Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wedding Bits

Some of you may already know, I haven't spoken about it here, but the Mr. and I finally (finally!!) set a date for our wedding!  We're tying the knot on October 31st, 2014!  Yep, this Halloween.

We finalised the date sometime in January and I have delved deep, deep into the madness that is wedding planning.  If I could go back in time and give myself one bit of advice it would be this; You do not need everything that wedding magazines/websites/books/people say you do.  What you need is what reflects the two of you, is within your budget, and makes you happy.
I did what I always do when planning something and making a decision, I chose what I liked, got freaked out that it wasn't what I should do, and then went back to my first choice.  It's silly, and I always, always do things that way.
Oh, another bit of advice, find a theme.  It's so much easier to make choices when you have a theme in mind.  Otherwise it gets all jumbly.  I went through a few phases; purple and gold, blue and green, until I was reminded of a book I love dearly, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  It's black, white, and red, limits the guest list to between 15 and 30 people, and is steampunky without being overly steampunky.

I haven't finalised a venue yet, but I'm in discussion with dear friends of ours about renting out their gorgeous Victorian B&B out in Port Townsend for that weekend.  They have cultivated a steampunk community out there, as well as being excellent re-enactors, I know we're in safe hands.

What am I wearing, you ask?  Something inspired by this dress:

Perhaps with a red, riding jacket on top...

I'm still in the mocking up phase, but I have a pile of gorgeous ivory silk that I got for 50% off from JoAnn's.  And because I am insane, I'm going to appliqué miles of black, velvet ribbon onto the silk to achieve the stripes I want.  Mostly because no one sells black and white striped silk and because I want the texture of the velvet.  
See?  YUM!
I'm still on the lookout for little boots either in red or ivory that are Victorian-ish, and probably some red accessories.  It is slowly coming together and I'm very excited to see how it progresses.  Once my last few Cornish bits are done (graduation, what?!) I can focus on this project.  Need to toss together a muslin to fuss with fitting and then it's off to building my pretty pretty dress.  EEEEP!  

What was the best advice you received about planning your wedding?