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Are You Getting Cold Feet?

Are you getting cold feet already? Don’t fret over it. It’s natural for you to experience wedding jitters. Practically everybody who’s about to make that momentous march to the altar goes through the same nerve wrecking apprehension.

I remember my own wedding. I was so nervous that I started to believe that my intuition was screaming at me, telling me that I was making a wrong decision. One day, I just lost it. I went straight to my fiance’s doorstep and told him I was not pushing through with the wedding. Broke his heart on the dot. I still remember his eyes, and the pain that registered as I uttered those silly words.

Naturally, the news found its way to my imposing mother in an instant. And she decided to put the matters into her own hands. In no time, she was at my doorstep with that scrutinizing expression that never fails to get me all cowered.

Then there she was, explaining to me what this so-called ‘wedding jitters’ was all about. And there I was, telling her that I was finally going through as planned. After she left, I could not help but wonder if I changed my mind because I was convinced that I was overreacting or because I was afraid of her.

Right at this moment, I don’t really care. I’m pretty sure I made the right decision. I am now happily married to my husband of eight years and we are now expecting our third baby. This is one reason why I am never bitter with my Mom. She always truly knows what’s best for me.

As for you, don’t go breaking your fiance’s heart because of some stupid wedding jitters. Lest he’ll go and tease you for the next decades. And you’ll never forget how silly and childish you were. You know what’s the best way you can get your mind off your jitters? Attend to your wedding affairs. Be meticulous with every little detail.

Believe me, you’ll never run out of anything to attend to. There’s the flower arrangement, the wedding gifts, the choice of bridesmaids and flower girls, the reception and many others. But don’t get too engrossed with little details that you’ll neglect the important ones. And what’s more important than your bridal gown? Do you have one already. If you don’t, let me give you my recommendation.

Check out Bridal Gowns – Tulipia. They are not your ordinary wedding dresses. I can assure you your guests will always remember how you looked on your wedding day.

Let me give you a run-through of my favorites. First in the list is Tulipia – 5. It’s your usual white bridal gown with a tube top and full skirt. What sets it apart is its drapery at the hips in an eye-catching shade of off-white.

Then there’s Tulipia – 7. I love its white and fluffy skirt. Reminds me of those beautiful winter days I always enjoy spending with my husband. You should look at it yourself.

Finally, on top of my list is Tulipia – 11. What I love about this piece is its exquisite detail that definitely sets it apart from other wedding gowns. Its lustrous fabric is embellished with pink swarowski all in the right places. The result is a dress dazzling in its splendor.

Funny how I still enjoy looking at bridal gowns even when I don’t actually need them anymore. Well, come and join the fun!

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My Bridal Infantry

Do you remember the early Roman times when bridesmaids were more like a bridal infantry? They played the role of the bride’s soldiers. They chaperoned her to the groom’s village, guarding her against anybody who was against the marriage or who was after her dowry.

My bridesmaids are much like that. They are my fierce warriors, my faithful friends who were always there to stand up for me, to defend me. And now that it’s my wedding, there’s nobody else who befits the role of a bridesmaid more than these group of women who are modern in their civilized ways but primitive in their fierceness.

Are you curious already? You see, I am now 42 years old. And I am marrying a 27-year-old guy. And well, you can imagine what other people have to say about that. I suppose they are now calling me a DOM, a Dirty Old Matron. And did I mention that I am a millionaire too? As a matter of fact, it’s almost like I am actually giving away a dowry. Now you can imagine what they have to say about my poor fiancé.

If you would ask me, I don’t give a scruple what those nosy, dirty vixens have to say. It’s just that I feel for my husband-to-be. He’s a simple, good-natured man, and he’s not used to all these intrigue and drama. And he can’t stand all the attention. Also, he’s not getting the best of treatments from my family.

There was a time when I almost gave up on the idea of us getting married. The pain all this was giving him weighed down on me until it was almost too heavy. And then the ladies came to the rescue. Brought my spirits back. Always the reliable friends that they are.

It was funny how my friends, always cultured and refined, were suddenly uttering words of spite and hatred for those who just can’t leave us alone. And it was a major consolation that the whole set-up was readily accepted by my friends, without judgment, without prejudice.

Come to think of it, there is really nothing wrong with the set-up. Forty-two years of age is not all that old. Like they say, life starts at 40. And besides, the two of us are madly in love and we truly deserve to be happy. And we can’t just throw away what we have just to please those good-for-nothing shrews.

Anyway, I plan to give nothing but the best to my beloved female warriors on my wedding day. I already shopped for some wonderfully exquisite bridesmaids gifts. And now I am unto their precious dresses. They have to look debonair and dashing on my special day.

Anyway, I found this wonderful collection of Bridesmaids Gowns – Tulipia. They are perfect for my soldiers. The rich shades and striking prints and cuts exude a quintessential mix of femininity and fierceness.

I am down to three choices. First in the list is Tulipia – 23. Its delicate and graceful pattern yet bold and daring cut is a perfect embodiment of my lady friends.

I also particularly like the Tulipia – Cleopatra. My friends are not much unlike Queen Cleopatra herself, strong-willed and ready to stand up against her opponents. The dress, in its exquisiteness and elegance, effectively communicates this fact.

And there’s the Tulipia – Flirt. The dress makes such a presence that any hellcat will think twice before making a false move. With its unique accents and eclectic mix of fabrics, this is definitely not your ordinary dress.

Now I am down to the task of making the final choice. But well, this is one problem I enjoy solving.

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Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” That’s one line that I have come to hate. It’s an expression that has become associated with me. “So you’re a bridesmaid again?” Those snooty girls in my neighborhood would never miss a chance to say that to my face.

“Why am I always a bridesmaid,
Never the blushing bride?
Ding! Dong! Wedding bells
Always ring for other gals.
But one fine day“
Please let it be soon“
I shall wake up in the morning
On my own honeymoon.”

Oh how I hate Charles Collin and Fred W. Leigh for writing that song. It’s become my brother’s invincible weapon when he feels like badgering me. And believe me, he feels like it all the time. And he has creative means of finding a way to pull in the issue. Picture this he is all engrossed in a basketball game and would suddenly scream, “The team’s a damned bridesmaid, always too close but never there, just like my pathetic sister!”

And there’s this Listerine advertisement. Can you believe it’s blaming the whole syndrome to halitosis? Hey, I don’t have bad breath! They gave my brother yet another reason to taunt me.

But I am currently rejoicing. Do you remember that old myth? The one that says you break the charm after your seventh bridesmaid service? Well, I had been a bridesmaid for six times now and a good friend just invited me to become one of her bridesmaids (better keep my eyes on that bouquet). What do you know? I just might break the spell!

You might already be laughing by now. It must be funny to listen to a girl grumbling about being unmarried and actually relying on superstition to solve her problem. What can I say? A girl could hope.

Anyway, I’m so excited about the whole event that I actually volunteered to help with the wedding preparations. And of course, I asked that I be assigned to the most fun part. What else could it be? Shopping! I’m done with the ring bearer and groomsmen gifts. And would you believe I also did the shopping for bridesmaid gifts? It’s actually fun buying your own gift, and wrapping it too.

Anyway, I’m on to the last part. But why, I actually saved the best for last. I’m on to shopping for bridesmaids dresses and I found this really impressive collection. It’s called Bridesmaids Gowns AfterSix. The bride and I agree that it’s the best line we’ve seen so far. They’re not too loud yet stylish and trendy.

Now we’ll have to choose among three lovely dresses. The first among our top three favorites is the Style – 6504. The dress runs a little below the knees. It’s actually more like a cocktail dress than a bridesmaid gown, but my friend and I prefer it that way. Style 6504 is an elegant v-neck dress with a trendy empire waist. We especially loved its shade of olive green.

Second in line is the Style – 6500. It actually looks like a long gown but not quite. It’s simple cut and sweetheart neckline dresses it down. But still, it has an imposing presence with its vivid pitch black color.

And there’s the alluring Style – 6510. Its cut is not all that flattering to the figure and you don’t get to show much skin because of its knee length. Still, the dress is a teaser, very sexy. Nothing beats the color red. What do you know? Playing the part of a ‘lady in red’ just might win me a new guy.

Anyway, what I really love about these dresses is that I get to wear them to any formal party. They make for a great addition to my wardrobe. Now that’s smart shopping!

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My Mom and My Wedding

I’m getting married! Finally. My mother’s gone ecstatic. She seems to be even more excited than me. She’s got tons of reasons for that. For one, I’m her first born. This is basically the first time she will witness one of her daughters getting married. And she’s not getting any younger. It’s about time somebody gives her a grandchild.

Another good reason why she should be happy about the wedding is because finally I’m settling down. I’m a wild child you see. Remember this song by “Bachelor Girl”?

“So I walked under a bus
I got hit by a train
Keep falling in love
Which is kinda the same
I’ve sunk out at sea
Crashed my car, gone insane
And it felt so good
I want to do it again”

That song is so me. I had a self-destructive youth. Been too free-spirited. So you can imagine everybody’s delight at the idea of this untamed animal taking on something as big as marriage. I found a really decent man too. And yeah, I think I’m a better person now — matured and ready to take life seriously.

But you know the real reason why my Mom’s all excited about the wedding? Why, this is yet another reason for her to dress up and look all dashing. Yeah, that’s my Mom. She’s 53, but she’s never gotten over her youth. It does not help that even at this age she manages to look vibrant and beautiful.

And that’s my Mom, always obsessed over the wrong things. Sometimes I blame her for all the mistakes I made when I was younger. She never tried to bring sense into me. But can I really blame her when she could not get her own life straight? Tsk tsk tsk. Anyway, there’s more to the song.

“Hey Mom
Since we’re talking
What was it like when you were young
Has the world changed
Or is it still the same

A man can kill and still be the sweetest thing.”

That’s my Mom. She could make the worst of mistakes and would still have everybody at her knees. Yeah, everybody loves this beautiful lady. I am one of these people. I’ve always loved her in spite of her mistakes. She’s the type of person you just can’t manage to hate.

And it’s amazing how this lady always manages to steal the moment, to catch all the attention. But why, it’s my wedding yet I have all my attention consumed in shopping for the best “Mother of the Bride” Dress when I am supposed to be fretting over my own Bridal Dress.

Anyway, I found this really impressive collection of Mother of the Bride Gowns – Mori Lee. They are classic and elegant yet youthful and timeless. The collection is perfect for my Mom.

It’s not very easy to choose just one dress though. They’re all really nice. But I have narrowed down my choices to three gowns. The first dress that caught my eye was Bridesmaids Collection: 363 Chiffon, a soft gown in a plain A-line cut and V-neckline. The style is simple yet elegant. What makes it special and fit for my Mom is its strong shade of pink. Not your ordinary baby pink or pastel shades.

Another mother of the bride gown that caught my attention was Ava Collection: 412 Satin. I fell in love with its rich, glossy beige satin. And its princess line cut is perfect for my Mom’s figure.

But I think I’m going for the Bridesmaids Collection: 370 Taffeta. I believe the dress is an embodiment of my own Mom. It’s a figure-hugging kitten-sly type of dress. The kind that screams “naughty girl”. And I love its lustrous silk and crisp texture, something that looks like synthetic leather yet soft and flowing.

But then again, my Mom would still have the final say.