Hi, Joel! Bye, Joel! :)
I know that there are a handful of people who are rolling their eyes right now, because it's not like me to be super-focused on things like weddings, or to fret over girly details like this. I have half-composed rants about the presidential campaigns and Deep Thoughts about phases of life in the works. I promise I haven't gone Bridezilla about my "special day" (gaggedy vomit); the dress is just a very emotionally charged purchase for me. Please don't judge me for caring so much about this. There isn't anything else about the wedding that's occupying my thoughts like this, I swear. I just want something I feel good in, despite my issues with my body. If you don't want to read about wedding dresses, please come back very soon for much less frivilous content.
Also, I do want feedback, both pros and cons, and suggestions. So, truthfully, tell me what you think, even if you don't like some of these dresses. (I'm not sure *I* like some of these dresses.) There are some pretty kickass ladies out there who feel pretty protective of me, which I love, because my loyalty streak makes me feel the same way about them. Speak your minds, please. Just do it nicely, m'kay?
So... I'm all over the map on wedding dresses now.
My first choice is still to add a halter to this one, above, but the seamstress I'd like to work with thought she could make it look "okay," but felt it would really look like a strapless gown with straps added. Don't love the sound of that. We're going to meet up at the end of the month at the store and see what the options are once she's seen me in the damn thing.
Cutting the skirt on a dress with the right bodice, as many of you suggested, isn't as easy as it sounds. So now I'm thinking of abandoning the idea of tea-length for now.
The pickup skirt would make me look like a frilly, multitiered wedding cake, wouldn't it? Although for some people, that might be what they're going for. If you haven't seen this, it's worth clicking the link. Seriously.
And then there's this one. It's not really budget friendly, and yeah- it's strapless. But I felt so pretty in it, and my armpit fat was surprisingly contained. My sister listed all the reasons it would negatively impact the enjoyment of the wedding day- really hot in August, underarms scratched up by the beading, hard to sit in, not exactly garden-friendly. I was just about ready to dismiss it altogether, but I find I just can't eliminate it just yet. Eh?
Finally, there's this one.
I like the halter top. It's fairly light and easy to move in, but it's a pretty run-of-the-mill standard cookie cutter wedding dress. I have no idea if it could be made into a tea-length dress. Or I could suck it up and just wear it, unaltered and not tea-length. I could ask the seamstress to follow me to a *different* store to see me in this one and compare the feasibility of adding a halter to the first one or cutting the skirt off this one, but... ugh. Who am I? Who's blog is this? HALP! I've been abducted by Pod People.