Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dress Dilemma

Oh gosh. I've been dress shopping and I think it's starting to eat away at my brain. We've been engaged almost eight months and I have yet to be stressed about anything up until this point.

I've been to five dress appointments at four different stores and have probably tried on like 60 or so dresses. I'm struggling to make a decision. My problem lies in the fact that I saw a dress I fell in love with back at a bridal expo in January. Knowing I wasn't going to go dress shopping until July, I didn't really look at dresses over those seven months. But in the back of my mind I always thought back to that one from the expo.

Now that I'm trying on dresses, I'm having a hard time seeing myself in anything else. The dress from the expo has completely clouded my vision. I've found other dresses that I love, but I keep going back to the first one. As I look at pictures of myself in the two dresses I'm currently fixated on, I wonder if maybe I should try on more..? I feel like I'm just confusing myself at this point. I'm also wondering if I have that expo dress on an imaginary pedestal by now. The first time I put it on though, I was ready to just walk right out of the store in it. However, it's also over budget. To get it vaguely in budget I'd have to buy the sample. But it'll need alterations and I just don't know.

I feel like I need time to think about it. However, as the days in between appointments drag on, I feel more confused and overwhelmed. Like the extra time to think about it is just making me dwell and question it more and more. I feel like I should try on more dresses but I also think I'll just confuse myself more. I just don't really know where to go from here and I'm so torn and confused about the whole situation. I need it to be Friday again so I can try both dresses on again and try to figure out a decision. I'm not usually this indecisive and it's really, really frustrating me. Blerg.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Oh gosh, a lot has happened since my last post. I've been soooo busy lately with everything. Wedding planning, working full time, school, building an enormous freaking deck on our house. I'm so tired.

Wedding related things, go!

Trying to find someone to bring on site to do at least my make up for the day of. It's been difficult to say the least. The first girl I contacted I was totally set to book. She came highly recommended from the CNY board on The Knot and a bunch of girls there used her and raved about how awesome she was. She's out of Rochester which is fine by me. But her Saturday on site minimum was $500! Plus $1 per minute of travel (about $120) plus taxes and tips. It'd end up costing like $800. There was just no way I could ever spend that much for make up. So I booked a consultation with a girl in Canandaigua who is much cheaper. I can have her do come out and do my make up day of and everything will be about $100. She doesn't do airbrushing which is kind of disappointing, but for a $700 savings, I can live without it. Though I have to call and reschedule the consultation because I accidentally made it for my triathlon weekend.

Rob's mom and I talked with Dana, the owner over at DTO's and we're pretty sure we'll have her coming to cater our pre-wedding rehearsal picnic in the park. So that's exciting. We booked a pavilion big enough for our whole guest list and we're going to extend the invitations to include an rsvp to this to anyone who would like to join us.

I went wedding dress shopping. It was kind of disappointing. I had fun and there were so many pretty dresses, but I've been drooling over a specific dress since I saw it at a bridal expo in January. I tried it on and loved it and so did everyone who was with me. But it's over budget. The second dress I liked is much more budget friendly, but I'm really concerned about the cut height of the waist, mostly because I'm very insecure about being bottom heavy. My mom and I are going again on the 27th, so we'll see how that goes. I need to make a decision soon since I'm quickly approaching the ten month mark and dresses take on average six to eight months to come in plus a month or so time frame for alterations.

I also ordered bridesmaids gifts and ten bouquets silk flowers for bridesmaids bouquets and decorations. I felt like I was behind for a while there. We booked a lot of big vendors so early then didn't have much else to do for a while and then the year mark came and went and I realized we still had things to book. Now we just need to finalize that caterer for the RD, find a baker and a florist, and Rob needs to still formally ask his cousin to officiate. He needs to get on that. I'll pester him this weekend.

We are officially ten months and two weeks away, or 318 days. Whichever you prefer.