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Friday, April 18, 2008

On the Way to a Wedding Dress - Part 2

A note from Myrna: When I first wrote about wedding dresses a couple of weeks ago, several friends graciously sent me stories and agreed to provide pictures (I only had to twist their arms a tiny bit).

Here are two (more to follow later):

From author Jennifer Stevenson:

It was 1973. My mother and I were shopping for my high school senior prom dress. I had spent most of my childhood in hand-me-downs, and this was only the second time we had ever bought clothes for me in, like, a real store. Senior prom was also my very first date. (I was a major geeky high school weirdo.)

We found this lovely Edwardian white lace thing for a mere $50 at a dress shop. My mother pounced on it, and it fit me. She bought it so fast, my head spun.

Four years later, I wore it as my wedding dress. D'ya think she had that in mind?

Jennifer Stevenson
THE BRASS BED April 29, 2008
Ballantine Books

And from author Lindsay Longford:

Me: barely 21, $100 for the entire wedding, no honeymoon planned because we didn't have any money. Other than the aforementioned $100, of course.

Yep. Those were the good ol' days, all right. Pre-Bridezilla, pre-many thousand dollar-extravaganzas.

They were also the days of Thin Me. 108-lb me. Yeah, definitely the good old days!

The Thin Me was able to fit into a very expensive, small-sized sample dress at one of the pricey department stores down south, and since the dress was soiled from the many try-ons and ripped, I was able to purchase this gorgeous, heavy peau de soie dress for $10. That's right: $10.

Cleaned and repaired, it saw me down the aisle with my homemade veil and into thirty-four years of mostly wedded bliss.

Best $10 I ever spent--and, like the gentleman groom, thank goodness, non-returnable.

Oh, and the honeymoon? The car broke down on the way to our friend's cabin in North Carolina, and we spent our carefully saved $100 repairing it and our honeymoon night in a run-down motel with no toilet paper.

So who needs $30,000 weddings? The story's the thing. As always. And we had many years of wonderful, crazy stories. Wouldn't have traded a single one for a Bridezilla Wedding.
Lindsay Longford

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Blogger Virginia said...

I only spent about a 100 dollars on my wedding to. I had it in a small country church and we didn't have money for a honeymoon either, we had bought a small house which we still live in today. That is where our honeymoon was spent. About a year later we took a trip to the beach for out honeymoon.

April 18, 2008 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

What great stories. We spent about 1000 on our wedding.

April 18, 2008 at 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Linda g said...

At last, brides I can relate to! When I hear of families spending more on a wedding than I spent on my old farm house I am baffled. Okay, I'm impressed and amazed too because who doesn't love lavish beauty, but that practical penny-pincher in my says, "How much?!" :-)

April 18, 2008 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Marilyn Brant said...

Jen and Lindsay,
These are fabulous stories! And I loved seeing the photos that went along with them. Thanks for sharing :-).

April 18, 2008 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I loved your stories, Jennifer and Lindsay! Just great. Thanks so much for being part of The Wedding Planners' blog!

Melissa M

April 18, 2008 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

The pictures were just great... I love to see older weddings pics.

April 29, 2008 at 4:02 PM  

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