(Closed) British Bees

posted 10 years ago in United Kingdom
Post # 5
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20 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hello!

I’m a Scottish bee. Live in Glasgow, marrying in a small village between Glasgow and Stirling. Long term plan-a-holic as well, wedding isn’t until May 2011. The venue was booked up for most 2010 weekends already when we visited in August and we’re both recent graduates so money was (and still is) a major factor.

There are so many items I’ve seen on US websites that I would order if the shipping wasn’t so expensive (and if the exchange rates was better!).  The UK selection is quite limited in some areas and that is quite frustrating!

 

Post # 6
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199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hello!  I’m a sort-of-British-bee.. I’m American, but live in the midlands with my Fiance.  We’re getting married in the US in June, and then again here in the UK in August.

Things here in the UK are quite expensive (IMO), and even more so for wedding related things…..

Post # 7
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153 posts
Blushing bee

Hello everyone!  I’m a sort of British bee too.  American-Korean gal getting married to my British-Irish FH.  We’re getting married in the US, but having a reception in the UK.

Yes, things are super expensive in the UK, and as UK weddings keep evolving into US weddings, it’s just going to get worse!  I was looking for a DJ in England, nearly fainted!

Post # 8
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55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hi everyone!! I’m a British Bee who lives in Texas and is marrying a good Southern boy in London in October. The ceremony will be Church of England, and the reception is a formal sitdown dinner and dancing. I have an AMAZING wedding planner (contact me if you want her info) who has made everything so stress-free. I’ve also found an awesome photographer (http://www.tomgold.co.uk) and videographer (http://www.diamondfilms.co.uk) . I met with Tom while I was in London in December and was really impressed with his portfolio and how nice he was.

 I’m obsessed with tracking the exchange rate, because when I transfer funds from my bank account to my vendors I try and do it on the days when the exchange rate is most in my favor. That’s not something that’s usually on a wedding to-do list!

I’m really excited that there are other British bees out there. We should definitely all keep in touch

Post # 9
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1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

I’m with you londonladybug, I should just make xe.com my homepage.  I’m an American and he’s a Brit.  We’re living in the northwest till June and then we’re going back to America (for at least 3 months) till the wedding.  After August we have no idea what we’re doing, but we better decide quickly before we have apply for visas etc. 

For the cross atlantic couples, how did you decide where to live? 

Post # 10
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55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve lived in the US since I came here for college, and my FH is joining the US Air Force after he graduates from law school and takes the bar exam. So that pretty much decided it for us. But he’s a sweetheart and knows how much I miss England, so he’s put the 3 air force bases in the UK as his top choices for our first posting. I’m crossing my fingers!

 Also, we knew we wanted to buy a house now while the prices are lower, and there’s no way we can afford anything in London…so we bought a house on Lookout Mountain, GA instead. We’re moving in May, and i can’t wait!

@Miss D’orsay, are you applying for a ‘fiance visa’ for your wedding? We did all the applications for my FH, and got a letter back from the British Consulate saying that we arent’ allowed to apply until 3 months before the wedding. I’ve had so much trouble getting a straight answer out of anyone about it, so it’d be great to know if you’re going through the process too 🙂

Yay for British Bees!

Post # 11
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1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

We’re getting married in America so we’ve done the reverse and applied for the US fiance visa which you have to apply for way way in advance.  My understanding from a girl I spoke to while being detained at heathrow is that it is a MUCH easier process to apply for a British fiance visa.  I know it’s good for 6 months, but I don’t know about application times. 🙁  Good luck with everything, I can’t wait to hear about your planning!

Post # 12
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55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@ Dorsay – being detained at Heathrow? That doesn’t sound like any fun at all! So i’m in the US planning a Uk wedding, and you’re in the Uk planning a US wedding. We should switch wedding duties! I’ll go find you the things you need, and you can check out all my potential dj’s.

Post # 13
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4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hi everyone! I’ve posted on a couple of UK threads before but i just wanted to properly introduce myself

I’m English and my fiance is Scottish, we live in England but are getting married in Edinburgh as he proposed to me there and he also lived there for 4 years, so it’s a city close to our hearts. We may even move there one day as we both love it so much! We are getting married in September 2009, having a church wedding followed by a reception in a lovely hotel. We’ve both really enjoyed planning the wedding, but things are starting to get very busy now!!

I totally agree with you Jinx – i much prefer all the wedding related items from the US! All the inspiration pictures and ideas i have gathered for our wedding have been from US websites, i really don’t look at UK wedding websites anymore as i find American weddings so much more creative!

 It’s lovely to hear from everyone

Post # 14
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64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

My fiance and I are both british but getting married in Miami next month!! arrgh!!

So, I too am addicted to all things beautiful in the american stores but hate the shipping charges and also hate the fact that some stores do not even ship to England, and then on top of that sometimes you have to have an american credit card address to buy items.

So I registered with http://www.myus.com for a small monthly fee they will receive packages for me using their american address and post them out to me at a much cheaper rate than the stores. This way I also get to take advantage of the free US shipping that a lot of stores offer. They also help with the customs charges buy listing it honestly but ensuring I pay the smallest import taxes too.

Also, if there are items that need to be paid for using a US credit card you can us their personal shopper services.

Yes I am a shopaholic!! 

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