Settling on a figure that a) our venue comfortably holds, and b) including all the people we really want to be there has been harder than we anticipated. Much harder.
With every old school friend and work colleague comes that awkward 'plus one' situation – not to mention the uncles and great aunts you haven't seen for years. Do you or don't you invite them? Unfortunately, there's no hard or fast rule about this, and it differs from one family situation to another, which has made the decisions that little bit harder.
So we decided to take some time out from the stresses of wedding planning to do some pampering. After all, a bride's got to look her best on the big day, right?!
So I hot-footed it to Leicestershire's magnificent Ragdale Hall for a spa weekend with one of my besties, Rachael, who could clearly see I was in dire need of de-stressing. Upon arrival, I immediately put my wedding planning problems to one side and embraced the sense of calm which enveloped us. Let the pampering commence!
Bags dropped, bed tested and fluffy robe and slippers on, we headed straight to the grand dining room for a sumptuous buffet lunch. Perfect to line the stomach before all that hard beautifying!
After checking out the vast grounds (complete with various relaxation lounges, cute tea rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool which would be immense in the summer but a little chilly for our visit) we headed to the hydrotherapy spa area.
I'm something of a spa aficionado but even I was surprised at just how good the facilities were at Ragdale. Sometimes you're left disappointed to find what you expected to be a spa, turns out to be nothing more than a swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. But Ragdale is home to 12 heat and water experience rooms, including an underground candle-lit lagoon, a volcanic salt bath and a rose scented sauna. The only issue was which to try first.
We took a relaxing dip in the outdoor waterfall; a magical lagoon-type setting which is even better after dark with the stars twinkling above. We followed it up with a detoxifying visit to the salt steam room before cooling down with an experience shower.
Next it was time for (more) R&R, so off for some pampering treatments we went.
I indulged in 80 minutes of pure bliss – otherwise known as a Decleor aromatic massage. Rachael went for a delicious cranberry salt scrub and back massage, and then we finished off by having matching OPI pedicures side-by-side while sipping prosecco together – a treat from Rachael. Bliss!
We finished off our extremely taxing day (sorry!) with a delicious three-course dinner (included in the cost of an overnight break) where we indulged in a cheeseboard and divine chocolate pudding to round the night off.
But the favourite part of my visit? Being served breakfast in bed the next morning! On a tray! Ragdale: I'll be back.
Now to tackle those invites…
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