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Why is it so hard to find a dress with sleeves?
Somebody out there has got to sell a half-decent semi-formal dress with sleeves!
The one thing all fo my girls agreed on was they would prefer a dress with sleeves. The reason being that one BM hates her arms, and one cannot show shoulders or back.
I knwo they could do little wraps, but I am still absolutely perplexed abotu the lack of sleeves in the weddign world. Not dinky little straps either. somethign that actually covers yoru shoulders!!!
The pictures are the closest I have found. Weird!
Unfortunately, they are both Jim Hjelm, and both pretty expensive.
Anyone else run across this? Any search tips or suggestions?
and better yet... anyone choose dresses with sleeves!
I'm Alive! It's coming!
It's been a million years, but I figured I'd stop by. Only 210 days left!
Hello hello hello to my fellow WBC Brides. Oh my, it has been a long time. I think that wedding planning got pushed aside, because I started planning so early. Now, with only 210 days left, I have lots to do!
Good thing I got a jump on things, and I have a lot done.
Update on status:
Church: still looking
Invitations: Bought, not printed yet
Guest book & cake servign ste : bought
Bridesmaid dresses: Ugh. Not even close yet. Very lost.
Favours: Narrowed it down to a few options
Yay! Still tons to do, but so far the onyl stress I have found is over bridesmaid dresses, and which church to book. Hooray!
ps. The picture has nothign to do with anything, except we dressed up for Halloween at work today, and I dressed as Belle. Found this pretty Belle barbie!
The alterations are done! So happy!
Yay! The alterations are done!
I added a sweetheart neckline, and a corset back.
They have not altered the hemline yet, because I don't have shoes, and I am not getting married for 14 months.
I must add, the dress cost me $300!!! It originally costed $1800, so I was pretty excited.
The alterations so far were %250, and my mom is going to hem it for me.
I am so happy right now, I can't even explain :D
ps. It's not my kid. It's my MOH's
pss. if you enlarge the picture, you cansee what a good job she did of the beading :)
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Veils and tiaras *sigh*
Okay. So once the dress is chosen, then the questions about accessories begin...
I posted a picture of my dress below. I am modifying it to have a corset back and a sweetheart neckline. It's an off-white with a fair bit of skirt and rhinestone. I think that my jewellery is all picked out (family heirlooms, very simple, all gold).
But hair/veil/tiaras I am still playing with.
I think the dress itself calls for a fair amount of veil. I definitely want a fairly full look, so I am probably looking at more than one piece. I would love some sort of train (my dress doesn't have one), but would it ruin the altered back? I was initially thinking on full length veil with small details, one elbow length piece, and a blusher veil. I like a layered look.
How many of you actually walked down the aisle with a veil over your face?
I have always dreamed of it!
As for hairstyles, do you have to have your hair up to have a veil in?
I like the half updo, personally, but would that be enough to hold a veil?
And tiaras.... well.... I want a tiara for the ceremony, and I was going to use one of my FH's grandmother's antique flower brooches in my hair for the reception. I will probably remove the veil for this as well... So if I do a full length veil for my aisle walk, then at least my corset back would be in view for the rest of the night.....
How did you all decide on your veil? Did the dress dictate it? And how many people tried to make their own?
Intricate or simple?
Long or short?
Blusher or no blusher?
Help with the BMs?
So I have booked an appointment to look at a new venue. One with a ballroom and a gorgeous lake shore to get married on!
Now that I am on my way to sealing a venue, I have started looking at BM's and BM options.
I have a few questions to throw out to you ladies!
First, some background. I have 5 BMs.... My two sisters (16 and 19 yrs old currently), my best friend from university, and two girls I grew up with and I am still close with. I had to leave out a few friends from my childhood, but they're okay with it.
The FH has two sisters and, initially, I didn't ask them because his older sister (26 yrs old) was getting married and his younger sister (21yrs old) was her MOH. I didn't want to interfere with her wedding in any way, and I didn't know how big my venue was going to be.
Now that I am considering a pretty big wedding (120+ in a ballroom), I was wondering if I should ask his two sisters (and their significant others) to be in our wedding party. I love them, and see them as family. Would 7 be too big a number? I'm not asking ou of guilt, but I think it would be nice to ask. We are a pretty close family.
Anyone been in a similar scenario? How many BMs did you have?
I have read a million articles on matching BM dresses, and I am torn now! I love the idea of my girls havign the chance to get something nice and comfy, and something they would wear again....
But I have always liked the look of matching dresses.
My girls are scattered all around (from 10 minutes, to 8 hours away from me) so getting ONE dress would be difficult....
Who did matching dresses? How did you manage cost and distance?
Who did unmatching dresses? What guidelines did you give the girls (same fabric? same length? same neckline?) ??
How did you avoid risque dresses?
Did you get all the girls together and discuss it? Or did you send an email?
What did you decide for hair, accessories and shoes?
Would it cause unnecessary stress for each of them to have to choose it on their own?
And finally, do black dresses look good? They would pretty much go with any colours (for flowers and centrepieces) that I choose. And black is easy to find all year round, and easy to re-use. I would keep everythign else fairly light and airy (it's a late spring wedding).
I have included pictures of possible lengths, fabrics, colours, etc.... (You can probably tell I am sincerely in LOVE with Jim Hjelm!)
Thanks for any advice!
Maybe I just need more lolcats?
Grar! It's 2am, I have to be up at 6am, but I can't stop thinking about my stupid wedding. I thought I had everything figured out, then my venue pulled the rug from under me!!! Honestly, I can afford their revised price, but for what they are asking, I will go and do it somewhere a litttttle more formal. The FH and I liked this venue because it included everything, it had tasty food, it was a laid back, outdoor atmosphere, and it was a good deal! Now they've gone and added a whole bunch of new fees, jacked the price up, and made things DIFFICULT. If I am paying what they are asking, I am sorry... I am going to go to a nice hotel and pay someone to serve my gourmet meal in a ballroom!
I have always wanted something big and frothy anyways. This outdoor venue was a kind of compromise.
Awww, what the heck! I saved so much money in all other aspects, I can afford to put a little more away for our venue. For a ballroom, $30 a plate isn't that bad! Right?
I am just sooooo out of options. I have looked at oddbal venues like skating rinks and barns. I have searched for cozy lodges. I have seen every hall and banquet venue this side of the Pacific ocean.....
I have looked at metropolitan, tiny weddings in Vancouver, and big, country wedding/bbq's in a field....
I really don't know what I want. I want it to be unique and original. But pretty and traditional in some ways.... I have ALSO always dreamed of a cozy, twinkly wedding that only an indoor venue could provide....
I think my best bet would be to go for the ballroom (because, really... I am a princess at heart), and then jazz it up with quirky favours and fun music.
Has anyone else faced this dilemma?
ps. On a lighter note, I added some lolz to share <3
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Disaster! How do you feel about destination weddings?
I need advice!
Our beauuutiful venue just jacked up the prices! Because we aren't getting married for almost 2 years, I didn't put the deposit down. They also added additional fees etc... to the tune that instead of paying about $6,000 for the all-inclusive package, I would be paying closer to $10,000 and not be getting flowers, dj, minister, etc....
I loved my venue because it was low-stress and quite cheap for the good food and beautiful river-side venue....
But well over $10,000 for it?!?!
And all of the added stress....
So the FH and I were talking, and we narrowed our important elements down to a few things. My number one priority is a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony. His number one was being able to share the day with family and friends.
You need to understand that in our corner of the world, there are not a lot of options. This venue was nice because it wasn't some backwoods legion hall that I had to deck out with tulle and xmas lights....
The ONLY unique and beautiful ideas nearby would be in Vancouver (BC) an hour away.... and Vancouver is NOT cheap!
We'd be looking at close to $10,000 for ANYTHING....
So I thought about it, and I started thinking.... what if the two of us had a destination ceremony (just the two of us), and then came home and had a huge party?
Has anyone done it this way? Does anyone know anyone that has done it that way?
Our families couldn't afford to come with us to Hawaii or Jamaica (or whatever), but if just the two of us went to some nice, far away beach for 5 days, had a private ceremony at sunset in the sand, and then came home and rented a hall to have a huge bbq and dance to celebrate? Real casual, but with tons of people (our original venue would only allow 85 people).
Would it be selfish?
Is it weird to come back and have the party?
We would probably have some form of informal ceremony for our family and friends, and do the speeches, first dance, and cake cutting.
The decor would be super casual, with minimal favours. Basically, a huge bbq/dance. Minimal stress, loads of laughter and dancing.
I am torn. ADVICE?
A strange choice, perhaps....
I was browsing on Victoria's Secret for dresses (*drool*), when I came across this beauty!
I know it isn't a traditional BM dress, per say.....
But the colors kind of fit my vision, and at $68, you can't really complain!
I like the ivory, which would go well with my dress... I am just wondering about the style. I have a ball gown dress, with lots of beading. I am getting married outside, in late spring, so I wanted them in something airy and earthy, and i think this fits.
The other picture is the style i was originally looking for (but a cheaper version).
What do you think?
What stores are good for looking at dresses? Just regular ones. I tried VS and Sears already.
So the FH and i have decided on a peach/pink/brown/green sensual spring palette (hooray!) because we are getting married at a big outdoor venue in late Spring! Woohoo!
Well, after the colors, theme can be very important. I wasn't looking for a THEME (ie Carnival, undersea, Halloween) so much as a MOTIF. Well, my dress reminds me of Belle (my most favourite Disney Princess), so I was leaning towards a Love Story/Fairytale Theme. Very whimsical, and keyed towards our palette, of course!
This just opened up a whole WORLD of possibilities for decorations, seating cards, favours, flowers, etc!
Of course, we are not going super disney.... and we're actually doing very, very little in the way of favours and decorations, but there are a few subtle touches that I am excited to put together! If anyone did this theme, or has any ideas, please, share!
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Would you buy a Disney tiara?
I know I would!
I came across these AMAZING pieces inthe Disney collection today! I knew they made dresses, but I just found out they made accessories!
Would you buy a piece of this icing for your big day?
I think I might get the Belle Flower comb.
I tracked some down for purchase at this website: