Friday, June 19, 2009

Why Steel Grey...

"Until the late 19th century, brides generally bought the fanciest dress they could afford and then wore it throughout their marriage as an evening gown. With the rise of mass-produced clothing, white became the popular color — maximally impractical, it signified the owner would wear the dress only once. Efficient women often married in white and then dyed their dresses to wear again."

From an article on CraftBlog about how to make a truly scary wedding dress out of T-shirts. Not my ideal.

I much prefer the model that gives me a dress that I can wear again and again when time comes to dress up. It won't actually serve all that well as a true formal, it doesn't have anywhere near enough beads or sequins (ie none), but it's lovely and it's me and I'll enjoy wearing it to nice dinners, theater and that sort of thing.

Maybe, if I'm lucky, my kids will wear it to play Miss Haversham during a high school English class production of Dickens' Great Expectations. Then again it probably doesn't read enough as a wedding dress. I guess they'll just have to borrow my mom's. I did.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area, there is an airport that services Rochester (RST). If you don't want to rent a car, you should be able to get a shuttle from there to the hotel.

For those of you who wish to try something else, there is also a shuttle from the Minneapolis airport (MSP) to Rochester.

For those of you who know other people who are coming in, we encourage ride-sharing!

For those of you who know pretty much (or literally) nobody and would like to ride-share or are willing to have additional passengers, drop Beth an e-mail; she'll try to find someone else for you to travel with.


We have a block of rooms reserved for the wedding at the Soldier's Field Best Western.

Address:401 6th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Cost per room:$97/night + taxes

They have a shuttle that can provide transportation to and from all of the relevant wedding locations at no extra charge, so if you don't want to deal with trying to drive to the church they can give you a lift.

The block of rooms will be held until 7/26. So reserve before then to ensure that price. I'm pretty sure they'll have rooms after that point, but they may not be near each other or the same cost.

If you think there's a chance you'll be coming, make a reservation. They can be canceled at no charge up to 24 hours before the check-in time.