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So how is the dress/planning/wedding going?

21 Jun

Lots of changes around here. Without boring you, we’ve had to topsy-turvy our plans for the wedding to accommodate some family. It’s been a little challenging but we’ve come around to it, salvaged quite a lot of the original arrangements in one way or another, and now we just have to find new caterers and confirm the other suppliers who are being a little elusive. Ahem.

I am still on for making the wedding dress. I may be channelling my inner bridezilla by deciding to go on a diet first and them make the dress later. Yes, I know, I know, less than three months to go but given that the diet has to happen no matter what for the sake of my health, then there’s little point in spending time on a fitted dress now when I might not be the same size in six weeks (this all makes sense in my head). Instead, in the meantime I am going to do important things like make bunting... yay! But it’s all got to be done, right? Tonight we’re off to look at a suit for Mr D, which is very exciting indeed. It’s a rather unusual one so if it works then I might even do a little outfit rejigging…

Also I realised that I was peering too hard at the pattern pieces, struggling to fit them on the dressmakers doll, unable to figure out why they just didn’t look right. Then I realised I’d omitted reading one rather important instruction: on the fold. Whoops. Time to step back and return to it fresh!

2011 – the Year of the Wedding

4 Mar

How the hell did we get to March already? I’ve been busy being mostly starry-eyed, as it turns out that 2011 is going to be the year of the wedding. No, not that one though good luck to them, and yes, I do want to know what her dress looks like.  But it turns out that in 2011 my brother is getting married, and so is my boyfriend’s sister, and indeed, so am I. Yes, that’s right. Release the doves, shower the confetti, buy the big hat – WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!

So far the preparations have consisted mainly of whispering furtively about it and now that we’ve got the ring on the finger (Edwardian, his great-grandmother’s, a beautiful dainty diamond daisy) we can start to plan what exact kind of shindig this wedding is going to be.  Well, after we come home from a business trip and holiday to the US next week.

There seem to be about a million ideas in my head.  Mainly involving brightly coloured letterpress invitations, a vaguely vintage dress, and lots and lots of food.

I should already stop looking at Martha Stewart weddings, no? Given that my sewing machine hasn’t been out from under it’s cover in a year… But look at this!  The one thing that keeps popping into my mind is…. a dessert bar. As well as admiring all of the weddings that have heartfelt and often home-made touches involved.

With our budget we’re not looking at a sit-down dinner so no elaborate table decorations but simple, clever ideas like strings of lights encased in voile and coloured lanterns are delightfully effective to decorate a room. The most likely thing is that we’ll hire a pub somewhere to have family upstairs, and the boy’s metal band elsewhere (no, really.)

There’s a vague possibility that I may attempt to make my own dress, but if not I do rather like this fabulously swooshy style from Vivien of Holloway as well as the rather slinkier number below too. A visit to the shop is going to be on the cards for April, that’s for sure. OhmgodIamsoexcited!

Etsy seller Bohemian Bisoux has lots of beautiful ideas to inspire. I may also decide I somehow need to feature an aqua birdcage somehow.

Regardless of whatever amazing healthy living plan I might embark on to slim a little for the wedding, I’m never going to have vintage proportions as I’ve got boobs and have never had much of a waist regardless of what dress size I happen to be currently wearing.  This is what’s propelling me towards finding a dressmaker or having a go myself. Maybe I’ll be able to persuade Abi to help me. Actually, half of the skill in organising this wedding will involve me not trying to make it all by hand!

Though it isn’t my intention to go all bridezilla (not that anyone ever starts out that way, right?) this should propel me back to crafting a little I hope.  Roll on a handmade year.