Hello you lovely lot. This month I am mainly counting down to my big 3-0. Yep, I’m turning thirty on cinco de mayo. I’m not sure if I’ll be dirty thirty, flirty thirty or just plain old crazy wedding brained ‘can’t remember my own name under this pile of unfinished craft’ thirty. Either way my 20s are almost over and I’m not as stressed out about it as I thought I would be. That being said my current grey hair count stands at five, shock horror, so I have decided to get my hair cut and coloured before the wedding after all.
My wedding excitement has been steadily building even though I haven’t been doing too much practical wedding planning in the past few weeks. I’m very lucky to work at The American Museum in Britain where this year’s exhibition is brimming with fabulous wedding dresses. Every time I walk into the room I get a wave of pure bridal glee. The exhibition is called ‘Hatched, Matched, Dispatched — and Patched’ and is filled with textiles that are interwoven with the stories of peoples lives. From Christening gowns and wedding dresses to mourning clothes and a heck of a lot more in between.
Obviously my favourites are the wedding dresses. Notably, there is the wedding dress that Wallis Simpson’s mother in law got hitched in circa 1887 — check out that train!!! Most wearable (should I say, the one I would most like to have a sneaky try on of…) is the lace 1930’s frock inspired by the glam Hollywood stars of the era, swoon. The ridiculous tiny waists that would have needed bone crunching corsets to fit into really put my lingerie dilemma into perspective. And the wedding quilts that get passed down through the generations on a bride’s wedding day make me wish my family had some sort of tradition I could take part in. Although my dad’s signature dance move ‘The Crab’ will be passed down from generation to generation to be performed at weddings and parties for centuries to come, I was thinking something a little less embarrassing would be nice too. It’s never too late to start a tradition or create an heirloom though I guess. Have any of you got a special heirloom or tradition that you are going to incorporate into your wedding day? If not, are you planning to start a new tradition? I’d love some ideas.
In the exhibition there is a big white tree for visitors to include their own stories and pictures to the branches, and I can’t wait to add my own wedding picture to the tree at the end of the summer. Until then I won’t be spending my working days taking my mind of our upcoming nuptials, instead I’ll be getting more and more hyped up. Don’t even get my started on the shop…Yes, I need tissues with pictures of wedding rings on them. Yes, I need silver walnuts that represent luck and fertility for a bride. Yes, yes, yes, I need it all! I am itching for August 22nd to roll around (except to be honest I can probably wait because I still need to order rings and figure out cars and get through a million hours of crafting).
Next week I am going to a talk at The American Museum with Edwina Ehrman, the Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the V&A. She will be discussing Wedding Dresses 1775-2014. I absolutely cannot wait to immerse myself in this bridal indulgence. Including key pieces from John Galliano and Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang, any bride would be in her element.
As far as actual wedding planning, I haven’t done too much this month. We have decided on our wedding bands, although we haven’t gotten around to ordering them yet. We went back and forth so much trying to make a decision on what rings we wanted, for a while we had decided to get cheapy Argos rings with a view to updating them after the wedding as our Christmas presents to each other. But when we tried them on in Argos they just didn’t feel right. Not to mention it seemed wrong to discard the ring we actually used as a symbol of our love for a ‘nicer one’ after only a couple of months. Anyway, we have decided to order both of our rings from Bittersweets NY (they made my engagement ring too), we are both getting simple handcrafted gold bands. This is number one on my list to get sorted next week, or I might run out of time and end up at Argos anyway.
We are all booked in for our food tasting this month…waaaa this is the most super exciting wedding planning day everrrrrr! I swear I’ve been looking forward to this almost as much as I’m looking forward to the actual wedding. Expect a very yummy post next month.
We are so, so far behind in the invitation game. I hope to send out our invites by my birthday, but as I write this the designs haven’t been finalised let alone printed. Don’t worry family and friends, the wedding is still on. You’ll have your invites soonish!
Oh and finally, my COATT necklace arrived a couple of weeks ago. It is absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to wear it on my wedding day, and many more days after that (did somebody say heirloom). One more massive thank-you goes out to Steph and Beki.
See you on the other side of thirty…