Today’s post is going to be a part of my Wedding Wednesday Series:
I will try to keep my wedding related posts to once a week, this is a running blog after all. And due to the pure fact that there seems to be more wedding related stuff going on than running these days, I feel it only appropriate to share with my family and friends the excitement.
In case you missed the first wedding Wednesday post, you can view it here. It’s the tiny announcement about how we picked a venue and a date.
Now onto THE DRESS, Part 1
Picking out your wedding dress is one of the moments you have always dreamed about. You have probably been pawing over bridal magazines since you were 16, right?
Well for The Linz that is not the case, I barely started looking at wedding blogs in November. So you can imagine my shock when I got engaged on NYE and J. Alabama explained that our wedding would be this summer due to military reasons.
I am a party planner by nature, so attacking this wedding with a little over 183 days seemed like an exciting task. But picking out a wedding dress scared the crap out of me.
So I started where any girl would start, by asking my mom & grandma if I could see their dress. My mom, Aunt and grandma all wore the same wedding dress, and it seemed like a great place to start. As it’s a family tradition right?
The dress itself dates back to 1958. But I still wanted to see it and try it on in hopes that I could honor the tradition of the women before me.
My grandma was tickled to tears with the request to try on the dress. And my mother was buzzing with joy and all the possibilities.
I really wasn’t sure what to think except how special it would be to be able to wear this dress. Before I slipped it on I looked at this beautiful picture hanging on the wall next to my grandmother’s bedroom. A frame held three black and white photos so beautifully taken. The pictures were of my mom, aunt, and grandmother, all on their wedding days putting on their garters, as they all wore the same wedding dress.
So I had to say, I felt a little pressure at this moment to carry on tradition. I’m the oldest granddaughter, and the first one to get married.
My grandmother then led me into her bedroom where my mother and I could see their dress hanging. The layers of lace could be seen, as well as the love this dress had endured throughout the past 60 years.
Try it on Linz. Just try it on, my grandmother said.
It was time to honor the special women in my life and try the dress on.
I slipped into the dress and then began to pull the top up. All that was left was to get my arms in and zip up the back.
It seemed as though all the J. Alabama boot camp workouts were effecting me at this moment. I tried to push my arm through the hole but it wouldn’t budge.
Well, we took a second to view the dress on me, as I held the top of the dress up to visualize what the dress would look it if fit me.
It was a special moment that I shared with my mom and grandmother that day.
There was no way around it though, the dress did not fit. My grandma however did give me permission, to take use the dress however I wanted. I have some ideas on other ways to incorporate parts of the dress into my wedding.
It was sort of a sad moment when I realized that I would not be wearing the dress, which also led me into panic mode of the thought of going wedding dress shopping.
The whole day was spent laughing and reminiscing about my mother’s and grandmother’s wedding days and will keep that as a beautiful memory.
My grandfather appeared and told me the story of how he purchased that dress so long ago, for the whopping price of $75.00. At that point I knew this dress had gotten its money worth.
I felt okay with the fact that I would not be able to wear the dress on my wedding day, and was now more open to the possibility of starting a new tradition for my future family someday.
I leave you with this gorgeous shot of my mother on her wedding day. I love looking at her photos, because we look so much alike, especially at that age.
And honestly, looking at these pictures are making me tear up a little. She looks absolutely stunning!
But don’t you fret friends. I have good news regarding what I will wear on my wedding day. But you will just have to wait until next Wednesday for The Dress, part 2.
What ideas do you have for somehow incorporating the dress into my wedding?