30 June, 2008
Once we actually GOT engaged (I knew it was coming, it was just a matter of when), I made all nonchalant-like and pretended to start looking for a venue. Luckily Mr Slippers was quite content for me to create a shortlist of places I liked, and help me choose from there. (Read as: Miss Ruby Slippers does the gruntwork while Mr RS plays computer games. Luckily Miss Ruby Slippers really enjoys this sort of work!) So I went into intense search mode. I must have been to every South African wedding planning site there is. Some venues I disregarded immediately because they were going for a bushveld or safari feel, which was so not what we wanted. The bride petting an elephant? Yeah...um, I don't know, it just feels a bit forced. Not to mention I would flip out if my dress got dirty! And elephants are not clean, trust me. So me, in my wedding dress, anywhere NEAR an elephant? I think not.
But I digress.
Other venues asked more for venue hire than we were willing to pay. Others either had crappy websites (I'm a stickler for that kind of thing; seriously, if you can't get your website right, how are you going to get my wedding right?) or the venues themselves just didn't look that nice. We also knew that we wanted to get married near enough to Johannesburg that we could go out to the venue when we needed to organise things.This was after witnessing the mission it was to pull my sister's Drakensberg wedding together from here. She'd never met the florist, seen the bouquets, met the officiant, hair & make-up people, photographer, NOTHING. Unbelievably it all pulled together pretty well, but I vowed that I had to have a closer rein on things than my slapdash sibling!
So getting married near home ended up meaning one thing: The Wedding Mile inMuldersdrift. So named because it has so many venues in such close proximity to one another. It's like Wedding City out there. And it makes for such easy scouting! They even do tours, though we didn't. That seemed a bit...weird.
First up on our list: THE BRIDGE.
Venue Seven:GLENBURN LODGE.
29 June, 2008
28 June, 2008
Look at the genius of these. Soooo cute!
27 June, 2008
Shop Assistant (hereafter known as SA): Hi, can I help you?
Mr RS: I'm looking for a black suit.
SA: Here's one. Would you like to try it on?
Mr RS: Okay.(He goes into the change room, and I go look at ties. I'm still trying to find a white one so I can convince him it actually DOES look nice, when he emerges)
SA: I'll pin the legs shorter for you.
Other SA: We've got these tie and waistcoat sets. Do you want to try one on?
Mr RS: Okay.(They show him three, he picks one.)
SA: That looks great.
Other SA: Yes, it does.
Mr RS: Yes, it does.
[At this point Miss Ruby Slippers is getting a bit perturbed (while feeling proud of yummy Mr RS all dashing and suited up), because surely we're just looking to see what's out there, and now these guys are going to expect a sale!]
Miss RS: It does look nice, but...
Mr RS: I'll take it.
Miss RS: Um, don't you want to look around first?
Mr RS: Hell, no!
And that was that. One groom's suit, tie, waistcoat and pocket handkerchief thingy, all in the space of twenty minutes. And he's never going to second-guess his choice and wish he could have ten weddings so he could wear ten different suits. Apparently that's all left up to me. If only hunting for a dress had been this easy! Can we say three months? THREE months!Versus 20 minutes! Bah humbug.
How fast did your hubbies pick out their outfits?
26 June, 2008
25 June, 2008
This was mine:
I found this dress in a wedding magazine one day at work, about a year before I got engaged. Let's face it, I'm a girly-girl ("I don't want He-Man! He's a boy! I want She-Ra!"), and I luuurve wedding magazines. I've always paged through them, whether I was single, in a new relationship, or waiting for a proposal - none of this halts my enjoyment of wedding stuff! Anyway, so I spotted this dress and immediately knew I HAD to have it. It was perfect - it had straps, a nice cleavage-enhancing V-neck, a full skirt that was princessy without being poofy, and a lovely slimming bodice. Drool, smack chops, etc. I had no idea where - or if - I could get this dress in South Africa, but I didn't care - I was going to wear a dress like that One Day When I Got Married, so there.
Well, it didn't work out like that. First, there was the problem of unavailability. Then I found a shop that imported Jasmine gowns. I thought I had it made! BUT. Huge BUT. They wouldn't import it for me without my paying for it upfront. So basically I'd be paying for a dress I'd never even seen, let alone tried on. And how much would I be paying? Nine and a half THOUSAND Rand. For a dress that might look really crap on me, or even just really ordinary. Ummm...no, thanks.
So my next option was to look for a dress that was similar. Except no one seems to carry dresses that have that sort of neckine! It's all strapless, strapless, strapless. And I was convinced I didn't WANT strapless, because of the inevitable tugging on the bodice all night that I was sure would ensue! However, the lack of options didn't leave me with much choice, and luckily the strapless dresses don't actually look too bad on me.
This one makes me look like I'm wearing a big satin apron...
I loved this one, but it looks a little plain (I apologise for how dorky I look)
So I moved on and up in my choices! Ok wait, this one is almost the same idea. It's very pretty, though. The bodice was covered in sparklies. And I'm totally having fun! That, or bored of having my picture taken.
So I moved on and up, really this time. I went all bold and tried a split-front skirt! Whoa, baby, hold me back!
Somewhere in the midst of this I also tried on a sheath and a mermaid, but somehow we didn't get pictures because I didn't really like them on me...and, frankly, I didn't know I'd be blogging about the whole thing! *Bangs head* Always get picture documentation, dammit! Have I learnt nothing from Weddingbee?
And that brings me to my final dress choice, which....
I'm not going to post. Not yet, anyway. But I will say that it's not too far a departure from the last one, because, despite all the trying-on and time-wasting, I know what I like! (I've spoken about it here) And, yes, I love it even more than my first love. I can't wait to wear it on that special day, surrounded by my friends and family.
PS - When I was fifteen, this was going to be my wedding dress! Oh, the joys of early 90's Days of Our Lives!
You can't see the skirt, but believe me, it was POOFY.
23 June, 2008
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19 June, 2008
After a brief dalliance with purple, I decided that to bring in the Hollywood glamour feel I would need to add a bit of black. The flowers will still be crimson/dark red/burgundy/claret whatever you want to call it, but the black is going to come through in ribbons (bouquets, programs, etc) and borders on the place cards, menus, and other stationery.I've made an inspiration board for this colour scheme! All inspired by thetop left-hand picture of the red tulips on the monochrome damask cloth.
I am toying with the idea of getting black or black & white damask table runners (the tablecloths are white in our venue), but to be honest, it just feels like yet another expense that hardly anyone will notice anyway. I have to know when to stop! Little things add up in a horribly frightening way. Anyway, I'm using this pattern as the border to my placecards and menu:
And I'm using this look for my programs. I love the idea of it so much morethan a normal book-shaped program.
I'm also going to have the confetti cones, proably half in crimson and half in black. More paper to buy, oh dear....
18 June, 2008
17 June, 2008
Anyway, I luuurve the look and feel of this theme. I’ve also recently discovered inspiration boards on some wedding blogs (as if I wasn’t spending enough time on wedding websites). So I thought I’d try my hand at my own “Old Hollywood” inspiration board! This is what I came up with:
I'm loving the idea of feathers in my bouquet, as in the last pic on line 2. How vintage and romantic! Just scrumptious. Look at these other beautiful ones I found:
(Photo by Jennifer Skog)
Another suggestion I've heard is to have a classic romance playing on a big screen (silently, one assumes!) during the reception. While I like the idea in theory, in practical terms it would be too much of a hassle to set up and play, too much of an unnecessary expense, and too much of a distraction for the guests, who will probably sit and stare blankly at it instead of enjoying the damn party I'm throwing for them! So.... no classic movie in the background, much as I love the idea of sharing my obsession with everyone!
16 June, 2008
You know how boring Gwyneth Paltrow is? My hair looks like hers. Only thinner and less well-groomed.
I think I could carry off a choppy bob like Elliott did in Scrubs a few seasons back, when she did a big makeover:
Fun, Huh? Anybody else planning on making a big change after their wedding?