Hello! I’m Hydrangea Bud, the newest bud in the garden! I’m delighted to join this DIY bridal community and can’t wait to share my planning tips and experiences with all of you.
I am newly engaged as of June 12, 2013. If you ask my friends and family, they would probably predict that my entire wedding was already planned out. I have always been a fan of planning events and parties, with a particular fondness for weddings. So naturally, I’ve been making mental notes in my head about my own wedding for years!
I will admit that much of my wedding is already drawn out in my head. But, as many of you probably already know, making that vision come to life is all the fun! So far, I can say that my engagement ring fit my vision exactly, as do the dress and shoes I’ve purchased for my bridal look. Beyond those details, I have little nothing concretely planned for our Massillon, Ohio wedding which we have planned for November 2014. I do know that I will be DIY-ing a lot! Look for my journey through self-crafted centerpieces, menus, invitations, and much, much more to come!
Mr. Hydrangea and Hydrangea Bud on a recent trip to Silver Beach in Michigan for a family wedding.
Hydrangea Bud, Mr. Hydrangea and their Hydrangea-pups Murphy and Sydney.
A bride’s wedding dress is a huge part of her wedding day, obviously! Having my wedding dress cleaned and preserved after the wedding was very important to me. Luckily, the bridal shop I bought my gown from, Mary Me Bridal, provided an excellent company in Wedding Gown Preservation Co. They cleaned and preserved the wedding gown, giving it a 100 year guarantee. In the event the dress begins to yellow, they promise to re-preserve the gown or refund the money in the case they are unable to remove the yellow color.
The box it came in has a viewing window so you’re able to see the gown.
Sure it’s just sitting in a box and there’s nothing you can really do with it but put it in your closet, but it’s still there to remind you of the best day of your life! I would rather have it nicely secured in a pretty box then hanging on a hanger in my closet.
I’d highly recommend Wedding Gown Preservation Co. to brides looking to preserve or even just clean their gowns after the wedding day. They’re prices are very reasonable and they have been around since 1913 so you know they are experts in the field!
Anyone else in The Garden have their dress preserved or thinking about it?
One of the most important decisions a bride will make during the planning process is choosing her wedding dress. All eyes are on you, after all! I had so many ideas on what I wanted my dress to look like, but once I put on “the one,” I just knew. I picked a Mori Lee gown from Mary Me Bridal with ruffled organza, and a Tara Lauren sash with beaded detailing. In the link to the gown, you’ll notice that the dress came with a removable flower, which I did not use. I think the black sash was the perfect detail to complete my look. What do you think? Pretty amazing, right? I loved my dress! And special thanks to my Grandma for that adorable hanger!
Photography: Sargeant Photography | Venue: Turnip Rose
There’s a lot more wedding dress pictures where that came from… stay tuned! I can’t wait to share all the dress shots with you when we get our pictures back this month!
New York Bridal Market was this past weekend, and here are a few trends we’re seeing:
- Ball gowns are BACK!
- Belts and sashes
- Romantic lace
If you’re still in the search for the perfect wedding dress, WeddingWire is reporting back on all of the hottest styles and trends. Make sure you follow them on Pinterest, and The WeddingWire Blog to stay up-to-date on the latest!
All photos copyright of Dan Lecca and may not be used without permission from the Photographer.
I had my final fitting for my wedding dress a week or so ago. I felt GREAT in it and was so impressed with the alterations. I decided to go to another bridal boutique to get the alterations done because the place I bought my dress didn’t get very good reviews on any bridal websites. Plus, I got that “vibe” when talking to the owner that she didn’t think much needed to be done. When I actually needed my dress to be taken in one whole size!
With that being said, I brought my (new) maid of honor with me to the final fitting so we would know exactly how to put the dress on the day of my wedding. Luckily, my dress zips in the back, but it has the buttons that need to have a crochet hook to put it together.
But my biggest challenge right now is… trying to figure out how I am going to go to the bathroom? The dress is tight to my knees. So there’s no lifting it up and the buttons in the back will make it a VERY long process. All I know is that my MOH is going to get put to work! She’s going to want to strangle me (and she has already told me this). Stay tuned for some funny stories on how many times I have to make her do this!
Project Crane Status Report: white cranes–250 (DONE!) Turquoise– 222 (CLOOOOOSE!) Purple–227 (EVEN CLOSER!!!) Gray–154 (…I’ll get there.) Total: 853! 85%!
Alright, Garden. The moment of truth has arrived. It’s time to see my dress!!!!
Like I said here, I really should start calling this “How Nothing Went How I Wanted It To Go (Part 2)” because, again, what I wanted to do for my wedding dress and what actually happened are two different stories. However, what ended up happening was pretty great.
Oh wait! I forgot something!
Mistah J, I love you with all of my heart and you are my very best friend. Ordinarily, I have no secrets from you. But this is one secret I need to keep a little bit longer. Here is your stop, puddin. 😉
All who are not Jokers may proceed….
Before I show you all my actual dress, or before I even start to write the post about it, I want to give you all some useful tips, some things to consider as you shop for your dress that I wish I had considered as I shopped for mine. More goes in to our look on the day we say “I Do” than just our dress: hair, shoes, jewelry, etc. And if you’ve been thinking of a specific choice for any of those accessories, there’s a slight chance that those fantasies of yours may not be the perfect choice for your dress. It will help tons if you have these decisions made, or at least fairly certain of what you want, before you go dress shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I love my dress. It is the perfect dress for me. But I do wish I had put more thought into these things before I got serious about my dress, because I have had to change some of the things I wanted to do with my look. Once I got my dress, perfect as it is, the things I initially wanted to do no longer worked. Here are some things for you to consider before you go dress shopping:
Shoes: Let’s start from the bottom, shall we? Shoes are a crucial part to any outfit we ladies wear. If the shoes don’t match the outfit, they have the potential to mess up our whole appearance. Luckily, most brides are wearing white the day they walk down the aisle. And white, as we know, is the universal color of matching. Any color goes with white, so the color of your shoe isn’t that important. What is a concern, however, is the height of your slipper.
Now, if you are not going to wear a high heel on your day, or if you want a shorter wedding dress, then ignore this whole paragraph. However, if neither of those situations apply to you, then heed my warning: consider the size of your heel before you go dress shopping. Either have an idea of how high you want to go, or even already have the heels purchased before you go dress shopping and bring them with you to wear while you try dresses on. If they will need to measure you for your dress once you’ve made a decision, it will be helpful for the seamstress making your dress to have an idea of what your height will be when you are in your “I Do” heels. Buying your dress without at least an idea of how high you’re wanting to go with your heel could lead to your dress being too short once you’re wearing both the dress and the shoes. And you’ll have that little thing that I always hate to have in a long, formal dress where the dress doesn’t flow all the way to the ground, and everyone can see your feet peeking through the bottom. Consider how tall you already are, and then think about how much height you want to gain for your wedding day.
I meant to do this before I got the dress, I really did. I had it in mind and everything. Then, I ended up finding the dress way earlier than I anticipated. This doesn’t bother me because I don’t want to go that high with my wedding heel, but if you’re wanting height, then I suggest considering this before you go for the dress.
Whew! Hard to believe that I have officially been engaged for two months. Where did the time go? While I would like to say that I have not had my wedding planned out since I was a little girl, there are parts of my wedding that I have envisioned for a large amount of time. Red, definitely a top choice. Outside country wedding, for sure. Long, strapless vintage dress, ABSOLUTELY! Upon getting engaged, I did what most brides-to-be does, took to the internet, and that is where my confusion began.
While I had to so many ideas, it was hard for me to put them all together and sort through all of the wedding sites/pictures/ideas that are available on the web. So although I had so many ideas, how the heck does one person keep all of this wedding madness straight?
With exactly one year before my wedding date, I thought going on my first dress-shopping trip was a little premature. I mean, I know you need to order it well in advance, but a year ahead was a little too in advance, in my mind. But what was important was to have my mother and grandmothers with me to share the experience, and the weekend of May 18th was the only option available that worked for everyone’s schedules until mid-September. So that’s what I had to work with.
I kept telling myself I was only going to try on dresses “to see what style worked on me.” That I wouldn’t be buying a dress in Cincinnati (where I traveled to shop, close to my family). That I’d wait until fall to buy my dress back in Wisconsin. That is wasn’t a smart idea to buy your dress on the first outing.
Apparently, I didn’t listen to myself very well.
You know those designer dresses that you only dream about wearing, but never assume you’ll actually don on your wedding day? These dresses seem unattainable.
You hit a sample sale!
Sample sales are God’s gift to women. Whenever a new line is about to roll out for the season, wedding boutiques and shops opt for making space by cutting prices. Some places cut those prices by 40 to 90 percent!!!
Let me get an AMEN.
How wonderful, right? If you aren’t extremely worried about having the newest style of dress, then you’re in luck. It’s not like you’ll be getting a dress that’s been outdated for 12 years either. Nearly all of the dresses are from the previous season and previous year.
So the boutique gets to clear out some inventory and you, my dear, get a rockin’ dress for way less! I smell a wonderful win-win.
Be on the look out for sample sales in your area. Figure out which boutiques you’re dying to get into and try on some dresses, then sign up on their email list. Boutiques usually send out newsletters and emails informing you of when their sales and events are taking place.
That’s actually how I found my dress.
And I found it from this gloriously adorable bridal boutique called Anna Be Bridal Boutique! I could not get over the old wood floors and brick walls. The way they displayed their wedding dresses was adorable.
Anyhow, I digress. I got about 40% off my wedding dress. I fell in love with the very first dress I ever tried on. I tried a few other dresses, but none compared to the first. I thought I would take several trips to look at dresses because I am extremely indecisive.
But… like they say, when you know you know!
Happy sample sale wedding dress hunting. And happy planning!