My dear friend (and fellow Pastor's Wife) Shasher is hosting a Wedding Dress Blog Tour and she very sweetly asked me to join in and I thought it sounded like fun. :)
Doug and I got married on July 31, 1999... almost 11 years ago! We got married in beautiful White Rock, BC, honeymooned on Salt Spring Island, BC and then lived in Regina, Saskatchewan so I could finish up my degree... and have moved many times since.
I really liked my wedding dress... but I must admit I did not passionately LOVE it. I got it for a fabulous price and that was the main reason I bought it. Don't get me wrong- I was very happy with it. But in my mind I had always imagined a more flowey-hippieish type dress for my wedding... you know, flowers in the hair, barefoot on the beach type thing. However all the dresses I found like that were hundreds of dollars more than I could afford. But I figured as long as I was married at the end of the day I was good to go. The details weren't really all that important to me!
I wore my dress all day... all the way to our honeymoon destination. I figured since I only got to wear it once I might as well make the best of it! I wore it on the ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island and we got invited up to the bridge to drive the boat with the captain because of it! Little kids kept walking past me pointing and saying "LOOK! There's a BRIDE!". It was darn cute.
There are two questions to answer for the wedding dress tour...
1. Why did I keep it?
I think it just never occurred to me NOT to keep it. I have kept it elegantly displayed folded up and shoved in a moving box for the past decade. It has stains on it because I never bothered to get it dry cleaned... we just didn't have the $100 to do that during our first year of marriage and then I forgot all about it! I did take it out and wear it once more for a "wedding dress party" that some friends of mine had... about 2 years after I got married and before I had kids. It fit perfectly still and it was great fun to hang out with my friends all wearing their dresses too.
I took it out of the box today and here it is in all of its wrinkled glory...
2. Why didn't I sell it?
Honestly it never occurred to me. I can't imagine anyone wanting to purchase it now since it isn't exactly the height of current fashion. I think I probably would have been more likely to give it away to someone who needed it. I didn't want to give it to some thrift store or something though. I think I will keep it and let my daughter play dress up with it if she ever wants to.
When I took it out this morning she was very impressed with my "princess dress" and "princess hat" (aka veil) and asked me to put it on... I told her it didn't fit anymore but she didn't care. So here we are in our princess dresses... and no... mine is not done up on the back. Not even close. But I am impressed I could even get it on at all!!