Friday, April 04, 2014

D is for ...

Dress - As in the most important piece of clothing for the entire do! What a nightmare that was! I knew I didn't want a traditional wedding dress, cos, hey, it's not a wedding. No train. Not white. Not a meringue. Not strapless or a lace-up back. And nothing that will make me look fatter than I already am. So, not too difficult a task LMAO!! Eventually, thanks to a comment from a friend, my search was narrowed and I found a few near perfect styles. Trouble was none of them was quite right, and, typical me, they cost 4 figures! Will add a photo after the event, but here's some of the also rans :)
Decor - Jeff and I agreed on a simple vintage look. Great idea but ask me at the end when I've had to hand make nearly everything if it was worth it! Thanks to AliExpress I've managed to get everything I need, although I did have to downsize my original ideas - Jeff turned a paler shade of white when I first explained my vision! Couldn't see the problem myself, I had to design it - all he had to do was hang/place/fix/transport everything ........ Here's just a few that didn't make it to the cutting table - aka Jeff's final word! I did have a few big purchases here, but the total decor for the hall won't come to more than a couple of hundred. Think how much a venue decorator would have charged! Plus I can sell a good percentage of it onto other brides/renewees after the event :)


  1. I am still searching for a D word... Nice to get in touch with the atozchallenge. Decor and dress are good ideas. Being said that these are some nice photos.

  2. Vintage wedding dresses are beautiful. Bridal salons often have a hidden clearance rack too, for discontinued dresses they can't order anymore. Women can find some very lovely dresses in those racks, for quite a bargain too!

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  3. I have absolutely adored your theme. I hope you have a wonderful 20th anniversary.

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  4. The dress has to be central to the whole event, and I know how much time it takes to make that decision. Great solution to getting the one you want at a price you can afford.

  5. @Suzanne: I absolutely love, love the theme you have chosen for this challenge. And I'll be coming back to read how you plan this entire event.

  6. I'm sure glad I'm a guy. I can just throw anything on. It doesn't have to match or necessarily be clean.

  7. I like the vintage look. Looking forward to see a photo of your dress!
    I'm also participating in the A to Z Challenge. My "D" post is up at .

  8. Dress! This would be my favorite part of the wedding, after the cake of course. It sounds like you're getting a good deal on yours. My cousin had her dress made for her wedding and it came out just beautiful. You'll look great!

  9. Awww, that's so sweet that y'all are renewing your vows with such a lovely celebration. And how cool that you were able to find a place to make your dream dress for such a reasonable rate.

    Hope you’re having fun with the A to Z challenge,

  10. I love the vintage theme. It looks like you guys are going to have a great day. I'm kinda looking around for something to wear when we get married but I just don't like wearing dresses. I promised my stepdaughter I wouldn't make her wear one either; she's my maid of honour and kinda metal/goth. lol

  11. I am enjoying your blog! One of my daughters is getting married this year and she is making plans so it is fun to see your ideas. I look forward to see what you write about for the rest of the alphabet.

  12. Thanks everyone :)

    Stephen - that's just give more credence to the fact that men have it easier LOL!

    JoJo - did you see the gold dress and the purple one - gothic, but dressy :)



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