Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The bridesmaid dresses

I neglected to tell you earlier the story of the bridesmaid dresses.

I think I mentioned that my sister has thrown herself headfirst into planning my wedding. So anyway, she found a couple of bridesmaid dresses that she wanted me to see, and so one evening Michael and I made the trip down to see her (she lives about an hour away from us).

We all had dinner: Michael and I, my sister Laura and her friend Kayla. After dinner we went to the bridal boutique and spent probably 45 minutes or an hour looking at dresses.

Although my colors are going to be champagne (the color of my wedding gown) and black, the dresses that we finally decided on is nude. I was concerned about them being too close in color to my gown, but Laura and Kayla assured me that it shouldn't be a problem. The styling is very different than my gown, after all: these dresses look more flapper-like, with their knee-length hem and beaded mesh overlay. Here you can see the dress in a different color - remember, the dresses we got are nude satin overlaid with nude mesh. I think they will be very close to the color of my gown, but the styling should set it apart nicely.

Of course, once we chose the dress, the problem was finding them. Despite the online image - which was where we first saw and fell in love with the dress - the dress was last season's style, and was now on sale. Moreover, as we soon discovered, there were only 4 dresses left in the entire company - and all of them were several sizes bigger than my 3 bridesmaids. However, we bought all 4, got the name of a good bridal seamstress, and now need to get the measurements of the bridesmaids. There are a few beads missing on the dresses here and there, which is why we got the fourth dress: for spare parts.

We haven't yet planned the bridesmaids' accessories. I decided to buy the dresses for them and let them handle the extras, but I think for the sake of uniformity I will still decide what color things like shoes should be.

In any case, I hope soon to get the bridesmaids' measurements and have the dresses altered. Perhaps once I see the dresses on, I'll be able to make a few decisions on accessories, such as what color and style of shoes should be worn.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Engagement pictures

After Michael and I became "officially" engaged, I posted a picture on my writer-blog, Swan's Blog, as an engagement announcement. I decided that since this is the official blog about our wedding, it deserves an announcement too:



Just a couple of nights ago, one of Michael's good friends invited us over for dinner in order to celebrate our engagement. (It's the first chance we've had to spend an evening with him.) It was a memorable evening.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Welcome!

Welcome to my wedding blog!

Although you've just joined us, we - my fiance, Michael, and I - actually started this journey some time ago. When, I can't say for sure - was it earlier this summer, when we started looking at rings and wedding dresses? Or the first time we talked about getting married? Or even when we met, or dated, or made love for the first time?

In any case, the 1920s theme bit originated about a month ago, when I found my dream wedding dress. I had already known I didn't want a traditional type of wedding - expensive, lots of guests, etc. - but it wasn't until I found this dress that I realized what, exactly, I wanted.

My dress is a 1920s wedding gown of champagne-colored satin, with silk chiffon scallops adorning the hem. The waist is rusched, with a satin belt and gold-and-rhinestones dress clip, and the dress is sleeveless. The skirt is full, falling to only mid-shin in the front, with a very slight train in the back. A very stunning 20s style gown, but one that won't be overwhelming (or underwhelming) in an informal wedding.

We found my rings about the same time as the dress. Naturally, they are vintage as well, but we don't know how vintage. At the very least they are 60s or 70s. Anyway, the set is white gold with a brushed finish; the engagement ring has a raised diamond surrounded by an illusion setting, and five little diamonds in a leaf pattern to one side, while the wedding band is plain. Although it may not be from the 20s itself, the style is very pretty and very appropriate.

My sister is thrilled about the 1920s theme, and quickly found flapper-style bridesmaids' dresses to go with the wedding gown. We're also tossing around ideas of expanding the 20s theme: feathers and fans instead of flowers, fingerwave hairstyles, maybe even 20s music.

Overall, though, it's a fairly small, informal wedding that we're planning (even if I have to keep reminding my sister of that). I won't be getting my hair done (it's naturally curly, anyway), and hell if I'm going to wear nylons. Most likely the wedding won't be in a church, and we've even discussed barbequing at the reception.

Soon Michael, my sister, and I will be making the trip out to visit Michael's family. Part of the reason is so that we can start planning the wedding in detail, since it will be out there. The wedding is still more than 6 months away, but pretty soon I should have more news to share.

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