TRAVEL THERE: GETTING THE RIGHT LOOK
In the final weeks before the Anniversary Cruise, while Bill and I were still “discussing”what the service would be, I had a lot of other work to do concerning the ceremony. Here’s what was going on.
Everyone Else’s Ceremony Garb
After I found my dress, a few weekends later we went shopping again and found Deb’s. Like we did with mine, we found a downright dirty bargain! We sent a picture of her dress and mine to the rest of the ladies and asked them to find something blue to wear on the big day. I was trying to be a low maintenance bride.
I also told Jim that Bill would be wearing a tux. In fact, Bill still fit into the tux he wore to the wedding 25 years ago. I told Jim he could wear anything that he wanted to, as long as it was dark, because I knew he wasn’t big on suits. This picture was from one of his shopping trips. I loved it, but he ended up with a black suit.
That resolved the ceremony wardrobe issues, but there were still things to do.
The Hair Thing
I was somewhat nervous about my hair. I’d left it long for a year, even though I was ready to go short again, so I could have a fabulous updo. I was anxious about a stranger on the Celebrity Edge having a go at my hair for such an important event. I chatted about it with Loree every time I went in for my regular appointment. At first, I thought I wanted something with braids. She was all for adding fake braids, but no, I wanted to use my own hair. That’s why I’d grown it.
Then I found my dress, which was very old Hollywood, and the braids were out. So Deb and I went to Sam Moon’s where I bought a pair of gorgeous hair ornaments, not sure which would do the job. Loree sent me to Pinterest to find my do, but I confess I am Pinterest-challenged and I don’t speak hair very well. Loree said my choices were all over the place and she couldn’t get a read on what I actually wanted. Still she gave it a go based on what we’d discussed.
The result was gorgeous, as you can see. It would do, but I still had not captured it exactly, which is why I wanted a trial run. Loree is marvelous with cut and color. I won’t let anyone else touch it, but I hadn’t been able to communicate what I wanted. I needed to find more supporting material.
I bought a hair magazine and picked out a do or two. I had the Pinterest old Hollywood dos on my phone. I found pictures of what I definitely didn’t want it to look like, just to be clear. I took along both hair ornaments and several other pictures including this one, hoping the stranger might get what I couldn’t communicate to Loree. I just hoped I wouldn’t end up with a very expensive mess on my head.
The Dress Alteration
When I bought my dress, I filled it up a little more than I wanted to, but the only real problem was a little tightness right across the top of my thighs and support hose seemed to do the trick. However, like any bride-to-be, I wanted to lose a little weight for the pictures. I went on a diet and I did a lot more than lose a little weight at the top of my thighs. I went down by at least a dress size and in some areas it was more than that.
After I had bought my dress, I tested the local alterations lady with a bunch of things I needed to have fixed. She did an amazing job on some difficult work, so I asked her about altering my dress. “Bring it X number of days before the ceremony,” she said. I went home and marked off the requested days on my calendar, using my departure date, rather than my ceremony date as the target. I added in a few extra days, for good measure.
On the appointed day I went to the shop and the tailor had a melt down. She had formal gowns she was working on all over her shop, but she acted as if my wedding dress was some sacred cow she could not touch. Hadn’t I asked her specifically if she did wedding gowns on my previous visit? After some cajoling, she allowed me to try on the dress and show it to her.
Then she said it looked fine already. I grabbed up the inches of extra fabric in the bodice and said, “I don’t think so.” I explained that I also wanted to bustle the dress after the ceremony and needed the appropriate hooks. She showed me the loop on the inside of the dress. Why didn’t this lady want my money?
In the end, I had more luck with the tailor than I seemed to be having with my husband over the vows. She charged me at least twice what I thought it should be, but it was too late to go looking for someone else.
There were other arrangements I needed to make. We’ll talk about those next time.