After a day of shopping for the wedding (which produced only ONE really nice, on-sale shirt for the easy-to-fit 11 year old son!), the kids were asking, "Why can't we wear our 'normal clothes'?"
Our 8 year old (think: athletic girl) would love to go like this:
We had a nice talk about weddings being a celebration, and how dressing up honors the bride and groom.
All of my kids have been so impacted by this engagement and wedding - a romance we have been following for almost three years now. This is the first time "one of their own" has gotten married, and it has been a textbook case for how to "do it right." Teaching God's plan by example has never been easier!
But I digress from the clothing situation.
Thanks to my new blogging friend Jen, I consulted "the expert" (why didn't I think of this before?). According to Peggy Post,
It is now acceptable for female guests to wear black to weddings, especially in the late afternoon and evening. Black choices, however, should be more ornate than reserved, to give off an air of celebration rather than mourning. Sometimes, adding a little color (vibrant flower pins and scarves work wonderfully for weddings) rounds off the somber look well.I do have a "little black dress" - a cute little thing I've only worn once to a company Christmas party last year (I was encouraged to remember this one shopping trip that I got both great fit and a great price - at a department store!). It is crepe-y and sleeveless - I think with some accessorizing and a pair of strappy black sandals I could get away with it. I just have to get over the black-at-a-wedding phobia.
So you all have breathed hope into what I thought was a hopeless situation!
Here's my prayer for this week:
Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.