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Amanda from Pittsburgh writes:
It’s Wednesday afternoon, taking a break from my work, to write this blog post. And I am sitting on 10 days and counting until the day I say “I Do.” And I am not nervous. About anything. And that almost makes me nervous!
Last weekend were the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Mine was a lot of fun! And clean! I hope he enjoyed his just as much I enjoyed mine! Dinner, a couple drinks, dancing. A great girls’ night out.
Then I got lazy over the weekend and just enjoying watching TV and movies with the fiancé. These next few days are going to be hectic so we enjoyed some calm-before-the-storm.
Monday was my second dress fitting. My mom was able to go with me this time. My “sister” (she will be after the wedding) took lots of pictures again. The dress fits great. It needs a little more work. Such as: sew the trim back onto the dress! Anyone out there have a lace dress? If so, were you surprised on how the dress was hemmed?
Let me explain: the dress is all lace. I was under the impression that a way to hem a lace dress was by opening the side seams and bringing the dress up from there. I was wrong. I am standing there in my lovely dress and surprisingly comfortable shoes just admiring the dress’s beauty in the mirror. I look down and see the seamstress cutting the beautiful hem off my dress! Then it hit me “Duh, cut it off to re-attach it at the proper height!” But still I could not help but think how panicked a girl could feel watching this after spending so much money on her dream dress!
My seamstress is awesome with pins and stitches. Do you think this has become a lost artform? My mom tells me stories of how her great aunt could sew clothes, almost a perfect fit, without even measuring! I took one sewing class so I can hem pants, sew buttons and fix seams. But what some of these ladies can do is jaw-dropping.
Today is going very slow. I am super anxious. Last week I wrote about my hair appointment. After I got there and we dyed my highlights and trimmed my hair, we both agreed to give my hair a break and schedule a different day to do the practice for the wedding. That day is today! I still have those pictures printed out. I did not even go back online to look for more. I am super confident that my hairdresser will make my hair look beautiful.
My reception wedding planner contacted me yesterday. Final seating charts are due Friday! I planned on doing these over the long weekend (well, actually this past weekend before I got lazy). So it looks like the next two evenings will be planning out the seating.
How did you or are you going to tackle the task of seating charts? Will the bride create all the charts? Will the groom help? Will the bride and groom sit down with both sets of parents? I know my groom and I will work on this together. Is that the norm?
I would love to hear your thoughts!
In the meantime, I will organize the seating, build the centerpieces and assemble the programs. Ten more days until the big day! It feels like yesterday I was dress shopping…