“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” – William Shakespeare
Yep. The Bard knew what he was talking about. It is now official that The Dude and I are getting married. The countdown is on until May when the big event will take place. So, over the next several months you’ll be hearing all about the joys, sorrows, melt-downs and budget-busters that go into planning a wedding.
I couldn’t be happier that The Dude and I found each other. Not only is he my sweetheart, but he’s also my best friend. And I know that no matter how squirrely I may get in the next few months that he’ll still love me! Right, honey? Honey? Hmmmmm…..
So far things are going fairly smoothly – EXCEPT for a dress! Okay, it’s my second marriage (and The Dude’s as well), but I still want a wedding dress. Why oh why is everything geared toward a 22 year old who wants to look like a princess? And why is it that the dresses that I like are also the most expensive? I’ve just spent three days having a conversation with myself, trying to justify spending $1,000 on a dress I’m going to wear for maybe 6 hours. Common sense has prevailed. I figured I’d rather feed my guests well rather than have them munching on Ritz crackers and Cheez Whiz while I sashay around in a dress I clearly can’t afford!
And the other thing is “Bridal Shoppes.” I cringe just thinking about it. At 51 years old the last thing I want to hear is BS from some twenty-something sales person trying to get me to buy the most expensive dress and telling me I look like a princess. Please, I stopped wanting to be a princess years ago! Now I know that I’m a goddess! But fortunately the internet looks like my problem solver. It seems like more and more people are buying their dresses on-line. And all the dresses I like aren’t sold through those big-box bridal conglomerates (thank goodness).
So after hours of scouring the internet I found “the dress.” It’s simple, classic and will suit my body type. The company is Aria Dress and I love their designs. Plus they give you options! They also send out sample dresses in your size so you definitely can try before you buy. I e-mailed them yesterday and they responded within 20 minutes. They are sending me sample swatches at no charge too. And their prices are so affordable. So, if you are getting married or you plan on being a bridesmaid in the future, I strongly suggest checking out their website at http://www.ariadress.com. And no, I’m getting absolutely nothing for plugging them! However, if they see this and want to make me an offer, well, I’m willing to talk! Oh, and here is a picture of the dress I’m thinking about ordering. I only wish I looked like the model in the picture!
Not only am I the luckiest gal for meeting my husband-to-be, but I am also lucky that I’m surrounded by wonderful family and friends who are volunteering their talents. The Dude’s sister Jennifer is a fabulous card designer and she has graciously agreed to create our invitations. And my dear friend Wenhwa (who is an AMAZING filmmaker by the way) is going to take our wedding photos. So all in all, things are moving along… And okay, give me just a moment of girly behavior…
… OMG! I’M GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!