Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
There are many people who can't seem to find what they're envisioning out there in the world.
Those people tend to be perfectionists.
Fortunately and unfortunately, I am one of those people. When I started my journey of finding the perfect dress for me, I was interested in having a variety of elements included in my dress. As I continued to try on more and more dresses, I was finding that there wasn't a dress that included ALL of those elements.
I wanted a dress that was a mermaid fit that included ruching in the bodice, ruffles, and lace. I was always open to something different because you never know what's going to look good until it's staring you in the face. After awhile, the recommendation of having a custom made dress was suggested to me.
I'd never thought about doing that before, but it definitely became a stronger possibility as I wasn't finding anything that I liked.
I found that if I went this route, it would probably be more cost efficient and I'd still get what I want but it could also turn out to be a disaster if the person messed up.
What do you think? Do you think that this is the route I took to get my wedding dress?
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
If this were the dress that I wanted for myself, it would be quite easy for me to choose the Look for Less because it looks EXACTLY the same.
Lazaro 3607 = ~$5,000
Symphony Bridal S2600 = ~$1,300
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
If you'd like to see more photos from this wedding, click here.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Although I'm planning my white (American style) wedding, I'm also in the midst of preparing my traditional engagement ceremony which will be months apart from the white wedding. Traditionally, in the Igbo culture, the bride's parents completely plan and host the traditional engagement, which is what is happening in my case. Had it been up to me, I (nor my FI) wouldn't be doing all that is involved with getting to the traditional engagement, but I digress.
In the months leading up to my traditional engagement, which will be held in the next few months, I will be posting more articles in reference to other tribes traditional engagement. I've talked about the traditional engagements of the Igbo and Yoruba tribe, but now, I'll be posting articles about some of the smaller tribes.
I hope it gives you some insight!
Original article from www.namywedding.com
Kalabari, an Eastern Ijaw group in Rivers State, Nigeria are spread over several islands in the delta of the Niger River. Critical to their involvement in the internal and overseas trades was the canoe house system. The canoe house (Warri) was the most characteristic political and social institution of the Eastern Niger Delta states in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The canoe house was made up of a man and his extended family members, trading assistants, slaves, and servants. Because of the need to maintain an adequate labor supply for their burgeoning trade and because the definition of wealth was the number of persons in a canoe house, leaders of the houses absorbed a great number of non-Kalabari into their houses. Every member who was not born Kalabari was carefully assimilated.
Much as men regard the chieftaincy title as the crowning glory of a Kalabari man's achievement, their female counterparts consider the Iya marriage the apex of a woman's success - moreso if she is an Iya-marriage wife of a chief.
Apart from child bearing and rearing, Iya women are practically idle and carry themselves with a great deal of pride, behaving like the aristocratic ladies of Victorian England. They exercise a lot of influence in their husbands’ houses, controlling servants, adopted children, and lesser wives of their husbands. They occupy an acknowledged superior position in the society, conferred on them by their husbands’ wealth and their conspicuous idleness. In a society where everybody has to work much distinction is gained by conspicuous idleness, which is evidence of leisure.
*The picture above is the way the children are adorned for weddings or festivals*
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
I REALLY liked this song, even if it is a little cheesy to some, I still enjoy it thoroughly and hope you do too!!