I did in fact pull on my wedding dress yesterday. The dancing around the house portion of yesterday’s post is still just a maybe.
It all started when I decided to organize and clean up my closet. I decided to change around where some things were hanging and of course this brought the huge white dress bag hidden in the corner to my attention. My original intention was to just peak into the bag and make sure that everything was still doing okay in there.
After laying the dress in its bag on the bed and opening it up I of course proceeded to put on the veil, just to make sure it was still in okay shape of course. My plan was to just go ahead and put the whole thing back in the closet, but before I new what I was doing I was pulling the puffy sparkly white thing on.
I was instantly reminded of why I picked this dress for my wedding day. Even wearing it yesterday with my messy hair and no makeup made me feel beautiful. Is it not amazing that a dress can make me feel so beautiful and glamorous and perfect?
Luke and I had been together for almost 2 years when we decided to get married. The story of deciding to get married is not a great story but I will say it had nothing to do with being pregnant or needing a green card.
So we decided to get married and set a date for about 7 weeks out and Luke officially proposed a week later. Yes, I said 7 weeks. No, I never thought that my engagement would be that short. Either way by the time Luke had proposed we had already put a deposit on the ceremony location, decided where we would be having the reception, notified our wedding party that they were going to be in a wedding and I had picked out my dress.
My dress did not technically fit in with the rest of my wedding, which for the most part was a pretty informal and relaxed event. We had the rehearsal dinner at my in-laws house, got married in a park, invited our siblings to be groomsmen and bridesmaid/man (haha), had our reception in my parents backyard, fed our guests a big pasta buffet and had a friend take all of our pictures.
Even though we planned our wedding on a budget I couldn’t help myself when it came to my dress. I spent more on that then it cost to clothe the rest of the wedding party combined… and then some.
I have felt some guilt since then about spending so much money on a dress that I wore for one day of my life but wearing it yesterday reminded me that no matter how much I spent on that dress I love it. And although if I were to do it over again I might make a different and less extravagant choice that dress was a part of one of the most important days of my life and I cherish the memories that go along with it.
I still debate about what I should do with my dress, save it, sell it, alter it and wear it for a vow renewal? It is hard to think about letting it go since it does partially represent such an important and emotion filled day in my life.
Here is my question, where is your wedding dress and what are plans for it? Have you come up with a way to use it again or keep it around without it sitting in a bag or box in your closet?