Meet our Blogging Bride - Dobrila
Hello to all my fellow brides to be…
My name is Dobrila and I live in a small village called Robin Hood near Leeds, with my fiancé Rob and our Bengal cat Boo. Rob proposed to me on the 13th March 2014 outside Buckingham palace, it was a very romantic and special day that I will never forget. Being engaged I had so many mixed feelings and emotions, of course I was extremely happy and excited, all the people in your lives are also extremely happy and excited for you and everyone wants to celebrate with you both…I can’t even remember the amount of bubbles we drank during this time, not that I’m complaining! Naturally however, your brain goes into over drive and I started to get a little overwhelmed with everything that I had to think about to plan our wedding. Needless to say I have had days and weeks where I have been very stressed making sure I have accounted for everything, meeting deadlines and trying to think about the theme/style of the wedding we would like to have.
Since then I have been doing a huge amount of research and planning for our perfect day…I am very much a perfectionist and I love organising, so I have been creating mood boards, endless Pinterest folders, spreadsheets, reading every bridal magazine you can find and visiting numerous venues hosting wedding fairs to get my inspiration. I also arranged a day out with some girls to The National Wedding Show in Manchester, which was a brilliant experience and one I would absolutely recommend, so many things to enjoy and explore. There are lots of vendors offering deals on photography, hair and makeup, invites, cakes and most importantly wedding dresses. It’s a great day out with your friends/family and it definitely gets you feeling like a bride.
I do believe research, planning and organising are key to the success of creating the perfect day for you and your partner, it's satisfying to shop around, getting ideas from various sources and feeling 100% confident in the decisions you are making.
I was born in Croatia and lived in my hometown Porec until I was 10 years old, which is when we moved to the UK. From a young age, as most little girls do, I dreamt of the one day I could be a princess, and thinking of my wedding day, I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else but in the church in my hometown in Croatia with all of our dearest family and friends. There was a lot to do once Rob and I decided this was definitely where we wanted to get married and I have had to be extremely organised planning our wedding abroad. The first thing I did was ask my four closest friends and two younger sisters to be my bridesmaids, I just couldn’t imagine my day without them by my side as I walk down the aisle.
I decided the best way forward was to speak to a wedding planner in Croatia who could help me with booking the church, reception venue, photographer, florist, band etc…this has been a big help even though I have done a lot of the work myself, it has been good to know I have someone who I can double and triple check things with and know that there will be someone helping me coordinate everything for our big day.
We have actually booked our wedding day now for the 21st May 2016…there is still a lot to do and it has been a long road to get this far, but I am super excited! We have also decided to have a UK reception after our honeymoon to celebrate with all of the people that may not be able to attend our wedding in Croatia.
Now that I have my plan of action in place, I’m very excited to start ticking everything off the list leading up to the big day…and I’m very much looking forward to sharing all my experiences and tips with you all.