Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Dress...

I keep dreaming about my dress. It will be in my hands in June, but I think I may have to go and try it on again, because I miss it. Why do dresses take 4-6 months to get to you? I'll tell you a little bit about my shopping experience...

My first trip out was to The Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul. My sister K had bought her dress there, so there we were. Ashley let my mom and I go through all of the dresses as we wished. I knew I wanted something vintage looking, lace, and NOT strapless. ( I hate all those pictures with the brides pulling up their dresses... but that's a whole other post.) Ashley pulled a few for me, and although I had a budget, we were not looking at the prices at all. She came over to us as we were in the "lace corner" and asked if we were looking at prices... my mom and I both said no in unison! Since I had about 10-15 to try on, I started with those. I couldn't decide if I should try on my favorite first, or save it for last... Ashley told me to try it on first.

I put it on and loved it. Tears welled up in my eyes. I came out and my mom teared up. I thought I was emotional because it was the first dress I had tried on...

Sorry... this isn't the dress, but it is similar. This is a Claire Pettibone called Demetra. Although I would absolutely LOVE to have a designer dress, it just isn't in the teeny tiny budget. The dress I tried on was a Casablanca and was $998. I steered myself away from #1 because it was strapless. It also had a bohemian look to it, and I didn't think that was me, and my style, so I kept looking.

I did continue to try on the rest of the dresses. Mermaid, fit and flair, straps, strapless... It was a little overwhelming. I did look good in most of the dresses, thanks to my hour glass figure, but I sure didn't feel comfortable in them! Some were impossible to sit down it! How can you enjoy your wedding if you can't even sit!?

We left there with me feeling a little defeated, and I made it a mission to find "the dress." Ashley was hilarious... we had the same sarcastic personality, and she thought I was hilarious. I had little comments about each and every dress I tried on. "I feel like My Fair Lady" (a dress my mom wanted me to try on) and "I can't walk; I can't sit; who would make a dress like this!?!"

I think I'm a pretty funny girl, and did I tell you I have a degree in Apparel Design? I like to critique clothes a little too much...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I've thought long and hard about tuxes, and I think we have decided on gray. Since I originally planned a spring/summer wedding, and then moved it back because one of my many sisters told us she was pregnant (and would be about to pop when I wanted to wed...) we are now working with a September wedding. (Which is fine with me, and I am a fabulous sister to move it back, aren't I?) Since the weather will still be nice, and the bridesmaid's are wearing dark, I wanted the guys to be not so dark. I didn't want it to feel like a fall or winter wedding. September is still summer to me, and I think it will work great. This is what we are working with so far...

The vest matches the tux, and I love that! No offense to anyone who likes this, but I hate colored vests like prom from 1998. My groom will either wear a white tie while the groomsmen wear a solid purple, or I might find a purple stripe that he can wear, and continue to wear after the wedding. This would be one of the many "gifts" I give to him on our wedding day. What do you think about the gray tuxes? This one is a Calvin Klein "Legend" from Saavi Formalwear.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

So, I've realized that I am kind of bad at this blogging thing. I haven't devoted enough time to post some interesting things, so I'm making a list of fun things to post... then hopefully I'll get some "followers." I really am interesting... I promise!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I hate David's Bridal.

Let's just get something straight. I guess I don't hate DB for the product they are selling, but rather for what they make the employees do. I have five bridesmaids, and decided that I wanted them all to wear the same color, different dress. They all have totally different body shapes, and I personally don't like the matchy-matchy BM dresses that have been the trend for so long. Even though this is my wedding, I wanted everyone to be able to show their personalities through choosing their own dress.

When I was at the store the other day with my cousin (she is the last BM that needed to pick out her dress) we "checked in" and were told to wait for our consultant to come up. It was a little busy, and I knew exactly the dresses I wanted her to try on, so I asked if we could go look at the dresses while they were figuring things out. The woman told me that is not the way they do things. Since this was literally the fifth time I've been in DB, I said to the woman (as nice as possible), "We really don't need anyone to show us anything, this is my fifth and final bridesmaid to choose a dress. We will just need someone to open a room for us." The woman was almost arguing with me about how they do things, when I just wanted to pull a few dresses to have my cousin try them on! So... a consultant finally came up, it took two minutes to pull the dresses, and we were in a room. Was it really that hard that we couldn't do it ourselves? I hate how they follow you around and watch you try on things... tell you how "great!" you look in everything. Now people, don't tell someone they look good in something if they don't. Help them find something more flattering, don't just try and sell something!

On a more positive note, does have a fun tool where you can dress your bridal party. You can pick your face, skin tone, hair, dress, and accessories. Here is my virtual bridal party... well, the ladies anyway.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A new beginning.

This is something new for me, this whole blogging thing. Right now I want to blog about my wedding planning, and possibly in the future I want to do some ceative business blogging. I cannot find a Minnesota wedding planning blog, so I'm starting one on my own!