Thu, 04 Aug 2016
While on holiday in Tenerife, I was asked the all-important question that every girl dreams of hearing: “Will you marry me?” And, after getting a little teary eyed, I managed to say the more important word: "Yes."
It suddenly hit me when we got home and reality set in that I had a wedding to plan, and I had no idea where to start.
I looked on the internet for a 'Dummies' guide to wedding planning, but I soon realised that I was pretty much still in the dark as most good websites feature stunning fairytale weddings in high resolution pictures… which unfortunately means nothing to this blind gal.
I, of course, have wonderful friends and family around me to act as chief picture describers, but it has become clear that the jobs I delegate to my nearest and dearest aren’t what you would call conventional.
I really enjoy being able to get people involved with the special day, and it is lovely to see how excited those people get when asked to be a part of it.
Planning a wedding is certainly different when you can’t see. You need to be very clear about what you want, and how you go about organising all the different aspects of it is a whole other kettle of fish.
There are so many beautiful venues in Berkshire alone, and any new bride-to-be would be spoilt for choice, and I have had to shortlist some venues on extremely good recommendations from friends and family.
It's exciting being able to organise a big event and share it with so many important people in our lives, but it is also nerve racking as I want the day to look as beautiful and magical as it does in my head.
If you have read the column before, then you will be familiar with my black Labrador Guide Dog Tara.
As she has been so much a part of my life over the last four-and-a-half years I couldn’t have her left out of the big day, so she will be dressed up as part of the bridal party as well. If she doesn’t melt people's hearts, I don’t know what will.
I have so many ideas floating around in my head that will hopefully become a reality when the day finally rolls around, but for now I am enjoying the process of planning a wedding as a blind person.