Saturday, 30 January 2010

First go at wedding dress shopping...

Well, Monday I went along to a local bridal shop to see what was available, and gain my first experience of it all...... disappointing is the word I would use!!

The lady in the shop began by asking what I wanted, and picked out about 6 dresses to try. I then was shown through into the back area of the shop and tried on the first dress. Not only did I feel really exposed in just my underwear, but the dress wouldnt go over my hips!! We managed to get it on over my head, and it looked quite nice. I didnt get that 'this is the one' moment,though :-( I was pleased though with the shape the dress gave me, and doubly so as it was one i had seen online, and didnt like the look of!! Its much better in real life!!

I then tried on another one, and well, i felt like i was being sucked in and a large hard pole shoved down my back as the style was so restricting! However, it did make me walk straighter and the detail on the back was amazing! Again, i was not blown away by it thought.

I showed the lady in the shop the picture of my dreanm dress, and she said it was lovely, but unfortunately, as i was short in the body, the boning would be uncomfortable and would be too long for me. Gutted!!

Although she had put out a few dresses, i only actually tried on those 2! She was very helpful, and when i said that i was planning on losing weight, and that my wedding wasnt until next august, she suggested that i forget about wedding dresses until later in the year as i would have lost weight and would have more of an idea of my shape, and there would be more dresses for me to try on.

I was gutted about the whole day really. It seems that designers only send samples of dresses in size 12/14, so that restricted what i could try on, and also discovering my dream dress wouldnt work on me was heartbreaking. I had no idea that dresses were so heavy though!! I could not believe the weight of them - definately need to work out a bit more to be able to wear one of those all day!!

I have decided not to bother looking again until june time, hopefully by then i will have lost at least 1 stone (some hopes!) and will be in a better frame of mind!

I am sure that my dress is out there somewhere, and its good to know that there is a dress that suits me, is nice and fits me just down the road,so i still have a sort of safety net..... but.. when I see so many gorgeous dresses around, I cant help but wish i was a size 12 with loads of money........
God, what a depressing post this is....

Monday, 25 January 2010

Where we're at...

Its been a while since my last blog, but what with Crimbo, New Year and being ridiculously manic at work, I/we havent had time to do much wedding-y stuff. That, coupled with the fact that every time I approached h2b about anything remotely wedding related, he pulls a face, makes a commment or switches off!!

The last time we did anything wedding related, up until yesterday, was the 31st December when we went to look at the suits....

After much deliberation, h2b has chosen to wear proper morning dress, with an ivory and silver wasitcoat, and probably with a dark green cravat.....

Dad is going to wear the same, but with a plain ivory waistcoat and dark green tie..

The bestman and usher will be wearing the same, but with ivory and green waistcoats, and pale green cravats or ties (we're not decided yet!)

The bridesmaids will then wear either dark green dresses, with pale green sashes, or pale green sashes with dark green accents..

I have sent away to a company for some fabric swatches and to see if they can match our ribbon to a tie/cravat, then we might use that for h2b's tie, but i think we will probably go with 'hunter' green....

I had also thought of having sparkling green shoes under my dress (think wizard of oz ruby slippers, but in green) and searched across the web for some, to no avail, until i was told about

They can do my ideal shoe!! I asked h2b what he thought, as i was beginning to have a few doubts as to whether i should or not, and he thought they would be too loud, which i had though of anyway, so, i have decided on ivory shoes, with just the heel in sparkling green glitter!! They will be expensive, almost £100 including delivery, but they have to be worth it!!

I am also off wedding dress shopping today - i have an appoinment with a local shop today, and one with a different shop wednesday.. i will tell you about that one, and the saga with the dress at another time.

I am looking forward to trying some dresses on, as it will make it all seem real and provide me with more incentive to keep losing weight (have lost 4lb so far), but nervous as i dont like exposing my body to others. still, got to be a small price to pay eh?? My mum will come with me, and hopefully one of my matrons of honour will come too, provided she can wangle time off work. I wonder if they will let me take piccys of the dresses if i cant choose? Having said that, they do say that the dress picks the bride, so we will see....

Will keep you posted, speak to you soon!