BrideWife.. it just doesn’t have the same ring to it does it? Well the wedding has been and gone and we are now 5 week post nuptials!! All the cake has been eaten, my dress is hung away and my bouquet has died (one of the most heart wrenching post wedding moments was having to dispose of my flowers!)
Our wedding day was in one word perfect! From getting ready with my girls in the morning, to our first look on the Merchant’s rooftop, the most heartwarming and funny speeches from my Dad, Tony and Bestman Ethan, our first dance routine (minus my minor slip up that I haven’t been allowed to live down by Hubby) to dancing the night away with all our friends and family. Over the next few months I hope to share with you all the little details of our wedding and how it the day came together. From our DIY projects, to the food and entertainment, the bridesmaids pressies and my dream bridal look. At least this is one way to beat the post wedding blues..just refuse to stop talking about it! But for now I will fill you in on the last 5 weeks of martial bliss.
The week after the wedding felt a bit surreal, like the week in between Christmas Day and New Years Eve, the main event was over but the bubbly and food kept on coming. After a night at Steps with my sister (yes you can tell where my priorities lie..H was my real first love) we headed off for two nights at the Galgorm Resort & Spa. To say that we indulged ourselves would be an understatement and we probably could have gone on a two week holiday for the same price but hey you only get married once right?!
We kicked off our mini moon doing what we love best.. drinking gin. Each evening an intimate gin tasting is hosted in the Gin Library where you get 3 gins to sip on whilst listening to a brief history of everyone’s favorite drink. I also had fun scoping out the prettiest gin bottles for my new bar cart at home! After K&T finished their G&Ts we headed off for a fabulous 3 course dinner in Fratellis to finish off our first night.
On our second day we made full use of the amazing spa facilities. The thermal village at Galgorm Spa really has it all and we were lucky enough to get most of the pools and jacuzzis to ourselves as we visited in between check out and check in time. We also decided to treat ourselves to a private riverside hot tub with champagne and chocolate truffles. The perfect place to chill out after all the stress of wedding planning and reminisce about our Big Day.
After working up an appetite from all our relaxing and pampering we headed off for Autumn afternoon tea in the Conservatory. We were treated to a selection of sandwiches and miniature savouries, freshly baked scones and delicate miniature desserts whilst taking in the views of the River Maine. And the delicious dining didn’t stop there as we enjoyed steak dinner that evening in Gillies Bar and Grill. We were so sad to check out after two blissful days at Galgorm, but not before we had a cheeky couple’s massage in the Paris Suite before heading home.
The week after the mini-moon when it was back to 6.30 am starts, 1.5 hour commutes and the constant blast of the office air conditioning the post wedding blues definitely set in. To anyone who thinks they are not a real thing I can assure you they are! I begged my new hubby to let me put the Christmas decorations up after my first day back at work to lift my mood with twinkly lights and tinsel but I was put on a Christmas ban until 1 December! At least my planning is not over yet, as restaurant researching and activity planning for the honeymoon has filled my need for something, anything to organise! I think one of the best decisions we made was to have a delayed honeymoon as we still have private swimming pools and tree top villas in Singapore, Thailand and Dubai to look forward to after our first Christmas as the Hutchings is over.
I have also been kept busy by all the form filling in that is required to change your name. You think taking on your new husband’s name will be a real novelty but in reality it is a massive administrative pain in the ass! I have set out below a checklist of everywhere I plan to change my name in case it helps any other brides out there. I definitely haven’t ticked them all of yet but I am getting there. So for now I will lead a double life as Miss McAleenan/Mrs Hutchings.
Car and house insurance
Passport (but hold off if your honeymoon is booked in your maiden name)
Bank and Credit Cards
Store loyalty cards (Tesco, Boots etc)
Online accounts and saved delivery addresses (Amazon, ebay, Etsy, ASOS etc)
Phone provider (o2 etc)