Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Why can't we dress like this?

Thank you, one and all, for your kind words yesterday. I sure needed them!

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.

Proverbs 31:25


Jennifer said...

Yeah for little black dresses; they are such a life-saver. What an incredible testimony your niece and her betrothed have; your kids have such a great role model!

Wendy said...

That sounds like it will be great!

I love the picture of all of your kids. I'm sure there is never a dull moment. How Fun!

T.S. Eliot said...

Ooo Ooo! I can't wait to see pictures of your beautiful family all dressed up. Another vote for the LBD. Some strappy sandals, pink toenail polish, a pretty necklace and a cute bag with some pizazz to spice it all up. You'll look great! And if it was me, with 4 girls, (and I didn't have a budget), I'll go buy some adorable Lilly dresses.

Beck said...

The black dress sounds elegant and pretty. I always grab my girls' formal attire at secondhand places, since that sort of thing is so expensive new and worn so lightly!

Grammy said...

I LOVED the pictures of your kids being kids. It looks like you were having so much fun! Congratulations on fnding the perfect dress (and from your own closet, too!)

Susanne said...

Love the beach pics! If black can be a bridesmaid's color nowadays your going to look smashing! Just tell hubby you need some "ice" dangling from your ears and around your neck to take the dress to party mode! :)

Jen said...

Horray!!!!! The little black dress came through....and look at the $$$$ you saved. You will look great and i want to see pics. The only color you cant wear to weddings (a southern thang) is white...direspectful to the bride.
You will look great. I loved the pics and the bible verse...how neat. Put a flower in your hair and remember to dance....

Jan/lost-strayed-or-stolen.blogspot.com said...

I got my last "dressy" dress at a resale shop--$20, great fit, and it was black. I wore it once with a spangled jacket, another time with an azalea colored shawl. It looked completely different in the pictures--coudn't even tell that it was the same dress. Have a great time--you will be a knock-out!

Joy @ SAH Missionary said...

Yes, you can certainly wear that little black dress to the wedding. I had an evening wedding, and my bridesmaids wore black...it was beautiful...and they could use their black dresses again!

We want pics of the fam all dressed up!!


Shawna said...

Can't wait to see the pictures. How exciting. Best wishes to the bride & groom!

Anonymous said...

8? I would rather she was naked