Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Well, I took my dress in to get altered today. All it really requires is hemming of the dress, lining, and front panel. Judging by the tailor's marks, it looks like about 4 inches are coming off. I must say, that begs the question, "How tall was the girl who previously owned this dress?!" I mean, really. It fits my 5'6", 110 lb self like a dream except for the length. Was she 5'10" with my same body type? Dang.

When she asked what the dress was for, I said it was for a college dance, which could definitely be the truth (I actually suspect that it was originally marketed as a prom or similar dress). I don't know that she'd bump up the price over the word "wedding", but I certainly wouldn't be the first to encounter inflation over that one little word. I figured a little lie certainly wouldn't hurt anything. As it is, she quoted me $40, pointing out the slippery fabric, draped back, and several layers. I have no idea how that compares to other local prices, but either way, it seems reasonable enough to me, and she did a beautiful job on a jacket that my dad brought to her so I thiiink I'm in good hands.

Since I have bridal portraits scheduled for the 23rd of this month, my dress should be back in my hands by the 22nd. The tailor said that'd be fine. Nevertheless, I have this irrational fear that they'll go out of business (despite the great abundance of orders hung on racks in the store) and I'll never get my dress back! Gah! I don't know how you brides do it when you special-order your dress. I couldn't imagine having it out of your possession for 8 months. 2 weeks is more than enough for me, thanks.

One of my currently in-progress DIY wedding projects is my fascinator.


[fas-uh-ney-ter] –noun
1. a person or thing that fascinates.
2. a scarf of crochet work, lace, or the like, narrowing toward the ends, worn as a head covering by women.

For the record, mine is not a scarf of crochet work, lace or the like, but I love the word fascinator, so that's what it shall be called. I think it's a thing that fascinates, so it still works, eh?

When I visited my matron of honor/sister last month, we happened across some gorgeous glass flowers dying to be turned into fascinators. We couldn't decide between 3 of them, so all 3 came home with me. That's a rare splurge in my planning process - I blame my sister, but really, I thank her, since she insisted on buying 2 of them for me (I practically had to force her to let me pay for 1 of them). After I bought my red shoes, I decided to use the red ones to bring in the same pop of color somewhere else in my "ensemble".


My only concern is their weight. Being glass, they're not heavy per se, but they're also not exactly light. I need to find a clip or comb to wire it to that will stay in my hair really well to support their weight.

Since my mother has her doubts (and I begrudgingly admit I do too), I went ahead and arranged a back-up plan. While browsing on Craig's List, I saw someone listing their wedding dress and accessories. I spied a pretty hair flower a la Twigs & Honey in her listing, so I asked if she'd take $10 for it. In person, it's maybe slightly larger than I'd find ideal but a) it was $10, b) I can maybe remove some of the outer petals to make it smaller and c) it's really very pretty as is and complements my dress color perfectly.

My camera battery currently needs to be recharged, so I don't have any photos of it yet, but it looks a lot like this one, but with some center petals more toward a yellow hue, and minus the feathers.

It also has some pearls and crystals in the center. Pretty, pretty. Also, this was apparently the bride's backup fascinator that she bought new, so it's never been worn.

I do really hope I can get the glass flowers to work, but I'd be happy with this option too. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Although I think those glass flowers are gorgeous, I definitely think getting them to stay would be a challenge. Would they stick out quite a bit too? Maybe you could incorporate them elsewhere?

I'm suprised you were able to find the flower on Craigslist - I haven't had much luck on there looking for wedding-related stuff. That was a great find though - it sounds soooo pretty!

Sweet Lorraine said...

@Jess - The wire that they're mounted on is actually very malleable, so I could get them to lay quite flat. But yes. It's a definite challenge regardless due to their weight and my fine hair that doesn't hold things very well. I'll even probably have to put a different clip on the super lightweight fabric flower. Its little alligator clip allows it to just flop over on my head.

I wasn't really even looking for hair accessories or anything else in particular when I found it. I was just browsing the local listings with a search criteria of "wedding" or something similarly broad. I found myself clicking through table cloths and candle holders and dresses (despite already being super happy with my dress. I'm just a CL listing voyeur. :P) aaaand the fascinator was pretty much in the subscript of a dress posting without any price listed. So I offered!

Connor's Mom said...


I like both options! I have the same problem with my hair, so I know where you're coming from here. Either one would be beautiful!


PrincessImp. said...

Here's a tutorial on how to make your own fascinator...maybe this will give you some ideas on how to make the glass flowers to stay on your hair? :)