Back of a wedding dress

The Dress, The Stress, and some Great Advice.

Some of you may know I’ve been writing for mrs2be’s wedding blog for some time now, but have you seen the amazing revamp it’s just undergone? It’s now all shiny and new and called Wedding Inspirations.

This post is the final in a series of Wedding Dress posts I’ve written for my adoptive blogging home, so for more wedding dress related fun and frolics, check it out.

In the meantime, allow me to have a mild moment of complete and utter bridezillaness…

We all know how stressful wedding planning can be. But it does come with some serious perks. Getting to wear a beautiful dress is not the least of these!

And as with all things stress-related, it’s not uncommon for even the calmest of us to suffer the odd moment of flipping out. For some, this manifests itself in the style of the 1978 disco hit: ‘Aaaaaaaahhhh. FREAK OUT’ (Le freak. C’est chic) etc, and for others it’s more of a mere suspicion of concern, like the low hum of a wasp flying around in the background, or thinking that you’ve left your straighteners plugged in after leaving the house.

I think at the moment I’m suffering from the latter.

You see, I haven’t chosen my dress yet.

Well, I have. It’s online and it’s gorgeous. And it’s so me. But…

But, but, but… will I do it justice?

Gasp… I’ve said it!

I am kind of annoyed with myself on this one, I mean I’m a grown woman and I’ve already chosen the most important thing for the wedding (no, not the venue); the groom. I can commit to him, no problem. But to a dress I’ve never met? No can do.

You’re probably gathering by now that I’m not really a dress girl. I’m a great-party-and-excellent-photographer type of bride, the dress is just a bonus. Or in this case, a nuisance. Because I’m not a dress girl, and because there’s a recession on for those of you who hadn’t noticed, my dress budget is humble. Grumble grumble grumble… Hence the prospect of buying online.

Anyway, I’m reading this book at the moment, all about weddings! It’s called “How I Planned Your Wedding: The All-True Story of a Mother and Daughter Surviving the Happiest Day of Their Lives” by Susan and Elizabeth Wiggs. It does exactly what it says on the tin, insofar as it is the all-true story of a mother and daughter surviving the happiest day of their lives, and I really am enjoying reading it. They’ve helpfully divided it into chapters around various elements of the wedding and at the end of each chapter they’ve conveniently included a ‘Cheat sheet’ for the flickers among us (I’m reading it on my Kindle so no flicking for me!).

But I have to offer my thanks to the authors here because from this book I have extracted the best wedding dress-related advice I’ve ever found, and it is this:

Remember, the dress is the icing, you’re still the cake.

Suddenly I feel a whole lot better.

More wedding related content on Wedding Inspirations, written by yours truly:

It takes two?

Short Wedding Dresses


“How I Planned Your Wedding: The All-True Story of a Mother and Daughter Surviving the Happiest Day of Their Lives” by Susan and Elizabeth Wiggs is available on Amazon.

Elizabeth (daughter) Wiggs writes a fab blog called Wiggs’ Modern Life, or: I am the Beholder.


Keep up with me on Wedding Inspirations as well.


Finally, thank you to the lovely Lisa from Lisa O’Dwyer Photography for these gorgeous pics.

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  1. You are the ideal reader for our book! Thank you so much for mentioning it. You are going to be gorgeous. Every bride is. Congrats!

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