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I’ll let the pictures do the talking on how the rest of our day went…

My dress is completely done! I was able to pick it up the other day and I started to blush like crazy. It looked absolutely amazing being all clean, pressed, and ironed.

Major props to Tony King and his amazing work!

The dress is now being stored at a family friend’s house here in Cincinnati, and next week I’ll be driving it up to Michigan!!

This afternoon was my third and final alterations appointment with the talented Tony King. I slipped on the dress and waltzed out to the big mirror…queue the smile on my face. Still loving the dress!

So the main point of having this appointment was to see how the bustle all worked out. He had me hold onto one part of the dress while he tied up three different parts of the back, and voila, the bustle was done!

On Monday Tony is taking my dress in to be completely cleaned, steamed, and ironed. It will then be wrapped in plastic and I’ll be picking it up the first week of May!! The dress will be staying at my “cincinnati mom’s” new house. They just moved into a ridiculous 6 bedroom house that needs a ton of fixing up, but basically my dress will have its own bedroom.

Little more than a month to go!

This morning I had my second alterations appointment with the fabulous Tony King. I swear, the man is a miracle worker. I put my gorgeous dress on and paraded out of the dressing room to the front of the mirror…biggest grin on my face. Even Tony noticed. Once again he commented on how happy I looked and how comfortable I looked in it.

It’s true. If I could wear a ball gown around town every day, I would.

The noticeable things that he did was he raised the hem on the front of the dress, so that I won’t trip over it when walking. Also, he brought the back of my dress into my back. My back has a curve, all those twelve years of dancing…so what he did was bring the top of the zipper part closer to my skin, so that it’s not gapping away from my body.

He wasn’t able to get the bustle done in time for this fitting, so we’ve made another appointment to go back in three weeks from today to see the bustle done and the final product! After that, I’ll pick it up the first week of May and store it at my “Cincinnati Mom’s” house until I drive up the week before the wedding!

Okay, I have to admit, when I scheduled my first alterations appointment I was pretty much clueless. I knew I had to bring my shoes and undergarments, but what else would I have to do. Answer: pretty much stand there, no moving, while the guy worked his magic pinning and looking on and on.

When it got to the bustle though, I just let him do his thing. He knew how to make the dress look its best, and considering it has a pretty decent size train, plus it’s satin (so it’s a lot of weight), he knew what kind of bustle to do that fit the dress.

Did you know that there are two styles of bustles? I think I knew that in the back of my head somewhere…I mean I’ve seen dresses that looked different when bustled, but never knew they had actual official names!

I give you the American and French bustle!!

First up is the American bustle. The American is also known as the overbustle, and it brings the train up at a single point. This works best with delicate fabrics.

American bustle

Second is the French bustle. The French bustle is also known as the underbustle, and it typically consists of at least 3-5 points. This works better with heavier and longer gowns.

French bustle

So if you read the little descriptions for both, you guessed it, my dress will be fitted with the French style! And when I was walking around the studio it looked amazing. Although you have to get over the fact that it can add some “umpf” to your back end area…it does look amazing!

Now I’m not revealing what dress I’m actually wearing until after our wedding, but while going through the vast amount of wedding files I have on my computer and cleaning them up, I stumbled across a few pictures of dresses that I tried on that didn’t make the cut.

I figured I’d share with some of the one’s that didn’t quite make the cut. Onto the dresses!

Dress #1: Too soft and flowy for our wedding. (excuse my random arms)

Dress #2: Crazy top and too much beading

Dress #3: No, I did not try on this dress, but I kinda wish I did…just to see what the reaction on people’s faces. (props to the stealthy bridesmaids who took this photo)

In reality, I tried on a whole list of other dresses, but those pictures are on my mom’s cell phone, and she has no idea how to get them off. I did try on a mermaid (hated it because it hugged my butt too much for my liking), and I tried on a gorgeous dress that had rosette’s all over the bottom of the dress (it was beautiful and very heavy, but totally not my style). I tried on dresses made out of taffeta (hated that material), tulle and other flowy materials (too casual for our evening wedding), and satin (which is what my dress is).

The other day Kyle and I drove over to Men’s Warehouse to finally look at tuxedo’s. Now, keep in mind unlike us girls who have to pick out a dress months in advance to order, tuxedo’s are so flippin easy compared to dress shopping.

We walked in, found an associate, sat down and gave him all our information, and Kyle went ahead and told him exactly what he wanted. Two button-no satin trim-white shirt-no pleats-black shoes-bowtie-black/white vests. Done.

I swear, it was the easiest thing in the world. We got a group number that we have to give to the groomsmen and fathers to let them go and get fitted in the styles that we picked out. But here’s where I am slightly worried. They get measured the beginning of March, no biggie, but their tuxedo’s are guaranteed to be in 2 days before the wedding. TWO days. Uhh…what?! Okay, okay, maybe I’m overreacting. Kyle wasn’t planning on driving up to Michigan until two days before anyways, so he could very well pick up the tux here and then drive up. It works I guess.

Also, another thing that really made it go by fast at the store was that we didn’t want any color coordination between the bridesmaids and groomsmen. No matchy-matchy green. All of the men will be in complete black and white. The groom will be wearing a black vest, while the groomsmen will be wearing white vests. The bridal party guys will all be wearing bowties, while the fathers will be wearing ties.

Simple. Classic. And very easy. Another thing off the list!

Or better known as the tux.

Okay, with all our planning, it seems like the girls attire is by far the easiest thing in the world to figure out. Me, never having bought any men’s formal clothing before in my life, I am clueless when I talk to my fiance about what he wants/should wear.

I have pulled pictures off the internet, compiled a list, and like everything else have him look at them and tell me if he likes it or hates it. At least I get his opinion about what he wants and likes, instead of him continuously saying, “I don’t care, pick whatever you like, all I want is to be married to you.” Well yea, but I’d at least like your opinion so you don’t show up in a tuxedo t-shirt…which if he does, I’ve already told him I’d replace him with George Clooney.

Moving on! Here are a few pictures of styles that he liked the best. I’m not quite sure when we are going to go out to do shopping, considering you really don’t need to do it until closer to the wedding date, but at any rate, we will probably at least go and talk to someone sooner rather than later.

He really wants to wear a bow tie. That’s all he’s talked about since we started planning. It’s pretty safe to say we’re going to be going the bow tie route, unless for some reason he doesn’t like how it looks.

As with the first picture, this one more prominently shows the black buttons on the white shirt. Surprisingly he liked how that stood out and looked.

Of course this one also had the bow tie in it, but this one also features a vest under the coat.

something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…a sixpence in your shoe.

continuity, optimism for the future, borrowed happiness, and purity, love, and fidelity

Well, I don’t think I’ll be putting a sixpence in my shoe, but I would love to have the rest of the something’s for my big day.

So far I really only have my something new, which is my dress. As for the rest, I’m thinking in the back of my mind of what I can use. I’ve seen people purchase blue rhinestones and attach them to the bottom of their shoes to spell out I Do:

Other “something blue” ideas could be a blue garter, nail polish, underwear, a piece of jewelry, a dress label, shoes, or a hair accessory. I think this will be easy to figure out.

As for the something old and borrowed parts, I have no idea. I would love to use something from within my family to use, maybe a little trinket to attach to my bouquet or a piece of jewelry that I could wear.

Alright, now I’m not revealing any pictures about what I’m wearing or what anyone else is wearing until after the wedding. I figure I want to have at least a few surprises to share with everyone. With that aside, I know I haven’t really talked much about veils.

When I first started planning I was on the road of not wanting a veil, and just let my hair speak for itself. The first time I tried on wedding dresses, everything changed. The stylist put on a veil that mirrored my dress and I was in love. And I mean c’mon, when else are you ever going to wear a veil?! It’s your big day, go all out and become a bride!

Now in the back of my mind I knew what length of a veil I would want if I did want one. Onto the diagram:

I knew I didn’t want a short little thing, and I also knew I didn’t want one that dragged on the floor. If we were doing a full-out formal, huge chapel, black tie affair, you bet your dollar I would have a long cathedral length veil. But that’s not what I went with.

Instead, the veil that was chosen was a fingertip length. There’s no decoration minus the satin rim that goes completely around. And the best part is, it matches perfectly with my dress.

Now with wearing said veil, my mind has been all over the place. I know for a fact that I do NOT want anything like this:

No veil on top of my head. Ever. I was never a fan of those bump-it’s for your hair, and I’m sorry, I don’t need anything sticking up off the top of my hair. Moving on.

I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I do want my hair pulled up for the big day. I’ve found a few inspirational pictures for my hair, but that’s for another time. As for having the veil with my hair, it’s a bit tricker trying to find pictures that I like. This is somewhat how I’m thinking:

I’m not talking about how the hair is, but how the veil is placed on the head. It’s not on the crown of the head, nor is it poking out from underneath the bun at the nape of the neck. It’s placed on top of the bun, so it covers it, which you could easily take it off after the ceremony if you want to show off your style during the reception.

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