April is turning out to be quite the month this year so far – my birthday is in two weeks (big 2-9!), I just became an Aunt last week (yayyy!), and I read plenty of these magazines on the flight to Las Vegas for work a few weeks ago:
I’m engaged, you guys!!!!
It’s been a short amount of time since Chris “popped the question”, but I’m now in the throes of planning our wedding for sometime next year – I’m so excited! Of course the first question anyone asks when they find out when someone is engaged is, “when’s the date?” And honestly, we have no flipping clue yet, haha. Somehow between his wacky work schedule and my meetings and travel, we’ll need to nail a date/venue down soon. I feel like that’s the biggest thing to figure out, and then it’s all the detail-stuff. I’ve been reading the blog Broke Ass Bride religiously for wedding planning ideas, those gals totally get what we’re trying to achieve – not breaking the bank on one day (I’d say I’m more cheap-ass bride than broke-ass, but whatever).
Every night now, I fall down the “wedding planning” rabbit hole instead of doing anything constructive – my sewing is definitely suffering!!
Which brings me to the next big question I’ve been asked: am I going to make my dress?
I really don’t know yet…there’s so much to figure out in the next year that I’m not sure if I can take on that additional layer of pressure/stress. After getting dress ideas on Pinterest, and then subsequently becoming sticker-shocked, the idea of making my own dress is appealing – I know what I want, what works on my body, and can make something for a fraction of the cost that they charge in bridal stores, but with much higher-quality fabric (helloooo I’m not paying thousands of dollars for a polyester dress okthanks). Even JCrew and BHLDN, which have beautiful wedding dresses, are a little over-priced in my opinion because of the materials used. I also got the idea from my Mom to think outside the box and look at non-bridal places – I found some cute white gowns with designer labels (Vera Wang, anyone?) at Bloomingdales and Nordstrom for a tenth of what the typical wedding dress goes for.
Making my wedding dress is the only thing I envisioned about my wedding, I never was “that girl” that fantasized about her wedding day. But I feel like because I sew and make the majority of my clothes, it’s expected that I make my dress (and I want to!). My Mom made her dress when she married my Dad in the 70’s, so I’d like to continue on that custom. At this point, I’m thinking about it, but not committing to the idea yet…however, I did order some swatches from Mood and patterns from Etsy this evening. You know, research…
So much to figure out in not that much time! But when it comes down to it, what I’m most excited about is starting a life together with him – that’s what really matters, no matter what I wear or where we are.
So – did you make your wedding dress? Advice for anyone thinking about making their wedding dress?