Why a Sorrento Wedding?

I’m beginning to get so excited about being back in Sorrento this year. I’m counting down the days (there’s 91 to go!). So I thought I’d do a post on why we’re getting married in Sorrento, and just to remind myself on why I love it so much (as though I don’t know already).
The main reason I’m so attached to Sorrento is because my grandma was from a town near Naples. Although she died before I was born, my parents have always took me and my sister there to visit family. We always stayed in Sorrento and got the train over for our visits. I always felt so lucky growing up and being able to have these holidays and family visits. I will always have happy memories of sitting around my aunty’s table, chatting and eating endless amounts of food. We used to bring over gifts which always included boxes of tea for the whole family. We then had so many gifts to take back home for ourselves and the rest of the family, which one time included a massive stick of salami and a children’s tent! People wouldn’t believe the things we have put in our suitcases!

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Dad back in 2008 watching Formula One at my aunty’s house
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My sister on my aunty’s balcony 

My mums aunty, who I considered my second grandma, sadly passed away in 2009. Pictures such as these are special to me as it reminds me of all the happy memories in her flat.

I think having the wedding in Sorrento is really sentimental for me, it’s like a second home and it will always be special to me. I can’t imagine getting married anywhere else and I don’t think I’d even consider a wedding in England. I’m lucky Scott is happy to go with this! Although my family aren’t from Sorrento, I have lots of great memories staying there, and it’s a great tourist base for all of our guests

Sorrento
As well as my main reason, there’s really not anything to dislike about Sorrento. It is a town on the Bay of Naples, on a cliff edge. If you are a fan of beaches I wouldn’t really recommend Sorrento. Although it has had tourist influences, it is still massively Italian. On a night, the main road, Corso Italia, is shut off and Italian families and tourists go out for an evening stroll. Bars, restaurants and shops are open until late. It is not a rowdy area, so would be no good for a crazy hen or stag do. Drinks (and Sorrento in general) is quite expensive, so it’s something to keep in mind. It’s a great base for guests, with lots of hotels all in close proximity. If it’s all inclusive you are after though, this is not the place. There is a train station, busses and a port (Marina Piccola), which means tripping off is easy. I would highly recommend using the public transport as it’s really straight forward and cheap to do. From Sorrento you can go to Positano, Amalfi, Capri, Pompei, Ercolano, Naples, Vesuvius and probably more! So if guests want to come over for more than just the wedding, there is plenty to do.
Everyone I have spoken to (and the many people my family have taken to Italy over the years) have fell in love. Many people you meet in Sorrento have been before, because once you have been, I guarantee you will want to go back!

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The view from our balcony in 2013 

 

 

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DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

I always love having a project and when I saw all of these bridesmaid proposal ideas on pinterest I knew I had to do it. I think it’s an American thing but from what I can see it’s also getting big over here in the UK. I had so many ideas for asking them but I decided to create them a little gift box in the end because I couldn’t decide on one thing and wanted something for them to keep.

Lucy has been a bridesmaid twice in the past when we were kids but this is her first real experience of being one and being involved in the wedding. For Amy it is her first time too and so I really wanted to make it special for them both and really let them know that they are important to me and that I want them to be part of the whole thing.

I will write below where I bought all of the items to make the box. Here are what I made:

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The outside of the boxes

Usually I’m a monochrome kind of girl but with this for some reason I went about as out there as you can be.

The outside of the boxes:

  • Box from savers (home bargains)
  • Gold letters cut out from sparkly envelopes from savers (home bargains)

 

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Inside the lid of Amy’s box
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Inside the lid of Lucy’s box 

I found the quotes and sayings on Pinterest, but I changed them around and altered them to be more how I wanted them to be.

Inside the lid I used:

  • Pink paper from a pack of paper I already had
  • Gold sticker letters from Wilkinson
  • Scrapbooking/ card making gems from Wilkinson

 

On opening the boxes, I covered the contents with gold tissue paper and wrote them a little note inside an envelope with poems that I had found on Pinterest but changed slightly.

  • Gold tissue paper – Card Factory
  • Tiny envelopes – Savers (Home bargains)
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Inside Amy’s box
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Inside Lucy’s box

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For the contents of the boxes, I started buying little bits, the wedding day Yankee Candle was the first thing. I intended to give them their boxes in summer 2017 after returning from Sorrento, but after I started I just couldn’t stop and the boxes became a project that I just had to complete!

In the boxes:

  • Ferrero Rocher chocolate
  • Baci chocolate
  • Wedding Day sample size Yankee Candle
  • Riviera Escape Yankee Candle wax melt
  • Rose gold compact mirror –  Primark
  • White and gold polka dot notebook  – savers/home bargains
  • Images of Sorrento and where we are looking at getting married
  • Personalised ‘Team Bride’ mugs – Vistaprint
  • Soap and Glory Righteous Butter (Amy’s box) – Boots
  • Soap and Glory Hand Food (Lucy’s box) – Boots
  • ‘Beautiful’ make up bag (Lucy’s box) – Primark
  • Days until I’m a Bridesmaid chalk countdown plaque (Amy’s box) – Candletime

They’re made up of lots of little bits and bobs, but I tried to keep a bit of a theme. Both chocolates are Italian. The candles are wedding themed, with the Rivera one intending to mean the Neapolitan Riviera. I absolutely love the mugs I created on Vista print. The quality turned out really good and I’m really happy with them. I would love one for myself! I altered the contents depending on who I was giving it to. I didn’t think Lucy was the kind of person to have a countdown plaque so I replaced hers with a makeup bag. I also considered putting nail polish in there but didn’t end up doing so. On Pinterest lots of people put alcohol in there but neither of my bridesmaids really drink. My original intention was to get lots of Italian bits to put in there from Sorrento, but like I said I love a project and once I get started there’s no stopping me.

I loved making these boxes and I really hoped they liked them. Of course they both said yes!