Monday, May 28, 2012

dressing my Mumma

Yesterday my Mum and I went shopping to start searching for her Mother of the Bride dress. Prior to that, we'd only had a look at one dress in a local store, that was pretty but wasn't quite *perfect*.

Yesterday we has been tossing up between going to two different shopping centres (or malls for the American readers :) hehe) We *almost* went to the one closer to my workplace and decided against it because it was the bigger centre and we figured we would likely need a full day there - yesterday we only had a half day. As it turns out, it was the best choice we made all day!

When we made it to Penrith Westfields, the first place we headed to was Myer. We didn't find a lot in here for my Mum to try on (it's a smaller Myer, with less choice than the bigger centre closer to my work) BUT I did try on a potential dress for bridal shower/kitchen tea. My mum loved it, I loved it and now I can't stop thinking about it. I think that means I need to go back and get it. I tried searching for it on the Miss Shop website and it's not listed yet (I think it's new stock) and all I have is a really bad iPhone dressing room mirror picture of it... I can't decide whether to share it with you or wait to see if it shows up on the website! But to give you an idea - its vintage-style lace, with a black band waist, fitted, strapless dress. It's elegant, stylish and says "Bride" without screaming it. I think maybe it's perfect....

After not spotting anything in Myer for Mum, we decided to head to the Food Court for lunch, then hit the ground running. Just before the Food Court though, we passed Diana Ferrari and I steered Mum closer - "Wait, duck in here for a second...look at that dress at the front." All the other dresses were darker, winter colours, but this one dress hanging right out front waiting for us had everything we were looking for - fitted, cap sleeves, came with a matching jacket and in a colour that complimented our wedding colours just perfectly.

The woman in store, Kylie, was just LOVELY, and upon finding out what we were shopping for, started helping us out immediately. We got Mum her size dress and jacket to try on, and while she was in the change room Kylie found her the perfect matching shoes and clutch, so when Mum walked out she had everything styled and didn't have to imagine a thing.

She looked stunning!

We knew straight away it was the perfect dress. Mum's first words were, "Ok, I don't need to look anywhere else". The dress was SO flattering and it was everything Mum had been looking for. The fact that she didn't even need to go elsewhere to find the perfect shoes and bag only sweetened the deal! Mum felt fabulous and it shone through. I'm so happy about how great she feels.

Below is the dress, jacket and shoes Mum purchased for our big day! (unfortunately the clutch isn't on the site) For some reason the outfit appears to be more of a white colour on the website but in reality the dress is an Oyster colour. The shoes at the bottom match the band around the middle of the dress, with the rest of the dress being slightly lighter then the shoes, so they can give you a better indication of the colouring. I can't wait to see it against the girls dresses, it should blend in so well with the colour palate, while still being distinctive enough for my Mumma to feel special :)

The dress:

The jacket: (Mum wanted a little jacket to wear during the ceremony and remove during the reception for par-tay time!)

The shoes: (Mum LOVES these - they aren't too tall, super comfortable and the perfect colour!)

I still can't believe we found my Mum's whole outfit within half an hour of being at the shops. We spent the rest of the afternoon just browsing and enjoying an afternoon together. My mum also saw these shoes (remember them from this post?) in person and loved them... But more on that soon!

Shoes from Forever New but not available online. A black version can be found here and a similar white version, minus the lace, here

How did you go finding your Mum her MotB dress? Was it easy or difficult? I've heard some amazing stories! We ran into the mother of an old friend while shopping who shared her MotB dress story with us - she had given up on finding hers, then walked into a store (the store I bought my wedding dress from!) and they had the dress she had been searching for, in the perfect colour, IN HER SIZE out the back, just needing a new zipper. She paid for it and they set about putting in a new zipper for her. That night, her father had a stroke and ended up in hospital. If she hadn't walked into that store and found that dress, she wouldn't have found one because she she spent up until the wedding caring for her father and making the bridesmaid dresses. Talk about meant to be!!

How did your MotB shopping go? Have you started? Are you looking forwarded to getting your Mama all dressed up?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Before the I Do's giveaway!

Looking for a "Here Comes the Bride" sign? Check out this awesome giveaway going on at the moment over at Before the I Do's! Good luck!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


I've been looking at beautiful garters for a while, and the time is getting closer to when I should pick one and order it. As usual, the wonderful etsy (and similar sites such as madeit and wedzu) have wonderful selections of handmade pieces.

I've pretty much decided that I'd like my garter to have that lovely feeling of old world charm, and that I'd like a set that has a tossing garter so that I can keep my garter to hand down to one of my children, one day (hopefully!). Although, we do have this little beauty that the future hubby caught at Groomsmen Mark's wedding (remember him, Kylie and their upcoming triplets from the Groomsmen and Babies post?) in the October before we got engaged.

I'm tempted to use this garter as our toss garter - pass on the luck to another couple!

I've also decided that I think I'll end up with a blue garter, to use as my "Something Blue". A little pop of blue as my garter seems like a lot of fun, even if only I know it's there for the most part! These are a few of the garters I've had saved in my etsy favourites for a while...any of them tickle your fancy? What style garter will you be wearing/did you wear for your Big Day? Did you/will use it as your "Something Blue"?


Saturday, May 19, 2012 planning update...

Hi BlogLand!

Wow, I've really disappeared for the last few weeks haven't I? I do apologise! I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth, we've just been busy with those wedding planning things that aren't very exciting to blog about until, well, they are finished! For example, over the past couple of weeks we've been:

- Picking out our menu options, or at least what we would like to try at our upcoming food tasting. Not really fun to blog about UNTIL our tasting, which I promise to recap (it may leave your mouth watering...particularly the desserts!)

- Started organising our ceremony order and talking about our vows. We've still got a way to go, including picking our readings, but once we have those chosen I can start blogging about our choices and start working on our programs (another DIY you'll see on here!)

- Finalising our guest list (well, it's *hopefully* the final list). While it was hard it has by no means been dramatic (thankfully) so hardly blog worthy... BUT it has meant a start on the most exciting and time consuming part...

...drumroll please...

- Making a start on our invites!! Last pay day I picked up all of our card stock and envelopes and we have been waiting patiently for our little wooden hearts to make an appearance on our doorstep. Yesterday was spent printing, cutting, hole punching (my arms are sore today to prove it!) and sticking, and tomorrow will be much more of the same. Today when I left for work I discovered a little parcel sitting on our doorstep containing our hearts (yay!) which means that we can get our main invites completely finished!!

I looooove deliveries!

So that's my plan for this weekend. Next week will be the Reception and RSVP cards, followed by the envelopes. We just need to follow up on confirming addresses for our overseas guests and we should be right on track to post out our invites at the 3 month mark (although we're likely to send our overseas invites a little earlier). Last night was the first time I could really see them starting to come together and I began to relax a little. I've had a bit of a hard time with our invites... I've had a vision for them but I was having a hard time turning it into a reality. I guess I was scared to try for fear it wouldn't live up to my expectations. I'm still a little worried it won't, but the more I see them come together the better I feel. I do still wonder what our guests will make of them. While everyone in BlogLand probably won't bat an eyelid at them (they aren't that flash haha) they are rather different to what everyone around us here in RL usually get for wedding invitations so we might get mixed responses. BUT! I guess that's the point. I mean, that's what we have wanted to do with our wedding - find little things that are different! :) The main invite design is quite simple (despite my love of calligraphy) as the future hubby and I worked together to get something we both loved and the future mr is a big fan of clean and simple. We've definitely tried to keep the 'bundle of love letters' feel to the overall look, as per the original inspiration, and a rustic element to it (as the future hubby has been leaning to in most of the inspiration pics he has liked throughout our planning process for much of the wedding). I wish I could show them to you now, but all in good time...

- I also started working on a wedding website for us. I'm still in two minds about whether to use it or not. Because we are planning to use a StoryMix Media smart phone app video account for our wedding in a way it seems to make sense to have one - to explain the app, how to use it and the code and also to have information on the Resort, accommodation, directions, etc. on there... But at the same time I've never received a wedding invite where someone has had a wedding website before so it almost feels kind of...pretentious maybe? I don't know if that's quite the right emotion but regardless I'm not quite sure about it yet... Is anyone else using a wedding website? Have many of you received invites linking to a website before?

Needless to say we still have a lot to do before the wedding but we're getting there. Now that we've made a start on the invites I'm feeling better about the list! It feels like one of the biggest things is being crossed off so it's real progress, instead of just little DIYs. It does make for boring blogging though!

But fear not! I purchased a number of items for more DIYs to make a start on over the next few days (after the invites or whenever I need a break from them!) so there will be posts coming your way soon. In the mean time I'd love to hear from some more 2012 Blogging Brodes below - how are you all going with your plans and To-Do Lists?!

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