It was one of those ideas born from a glass of wine with friends. As we sat and talked about upcoming anniversaries, one of us said they wanted to go out in their wedding dress to celebrate. And before you knew it, we had limo reservations for the 6 of us and our own ‘you had to be there’ hashtag. We laughed, said cheers, and then counted down the weeks until our big night.
OH MY GOODNESS.
I have never had so much fun in my life. Ok, short of my ACTUAL wedding day of course.
But let’s backtrack…
The night we went out in our wedding dresses || 10 years AFTER we got married.
And why YOU should too!!!
I am not even gonna lie, I totally had to talk myself into my wedding dress on the day of. It’s not that I don’t love my dress – but I had all of the what-if’s going through my head. What if my daughter wanted to wear this one day, what if I ruined it?! Not to mention the fact that I had to get over my own embarrassment, pull on my big girl panties – and say, LET’S DO THIS!!! But it was one of those moments where you find yourself saying in your head…what have I gotten myself into? Eeeeek. Lol
It was super hot that day, so I ended up settling for my wedding skirt and tank top.
It’s funny how I style myself now.
As I look back, I am definitely more of a woman NOW. I know myself better. I know my own personal likes and dislikes. On my wedding day, as beautiful as I felt – I styled myself the way a ‘bride’ would look. 10 years later, I style myself with hair in a ponytail and some small braids, casual make up, a tank top, and pearl necklace. I can honestly say, if I were getting married today – this would be more of my look. It is WHO I AM. Not what I think a bride would look like.
Naturally, my jaw hit the floor when my good friend showed up in her full wedding get up. I was so happy for her – look, 9 years later and she is still positively BEAMING.
My skirt was so dang tight, I felt like I could barely breath! LOL – was the bustle this heavy when I wore it last?!! It felt like a million pounds going down my back! One of the reasons I love my skirt so much, is my entire wedding dress was handmade.
THAT’S RIGHT! I hired a seamstress to make my wedding dress, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. At the time I didn’t sew, it didn’t even occur to me to try. Funny that I sit here 10 years later with a successful sewing blog. A special shout out to all wedding dress seamstresses out there, your talent amazes me and never ceases to inspire!!!
Our last couple bailed on wearing her wedding dress at the last minute, and came out in a bridesmaid dress from years gone by. Here we are as a gang, kind of looks like something from FRIENDS. Am I right? Lol – minus the water fountain background.
You know your a DIY blogger when you drink wine from mason jars. Just saying.
I loved my husband a little bit more when he came down in his LEGO bow tie. Thanks to PlayWell TEKnologies for sending those over after we met at Mom Summit. They rocked the LEGO bow ties the entire conference, and now my husband (aka – the big kid shown in this picture) loves his Lego bow tie.
And we were off.
The kids were all disappointed not to be going for a ride in the fun party bus. I didn’t blame them. It was cool. I kind of felt like I was going to my prom again.
That night we danced to 90’s hip hop like it was our J-O-B. Cruised down the Virginia Beach boardwalk all night long. And essentially acted like wedding rock stars. My one regret was that the car did not have a sunroof for us to hang out the top of like the bunch of dorks that we were. We ate sushi, and danced the night away at every live music venue along the boardwalk. Hysterically enough, we even had a ‘first dance’.
It was so sweet though, made me cry.
Nobody else knew that we were out for our anniversaries, we were just people out on the town in wedding dresses. And we needed a first dance.
It was like one big crazy ball of post-wedding energy.
We were stared at. We received a lot of congratulations from strangers, and answered a lot of questions. We laughed more times than I can count. We danced our booties off, and my feet hurt the next day.
But it was worth it.
Why should you go out in your wedding dress?
Because, well….why the freak not?!!
Can you really think of one good reason to say no to this? Unless you are saving the dress for your daughter (who you don’t know if they will even want it anyway!!!)….why not?
Why should one dress that you spent a lot of money on end up sitting in your closet in storage? Why not celebrate the love of your life with an incredible night to remember…one more time. Why not have some fun with your friends, no matter how long you guys have been married or how many kids you have?
My marriage has its problems – we have our ups and downs like everyone else. Heck, there have even been times when I wanted to throw something at my beloved’s head. But we are in this thing called life together. And sometimes it is just fun to go out with your husband and some friends, in your wedding dress. Because – why not after all.
And for the record…no one’s dress was ruined in this evening out on the town. In fact, I would say it gained value because of it. Priceless value.