Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday Wonderings: Real Conversations with Real Brides

eI know, I know. I am evil, sick and twisted. I am posting your Wednesday Wonderings with approximately 18 minutes left in the day. But, hey, it's been very busy around here lately! Wedding season is abuzz!


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 We've got fresh comments on these posts so don't be afraid to go back and reply to other's comments and continue the discussion! I know I am having lots of fun reading the answers! (Thank you Amanda L.-G. for catching up with us! lol I loved your answers!)

We've touched a little on this before, but I want to discuss it openly. DRESSES. Oh, yes. the ultimate fantasy item and also the arch neimises of us plumpy inclined women. (Well, me and the cat are plumpy, so I'm just speaking from our plumpkin perspective. But we're ALL paranoid, aren't we?)

Before you ever tried a wedding dress on, perhaps before you were ever engaged or had a boyfriend, maybe waaaay back when you were a little girl... what was the vision you had for yourself on your wedding day? What was your ultimate, original fantasy?

Got it?

Now... what was your vision as an adult, OR what has your vision morphed into as you have begun trying on dresses, and, lastly, what did you ultimately end up with?

Are you happy with it? Were you happy with it? Anything you would change now? If you could do it over again, what do you wish you would have known before?

Also, did you get your dress preserved? Why or why not?

My Answers: The earliest gown dream I can remember having was a sketch I drew in a journal, probably in early high school, maybe junior high. It had straps, was sleeveless, and had a wrap across bust- do you know what I mean by that? The fabric from one side of the bust crossed slightly over the other side as it ended at the waist. I know there is a real name for it but I'm blanking. It had a full gathered skirt and the whole thing was silk. I also had a little off the shoulder number in my head too.

I went though a long period where I wanted a strapless sweetheart neckline dress. That went on for like... 7 or 8 years.

The last 5 or so, maybe longer, years I have pictures a ballerina-length silk dress with lots of fabric details (pleating, ruffles, whatever- not sequins or embroidery. I want the fabric to make the statement). The biggest change? I want sleeves.  In recent years I have been overtaken by feelings of wanting to be more modest and I think I'd rather be on the more covered up side. I do still want a sweetheart neckline, and I do want sleves, but I want my covered up parts to be covered up by lace or something equally sheer (think Rachel McAdams wedding dress in the Notebook- it went up to her neck- might have even been HIGH necked, but the fabric was sheer so it looked like the buttons were floating. Not quite that sheer for me, but similar concept.) I really like dresses that are more of a throw back to the 40's and 50's. But what ticks me off the most? I've been inclined to these dresses for years and years... and now, lord forbid... it's getting trendy. :(

Ok, YOUR turn. WDYT?


Alisa and David said...

I had a dream dress, but I could not find it...they said I could order it direct, but no returns and I was afraid it would look horrible on me since I have the plump problem. I went with an Empire waist thinking it would be more flattering and I looked pregnant in some pictures. (Emily is a goddess and found great angles that didn't make me look like a whale) If I could change one thing, it would be my dress. I did not have it preserved, maybe it can be altered enough for my daughters one day, but I actually got a really good deal on it and I am not that concerned about the preservation. I

Amanda Good said...

Hmmm...when I was really little, 2nd grade in fact, I had a dream dress. Not necessarily a dream wedding dress but it ended up being very similar actually. I've always wished the old style of dresses would come back. You know, the corset with the big poufy bottoms? Anyway, in 2nd grade I used to always draw this dress on a girl that was tight fitting on top and bell shape on the bottom. On this dress I ALWAYS put poufy, off-the-shoulder sleeves. I loved this dress and still remember drawing the pictures. lol I don't know if I've ever told anyone that story...huh.

When I got married I wanted to have the big ballgown dress. All of my friends want sleek dresses so when I'd show them the dresses I was interested in I think they thought I was nuts. I'm a very simple girl. I wear jeans and a t-shirt most of the time so the concept that I wanted to look like a princess on my wedding day was probably strange for everyone I know! lol I didn't care.

I was not interested in spending a million dollars on my dress so I was actually going to buy a QuinceaƱera dress. I tried on the traditional dresses and they were more than 1000 dollars. I was not interested in spending more on my dress than my honeymoon cruise. I found the perfect dress online for just 300 bucks! I went to a couple of shops that had the brand in stock so that I could try it on and make sure I didn't look awful. My plans deviated when I went to look at bridesmaids dresses at Alfred Angelo. I saw an all burgundy wedding dress (my favorite color) in the style I wanted. I knew I wasn't going to buy it but I really wanted to indulge and try it on. I was AMAZING! I looked so great on me, if I do say so myself. lol Everyone in the shop stopped and talked about it and me. It was beautiful. I wasn't brave enough to get it in the burgundy but they had it in white! Maybe it was meant to be? But I still was not getting my hopes up. I had to check one last MINOR detail...the pricetag. 800 on sale for 600! Only 300 more than I was going to spend and I was in love. Why not? It had a corset back and upside down pickups. I laced the corset with burgundy instead of white. I wish I would have went bigger on the bottom but everyone already commented on how big it was so my slip was not so huge. lol A part of my still wishes I had got the burgundy dress but them my bridesmaids would have had to get white dresses or something. I was already being teased that I was changing everything traditional about my wedding so I went with the white. Actually, it was "diamond white" so a little more ivory. lol That's my incredibly long story. You asked for it. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I'm not really sure what my "dream" dress is- it seems to change all the time. All I know is that I want to look like an elegant princess. Whatever that will be. :)

btw, I love the blog. I'm in love with yellow right now. :)