Thursday, July 29, 2010

Seven for Rome!

Yay!! My friend from uni who lives in Germany has just booked her flights for the wedding :) So we now have 7 guests for Rome :) I emailed Rob straight away to let him know the good news, think it's cheered him up a bit after the disappointment of his brother pulling out.

Very excited!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Working out our route around Europe

We've been busy working out the places we want to see on our honeymoon. Rob did up a list of all the places he wanted to see, and some more that i recommended and then handed it over to me to work out the best and cheapest ways of seeing it all. I've found some great websites that have helped me find the cheapest fare from the different flights, trains and buses. It takes a long time to do but i think we've got it to a point where we're happy with it now.

Buses:
Megabus - UK only, very cheap bus/train fares but doesn't travel to all cities
Easybus - cheap fares from London to the four airports
Czech Transport - Bus travel in and out of Czech Republic to certain cities

Trains:
The Train Line - valid for trains in the UK, usually will come up with the cheapest fare
SBB - Swiss rail system, will allow you to price trains to other cities too
TGV-Europe - same as SNCF, but in English, French rail bookings
RailEurope - English site for French rail bookings
Eurostar - Train link between certain European cities and London
DirectRail - if the Train Line doesn't find the cheapest fare, this site will!

Flights:
Skyscanner - world-wide flights, you can view a whole month at a time to find the cheapest day to fly, includes most of the budget carriers

Friday, July 23, 2010

Best Man has cancelled

I've been suspecting this for a while. Our Best Man, who at first was very eager and wanted to know a lot of details about which flights we were on (i guess with a view to booking the same flight) early on in our wedding planning, has over the last 6 months or so stopped asking. When it came time to book his accommodation a few months ago we asked him if he'd booked his flight, and the answer was always that he couldn't afford it just now. This rang alarm bells for me immediately as he'd had a year and a half to save... if he hadn't saved enough for his flight by now, how was he going to afford accommodation, food, travel for the days we weren't paying for him?? Unfortunately he's had a lot going on in his life in the last few years and he seems to be trying to forget about it all by going out every weekend and drinking very heavily, and i think that's why he can't afford it.

Rob has been leaving voicemail messages for him over the last few weeks and managed to get hold of him today, when Glenn told him he didn't think he was going to be able to afford to fly over. Rob is now really sad that his brother won't be there with him on the day. He was really looking forward to some brother bonding time in Rome before we marry. We can't afford to buy a ticket for him so unless he manages in the next month or so to save enough money, that's it. Very sad.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Parasols!

My parasols arrived today. Two 84cm off-white parasols for $7.95 each plus postage :) Nice. I got them from Put It Out There, a very well priced bridal shop in Rockingham. I only ordered them on Friday so they're very quick with their postage.

Order of the Day

This is our Order of the Day which we emailed to our Rome guests. A lot of work went into this and i was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Details have been blanked out for privacy.



Sunday, July 11, 2010

We have our final RSVP count - almost

After some nagging txts to people, we eventually got all the RSVPs done. We're waiting on 2 people to make a final decision for Rome (one is our best man!!) and all our Perth responses are back (or we've put down a no if we couldn't contact them) except the 5 Perth-only invites which we'll send in August. 

Our average amount of yeses to Perth was right on the global average that i've seen of 2/3 yes, 1/3 no. Rome was less than we'd hoped for, as several families who wanted to come couldn't get time off around those dates which was a shame.

I was quite disappointed that we had to remind so many guests. Clearly giving them a long time to RSVP doesn't increase the amount who do respond. Must make sure i'm not one of those guests for anyone who invites us in the future ;)

I've emailed out our Order of the Day for the Rome guests. We had some good feedback on them from my parents who especially loved the 'making of' photos on the last page! Will post some screenshots of the OotD this week.

So now waiting on those final people to respond for Rome so we know how many OOSs to print, and also for our best man to buy his plane ticket and confirm so we know whether to include his name in the bridal party in the booklet. Might be a matter of printing them the day before we fly out - hopefully he lets us know one way or the other before then.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

What to do when wedding RSVPs are due back

Poke.
Email, Facebook, sms.
Any way that will get to them fastest.

With a gentle reminder by email or sms, we've now managed to get down to waiting to hear from less than a third of our guests. A lot of them had been meaning to reply but hadn't got round to it - a reminder email seems to be an easy way to let them know it's ok to break tradition and that we'd prefer an electronic reply than none at all.

By far our favourite replies have been from people who've taken the time to buy a card as well as send their reply back :) it's a lovely extra thought.

We're now waiting on 20 replies for Perth (15 really as 5 invites are Perth only and so haven't yet been sent out), and 10 for Rome. We went through the list marking off those we knew wouldn't go to Rome, and although we can guess their response for Perth we are waiting for a confirmation. Our aim now is to get a definite reply from those people by next Wednesday (a week after close of RSVPs) as the wedding planner wants to know numbers.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

RSVP updates

As of 7pm on the closing day of RSVPs, we have just over half of our replies in, and that's with Rob asking friends on Facebook over the last week. We have a few on their way that i know of, but for the rest the plan is to ask individually in whatever way we can contact them. We'll also go through and mark off those we can reasonably assume aren't coming.