Wedding Wednesday…To Save The Date?

I see a lot of debate on wedding sites and forums over the increasing trend of sending save the dates for your wedding.  It’s a relatively new idea, but as yet, not a firm tradition or expected necessity of the wedding planning.

There are several reasons why it’s become popular to send one, and all of them are valid considerations for part of your planning process.

  • With weddings being booked months and often, years, in advance, it can be quite important to have a firm idea of your guest numbers before the wedding. While most save the dates do not require a RSVP, if your guests know in advance they cannot attend, they would let you know.
  • Weddings are also increasingly being booked for weekdays, and giving your guests some forewarning that they may need to take time off work to attend your wedding can only be helpful.
  • Alternatively, your wedding may be around a special holiday or Summer break, your guests will appreciate being given the heads up to include your wedding in their plans.
  • Our circle of friends and families are much wider now, and you will most definitely have guests who you would like to attend that you don’t see on a regular basis..
  • Also, many couples opt for a long engagement, so it’s a lovely way of letting your loved ones know that you have set the date for the wedding.
  • If you are having a destination wedding, it’s essential to send one with the dates you will be there for, saving the finer details for the official invitation.
  • If you have a wedding website, also include these details on your save the date so your guests can keep updated with your wedding planning.
  • Save the dates are a great way to get super creative and are generally a bit more fun and less formal than your wedding invitation. It gives you the chance to start a theme for your wedding, or send magnets or CD’s, or even a personalised save the date photo of you and your partner!

There are loads of websites out there that will help you get creative with your ideas. We opted for a cinema ticket stub style and we designed it online at Zazzle, and sent them as postcards. You don’t have to go overboard with the expense either, keep the budget small and save the big money for the formal wedding invitations.

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What are your thoughts on save the dates?

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Thank You!

Happy Half Birthday to us!!! We’ve been going for 6 months!

Team Blossom have had another positive get together today to discuss all things blog related (and a bit of gossip too!) and we can’t believe it’s been 6 months since we started on this adventure. It’s been a challenging and interesting process so far, and we are both immensely proud of what we have achieved since we started. That also includes our total fangirling moment when Myleene Klass liked and commented on our Instagram picture of her!

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From our first introductory posts (see here) back in October 2014, we’ve shared posts on baking, beauty, fashion and photography to name but a few. And there will be many more to come as we move forward in our blog adventure.

We wanted to say a huge thank you to all our followers, who have interacted with our blog in the last few months, we really appreciate your interest and support through our journey. You may notice today we’ve also split our twitter account into two, and you can follow us individually at @btfsuzy and @btfclare.

Today also marks the brave decision to start telling our friends and family about the blog! Whilst it’s not been kept a massive secret, we haven’t been actively promoting the blog on our personal social media accounts, but that is all set to change from today. So welcome to our loved ones, we hope you enjoy reading about our lives, and we’d love to hear your thoughts too.

Clare & Suzy xx

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World Book Day 2015

What I’m reading now….


Fifty Shades Of Grey by E L James – I know, I know, not the best start but it’s the truth. I missed out on the craze back in 2011 when EVERYONE was reading it, including my husband. I’d heard it wasn’t great and I was not interested in joining the masses posting about it on Facebook.  Since I heard Jamie Dornan was going to be in the film, it piqued my interest somewhat, so I thought I’d better read the book. Big mistake. It’s taken me forever, and I’m still not done. It’s not well written (I actually want to physically maim her inner goddess), and isn’t even that steamy, but I’ll soldier on and get it finished.

Sherlock Homes – The Complete Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle – these stories are soooooooooo good! The Collection is ace, as it’s just loads of short stories which are really easy to pick up and put down. I downloaded it for free from the Kindle store too! The tales are very complex and obscure, as you would expect with Mr Holmes, and considering it was written such a long time ago, it’s timeless writing.  I’m probably about two thirds of the way through.

What I’m reading next…


The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding – I read this when I was younger, and my husband read it recently so I thought I’d give it another read. I’m hoping I don’t remember much the second time round!

Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham – I got this for Christmas, and I’m really looking forward to reading it, although I’m sure in some ways it will be very similar to Girls (the TV show) in that it will make me feel uncomfortable, and I won’t empathise much with her. Which is something I don’t usually experience when reading, I wonder how I’ll get on with that.

What I love to read….


Forensic psychological crime thrillers – a la Patricia Cornwell. I LOVE this type of writing. Love, love, love. Any kind of books in this genre I devour easily, even though some can be pretty gruesome. The pathology, forensic & anthropological elements are what I enjoy the most in this type of stories. Other authors from this genre who I like are Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter and Jeffrey Deaver. I’ve read most of the novels written by these authors.

Stephen King – Up until the last 10 years, I’d read all of his books and novellas, including The Stand (one of my favourites, is 823 pages long) and my favourite, Rose Madder is just plain bizarre. But that’s what I’ve always enjoyed – horror written in the most unexpected way. 

Judy Blume – when I was a kid, it was like she was writing on behalf of me. Her books, meant so much to me growing up, and I read, and re-read them over and over. My sister must have passed them down to me, I can’t remember buying them, but as a young girl, I really felt she helped me understand the way of the world, without feeling lectured by an adult.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I read this while I was travelling, thanks to a book exchange in a hostel. That same book is now in our house and is tatty and falling apart, and this reflects the story told within. An emotional tale, told from the point of view of Death, and is well worth the read. 

What I hate to read….

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller  – Sorry, couldn’t finish this one, and I really tried. It’s a celebrated novel, and it is written in non chronological order, which may be why I struggled with it. I should really give it another go…I suppose!

What are your favourite books? What are you reading at the moment?

Suzy xx