1992 – My Wedding Part 2

Hahahahah – Its been a while…..

So I’m sitting in the cinema about six months before we get married watching ‘Father of the Bride’ you know the one I mean, the one with Steve Martin in it where his daughter is getting married and they hire Franc the wedding planner, So anyway, at the end she comes out in this what I think is a stunning gown and I just sit and stare at the screen in disbelief, Then I hear the words come out of my mouth quite loudly ill admit (baring in mind future hubby to be is sat at the side of me) SHE’S GOT MY DRESS ON hmmmmm perhaps not the best thing to say hahahahaha.

Sooooo if you’re not familiar with the film or not even old enough to know the film ….my dress… It was Ivory with a beautiful sweetheart neckline, delicate lace sleeves and a full ballgown skirt oh and a lovely train I’m swooning just thinking about her , we got her from Laura Ashley I remember it was £250 (thanks daddy) (ohhhhh very posh I hear you say).

Fast forward 25 years and I find it hidden in the back of our garage in what I can only be described as  a mouse chewed bag, I was heart broken. Not only about its packaging but the dress didn’t quite stand up to how I remembed it.  Yes it had a lovely sweetheart neck as I think you can see in the pic on the previous blog, yes it had fabulous lace sleeves and it came down to a v below my tummy button, but OMG that’s the only good thing I can say about it lol.  It was COTTON! It wasn’t Ivory It was a nasty shade of white! (yes I know before you say anything) I mean what’s that all about? My beautiful ball gown was no bigger than an A-line at best, my fabulous long train!! where was it? it didn’t even have one that’s where it was lol.  It was awful I’m still in shock lol however it must’ve rocked my world because on the 11th of July 1992 I walked down the isle of the church to meet my forever prince #yeahrighto ha ha ha ha

The things we do for Love!

1992 – My Wedding

Did I mention I was getting married? No! Oh dear lol where shall I start ok here goes (I’m giggling to myself right now because I can remember it like it was yesterday and it’s not a pretty sight but don’t worry I’ll show you)

I was 19 in this year (yes I know your doing the maths that means I’m cough cough years old now) I was getting married to the man of my dreams not mentioning any names here but he was blond, tall, fairly good looking and clearly fancied the pants off me (who wouldn’t I mean have you seen me? See I told you I thought I was funny lol) anyway…….. we were getting married on my 20th birthday 1st huge mistake of many! I’d chosen coral not peach, coral bridesmaid dresses for my 2 big girls and then a smaller one for my little niece who’s now my big niece, they were cotton typical 90’s dresses with puffy short sleeves, tea  length  and really ‘with it’ (I did warn you lol) my girls were completely different sizes one was an 8 and one a 14 equivalent now of a 2 and a 10 probably, size never even entered my head at the time I just chose the dress I loved for them and that was it.  Then it was my turn so off I went with my mum and dad in tow (dad was paying and I wanted him there anyway), again size wasn’t an issue I was a 12 and dress after dress fitted me no problems, this wasn’t hard it was easy I had soooooo much choice well as long as I wanted puffy sleeves and well you know the rest lol after all it was the 90’s. I eventually chose the first gown I tried on (much to mum and dads disgust lol after trawling 20 different stores)  it was a Laura Ashley cotton ballgown with long lace sleeves and sweetheart neck it matched the bridesmaids perfectly if it was shorter now I swear it would fly off the shelf it was classic timeless and elegant.

Size!  Shmize!  What’s all the fuss about? It wasn’t an issue then so is it an issue now or is it all in our heads?


See now you understand why I was giggling 😱😱😱😱😱😱

1991 Back In The Day

It seems like forever ago doesn’t it, 1991 😱, way before the millennium was even thought of and a time when we all thought John Major was a nobody (ohhhhh sorry ! I don’t do politics I won’t go there again Im hanging my head in shame don’t worry lol).  We were listening to the likes of the one and only Mr Rick Astley (cute m m m m m), Whitney Houston God rest her soul, Celine Dion plus many more including Bryan Adams with his ‘everything I do I do it for you’ please tell me I wasn’t the only person who wanted that song to be banned from the radio lol it just went on forever!

We were watching Katherine Zeta Jones in the darling buds of May, we were fixated on Sue-Ellen and Pamela Ewing in good old Dallas and we were glued to Letitia Dean in Eastenders playing Sharon Watts, these were woman we thought were amazing I wanted to be Pamela Ewing clearly because she was married to Bobby and hey who would blame me ha ha but these were just some of our female idols in 1991.  What did all these beautiful women have in common? There’s not a size zero amongst them! These are women with curves with style (ok perhaps not Sharon Watts lol) but they were beautiful women who could have had any man they wanted and did.

So what changed? Did we change?

Will you marry me? YES YES YES!

Arghhhhhhh these are the words every girl dreams of hearing am I right? And before you even say yes off goes your mind on colour schemes how many bridesmaids you’ll have how much will the wedding budget be (well ok not the budget straight away we’ll make that one up as we go along lol), your thinking sparkles, pearls, fru fru (you’ll understand later trust me), flowers, the lot! Then you catch sight of the sparkly thing he wants to put on your finger and your brought back down to earth, with tears (hopefully) falling down your face barely able to speak you croak YES.  At no point did you think oh my word where am I going to get my wedding gown from i’m a plus size bride! Well welcome to Opulence Bridals.

Forever or For Now?

Ok so we all think that when we get married and find ‘the one’ it’s going to be hearts and flowers and happily forever after, for some lucky people that’s what happens they do get to live happily married for the rest of their lives in complete harmony all loved up (according to facebook anyway).  Don’t get me wrong I believe 100% that everyone who gets married believes that this is going to be for the rest of their lives.

Did you think it was ‘for now’? Or are we all way to naive?