Jul 17, 2010
Since my FI is part Japanese I thought I would do something to show respect to his heritage. So, here's where the DIY comes in - I'll be making a "senbazuru" which is 1,000 cranes hung on some sort of contraption. According to wikipedia: "A thousand paper cranes is also traditionally given as a wedding gift by the folder, who is wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. It can also be gifted to a new baby for long life and good luck. Hanging a Senbazuru in one's home is thought to be a powerfully lucky and benevolent charm." Here are the colors I'll be using and an inspiration photo:
Here are some links on how to assemble a senbazuru:
So - as you may know I love shoes...a LOT. I purchased 3 pairs for the big day and here they are!
The first pair will be for pictures only (I can't wear them for the ceremony b/c they're too tarn tall and too darn unstable!). The second pair will be for the pictures, ceremony and everything else. The last pair are to be worn with my traditional Chinese qi pao/cheongsam.
UPDATE - May 25, 2010
OMFG - so..I bought yet ANOTHER pair of shoes:
November 3, 2009
I just received an update today on my dress. Here are the pictures they sent:
December 4th, 2009
Received another update on my dress with the ruching/gathering. Here are the pictures! I think I'm going to ask MB to make the top a bit longer b/c I'm worried it'll hit me in a funny spot.
December 9, 2009
So far Milly Bridal has made it VERY difficult to make corrections to the dress. After much debate the length will be kept the SAME as they keep throwing up roadblocks and excuses as to why the bodice shouldn't/can't be lengthened.
Although the shape I wanted was a MERMAID gown they insist that the length of the bodice is fine. Despite having them measure it THREE times and me requesting them to lengthen it MULTIPLE times they have just made this whole experience an unncessary bridal NIGHTMARE.
Here are the pictures that have been submitted to them to show the length it needs to be at. I hope this information helps any bride that is considering a dress with Milly Bridal. Please take my experience as an opportunity to see the "good" and the "bad" side of ordering with them.
Here are the measurements the pictures of measurements they submitted to me.
December 24, 2009
What a WONDERFUL Christmas present! Milly Bridal came through and was able to complete it before the end of the year! The dress is done!
There are only a few minor tweaks to the dress that need to be done but I'm glad to finally have this process OVER and DONE with!
December 28, 2009
The dress is ALMOST there. They changed the straps and will be sewing it and shipping it soon!
Here is the inspiration board I created using Adobe InDesign. Out of all the programs I used - this one was the easiest (mostly b/c I use it for work all day long). Wow - it's kind of small - I created it to be 8.5" wide and 11" tall. haha
One photo used on here that I can properly credit is tbabian in my 2nd inspiration board!
I'm so excited! I just sent in my request for a custom gown by Milly Bridal! I did a combination of 2 dresses - the San Patrick Persia gown and La Sposa Feudal gown with a few embellishments added. Here are pictures of the two gowns!!
Top will look like the La Sposa gown on the left (only without lace). And the bottom will be based on the San Patrick Persia gown!
Here are a few more pictures of the two gowns.
After having our first floral consultation with a potential vendor we've decided to hold off on doing the pomander due to the labour cost - so depending on how things work out we may just stick with our initial vision of doing a big arrangement. We purchased 2 of the vases below (at only $12.88/each!) for our two ceremony centerpieces. Beside it is the inspiration photo for the large arrangements.
The above photo inspiration on the right is from PW bride slurpee.