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Subject: OT: THE Wedding!
Date Posted: 7/23/2011 10:09 PM ET
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So forgive me a little bit of self-indulgence, but we are less than a year away from DD's wedding and things are starting to heat up around here.  Last weekend, we bought DD's wedding dress!

Large View of the Kirstie Bridal Gown  Large View of the Kirstie Bridal Gown

It looks lovely on her.  It's not the one we went to the store to try on, but she put it on and said she liked it as much as the other one and she wanted it, so we bought it!  Her maids of honor went with us (yes, plural...she couldn't make up her mind between her two best friends!) and they picked it out as soon as we walked in the shop and said, "This dress looks like Katie!"  Tomorrow, we are working on invitations.  We are making them ourselves, designing custom digital paper through an artist on etsy, ordering paper samples, etc.   The next 11 months are going to go by fast, but so far, we are having fun, not stressing too bad, and most importantly, not getting on each other's nerves!  LOL!

Stay tuned for further developments!



 

Date Posted: 7/23/2011 10:20 PM ET
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That is gorgeous!

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 2:57 AM ET
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Stunning!  I so love the dress Christa.

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 8:35 AM ET
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The dress is beautiful.

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 9:45 AM ET
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That is gorgeous! ... Stunning! ... The dress is beautiful.

Ditto, ditto, and ditto.

Can't wait for my invitation -- I'm already dreamin' about that chocolate fountain.

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 9:59 AM ET
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Oh, that is gorgeous indeed!!   It must feel good to have that huge hurdle out of the way.

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 10:27 AM ET
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Lovely dress Christa.  That's quite common in the bridal biz that what the bride goes in thinking she wants isn't actually what she ends up purchasing.

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 12:02 PM ET
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Wow, that is gorgeous!!

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 12:56 PM ET
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Very elegant - I love it!

Date Posted: 7/24/2011 7:26 PM ET
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That looks like a great choice, Christa! I'm with Deb - waiting for the invitation! lol! You are not going to believe how fast the time is going to go before your little girl is walking down the aisle! I can't believe it myself and my little girl has been married for 14 years now - I think!

Date Posted: 7/25/2011 3:21 PM ET
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Wow! I love the rosettes on the dress. Gorgeous!

Date Posted: 7/25/2011 4:15 PM ET
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Well hey, if you'll send presents, I'll send invitations!  Ha ha!  Speaking of which, we are making our own invitations and worked on them this weekend.  It's one task that can save us hundreds of dollars and we can get it out of the way early. I'll post a picture when we get our final draft, but we are getting close! 

I think we also decided this weekend that I am going to try to make a veil.  She tried on one in the bridal shop that was a very simple two-tier tulle on a comb, but it had crystals and pearls along the edges.  It was over $300!  I think I can get a plain, inexpensive veil and stitch the beads and crystals on it myself for a lot less than that.  I just need to go take another look at it to be sure. 

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Date Posted: 7/25/2011 9:11 PM ET
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It is lovely Christa. Good luck with all the preparations.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/26/2011 5:41 PM ET
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Veils are ALL crazy expensive, Christa.  If you can make one good for you!

Date Posted: 7/26/2011 6:38 PM ET
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You can make the veil Christa - my sister and I made mine and I was very happy with it :-)

Date Posted: 7/26/2011 9:46 PM ET
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Lovely dress!  I like the corset details in the back, particularly.

Just a word on the veil beading ... I was a bridesmaid for a good friend who decided (early in the planning process) to sew tiny pearls on the edges of her veil.  Apparently one little bitty looking veil ends up to be yards long when you're sewing pearls on it, and that project went all the way into the wee hours on the night (morning?) before the wedding.  She's a sensible woman -- not one for procratination or drama, etc.  She said that if she'd known how long it would take, she'd have just bought it that way rather than spending so many hours going cross-eyed at sewing.  

So, just sharing someone else's pain, in case it prevents some of yours. devil

Date Posted: 7/27/2011 7:14 AM ET
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Ooh, I'd skip the veil altogether, and wear a hat!  Something with roses, that would match the flavor of the corset back.  And with a veil over the front...something very Victorian, maybe.  But..that's just me.  wink

It used to be (in the olden days when I was still frequenting fabric stores) that you could buy veil makings that were almost a kit.  But yes, it's a lot of material.. 

Date Posted: 7/27/2011 9:37 AM ET
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Duly noted, Elizabeth!  Thanks for the advice. I'm hoping to find something pre-strung that I can just tack on to the edge of the veil.  We'll see what I find.

There's no way I would get that girl to wear a hat!  She is so not dramatic! 

Date Posted: 7/27/2011 4:42 PM ET
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I was a bridal designer for 15 years.  I don't know about today, but in my day we used a 'bridal glue' to apply the lace and beads and pearls to veiling.  it dries clear and looks better than thread, IMHO.  And Yes, make the veil yourselves.  Even if you have to start over a time or two, $300 is outrageous for nylon tulle.  be sure to get the wider tulle for a fuller look.  there used to be two widths and we only used the narrower one for the 'blusher'. 

I am so excited for you.  That dress is divine! 

Date Posted: 9/26/2011 11:28 AM ET
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Thought it was time for a wedding update.

I spent the afternoon yesterday with DD doing wedding stuff. We spent a lot of time looking at photographers and have narrowed it down to a couple.  Still checking prices and availablilty.  They needed to write a few thank you notes from an engagement party, so we printed some that match the way the invitations will look. We got a lot done, and then she informed me that she has picked the song she wants sung as she comes down the aisle.  No traditional wedding march.  She wants Only Hope, the song that Mandy Moore sang in the movie A Walk to Remember.  I knew the song, but she played a youtube video of it and was describing the part that the bridesmaids come down to... " see..it's the perfect pace...and then it starts to build before I come in...not yet...NOW..right here!"  She threw her arms out wide like she was making her grand entrance.  Her dreamy look and the joy on her face made me cry!  I didn't cry when she picked the dress, but I cried for the song.  Go figure!  Less than nine months now until the big day and soooo much to do!



 

Date Posted: 9/26/2011 11:46 AM ET
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Oh Christa,   I just teared up.   It is a great song!

BTW. That was one of my girls favorite movies.

Date Posted: 9/26/2011 12:55 PM ET
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It is a beautiful song.  It has that dual spiritual/romantic meaning that she wanted.  She has a friend with the perfect voice to sing it just how it sounded in the movie....a little thin and reedy and haunting.  It has been her favorite movie forever, so I wasn't surprised by the choice.

She also has decided that she wants a Fun-fetti cake for her wedding cake.  Not just sprinkles in a regular wedding cake...a real Fun-fetti cake.  I'm sure the professional cake baker will be thrilled to have her reputation tied to a boxed cake mix!  LOL!  

Date Posted: 9/26/2011 3:56 PM ET
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Beautiful dress! I think we need a PBS friends webcam set up so we can watch and cry remotely..... Agree w PPs, you can definitely make the veil, I used to make and sell them and will happily consult w you on it. I strongly recommend the special glue option--it is specifically designed so that it never yellows and stays flexible. You'll want to see if you can match some part of the detail on the dress--lace, a rosette or even the waaaay cool lace up on the back--sort of echo that detail on the veil for a very custom and expensive look. I predict the supplies for the veil won't even cost you $50!
Date Posted: 9/26/2011 4:49 PM ET
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Great song, great dress - looks like everything is coming together beautifully! Amazing isn't it  - all that work for one day! I remember many years ago when my best friend's daughter got married and I was flabbergasted that her dress cost $3,000.00!! All I could think of was "a dress she will wear only once" but she was beautiful! Oh the things we do for the kids...... heart

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 9:57 AM ET
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Time for a wedding update!  We've been very busy. 

Last week, I started working on the veil. I ordered a plain veil off Etsy for $30 and then spent $50 on beads and supplies at the bead shop.  I'm about a third of the way through the beading and so far, we are liking it just fine. So she'll get the $300 veil she wanted for under $100!

Yesterday, we worked on Save the Date magnets.  Here is what we came up with:

 

Photobucket We love it! Next will be flowers. We had a bad experience with the florist connected to the reception place, so we will be going to talk to someone else. This lady was determined to sell us calla lilies, even after Katie told her four times that she hated callas!



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