word of the week - booking

Word of the Week – Booking

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Each Friday, I would like to share a word of the week with you. Something that summarises what I’ve been up to, how I’ve felt and how life is generally going. I’d love if you’d share one in the comments. It can be so therapeutic to reflect on what’s been happening, good or bad!

This week I have chosen the word booking

From wedding plans for next year, to a catch up with friends next week, I feel like I’ve had my nose permanently stuck in my diary all week long with bookings.


Contrary to what everyone tells you, I have found wedding planning very stress free so far. We’ve made decisions on venue, guest list, decor and other important details without any arguments. Everything has been sorted in plenty of time and I have been feeling very relaxed. Then a family member mentioned that she had called for an appointment to have her hair done on our wedding day, only to be told there were no appointments. This was something I wasn’t in a rush to get sorted. As the bride…I should probably get it booked soon. eek!

You will be relieved to know I have been in touch with a few hairdressers and make-up artists that come recommended but won’t break the bank. I’ve found a balance and booked two wonderful ladies for my big day. I can now relax again. Until I realise there’s something else that I have forgotten about that is.


Of course, after the wedding comes the honeymoon! As with any holiday, it helps keep the price low if you book it a good few months in advance. We’ve been on the phone to a couple of travel agents going over our plans. Originally we had a budget in mind and were essentially ready to book once an itinerary had been put together.

On reflection, our dream honeymoon is going to be incredibly expensive and although we could possibly manage it at a push we’ve decided to go for something simpler. It just makes more sense to go for a more affordable honeymoon and begin married life with money in our pockets, instead of a credit card to pay off!


A little more simple than the others, but still very important, is booking in time with friends. I live 200 miles away from home now and don’t get to see them as often as I’d like so I always make sure to reach out and make plans for dinner or a cuppa and a good catch up. It sounds like most of us will be free this time. This is a rare occurrence the older we get and I’m really looking forward to it!


This past week has definitely been a mixture of excitement and panic! So many wonderful things are going to be happening in the next ten months, but it has been an eye opener realising just how expensive everything is…or can be, depending on how you plan for them.


So there it is, my word of the week and a summary of the past seven days.

You can read last week’s post here.


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  1. So glad that your wedding planning is going well and has been fairly stress-free. I have to say I loved organising mine. Going for a lower cost honeymoon and staying within budget sounds sensible – it is better not to give yourself extra debt and hopefully that dream holiday will happen later on. Booking in time with friends sounds lovely too. #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      That’s exactly our thinking Louise. We’re going to bookmark the incredible hotel we’ve found in Mexico and save up to go on a separate holiday there 🙂 It’s still indulgent, but it will be paid for before hand and we can relax and enjoy it knowing that!

  2. I can remember when we were trying to book a venue for our wedding reception and everywhere was already booked. We had just 6 months to plan and apparently that is not enough time to book a party venue. We found somewhere in the end though. You are doing the right thing, get the planning done as quickly as possible and then it should be an easy ride.
    How exciting!

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      We had heard so many horror stories about the stress of finding a venue Anne! We decided to find a venue that we liked and then decide on our date based on their availability. It seems to have saved us a lot of worry!

  3. It does sound like the wedding planning is going well! That does make sense about the honeymoon. There is no point getting into debt for a holiday.
    Have a fab time with your friends x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Thanks Kim, hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything! I’m sure it will all come together 🙂

  4. You sound very organised and relaxed about your wedding day. I am sure with all your preparation it will be a fantastic, stress free day. It is a good idea to have a simpler honeymoon, cash in your pocket after a wedding is always an unexpected bonus! #wotw

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Absolutely Louisa! It might be 50p in cash mind, but it’ll still be a positive balance and that’s what matters!

  5. It sounds like you have some exciting things to look forward to. Being organised really does help doesn’t it, takes a lot of the stress away. It’s great that all your friends are able to meet up, hope you have a lovely time x #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      It’s making me so much more excited for the day knowing we have 90% of things in place ten months ahead of time, I think I’ll enjoy the rest of the process so much more!

  6. Ah all so exciting I loved arranging our wedding although its 25 years ago next year, have you tried to book your Honeymoon all separately you can save a fortune. You must be so excited x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      We did Sarah! It was working out a bit cheaper, so we’re weighing up the benefits of having someone else put it together for us over planning it all ourselves. I’ll be so happy when it’s finally booked and confirmed!

  7. Mummyhereandthere says:

    Well done on the wedding planning, it is s a big thing isn’t it. Bur at least it gets you excited for the big day X #wotw.

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Absolutely, it’s coming round quickly and I’m really looking forward to it!

  8. Sounds like you’ve everything in hand and are making progress with your wedding and honeymoon plans. It can be easy to get carried away. so stepping back and finding a better balance makes sense. Enjoy your catch up with friends! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Exactly, we were so close to just booking the whole lot out of excitement but it would have been the wrong thing to do! Thanks for stopping by Jocelyn 🙂 #WotW

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