I did make some major wedding decisions yesterday...or at least I made up my mind about certain things. I had already decided the location with my mom's help about a week and a half ago. I've decided to get married in Ischia, which if you don't know is an island off the coast of Naples. Basically my dad grew up there and besides that it's a very beautiful, idyllic place. I've summered in its neighbouring islands Procida and Capri. Capri had initially been my honeymoon destination choice but I feel like it's become a little bit spoiled or overdone, if that makes sense! Ischia is more special to me for sentimental reasons anyway and I feel it's less well-known which appeals to me!
My favourite part of Italy is of course, Naples because that's where my family is from. My grandparents'/now my uncle's house is there and I feel it's my home away from home. Aside from the fact that the weather should be gorgeous in the summer-time, as my dad can't be at my wedding in person this feels like the right location to get married.
I was chatting to my friend Polina on Twitter yesterday, which happened to be her name day. If you don't know, in some countries people celebrate your name day which is like your birthday, only it's not the day you were born, it's the day of the saint you were named after. Because my family is Italian I've always celebrated my name day, which in Italy is called your "onomastico". Mine is on July 26th - Sant'Anna. I feel like this would be a really special day to get married on July 26th 2011...my mom got married on her birthday so this would be very similar to that.
It's going to be quite an intimate wedding in the sense that only family and close friends are invited. I'm toying with the idea of having a beach wedding. Also, it maybe extremely difficult if not, impossible to get married in a church on July 26th. As well as that, I've never been very religious. Isn't it somewhat hypocritical to get married in a church if you've never practised your religion? I don't know...!
At the moment I'm looking at nice hotels because we will be staying there for our honeymoon too. This one in particular caught my eye. I love the decor - simple yet chic! The hotel is also a spa and since I can't stand hen parties, bachelorette parties or any of that tackiness, I think a girls' spa day would be much nicer! Jonathan and his brother (best man) are into motorbikes so they'll all probably go on a biking trip around the island.
I haven't fully decided on my bridesmaids yet...at first I was going to only have 3 (all close family members), and then Jonathan would have 3 groomsmen but a tiny part of me thinks it might be more fun to have more. I'm not really sure. My two sisters, Emma and Erika and my cousin Valentina are all definitely bridesmaids. I want a very neutral colour scheme, so all the bridesmaids will be wearing champagne coloured halter-neck dresses. Here's my dream dress...
I love the embroidery and lace! The sweet-heart neckline is a favourite of mine and I've always wanted a full skirt. What do you think?! I also googled some inspiring images that fit with the theme of my wedding in my head ;) Such as the cake/flowers, invitations and candles.
I'm getting excited just looking at all of these things! I know it's over a year away but I don't think there's any harm in planning ahead of schedule ;) Let me know your thoughts and what you have planned/already did for your wedding!
Disclaimer: Images from Google.