I think the most overwhelming part of this vow renewal planning is finding a dress. I mean, it isn’t a first or second wedding….I have had both of those…I wore white both times and ended up buying the first gown I tried on for each. This time I am a little more laid back in my approach because I am not looking for a “first wedding gown”. Etiquette tells me to wear a long evening gown in ivory or silver or even a pink blush color and be done with it. After all, I am not a first time blushing bride. Then again….I see LOTS of information on vow renewals where the bride/wife is wearing a wedding gown…maybe not the elaborate princess gown lots of us dream about as young brides, but a wedding gown nonetheless…white and ivory and some in light colors too. Most have no train or a small sweep train, which I am partial to. When I look at gowns online it is very hard to find something appropriate that I really love. I am older so I want a bit more sophisticated this time. I even toy with the idea of having a seamstress design and make my gown instead. I do have some wonderful ideas. The bottom line is I don’t want to spend a fortune, but I do want the designer feel and quality. Impossible I know!! I have a few bridal shops around our area that I am going to be making appointments with. I may even check out one shop in my hometown area if we happen to visit family in the next few months. My favorite designers are Maggie Sottero, Claire Pettibone, and Alfred Angelo. Luckily, I have an Alfred Angelo near me and three of the bridal salons near me carry Maggie gowns. If I wanted to even look at a Pettibone I would have to travel to Georgia…I just may do that when the hubs and I finally get to take our much needed vacation in January hopefully (Savannah here we come!). All in all I expect this to be a long process but I really hope with my daughter and friends help it will be lots of fun too!!
one of my favorite Maggie Sottero designs this season…Fall 2014
Claire Pettibone…beautiful ethereal designs
Alfred Angelo…very vintage and very much the style I love