I am endeavoring to keep a record here of the many ways that God provides just what we need for the wedding, so I am going to tell you that Lindsay found her dress and we have it in our possession!
This was a concern for me as all the shops mention how you need like 5 months to order your dress. We don't have 5 months, so I knew we were going to have to find it at a consignment shop or buy a sample. A sample is simply a dress they have in the shop for girls to try on, and then order in their size. Fortunately Lindsay fits the sample size perfectly, and they were willing to sell it to us at a discount, because others have tried it on! The only alteration that she needs is a bit of adjustment in the shoulders and for length.What a blessing! Big sigh of relief from the mama here!
We bought her dress at a shop recommended to me by a friend whose son got married this past summer. Classic Weddings in Lititz, Pennsylvania was a delightful experience. They are very professional and yet personal. My mom, myself, Emma, Rachel and Sarah all went with Lindsay and it was fun! Sarah said, "I want to give my opinion, but I don't want to be like those people on 'Say Yes To The Dress.'" If you've not seen that show, lets just say that some people have their own idea of what the bride should wear, even if it is not what the bride likes. Awesome thing here? The bride's favorite was also our favorite!
Lindsay and I are going to look at a church this morning. We already have our favorite and it seems as if this is just a formality to say that we looked at several, when in reality, I think we should have just booked the one we like!
With these two things accomplished I will breathe a bit easier knowing that two major things are done. The next thing is to find bridesmaid dresses. Lindsay is having Emma as her maid of honor, Rachel, and Joseph's sister Laura as bridesmaids, and then Sarah and Joseph's sister Jane, as junior bridesmaids. She took them all to tea last week and asked them. They were very excited. The big issue, besides the fact that the majority of bridesmaid dresses are um, well let's just say too short and lacking material up top, there is a vast difference in the bridesmaids ages and maturity. Emma is the oldest at 19 and the other two bridesmaids are 14. The maturity gap is 5 years, and we don't want the younger girls to look like they are wearing dresses meant for someone older. Then we have two junior bridesmaids who are girls yet, so we are thinking that we will, at least for the bridesmaids, and junior bridesmaids, buy a bolt of fabric and find patterns to suit them. They would match by wearing the same length and fabric and will look fine. Emma as maid of honor can wear a different style completely but hopefully the same color. This is the next thing I want settled. We have 12 weeks to go.
I am also trying to get an idea for the tables. I am looking online at elegant but disposable plates. Trying to decide if we want plates that look like china or the kind that look like clear glass. Do you have any recommendations for me?
Once the holidays are over we'll be on the fast track to the wedding. Thanks for coming along for the ride!