Continuing on from my previous post……
Let me start off by saying that I have never been to a bridal fair before. When Bret and I got engaged, our local bridal fair had already come and gone. By the time the next one happened in the spring, we had everything already planned out so I never saw a need in going. I have to admit, it was a pretty good time. As far as bridal fashions go – 90% of everything out there, if not more, is strapless. Many of those have some sort of color other than white involved in the dress (a sash, piping, lace, or embroidery) that ties into the bride’s wedding colors. As far as the bridal party goes, anything goes. There are lots of 2 piece sets out there, which really lets you mix and match pieces to get the dress you want. The colors, well, are bright – acid green seems to be a popular color! The thing that I was most impressed with, however, wasn’t the fashions, but the cakes.
Most of the cakes are rolled fondant. This cake designer had a number of wedding cakes that were really unusual, like cakes in the shape of bridal gowns and this one that sort of looks like it has a crown at the top.
Believe it or not, this ‘cooler’ is a cake and absolutely everything is edible! After further inspection, the bottles are hard sugar candy and the labels are those edible sugar sheets. Amazing work!
After getting the chance to freshen up and change, we met for dinner at a downtown brewery. If you’re wondering if I got my jacket done in time to wear it out – I didn’t! Instead, I finally wore the simplicity top that I made in the tahitian tatto fabric. Since I knew that we were going to go dancing later on, I was a little concerned about a wardrobe malfunction (like the top slipping down, coming untied, shifting), but after seeing what people were wearing in the clubs, I’m not sure that they would notice! Thankfully, everything stayed in place. It was probably better that the jacket wasn’t finished anyway – at 11 p.m. it was still 92 degrees and the humidity was horribly high.
Today, we got together and I picked up my bridesmaid dress. I was a little worried how it would fit – and here’s why. My friend had tried on a dress at the shop and it fit perfectly. The only alterations that I could see would be some taking in at the waist and bringing up the hem. When her dress arrived in the store and she tried it on, it didn’t fit – it was way too small. I was afraid that I would have a similar problem. Fortunately, everything fit well and I only see a few alterations. First, the straps are about 1 1/2- 2″ too long. I’m not suprised, since the length of my shoulder-to-bust area is much smaller than most. Secondly, the length needs to be taken up several inches as well. I haven’t decided if I’m going to do these myself or have someone else do it. Yes, it seems like a silly thing since these alterations are pretty simple to do, however, I really dislike alterations and mending.
Lastly, there’s my swap bag! Andreamarie made this beautiful bag for me:
I love it! The swirl fabric is beautiful (I don’t think that the camera does it justice). I love swirl fabrics (and paisleys) – and the green color is so fresh and pretty! The bag itself is beautifully made too. She even put a snap on it so I don’t sling everything out of it when I use it (which was one of the things that I mentioned when I wrote up my swap questionaire). I had a lot of fun with this swap and can’t wait to do another one in the future!
Well, that’s about it – what a weekend. I think that it might take me all week to recover!