Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Wedding Dress Has Battle Wounds

With the Royal Wedding getting so much media attention, I can't help but think about my own wedding that will take place in about 2 months. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kate Middleton carried a bouquet almost identical to what I ordered with my florist a few weeks ago. It was beautiful and it is exactly what I want!

I've had my dress for over a year. For the first couple months, I was trying it on all the time. I had to put try-on restrictions on my dress - I limited how I often I would wear it to once a month. Slowly but surely, I started collecting accessories - first the jewelry, then the headpiece, and then the veil. (By the way, I never expected to want a veil, but I am so looking forward to wearing mine! Besides, how many times in your life do you get to wear one and have it be absolutely 100% acceptable for a fancy occasion? The answer is only once on your wedding day, so I am taking full advantage!). Each time a new accessory was acquired, I convinced myself I needed to try on the entire ensemble. Months ago, I tried on my dress and didn't feel particularly good in it because I had been at a street fair all day, and didn't have any make up on. Not feeling pretty sort of took the fun out of having such a special dress, so I haven't tried it on since....until last night. 

I couldn't help it. I was home alone, and I glanced at my dress hanging on my closet door. I threw my will power to the wind and approached that big ol' bag. I reached up and pulled the zipper down.

"Hello, dress. It's been awhile."

 I took it out and immediately swooned over had been almost 6 months! I put on my jewelry, headpiece, and veil, and then pulled on my dress. Oh, that dress. Do all girls love their dress like I love mine? I'm not giving any details about it, you'll have to wait and see, but it is the perfect dress for me, and I was in love. I didn't want to take it off. 

As I was checking out the back of my dress, my darling cat entered my room. Now, this cat, he loves it when you're putting fresh sheets on the bed, and takes it as a opportunity to play. Apparently, my wedding dress is no different than bedsheets, and he just wandered all over the train. I started to panic. I was home alone, in a very expensive, very special dress, and my cantankerous cat was not about to get off because it simply was too much fun. I started yelling, he started batting at the phantom bugs he was seeing. After plenty of scolding and minutes of panicky agony for me, he gave me sideways glance and left the room. 

Thank god. It was time to take it off, the fun was over. 

I wouldn't be surprised if I need to have my dress cleaned before the wedding, rather than after since I've put it on so many times. It already needs little fixer-uppers from all the try on sessions...the poor dress has battle wounds and we haven't even gone to war (i.e., klutzy me and the dress vs. the world on the wedding day). 

I'll look on the bright side and be amused. I'm getting lots of use, and lots of enjoyment out of it. It's a sign that this dress is really loved by it's owner....right?? 


  1. Well, now when you're standing in the back of the church arm-in-arm with your dad as you prepare to walk down that rather long aisle, hundreds of faces staring at you and members of the "waterworks" family starting to leak, think of Charles and his invisible bug attack and you will probably be smiling as you walk THE WALK.

  2. that's brilliant because i will most definitely start to cry when i see the weepy family! although, would be weird to think of my cat while head towards my future/current (what!) husband??

  3. HAHA! During "the walk" it's really hard to look at anyone but the handsome man at the front. I didn't even see Grandma or mom (the only person I actually remember other than Gary was Pastor Hiepler...weird)) -- that probably helped me stay calm the whole time. I think you'll be okay as long as Stian is okay.

  4. I think it is awesome you are getting so much enjoyment/use out of your dress! As much as they cost, and as much as we like them, it is ridiculous to only wear it the one time (and then package it away until ?). This is why God gave us dry cleaners/tailors to fix any little dirt spots or "wounds" along the way :)

  5. I have to admit -- I am quite obsessed with my wedding dress as well and I feel totally okay with that! I haven't maybe tried on mine quite as much (let alone the fact that I just got it last month!), but that's probably because I need help getting it on all the way ;)