‘Life is what happens whilst you’re busy making plans’ and the one that goes like this ‘You know what they say about the best-laid plans….’ Um. No. What DO they say?! You get the gist though. You shouldn’t formulate a concrete 1/3/5/10 year plan because somewhere along the line something will come along and pop it’s little head up and say ‘HA! Got you!’ and you will be sad that your plans have been spoiled.
But. Sometime you have to make plans. If we didn’t make plans then nothing would ever get done and the very best ideas that people nurture and develop would never come to fruition. So we’re going to make some tentative, non-concrete, adjustable, tweakable, ‘our lives will go on if our plans go up the creek without a paddle’ type plans for this here blog. We also want your ideas. Fliss is back from her honeymoon soon and as two very married ladies, we want to make sure that we keep track of what is going on in worlds other than our own. Hopefully you’re all ‘on board’ (sorry, I’ve been watching too much Apprentice!) with what AnyOtherWedding is, and what we want it to be. For that to happen, we need you. In the Lord Kitchener, finger-pointy way. Without you, we’d be two wedding and relationship obsessed crazy cat ladies!

We want your weddings. If they’ve been featured elsewhere, fine. The likelihood is they’ve been featured on a kick-ass wedding blog with a penchant for details and pretty and The Wedding. We have a penchant for the love. The trials, struggles, argument, joyous moments and earth-shattering realisations. We want The Marriage. Pretty please ladies. Submit to
Fliss and I are BIG readers. When Phil and I moved into our home and there were more boxes of books than all our other possessions put together he asked me, quite seriously, what it was about reading that I enjoyed. I should say that he’s read 2 books in the time that I’ve known him, the first Harry Potter and some true Army story he borrowed from his friend when we went to Turkey. (For that particular holiday, I bought 10 new books-one for each day-and had to buy 3 more in the resort shop. Really.) I answered automatically-it’s the escapism. I can escape into the world in a novel so completely that I forget where I am, what day it is and to have lunch. I curl up with a cup of tea and a new book and I lose hours. I marvel over the worlds that  a writer can create and sometime when a book is over, I pine for the world that I was able to inhabit all too briefly. I tell you this because Fliss and I would LOVE to have your recommendations. And your thoughts. In detail. Remember at school when you had to do a book report? Like that. What did you love about the story? Which character embedded themselves into your dreams? Which love story did you want to dive head first into and never come up for air? We’ll do these from time to time ourselves and we also hope to put together a list of books we recommend. Sort of like the Richard and Judy list. I own every single one of those books-going back as far as the list does! Judy sure has good taste in reading material…! Send your reports or recommendation to Aisling or Fliss
Post topics. The strength of the foundations of this blog is down to Fliss’ beautiful writing about how it feels to approach your wedding and marriage. Hopefully, you appreciated my take on being a newlywed. We want to make sure that we don’t get repetitive, that we keep broaching new topics, the things that matter to you and are affecting your lives. We welcome all your suggestions, whether they be regarding a couple you know whose wedding would be perfect for us to feature, a part of wedding planning that gets overlooked or part of the marriage that needs exploring in greater depth. E-mail Aisling or Fliss!
So. What do you think of our plans? Have we missed anything? Something glaringly obvious? Let us know. Coming up this week, more stupendously spanking wisdom from Anna K, a thought-provoking and desperately honest account from a newlywed Roman Catholic and some witterings from yours truly. And then….she’ll be home! Back from the Maldives with some uh.may.zing pictures and stories from her very own Big Day. The lady herself, Fliss!
Categories: Behind the Scenes at AOW, Books
3 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Roz
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Book club…LOVE IT :0)

    Sometimes I find myself wishing I knew the characters in the book I'm reading. Cleary a sign of a great author and not a crazy Roz!! Xx

    ps cannot wait on the pics from Fliss' big day!

  2. Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Good to hear about your plans – anything pretty and thoughtful is good by me. Good to hear Anna K is back and lookng forward to seeing/reading all about Fliss' wonderful day and then the for ever after….

  3. Posted November 16, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Oooh, book club! I will have a think about my favourites tonight x

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