A Dress with Pockets

Over the holiday break, I was able to get a fair amount done for our wedding. As we coasted by our 6 months to do mark, I feel pretty confident with the state of our plans.

One thing that I was finally able to shore up, was the bridesmaid dress selection. After some unsuccessful searching, I finally decided on dress from the LulaKate line that is available at Bella Bridesmaid. From the start I knew that I wanted to give the girls various styles to choose from, all in the same color. Lula Kate was able to provide just that for me. Each girl selected a different style top and they had the choice of 4 different bottoms. Some of the bottoms came with pockets, which for me, ups the ante on any dress. Unfortunately, one of my bridemaids was not fully informed of the necessity of pockets before placing her order. See conversation below:

Me: blah blah… something about having a candy bar at the wedding… blah blah blah
Noelle:  candy bar???????? yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Me:  haha
Noelle:  I just told bobby (her husband) about the candy bar. He says, ”  Oh damn, That is going to be sweet”
Me: I am going to put those Easter candies  in it just for you 
Noelle:  yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Cadbury eggs! I’m totally going to hoard them. I wish our dresses had pockets
Me:  dude, your dress could have had pockets if you got the other skirt
Noelle:  I didn’t know there was going to be a candy bar

The painful lesson here is, when in doubt, get pockets.Whether it is your cell phone, chap stick or candy, there will undoubtedly be something worthwhile to put in them.

The Power of Being a Bridesmaid

This past weekend I had my first experience as a bridesmaid. I will be honest, while I was very honored to be asked to share this special day with my college roommate, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Well let me tell you, it was awesome. I am ready to become a bridesmaid full-time. I am not sure what Katherine Heigl’s problem was in the movie 27 Dresses.

The day began with 5 hours in the hair salon. This probably sounds like an awful experience, however with mimosas, bagels, coffee and gossip magazines things can ONLY be good. I have limited experience with hair styling; it would be a good day if I did something other than a ponytail. Because I was always swimming, I never felt like the efforts of blow drying my hair were ever worth it… in a few short hours I would be tucking my hair underneath my cap and diving into the pool again… So, it was a great think that my hair stylist had the creative insight to think of something to do with my tresses.

When I originally received my dress, it was a little tight. I then spend the next few weeks obsessing that I wasn’t going to be able to get my dress zipped up on the day of the wedding. I had this vision of myself walking down the aisle on the big day, with the front of my dressing looking ok, but the back being unzipped and my back hanging out. But when I put the dress on, a took a deep breath and my friend zipped it up all the way.  I don’t think I took another breath until the end of the wedding.

The ceremony was beautiful and I felt so honored to be standing up next to the happy couple. It gave the entire wedding experience a whole new feeling. I was a part of their vows, a witness to the awesome promise that they made to each other. Their happiness became my happiness and we all walked out of the church with huge smiles on our faces.

During the reception, we were instructed to create a 25 second dance move to go along with our grand entrance into the room. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have exactly one dance move: jumping. And to make things worse, the groomsman that I was paired up with was a 19-year-old, 6’4″ boy who wasn’t the world’s best dancer either. Well, after much thinking and not much result, we finally came up with something. Matt’s friends do a move called “the jump rope” where they “swing” a pretend jump rope and have people jump/dance in it. Let me tell you, it is a huge crowd pleasure at the bars, so I thought it would be an even bigger crowd pleaser at a wedding. Well, I was certainly correct. I am confident that we kicked the wedding off to a good start. Who would have thought that Matt would have delivered me a winning dance move.

As the evening progressed and the dance floor heated up, I experienced the awesome power of the bridesmaid dress. I could dance in the middle of the dance floor, dance with the groom, dance with the bride, dance with the groom’s dad… anything I wanted to do was perfectly acceptable because I was a bridesmaid! Who knew the power that came with being in this elite club of 5-6 girls with matching dresses.

By the end of the evening, I was exhausted, had completely “danced my hair out” and was so happy for the newly weds. Thank you to Moffat and Casey for including me in this special day. It could not have been a better weekend and I could not be happier for you both.