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Diets and Wedding Dress

Monday, March 12, 2012

A theme as old as weddings itself.

The wedding diet.

First, I want to thank everyone who took the time to post encouragement about my wedding anxiety. I don't like being in crowds, and I definitely don't like being in front of an audience. I always feared the 'presentation' part in school. Even though this will be my friends and family, the idea of everyone staring at me gives me the jitters.

Last week I wrote about 'rebooting' my diet. I gained a few pounds by reverting back to eating too much fast food.

The rebound was kinda rough, though. I went through another round of minor low carb 'withdrawals'. I got these really nasty headaches, and at a really bad time. I had a really tough assignment to finish for school, and the headaches were frustrating. But I knew it was temporary, and just hung in there.

Resetting my diet and exercising last week did the trick. I managed to lose about 2 pounds.

Since I'm not working and have to pay for tuition, we've had to tighten our budget. I'm eating a lot of eggs and canned salmon for my protein. When we went shopping over the weekend, I bought frozen salmon and smoked salmon for my meals this week.

My wedding dress arrived today! It came out great. I don't like the rhinestone embellishment that were put on, but they are easy to remove. Everything fits great, except for the shoulder straps. The way it was stitched makes it easy to undo and alter, though.

If you're curious about the dress, I went with an unorthodox method. Originally, I wanted to make my own, but time slipped away from me. It was to late for me to go to a bridal shop. So...since this is the 21st century and all...I went with a 21st century solution.


I found a dressmaker, picked out a dress pattern that I liked, and sent them my measurements. This dress probably would have cost thousands and taken 6 months or more if I bought it at a retail shop. For $180 dollars and 4 weeks later, I have a dress that I am very happy with. They did a very good job - it's a near perfect fit. The only thing I have to do is remove the trim that I don't like, and adjust the straps. I couldn't be happier.

Now that I have received the dress, and tried it on, I'm a little more excited about the wedding. $180 is still probably the most I've ever spent on a dress (I'm a Maxxinista kind of shopper). I'm not a girly girl, and there probably is no other occasion in my life where I would wear this kind of dress. (I did not go to prom in high school).

The dress is pretty simple, compared to many of the dresses on the wedding shows on TV. It has a V neck, and a delicate train that comes off each of the shoulders. Kind of like streamers - lol. I'm getting married on a beach, so my hope is the train would flow and catch the breeze.

I feel like a little more progress has been made, now the dress has been taken care of.
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    Glad you have a dress that fits and you like. I look forward to seeing a picture of you in the dress. Your train should flow nicely.
    The way you described makes me think of mine in a way because it had a V-cowl neck and fabric that hung loosely off the shoulders down to the upper leg or so.
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    It sounds like everything is coming together wonderfully! Deep breathe, you will survive the budget crunch and changes, and we are all here to support you!
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    Awesome! I've seen those dresses on eBay and that you are talking about and seriously considered buying one of those myself, but I wasn't sure of the quality. Looking forward to seeing the pictures. emoticon
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    3279 days ago
    Sounds beautiful! You will look gorgeous!
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    Sounds beautiful!

    I was at TJMaxx today and saw a few short, white lacy dresses that I thought, gee, that would work for a budget wedding. Less than thirty dollars on a dress to get married in? Yes, please!
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    Good for you for not falling into the wedding dress trap of having to have an expesive dress. I made mine but I cannot remember how much it was but it was not too much since we were poor, poor poor.

    Can't wait to see it.
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    That's great shopping. Definitely post pictures after the wedding. I hope the weather is good for your day. emoticon
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    3280 days ago
    The dress sounds stunning. I remember when you were working on a initial dress to make. Given your schedule this makes perfect sense. Post a picture when you get a chance.
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