We spent many a summer day at the beach and shopping in Chester when we lived in Widnes in the 60s. Love hearing about your life in Wales. We now live in Massachusetts. Enjoy!

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    1. Te more i post,,,,,the more I realise its a small world

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  28. Happy St. David's Day!
    And have a wonderful wedding day. xx

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  29. Best wishes to you both, I haven't been to Landudno since the late 1950's

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    1. I bet they didnt have a poundland then

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  30. It's all getting just so exciting! I can't wait to see photos....it sounds perfect!

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  31. It sounds perfect and beautiful and it's a good thing I won't be there because I would burst into tears which is what I do and ruin it all.
    May there be pictures, pictures, pictures!

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    1. I insist on at least one person sobbing

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  32. It sounds very classy. :)

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    1. Lets hope i dont drip gravy down my top susie

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  33. Relax, enjoy and take it all in.

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    1. Thats what the photos are for x

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  34. The wedding will do justice to Chris' haircut. What a wonderful day.

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  35. It all sounds wonderful John. I hope everything runs smoothly for you on the day.

    Thanks for putting the picture of Osborne house up, it's our favourite place to eat in Llandudno for a special occasion or treat (thanks to your recommendation when we first moved here) and we are taking Mum there for her 75th birthday meal the week after your wedding breakfast. She is spending the weekend in Llandudno at the Lauriston Court Hotel which is a couple of door up from Osborne House, we're all looking forward to it ... nearly as much as you are looking forward to your wedding ... but not quite ;-)

    It's going to be a wonderful day whatever the weather, just take the time to enjoy every minute of it. If things go wrong LAUGH and keep the day light and memorable for all the right reasons.

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  36. Enjoy your day!

    Just relax and let it flow. Once it starts it's out of your control.

    I was hoping that the dogs would appear as ring bearers!

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  37. I'm sure that the next week will be a bit manic for you both so allow me to wish you the very best for your big day now. I hope that it all goes beautifully.

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    1. Very kind if you craig thank you

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  38. Happy St. David's day to you, too! (It is also my brother David's birthday today)
    I am soooo excited and happy for you and Chris, and your families! xox

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  39. It sounds lovely. It sounds wonderful. I've only just "met" you and yours and I genuinely am excited for you.

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  40. Wishing you both all good things for the future and a splendid wedding.
    Love the 'tarts' boudoir'.
    Cheers from New York.

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    1. Glad you like it Elizabeth ......"you new york types have good taste x

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  41. I'm with Ms Moon. We'll need masses of photographs from the event. If all your friends from the blogger world could just beam themselves there, you'd need a football stadium to contain us, so we're hoping for the next best thing.
    Breathless in anticipation.

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  42. I too am allergic to shopping. I have passed down this disease to my daughter and son. Looking forward to the wedding photos!!!

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    1. Rare for a woman and a gay man to hate shopping

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    2. shopping sux; I'd rather be knitting or reading.

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  43. Don't worry about anything except enjoying yourselves. You'll only do this once,so soak it all up...the memories will last a lifetime.
    Jane x
    It's our 32nd anniversary the day before your wedding day...you'll get there,one day. XX

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  44. Hubby and I had 5 people at our wedding. After being Maid-of-Honour 3 times and Hubby a Groom's Man 7 times, at large weddings, we decided to sneak away for ours. That was 48 years ago.
    I can see you running around, willy-nilly, like Hugh Grant in ''Three Weddings and a Funeral' movie realizing you're late - perhaps you'll forget to change out of your pyjamas, lol. Don't sweat the small stuff - just remember the purpose of the day.
    I wish you both years of blessed happines and a tiff or two so you can have make-up sex. lol.
    Congratulations John and Chris.

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    1. Make up sex
      You fast cat
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  45. I wish you two a wonderful wedding day with sunshine or not, and years of marital bliss!

    Mary in North Carolina - would come if I could even without an invitation, ha ha!

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  46. Yippee! I hope you all have a wonderful time! xoxoxoxo

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  47. I was thinking, wouldn't it be a scream if a huge charrabang pulled up outside the wedding venue and out toppled some of your 'crew' from Blogland??!! Incredibly excited for you both and how fabulous that your sisters are getting so involved. I bet they'll be beyond themselves with excitement by the end of the week. Try and pace yourself this week. Your 'low grade temps' may just be pre-wedding nerves. x

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    1. With tom driving ?,
      Pissed!

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  48. Congratulations and many wishes for happiness on your special day and always from Northeast Ohio.

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  49. Something 'borrowed', something 'blue', getting nearer every day, feel so excited for you both. Can't wait to see your pictures xx

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  50. A Russian proverb: "Falling in love is like a mouse falling into a box: there is no way out."
    Mazel tov!
    Mike

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    1. Ill use that in my speech mike

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  51. Exciting times. For you, for Chris, and for us.
    And, with a few exceptions (books and plants) I have almost total sales resistance and join you in finding a shopping expedition tiring and vile.

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  52. Gosh, the restaurant looks very grand. The sort of place where they might escort you off the premises if you use the wrong bit of cutlery. I hope the cuisine is as impressive as the surroundings!

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    1. Nick its not as pretensious as it looks x

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  53. Exciting! Have a wonderful day, dear friend. And congratulations!

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  54. Just take a deep breath and don't bother with the small stuff that will pop up. Everyones happiness will show through.
    Just ENJOY your day !
    I have had your gift on my desk for 2 weeks, do your think I would mail it ? apparently not !
    Like everyone else I can't wait to see the photos especially the table decorations and the cake !
    So happy for you both.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Good advice gayle
      Give the scotties a smooch from me

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  55. I love beavering women.
    Slightly disappointing to hear that the wedding is happening in Llandudno and not in Rhyl Regis which is, as everybody knows, the true queen of the North Wales coast - the spiritual equivalent of Malibu in California or Marbella in Spain.

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    1. " beavering women"
      You dirty old man x

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  56. It sounds like you are getting several things checked off the list. What kind of cake?? The fruit cake with marzapan under the royal icing? Oh the sponge with lovely icing? I'd go for the latter.

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    1. Susan.... No cake... I didnt want one!

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  57. Love hearing about all your special plans and just can't wait for the photos. Remember, rain is good luck on a wedding day. Mazel Tov John. X

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    1. I would stamp on that glass in an instant

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  58. I hope you both have a wonderful day, and a very happy 'ever after' xx

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  59. OOOO!!! This is going to be a gorgeous wedding - I do so hope the sun can come out and celebrate with you two that day!!!

    My only advice is - at some point, take a step back for a quiet moment inside of you, and observe what you see in that moment - that will be the memory you have forever...

    All these wonderful people love you, and that is what really makes it all so wonderful; LOVE!

    XOXOX

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      Thats great advice
      Sometimes i have a tendency to rush....thoughts and actions
      Its a good reminder

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  60. Oh my gosh John, hasn't it come around quick!! The next week will fly by, I'm glad your sisters are really involved... sisters have a way of knowing just how to make little things special. I could have sworn I saw in my minds eye Wini in a smart frock with a pillow attached to her back carrying the rings! I am so excited for you and Chris.... may you enjoy the day no matter the weather, enjoy being the centre of attention, your friends and family who love you will make the day fantastic and I can't wait... like everyone else.. to see the pictures. I wish you all the best for the beginning of the next chapter in your lives together xxxxx

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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    1. I couldnt have winnie there...she would make a fuss when the registrar asks if soneone disagrees with the union!

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  61. Thanks for sharing the details. I do hope we get to see at least a partial video of Bel Ami's theatrical turn; it sounds intriguing. I think the only thing you've forgotten is the link to the live web feed for your worldwide audience.

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    1. Hummmmm....ill sneak in the ipad

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  62. a special bag with the 'damn it' things in. to contain, a comb, some elnett hair spray for pictures (it brushes out), safety pins, shine blotting paper book (so you dont look shiny or greasy skinned in pictures), tissues, a traveling sewing kit, spot stain remover (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tide-Instant-Stain-Remover-Pens/dp/B000GCS0GI), some sweets in wrappers, chewing gum, and some biscuits individually packages breakfast ones like Belvita - someone wont be able to eat breakfast and will feel ill/faint and nothing in the biscuit will mark clothes and will brush off, extra pins for button holes.

    I think that is about it. Maybe some moustache wax?

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    1. You are an absolute star xx

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    2. Maybe give it to Aunty Glad. Got to be prepped. ;) Your Sister will know what shine blotting paper is. you can buy it in boots or superdrug.

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  63. John/Chris....don't forget the rings!!
    Sounds to be quite the PARTY brewing there, John!
    Have a wonderful time and soak up every second of it.
    All the best you two!

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  64. So excited for you both John and Chris! Love from the frozen north of Michigan- US. Xo. Sherry

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  65. Oh it all sounds rather lovely! LLandudno is lovely - we called there last year on our way home from Snowdon and loved it. I'm getting butterflies for you sweet man xxxxxxxxx

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  66. Sounds lovely.
    For the "something old, something new" poem, my paternal grandmother told me an extra line at the end which went, "and a sixpence in her shoe." I suppose it to mean as a charm for financial prosperity. Anyhow, when I walked down the aisle, I had a sixpence in my shoe.

    Happy St David's Day to you, too! I'm wearing red, but have no daffodils here. although a friend was out shovelling some extra bits yesterday and found some crocus starting to push through the soil. Despite being buried under four feet of snow, they know spring is coming!

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    1. I may have a sixpence somewhere! Ill give it a go!

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  67. Ive tried to answer all of you
    Thank you all xxxxxx.....

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  68. Oh, my! It's practically here! All the best!!!

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  69. You asked for 'telegrams' ..... well here's a singing telegram. Only needs one name changed too to make it for John and Chris. Surely you will have a singer amongst your Welsh guests that could do this for you!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-voADFn0aow
    I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and joy.

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  70. Your excitement shows through every line of your blog! I'm so happy for you and Chris! All the best and 1,000 good wishes!

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  71. I can feel the excitement in the air. It is so wonderful you are having such special friends and loved ones there.

    Just be grateful your wedding veil will not get hung on the door of the church...happened to me!

    Love and good wishes to you both.

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  72. Bless you both. It is a wonderful occasion and a bit of rain won't spoil it. Hot glue some artificial flowers to those umbrellas and make them as tasteful or tarty as you like. I wish you both all the love and happiness in the world. xxx

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  73. All you need to do now is enjoy it!

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  74. Been to Llandudno a couple of times. Nice place but incredibly difficult to get a B&B when it's two young (at the time) blokes on motorcycles who're asking. Several B&B owners looked at us like we were axe-wielding maniacs before saying they had no room despite the sign in the window claiming otherwise.

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  75. It's a long time since we were in Llandudno, where I met an American penpal who took an instant dislike to me because the kids had my full attention - 3 under 8 yrs with the youngest wanting to dive off the pier. . .

    I am sure your wedding will be a great improvement on my Llandudno experience and the Tart's Boudoir looks just the ticket for the gentile get-together afterwards.

    Remember - something borrowed, and something blue, and who gets to wear the wedding garter pray tell?

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  76. P.S. Forgot to add a thousand blessings and much happiness to you both. Can't wait to see the photos.

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  77. You don't want me to do the reading with the arch camp German accent do you? I hadn't realised....

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  78. Hello John! Congratulations to you both. Wishing you the best day and many, many happy days ahead.
    Lee Anna

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  79. I can't believe how excited I am about all this! Best of wishes to you both - and come back with lots of pix.

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