When Aaron popped the question in February, I immediately started planning our big day.
Since I would be on the other end of the state working with the Governor’s Scholars Program all summer, we postponed most of the planning until this fall.
Being a farm girl, I’m much too independent and budget conscious to hire someone to do a lot of the wedding tasks.
In the wedding world, they call this DIY (do it yourself). Wedding gurus consider it admirable to be a “DIY Bride” because you put a personal touch on everything.
In agriculture, we call it just plain practical.
So I’m dusting off my old FFA floriculture skills and making my own centerpieces, bouncing invitation layouts off of my print design professor and taking advantage of having an amazing seamstress for a grandmother when it comes to help with table runners.
There’s just one thing I’m clueless about…the dress!
I know, the most iconic part of the big day and I’m at a complete loss.
I’m not a dress wearer. Sure, I’ll throw on a skirt and heels when needed but its not something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little girl.
My childhood fantasy about getting married meant having a big party, looking really pretty and marrying a farmer. Pretty simple!
Not organza and drop waists and sweetheart necklines and lace or whatever they make those things out of!
Needless to say, I’ve been scouring the internet for “wedding dress shopping for dummies” tips.
Sadly, I don’t think any of these were written for farm girls. The language is too vague and too confusing for this girl who lives her life in blue jeans and t-shirts!
So I’m turning to my “farm wife” readers for advice:
What made the dress shopping experience easier for you?
How do you explain to a consultant that fashion icon is a lot more Scarlett O’Hara than Lady Gaga?
How do you explain country chic without the consultant thinking you’re trying to shoot an episode of My Big Redneck Wedding?