This weekend was my first dress fitting for my wedding dress. We picked the dress out a few months ago now but they don’t actually measure you until about 5 months in advance of the wedding which happens to be now, so exciting.
So my Mom came over to Manchester for one night to come with me since looking at yourself in the mirror is not as helpful as having someone else give things a critical once over. Also because she enjoys it!
Last night after work we decided to go out for dinner. Now, as you may have noticed, we are dieting, successfully I might add, so we did not want to spoil this with anything overly rich or oily. We opted in the end for Italian because we all like it and because Mom had seen a sign at Bella Italia in the Arndale saying they were doing a <600 calorie pizza. It is probably 599 but that is still not bad.
Mom and I each got one of the three available pizzas on the pizza vita list and split them. Here were have mushroom and ham or chicken. Both were yummy with a slightly spicy tomato sauce and peppery rocket. The base was not a typical pizza base but was suitably thin and crispy with a good bready crust you could sink your teeth into.
After dinner we went to Home Sweet Home where Mom and I were well behaved and had tea. Chris on the other hand pushed the boat out and had a cookie monster milkshake!!!
Actually, we weren’t that good and had a chocolate chip cookie and a half each which prompted us to decided that a chocolate chip later on the wedding cake would be pretty darn delicious .
To keep with the wedding theme of the weekend Mom and I then went home and watched Bride Wars, definitely a chick flick but quite funny and overall enjoyable. Maybe not Chris’ cup of tea.
So that was Friday night.
Saturday morning I had my first dress fitting and was very pleased to discover that the sample dress which had been a bit too small in September was a bit too large now. Brilliant! We also bought a couple of things that are dress related but I can’t talk about those in case Chris sees. Suffice it say it was a very worthwhile trip! It was also the first time my Maid of Honour has seen me in the dress and I am very happy to report that she loved it.
For lunch Mom and I were very good, buoyed on by my success with the dress, and had jacket potatoes in the food court.
In the afternoon we had an appointment with the lady who will be doing my flowers, Val, who is a friend of my Mom’s from a church retreat. She has a very impressive resume, to say the least, so when she offerred to do my wedding bouquet and the all the other flowers we jumped at the chance. So Mom and Kim and I caught the train out to Stockport to go and visit.
Mom saw I was taking a picture… Kim did not.
Chris’ Mum (with a ‘u’) Sandra also came to the flower consultation. Chris’ Dad picked us up at Stockport Station and took us to Val’s house, dropped us off and then, probably wisely, drove away again.
We had a great couple of hours discussing flowers and other things and in the end decided to go with some pink flowers in with the purple to brighten up my purple colour scheme. The men are having cerise button-holes and mine and the girls’ bouquets will also feature flowers in that colour. We will also be using a lot of greenery, especially in the decorations we are having for the reception venue. I wanted bouquets that would have some motion and fluidity to them so Val is looking at adding some trailing flowers or greenery in. My bouquet will be a longer one and she is going to work into it the ribbons that were in the Grandma’s and my Mom’s wedding bouquets. They are going to be my ‘something old’. Since my Grandma got married in the 1920s I’m sure she won’t mind me saying that.
More details of the flowers as we get them!
And thanks to Mom and Kim for having a girly, weddingy day with me.
Also Kim and I have compared diaries and pencilled in our next Come Dine With Me night so watch this space…