Weddings

Bitterballen Bruid’s Bruiloft

Wow, that’s a mouthful. As promised… I said I’d share a few snaps of the day! Well actually, days: we were married in a small, intimate ceremony on Friday and then on Saturday we had a huge party with around 130 guests! Suffice to say it was the best weekend of our lives! 😀

Bride mug

The service was beautiful and very personal… we only had 11 guests. Just our closest family. ❤

At the Gemeentehuis

On Saturday I had partymaids, rather than bridesmaids! With orange flowers, of course… Go Holland!

Party maids

It was an emotional day to see friends and family, many of the UK contingent I hadn’t seen since I moved here, so a few tears were shed!

Welcoming a friend to the party

Everyone had an amazing party and we danced the night away until 4am or so!

Sweets

Now it’s time to finally relax after months of planning… we leave on our honeymoon tomorrow! Italy for 2 weeks… Can’t wait!!

Professional photos to follow – the above were taken by family and friends. And of course… I will be sure to blog about our amazing honeymoon too!

Have a good couple of weeks!

Ciao!

Hayley x

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Wedding Card Post Box

Today I have mainly been drawing… with a sharpie… on a cardboard box.

When looking for a “wedding card post box” online, I couldn’t find anything I liked. Except for a real English post box… but being in the Netherlands means it’s practically impossible to hire one here and getting one from the UK would be extortionate. Even adding the words “customized” or “alternative” to my Google search didn’t help a bit… I then got results for card boxes with ribbons round them, or diamantes… or badly printed lettering with the bride and groom’s name on them.

Nope. This just wouldn’t do. So I ordered a plain white cardboard post box and decided to decorate it myself…

With a sharpie!

Card post box

1. Take one boring white wedding card post box, purchased online from Amazon for around £10 including delivery (around €12.50) plus 2 black markers. One thick, one thin (around €2 each from local stationery store.)

Wedding card post box

2. The lettering is the most important bit, so I used a pencil and ruler first… just to be sure.

Wedding card post box

3. Once you’re happy… fill in with the marker. (This was the most annoying bit and I ended up having to re-do it twice because all the letters didn’t fit in!!)

Card post box

4. Then… get creative!! I had the idea a couple of weeks ago, so while I was waiting for the box to arrive, I spent some time practicing and using the world wide web for inspiration!!

Wedding card post box

It’s sure as hell not perfect… but it’s personal… and that’s what matters. No one else in the world will have the same post box as me on their wedding day!

Wedding card post box

5. The finished result…

Wedding card post box

Wedding card post box

Wedding card post box

Wedding card post box

Wedding card post box

Wedding card post box

Wedding card post box

Wedding card post box

Hayley x

**Wedding Update**

Considering the title of this blog is Bitterballen Bruid… I haven’t posted much about the wedding… at all! I put this mainly down to the fact that the Dutchie reads every single post (how sweet!) so I don’t want to give away any secrets… and secondly, that we’ve been so busy planning the wedding that I haven’t actually had any time to write about it!!

So just a quick update… it’s exactly 3 weeks from today!! Eeeeeeeek!! Very exciting!! But we still have so much to do… I wouldn’t say I’m stressed, but I would prefer things to be ticked off the list a lot quicker than they currently are!

Wedding bits

I’m very much looking forward to it, obviously (!!!!!) and I promise to post a few pics of the big day before we go off on our honeymoon! (A road trip to Northern Italy! Yippeeeeee!)

Hayley x