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The lucky recipient of Erika’s beautiful blue wedding dress is….. Jona! Who said:
What a sweet gesture, Erika…I’ve been drawn to this blog for ages, and I’ve quietly admired your dress from afar. I’m planning my Indian-American wedding in a practical, no fuss, organic way–most of which I attribute to the community of brides and others I’ve found through this blog.
Indian weddings are large, lavish, and sometimes over the top…ours will be small, simple, green, at a small museum outside Boston, with lots of colors (which I love). In our culture, white is worn during grief, and bright colors and silks(blues, greens, reds) are worn at weddings.
I have a red and gold sari to wear during the ceremony, but I’m still torn about what to wear for the reception. I would love to wear your dress, with some of my mother’s Indian jewelry. My favorite color is blue, and my engagement ring that my fiance and I designed together is a greeny-blue sapphire. It is gorgeous and I’d be absolutely honored to wear it on my special day. Thanks again for your kindness, generosity, and wedding inspiration…
Jona, send me your address, and I’ll pass it along to Erika. And remember to send us pictures of the wedding (pretty pretty please!) Cheers, you guys. Cheers.
Oh, you guys are just amazing. Amazing, I tell you. Every day you blow me out of the water. Brandi, who is giving away a lovely grey dress to a Team Practical member, picked AM as the winner. AM is, I-swear-to-god, getting married at Walden Pond, where Thoreau did much of his writing, and having a reception afterwards at their fixer-upper home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her response is amazing enough to get it’s own post:
Hello Meg, Brandi, and Team Practical,
I would love to wear this dress to my elopement, which will (hopefully!) take place at Walden Pond, sometime this summer or fall, and/or the post-elopement celebration of our marriage at our home in the Blue Ridge mountains. My fiance and I chose Walden Pond because (1) Thoreau’s writings, and his emphasis on self-reliance and simplicity, are at the core of the life we are building together, (2) the permit is only $17, (3) we want our marriage to take place where any loving and devoted couple may marry, and (3) other life reasons, explained below.
I have been reading this blog since July 2008, when I got engaged to my long time beau. I was planning a spring wedding with lots of family in Nashville, my hometown. I had even found a great, old pub for the reception. My Dad wasn’t always there for me growing up, so when he offered to pay for the wedding, it was a meaningful gesture. I was also thrilled because it allowed me and my fiance to buy a fixer-upper house together this winter, since we weren’t worried about wedding expenses.
In the middle of my plans for what I thought was already going to be a relatively practical wedding came the news of my Dad’s layoff. He lost his job in December and is now collecting unemployment. My fiance’s parents also lost a huge chunk of their retirement in 401k’s in recent months, so we’re not in position to ask them for help either.
Given all that’s going on, my wedding needed to be a little more self-reliant and a lot more simple…so we dreamed up a Walden Pond elopement/honeymoon combo we thought Thoreau might approve of. With a $17 permit, a justice of the peace, and no more than 20 onlookers (Pond rules!), we plan to elope in the late summer or fall (if we can wait that long!) We’ll each have two witnesses/dear friends as witnesses to an utterly simple, quiet ceremony in the beauty of nature. Our reception will take place at our new fixer-upper house in the Blue Ridge mountains (which will hopefully be somewhat more fixed by then!) sometime afterwards, complete with homemade food, a bonfire, and intertubing on the New River, which is just a few miles from our country house. Guests and family will be invited to camp anywhere on our five acre backyard, to help keep travel costs low.
The beauty of all these difficulties is that we now get to be even more creative and unconventional about the celebration of our marriage. So, in a way, these “difficulties” are the perfect excuse for letting us break rules and justify the lack of tradition to our parents…a true blessing in disguise. It would be an honor to wear your lovely dress at either the elopement itself or our homestyle Appalachian celebration afterwards, whichever is more practical!
See? Now don’t you feel especially blessed to be part of this community? I do. AM, please drop me a line, and I’ll put you in touch with Brandi. You are the proud new owner of a stunning grey wedding dress. From Team Practical to you.
Annnnddddd…. the recipient of Amy’s wedding dress is Chris, who said:
I don’t envy the choice you have to make with this, and even if I don’t receive the dress, it’s so good to know there are people in this world who want to give back. I hesitate to even post a comment since I’m only 5’4’’, but if you think the dress could be shortened, I’d love it very much. We’re on the smallest of shoe-string budgets, and considered a courthouse wedding for months. In the end we decided it was very important to us that our friends and family be there to celebrate. Our ceremony and potluck style reception will be in a garden on a historical property (with an amazing Victorian house), that we managed to afford as our wedding is in October and on a Sunday. We’re DIYing the stationary, centerpieces, and bouquets (my aunts are planting flowers) and hoping the gorgeous scenery of the woods and garden take care of the rest. I’m really hoping the word “charming” will come to mind when our guests see it.
I’ve been planning on renting my dress from a local shop, just hoping and praying that there will be something there I like. My wedding is in 5 months and I’ve put off going because I’m afraid I’m going to be let down. If there really isn’t anything there, I’ll be headed to the internet or David’s Bridal during a $99 sale, which I won’t lie, breaks my heart a little bit. A plain dress is not what I have always dreamed of. I can’t believe your dress has a scalloped edge on the bodice (there’s no way I could tell you just how much I love that look), AND that’s it’s ivory, AND then beyond all reason, in my size. It’s everything I’ve torn out of magazines. I’ve never wanted to buy a beautiful dress and then keep it in a box in the back of the closet forever, so this dress would definitely be passed on, as would a dress I would buy elsewhere if I didn’t rent one.
Sorry to ramble on and on. I appreciate so much what you’re doing here.
Chris, both Amy and I are thrilled. Email me, and I’ll put you both in touch. I think I speak for all of Team Practical when I say, if you send us maybe one or two little pictures of your wedding we’d be fantastically excited. From all of us to both of you, MWAH!