On Clothing and Not Standing Around in One Sock

We are having a thrilling day today.

First, I could not find the keys anywhere for a pet sitting job, so 2 hours went to searching for them. Yup, two hours, just searching for keys. Did I mention that this is not my week? Also, my check engine light came on. See, again: not my week.

But right now—right now, folks, I am sitting on the couch while my lovely fiancee flits around setting things up for the big event: trying on wedding dresses.

“What?” you say. “Didn’t you already do this?” you wonder. Oh, silly you, just because we already bought one dress (each) doesn’t exclude the option of buying another. Or four others, if you are Fancee.

We got our dresses all altered up and Fancee does not like her dress. If she can’t find something else then she’s stuck with it, and that’s the deal we’ve worked out. In the meantime, some giant J.Crew boxes showed up at our house today, and Fancee washed her hands and feet so that she didn’t dirty the dresses. Once her appendages had been thoroughly cleaned, we began the process: she with the opening and on-trying, and I with the bemused watching and faithful documenting.


Open the box! Out will pour hope and glory!


Um, maybe instead of hope and glory there’s just tissue paper?


Box inside a box!


Hope and glory? Is that you?


Dress #1 – not so much with the glory. It had an interesting back, but it didn’t fit quite right.


Pretty fiancee! All mine!


dress #2 – so pretty, but way too big, and a little stiff. I got tired of taking pictures, if you couldn’t tell.

Neither of these dresses was *the dress*—whatever that means. So we dug around in the boxes to find dresses #3 and #4, and lo and behold—they were not there. It turns out they shipped separately. So, with under three weeks to go, the additional dresses will be arriving soon.

In the meantime, something else arrived in the mail!


Package for me?


A vest you say? Why, this is the wrong color…

Okay, readers, maybe some of you are thinking that you already saw me in my muslin fitting. So the truth is that I was so excited about my *actual* suit’s arrival that I did not document the thrilling unwrapping process. Sorry to disappoint, but moving on:

I got an email last week that this was done:

photo by MacheteNSons

I got it in the mail a day or two ago, and this morning we had a little photo shoot in the sun:




Beautiful lining! Is that mild satisfaction on my face?

There are a few things that need to change, so I’ll be parting with my new-found suit to send it back for alterations. Guys, I cannot say enough good things about A.J. and Lianna at MacheteNSons—this whole experience has been overwhelmingly positive, and I have been really impressed by the customer service. That, coming from someone who works in customer service, is saying a lot. THANK YOU, A.J. & Lianna.

So the struggle to dress the future Horse-McGirlfriendLadys continues, but we are making progress! Yes, my friends, I truly believe that progress is being made! And I am thoroughly impressed by the ability of some tailors to fit you over the internet. Amazing.

Have you/are you in the process of the/did you struggle with clothing yourself and/or your future spouse? Did you consider driving all the way to NY in one day just so your beloved could try on a dress she found on the internet? Did you consider scrapping the whole thing and showing up in jeans? And is there anyone who reads this who is looking for a tailor? ‘Cause, seriously, I love the ones I found. Lastly: how hot do I look? And how pretty is my future wife? Discuss.


Ms Seahorse

Wedding Date:
September 2010
One Ring Is Better Than No Clothes
Hearts on Twine
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  1. Member
    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 1:07 pm

    I LOVE Fancee’s dress #1!!! I think with a little bit of alterations it would be awesome! And LOVE the color of your suit! Yay!!

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    Becky, Guest @ 1:08 pm

    LOVE the suit. Can’t wait to see the other dresses. Good luck you two!

  3. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:11 pm

    I loved Fancee’s first dress as well but obviously, she has to love it!! Fingers crossed that she finds something she’s happy with! And your suit is BOMB!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:16 pm

    The suit looks great!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 1:21 pm

    Hottt! Yeah, that’s a three “T” hot.

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    msmarathon 163 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:21 pm

    I think you two are adorable! Best of luck to her on her hunt for “the dress!”

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    One2-Three4 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:44 pm

    What about Fancee’s dress doesn’t she like?

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    ddw 9008 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:48 pm

    Looooooove it!

    Also, I really like the dress with the keyhole back – is the mis-fit alterable?

  9. hippo Member
    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:31 pm

    I really, really like that suit. Classy, yet stylish!

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    hopeandpray 328 posts, Helper bee @ 2:32 pm

    she’s very pretty indeed and you’re so funny. I actually love her dress! what a great couple

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 2:51 pm

    I’m very curious to see what dresses #3 and #4 are. I tried on some JCrew dresses but (predictably) only liked the one that was too many dollars. Or so I thought at the time.

    My fiance’s clothing has been a bigger stresser. I’d sort of assumed he would buy a new suit, because that’s what most of the men I know have done, but it turned out he wanted something fancier than a suit. I wanted to be all practical and spend money on something he’d wear again, but he pointed out that a) I wasn’t buying a dress I’d be likely to wear again, and certainly wouldn’t wear to other weddings or job interviews or funerals, so why should he? and b) since he really wants to lose weight, this was not the right time to invest in a suit since he rarely needs to wear them. So instead, we are renting. And I stupidly picked out a place that is not open on Sundays and is very local to us (has several branches but all in our neck of the woods) but not local to any of the wedding party. So how on earth all the rented fancy duds are getting back to the rental place when we are leaving for our honeymoon Monday night, it is a mystery to me.

  12. hotcocoa Member
    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:54 pm

    I LOVE dress #1. Fancee looks stunning in it. And that vest combo is pretty sexy, I have to say. I hope your days of awfulness are ending soon; for reals, you deserve a break from the bad luck!

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    bohemianbailie 980 posts, Busy bee @ 2:54 pm

    I just have to say I wish I could look so great in a suit!!

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:30 pm

    Love your vest! And I agree that it’s amazing how the internets can tailor clothing. I ordered a winter coat over Etsy and she tailored the sleeves to my exact arm measurements. Perfect! I wish I could get all my clothing custom fitted.

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:35 pm

    The suit looks great!

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    lady brett, Guest @ 5:45 pm


    and thanks for your recommendation – we’re definitely in the market for a tailor (or, at least i think we are ’cause i suspect it’s the only way we’re going to get a suit for my girlfriend).

  17. mszebra Member
    mszebra 365 posts, Helper bee @ 5:54 pm

    You both look awesome. I’m partial to Fancee’s dress # 2 up there. I can’t wait to see 3 & 4. I hope she finds “the one!”

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    MissMargie 769 posts, Busy bee @ 10:46 pm

    Love 1 and 2 and cannot wait to see 3 and 4!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:19 am

    Its too bad those two didn’t fit right- they really look lovely, especially the back on the first one! I hope this dress saga has a happy ending!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:27 pm

    Your suit came out great! How sad that first dress didn’t fit Fiancee because that shape and the back detail looked great on her.

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    eileen marie 1644 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:59 pm

    Fancee’s first dress DOES have an interesting back, but the fit is kinda funny. Also, even though she certainly has the figure for it, it’s kind of matronly. The SECOND dress looks amazing on her -it complements her so well & looks great with short hair! She should try it in the smaller size! Your suit is very snazzy! I kept thinking, why oh why is she wearing a suit when she doesn’t have to (I HATE wearing suits for interviews and such), but then I realized the alternative is a wedding gown, which is not much better -just as hot and uncomfortable. And if I’m not mistaken, you are doing both!!

  22. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:21 pm

    Oooh I actually love #1! The back on it is super interesting and sophisticated :) I hope you guys end up finding the perfect dress!

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    JoyfulBee 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:57 pm

    I love your suit! :) If the Mister would allow me, I would wear one… Hum.

    Haha, who am I kidding? I wouldn’t be able to resist a dress.

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