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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!!


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.

I realized that I never got around to actually talking about the dress that we chose for the bridesmaids. Well I don’t really have actual pictures of the exact dress yet, but I do have two pictures from when we all went to the salon.

First off, the designer we ended up going with was Jasmine Bridal, specifically the B2 Collection. The girls ended up all deciding upon a strapless dress, that will end up being floor length. The decision ultimately came down to the fact that we’re getting married inside a church, and it’s during the evening. Both of those factors pushed it more towards formal than informal, thus going with a floor length over a shorter dress.

Now, here’s a picture of the dress (not color) of what we decided on:

What’s great about the dress is that it’s got the pleating towards the front center, which means no one has to worry about if they have a “gut” sticking out. It flows great, and it’s one of those designs that’s simple and classic.

Considering green is one of our main colors, the dress color for the girls is technically called “pure jade.” It’s a rich jewel tone color, which means it looks good on any skin tone. Jewel tones are always the way to go!!

Here’s a swatch that I cropped from one of the other dresses:

Hard part when looking at bridesmaids dresses/colors online, NOTHING ever looks like it does on your computer monitor. Go out and look in person!

I called my alterations guy, Tony King, this morning to talk with him about when I should come in for my first appointment. What would have taken all of 3 minutes to pick a date/time, turned into an 11 minute conversation about girls who he’s worked with that get married out of state. The guy is absolutely hilarious to talk to, and I’m eager to meet him in person…especially after hearing the reviews about him.

My first alterations appointment is February 26! Seems like it’s still far away, but it’s just a little over 2 months, and then I’ll only have 3 months after that until the big day!!

When we went and picked up my dress and veil, I tried them on to show them off to my pseudo-mom down here in Cincinnati (a good family friend of ours, and who is also holding my dress at her house in between alterations). The dress fit absolutely perfectly! I literally canNOT gain any weight between now and the wedding. I seriously think all Tony will have to do is take it in a little at the bust, do the hem, and a bustle, and call it good!

I told my mom about it, and she asked me if I was worried about it fitting THAT good. I admit that I’m a tad bit worried, but I think it was more so that it felt when the lady was pulling together the back inside bra, it made the material dig onto my boney hip bones. I’m hoping Tony can figure something out in case it bothers me at the first appointment.

BUT! In any case, I have my dress and my veil, and it’s becoming more and more a reality.

Today is the day I get to go and pick up my wedding dress! I thought I would have at least another month until it came in, but now I’ll have my hands around it in 3 short hours, I can only think that the time between now and the big day is getting shorter and shorter.

When I moved down to Kentucky, I knew it was going to be rough trying to plan a Michigan wedding. I had to resort to sending lots of emails, filling out online inquiries, and making lots of phone calls. When it came time to decide on where to purchase the dress, the main contenders was either going to be here in Kentucky or back up in Michigan.

I ended up doing some online searches and found Fabulous Bridal, which is located in the fabulous bridal district down in Covington. Donna, who helped us out initially, was absolutely wonderful and took her time in really listening to what I liked and didn’t like. Everyone in the salon was extremely helpful, and any questions that I emailed, I knew I would receive a prompt answer.

The only down fall was the fact that the salon does not do in-house alterations, which worried my mother more than me. I can understand the pros and cons for having alterations done at the salon…more so not having to haul your dress to every alteration appointment. But in the end, we decided to stick with the salon, purchased everyones dresses, and I already have a (from what I’ve heard) fantastic alteration person lined up.

If anyone is getting married or planning a wedding around the greater Cincinnati area, I would strongly recommend the salon to anyone.

I wear glasses. Well, most of the time I wear glasses. I’ll wear them when I’m driving, going out, or working. But if I’m just chilling out in the apartment I won’t even touch them. During the summer when I have my sunglasses on running errands, a lot of the times I won’t switch into my normal glasses when I enter into a store, because I can see great for the most part without any help from them.

I decided to wear my glasses during our engagement pictures because I figured that was my “normal wear,” but for our big day, I kept bouncing back and forth on the issue.

Now I realize that I wear glasses, and my fiance loves me when I wear them, but I never saw myself ever wearing them when I got married. So I have decided that I definitely will not be wearing them for the ceremony, I can see enough walking down the aisle, heck I’ll even be able to see what’s at the end of the aisle (which is definitely important!), but I won’t have to worry about crying onto my glasses, or having a glare when taking pictures. I plan on taking them with me to the reception, just in case for back-up.