The Event of Awesomeness

aka Alex & Jeremy’s wedding/party

Dress Shopping #2 2 September 2008

Filed under: Attire,Wedding thoughts — Palila @ 11:31

While in Ft. Wayne before Amber’s wedding, I went to lunch with Janel, and she suggested that we go look at dresses. We went to Touma’s Bridal, since she hadn’t been there and a good friend’s daughter had found her dress there. We were greeted quickly and, since it would be a few minutes before someone was free to help us, we looked around at dresses. We picked a few out, mostly from their train length (short!), skirt style (not poofy!) and weight (light!). That left us with a few nice dresses and the woman was free as we finished going through most of the racks. We went through the remaining racks with her, but didn’t really see anything else. On the way back to the dressing room, I commented that I liked the dress on a form near the front of the store, was it available to try on?

She said, “Of course,” promptly unclipped it and put it in the dressing room. I tried that one on first, and that was it. The sample fit, so no measuring needed, and it felt good. I liked how it fit (comfortable and I could breathe), I liked how it looked (strapless and the band sat at a skinny part of my ribs), how it was constructed (no shiny satin, just lace and beading over it), I liked that it wasn’t really heavy, I liked that I could sit and move in it, and wouldn’t have to worry about eating too much in it. She plopped a veil on me, and it all just worked together. Love!

We tried a few more dresses, but none of them worked like that first one. It was decided- the dress had been found!

I wasn’t too sure about the veil. Although it completed the look and went really well with the dress, it cost more than my router, and that’s too much for some beaded tulle. I’m thinking maybe just a plain ribbon, a comb or a veil from a vintage shop would work just as well, if not better.


Dress shopping #1 27 August 2008

Filed under: Attire,Team Bride — Palila @ 20:37

For the first round of dress shopping, Mom and I went out in Johnson City, just to try on a few dresses, just to see what shape, style, fabric, etc… would fit and look good, and I was really surprised at what worked. Initially, we were thinking something simple, probably a soft satin, not white, and not strapless.

We started at a sort-of secondhand/sample store and picked the few off-white, non-strapless dresses off the racks. Immediately, we found that wedding dress sizing varies immensely (I tried on dresses from size 10 to 16) and that my shape makes fitting difficult. Often, it would fit on top, but I couldn’t get it over my buns of steel.

So, there were three that fit, all kinda poufy and all with large trains. My favorite was sort of an ivory-gray dress with lace on the edges, and cutouts in the train with lace. Nicely made, but still too much dress.

Next, we went to another local shop, but smaller and more higher-end dresses. The dresses there were lovely and definitely well-made, but nearly all strapless and maybe one of the samples would have fit. Though the dresses were pretty, we left without trying any on.

Since it was a go-see mission, we next went to David’s, figuring I’d be able to try on a bunch of different styles in sizes close to what I’d wear. And, success! We had to wait about half an hour for an appointment, but it was so the shop girl could finally eat lunch, so we went and got a drink nearby. Then… the great dress-trying-on began! They had me go through their catalog and pick out dresses, and I think I checked off every non-strapless dress.  The woman helping us was wonderful, pulling out extra dresses that were similar to ones I’d marked, and dresses that she thought might work (like the strapless, lace ones), and questioning me about some of the poufier dresses that I’d marked (since they weren’t working and I didn’t really like them- I’d just marked them because they were not strapless.)

The big poufy dresses were, thankfully, definitely a no-go. For a July Atlanta wedding, any dress in which I was sweating in the store got crossed off the list. The ones that worked best were the allover-lace ones, strapless (surprisingly), tiny-to-no train. And there was one that looked like a head-of-state-ball dress, with the one-shoulder look, that looked pretty good. All of the top dresses from David’s were like regular dresses, no crinolines. It was a pretty successful “let’s go see” trip, but no clear winners stood out.


Pretty ordinary day 20 August 2008

Filed under: Attire,Decisions,Team Bride — Palila @ 18:59

I spent Monday with my Aunt Janel and, after lunch, we went by a wedding shop that she’d never been to, just to kind of look at dresses for fun. And I puchased one.