Here comes my frock meme!

Having recently spent time going through the thousands of photo’s I have for the recent favourite photo meme, I dusted off (literally) my wedding album.  Without a doubt THE most expensive photos I own containing photos of  THE most expensive things I have ever bought – flowers, shoes, cake etc.  Mr L and I got married on the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2003, the weather was sunny and warm, it was a FAB day.  I loved my wedding.  I loved the preparations, the day itself, the honeymoon, actually especially the honeymoon, oh and the champagne and cake how could I forget they were bloody gorgeous too!  Oh yes and that whole marriage thing with Mr L isn’t bad either 😉  

Fast forward six and a bit years and that day is all memories and memorabilia.  Being truly honest its not often recalled and very rarely looked at.  I have my memory box with all the stationery, the cards, our place settings, a few leftover favours, the speeches, a few pressed flowers and some bits of confetti.  I also still have my wedding outfit – my dress, shoes (Gina’s if you were wondering!), veil, tiara (but of course!) – all cleaned and boxed up.  In the immediate post wedding days I’d had this thought that if I ever had a daughter, which of course I now do, she’d like to see my wedding dress.  I never thought I’d pass it on for her to wear it more maybe to play dressing up in it. 

Now here we are in 2010.  I sit in my home, which is no longer home to two but four, my home which is filling up with bright plastic shit toys and “stuff”, at a rate faster than I can ever see the declutter process making any significant impact on.  Now here in 2010 when I look at my wedding outfit I see space and cash!  I see space potential using my “maximise your property” hat, trained by home improvement and makeover TV shows and through my eBay eyes I can see some significant £’s!  It got me wondering have I lost touch with the romance of my wedding, of creating modern family heirlooms and heritage?  Or are they unrealistic ideas in modern times anyway?  Would either me or Baby G when she becomes Girlie G get anything special from her playing with it, would she ever really want to and would I ever really let her?  Hmmm.  Is there a middle ground to keep the shoes, veil & tiara and flog the frock?  Hmmm, I wonder. 

So me and my dress.  Together on show for just one day only over 6 years ago.  It feels like an airing is long overdue!  So here it is, me in my wedding dress with my Dad in those few last single minutes.

Me & My Dad - the final single moments!

My wedding dress – should it stay or should it go!  Experience?  Thoughts?  What do you vote – keep it or sell it? 

My wedding all came long before I started blogging and the same for many others but you know what I’d love to see some “Blogger Brides” so I’m going to create this post into a meme and this is the first of the “Here comes my frock” meme!  Made up by me for me, because I love a good wedding! 

To start the ball rolling I am going to ask the following beautiful brides to share their wedding frocks and any story you choose to share about your dress and or day, where is now and in the spirit of all good meme’s to pass it on, if you tweet tag it #herecomesmyfrock so we can see get a stream of them all! 

As with every meme I do, play if you can and if you too want to be tagged consider it so!

Karin over at Cafe Bebe because she encouraged me to get my finger out and write this post!

Bec at Beetroot and Gherkins and Bumbling for being intrigued on Twitter!

Laura at Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy

Andy’s wife over at The life of Wendy Wife! 

And Snaffles Mummy

As with every meme I do, play if you can and if you too want to be tagged consider it so!

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22 responses to “Here comes my frock meme!

  1. julesey10

    Keep! I loved mine but unfortunately have never had the cash to have it cleaned! Its wonderful and my claim to fame is its jenny packham and she designed the red dress in casino royale. Your dress is timeless and babyG may want to use some or all of it on her big day! Keep keep keep!xx

  2. Beautiful photo. I vote keep to, but mine is currently hung in the utility room (7 years on!), so I’m with you on the needing to make a decision about it.

    I like nothing better than a good wedding photo so will dust off my album and share soon!

  3. Keep it. The thought of parting with my wedding dress literally makes my heart stop. I have a book full of cards, guess box, photos, cards, tiara, shoes etc.

    I doubt the dress even still fits but I still do not feel ready to part with it.

  4. Keep it. It is better to have it taking up space than for it to leave behind a space in your heart that could be filled with regret if you part with it. Gosh I’m feeling romantic tonight goodness knows what’s got into me.

    I dyed my wedding shoes silver to wear with my bridesmaids dress at my sisters wedding last Jan (just a little footnote not sure why it needed to be added. And obviously in a bit of a silly mood tonight too).

    My last comment but by no means least you look absolutely gorgeous!

    xx

  5. sheesh, I’ve been trying to flog mine for a few months, at this rate ebay charges will cost me more than the dress!

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260538247476&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_1182

  6. I would say KEEP as I will probably keep mine as well. I am like some of your other commenters in that I have yet to clean my dress and have it properly stored nearly 4 years on. I really should do that but fund prohibit it.

    I’m excited about this meme/challenge as I’m doing my first VLOG for it. I’ve recorded it and now all I have to do is upload it to YouTube and put it on my site. I’m aiming for tomorrow. Wish me luck! 😉
    Karin

  7. Definately keep! Lovely photo 🙂

  8. What a wonderful photo. Keep it

  9. Bec

    Ooooh I’ll have to get the scanner out to do this post, my husband will curse you! But I am excited!
    I have had the same thoughts, a beautiful, dry cleaned tissue packed £900 dress sits in a flowery bow adorned box in my loft. I have considered ebaying it, but never actually done it, so for that reason I say KEEP, and u never know we may have sentimental girls that want it adapted and worn on their wedding day, it’ll be ‘vintage’ after all????
    Bec
    x

  10. Claire T

    Keep! But I would say that, I’m a sentimental fool and a terrible hoarder, living in fear that my loft floor will soon collapse. Had mine made, not had it cleaned, 5 years on and dream of being able to fit back in it one day! x

  11. Keep!!! I couldn’t imagine anyone else have a special day in MY dress! Selfish I know…
    My sister has this idea that one day we will have a wedding dress party and us and our girlfriend are going to get together and try to squeeze in our dresses once more and have a party… Not sure I will ever fit in mine at this rate but that’s a nice thought though 🙂

  12. As a girl that has never got married I would still say keep, my mum has kept hers 30 years on. Even though my sister got married and didn’t wear it, I have worn it to a wedding day fancy dress party. You never know! And it is still in tact. But I love the fact that mum still has it and so does she now, because a lot of her wedding photos have gone funny over the years so at least she still has her dress!

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  14. What a great meme! I loved my wedding dress and have thought about having my little girl’s naming day dress made from it. Will see! In the meantime though I’ll keep it as it holds some of the lovely memories of one of the happiest days of my life!

  15. Keep!!!!

    When I was first married I tried to sell mine in a pre-loved bridal boutique. It didn’t sell so I took it home again.

    Nowadays I am GLAD it didn’t sell! Although I’ll never fit it again, my 13 year old daughter loves to look at it and, for a very special treat, try it on. She insists she will wear it for her wedding day but I tell her she doesn’t have to, fashions have changed etc. A lot of the clear rainbow coloured sequins have yellowed, but if we took those off it could possibly be worn again. But not by me – I can’t even zip it over my hips!

    You can sneak a peek at it on my blog at http://footprintsaustralia.com/blog.

  16. Thanks for checking out my dress & your lovely comment.
    You look just like a princess, absolutely gorgeous!!
    I vote keep too. 🙂

  17. smellywhiff

    Ohhhh blondie! You look soooo pretty and happy.

    I am just not that emotionally attached to my dress, even though it was made specially for me by one of my greatest friends. I am doing something with it and I will blog about it when I can, the lovely Snafflesmummy tagged me!

  18. Ahh sorry, that last comment was me, I was signed in on another account!

  19. Sarah Walters

    You look STUNNNNNNING hun….

    I mentioned to Mr W (about 12 months ago) about selling my dress (I don’t think he understands the emotions it holds for me-let alone the ‘trauma’ I had with version 1.0 – lol!).

    When I had it cleaned & boxed (11 years ago in May) he joked that we needed to get it out every year and ‘test-drive’ me in it, to make sure that it still fits – and if it doesn’t he would ‘trade me in’ (I think he was joking???)

    You have prompted me to get it out, have a look and see whether I could sell it. However, my situation is slightly different – no daughter (never will be!) to pass it on to.

    But…if Baby G wants a wedding dress in 20+yrs time – she’ll want her own style. If she wants one to dress up in (shorter timescale I would imagine 😉 ) then Grandma will easily be able to ‘knock one up’ with ‘other’ material.

    I’m definitely not selling my accessories etc. and I doubt if anybody would want the underwear I had (it cost nearly as much as the bloody dress!!)

    Whatever you decide – it WILL be the right decision.

    xxx

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