Who says you're only allowed your female friends as bridesmaids? Not Heidi. Her close friends Jerry and Rossy are both set to be a 'Manmaids' at Heidi's upcoming wedding in Italy
I’m truly blessed when it comes to friends. I have many - and they are all wonderful. Throughout the rollercoaster of my life so far I have enjoyed many, many ups, but there have also been some downs. I’ve learned it's during the downs when you really know who your friends are.
Choosing my bridesmaids was a very natural and easy decision. My Maid of Honour is going to be my sister Hayley. There's three years between us: we look pretty similar but have completely different personalities. We are joined at the hip whenever possible.
If my fiancé Alex and I are blessed with daughters one day, I can only dream they will end up having the bond that Hayley and I now share. She really does mean the absolute world to me.
I'm truly blessed when it comes to friends
Then there's my bez, Natalie. We met at school, aged five, when I wished I had Rapunzel hair just like hers. She lives in Liverpool and I'm in London.
We'll go weeks without speaking but then spend hours catching up over the phone on some random evening. I've often poured myself a glass of wine to sit and catch up with Natalie ... and ended the call slightly bewildered at how I’ve ended up with an empty bottle.
We’re both quite girly and emotional. When I had the privilege of being her maid of honour, I burst out crying every time I looked at her. I'm honoured to be Godmother to her adorable little boy Joel, who'll be one of our pageboys.
Alex's sister Vicki is going to be my third bridesmaid, alongside her son, our gorgeous nephew Lysander, as pageboy. I’m lucky in that I can honestly say my sister-in-law is one of the nicest people you could meet - we have a shared love of not only my husband-to-be, but also for our beloved dogs! Vicki has a spaniel called Lola, and you all know about my ‘furry daughter’ Bettie, my pug.
Then, very importantly, I have my 'Manmaids'.
Firstly there’s J, Jerry or G-Hub - Gay Husband - as I like to call him! Jerry was the dancer I was partnered with for my very first Top Of The Pops performance of Freak Like Me when I joined the Sugababes. He went on to choreograph us for many years and is the master of all the moves I’ve ever known.
He is one of my dearest friends - honest (the only man I know who will tell me the truth when I ask ‘does my bum look big in this?’), inspiring and encouraging, he has a wicked sense of humour, an infectious zest for life, always has my back, and is ridiculously handsome.
And last but by no means least I have Rossy, or Sis, as we call him.
He says that Hayley and I are the sisters he never had. Rossy is responsible for many of the best hairstyles I had as a Sugababe - as well as some of the worst hangovers of my life! He has a heart of gold, is fiercely loyal and has the ability to make me laugh like nobody else.
Rossy is responsible for some of the best hairstyles - and worst hangovers - of my life!
Just writing this blog is getting me super excited at the thought of our wedding morning. Sharing a Prosecco breakfast (when in Italy...), getting ready together with my dearest friends and having them beside me to walk down the aisle on the most special day of my life.
There is one other that I would have loved as bridesmaid that sadly can't be there, my little pug Bettie. To know that she won’t be with us on our most special day breaks my heart. I would have decorated her collar in flowers and Hayley could have walked her down the aisle.
Unfortunately, because she's a pug she doesn't cope well in the heat and we've decided it would be selfish to take her when there's a risk it might affect her health. Imagine how big her eyes would get looking at a juicy Florentine steak!
The venue is booked, the Save The Dates have gone out, and my Bridesmaids and ‘Manmaids’ are lined up and ready to go.
But there’s still so much to do. I was beginning to get ahead of the game with all the preparations - and now I’ve gone and landed a job - my dream job - as a lead in the West End with eight shows a week to schedule in to my journey up the aisle.
But I wouldn’t have it any other way. More on that - and the rest of my 'Wedmin' - next week...