Ok, Ok, you all know that I have the X chromosomes… (there are two right?)
I was born a female. I have not had any surgeries or anything like that to change that fact, nor do I want to. (well except for this one time, when I had a hysterectomy... medically necessary NOT elective) But I am struggling with how a “girl” is supposed to look, act, dress etc. You see, I’ve never actually TRIED to “fit in”, BUT now…
Thing ONE is getting Married in March!!!
I am THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE…. who knew that was such a thing? I mean I know I’m her mother, but I apparently don’t just get to sit there and watch my kiddo get married, I actually have to SHOW UP, (like dress up and say stuff and…..whoa)….
When she was a little girl and it was just the two of us, I envisioned being the one to walk her down the aisle, and that’s as far as it ever went. I never thought about “giving her away” or her father walking her down the aisle. I am glad that Einstein is doing that part, since I don’t think I could say the words when asked, “who gives this woman?”
DRESSing up to SHOW UP
I guess it makes sense that the first part for me then is choosing a Dress, since I was informed that I can NOT wear sweats and a Tshirt. I was also TOLD that I could not wear a Tuxedo as I have in 2 previous weddings. DON’T JUDGE!!! (I had “stereotypical male roles” as an Usher in one, and a Best Man in the other, so it was fitting, AND cheaper.) 😛
Picking out a mother of the Bride Dress
Thing 1 and her bridesmaids told me I was not allowed to wear a tent, or an old matronly type dress either, because I am not OLD….. well THAT got my attention….DO TELL!!!! So I agreed to wear a dress if they helped me pick one. We went to David’s Bridal and the fitting person asked me what kind of a dress I would like….um….well…. um… I repeated the bridesmaids directives and added a few of my own:
- The dress could NOT be matronly
- It had to be the Color Plum (to compliment the bridal party)
- The dress had to be long so I could “hide my bag of pee” if I needed it that day (and to hide my tennis shoes, if I could get away with wearing those)
- I get hot very easily, so no long sleeves
The “fitter person” took my measurements, suggested a size, and the bridesmaids all took off running to find the “perfect dress”. SO Many dresses…..smh I was exhausted by the time I had tried them all on, so I told them to vote and pick one. They did. (and I spent a boat load of money on a dress)
Time for shoes!
My kiddo, told me I could wear my tennis shoes under my dress because they are custom fit with orthotics to keep me upright…so for the most part that is covered. ( I do own a nice pair of black flats for pictures so that part is covered too)…. I think I’m good to go…..but
What about your Hair and Make up?
Yes I have hair, no I don’t own makeup. Next?……(apparently it is not that simple)
Hiring someone to do your hair and makeup for a wedding
My daughter presented me with 3 options for having my hair and make- up done. I am pretty sure she doesn’t really care how I show up as long as I show up, but she wanted me to feel included. She told me there are 3 packages available for make up (hair is included)
- Regular make up
- Airbrush makeup
- “24 hour” makeup.
I honestly don’t know what any of that means and all would be a change for me, but ok here goes. So, I called the place that she hired to do everyone’s hair and make up and asked them if they have something like SHELLAC that they could apply over whatever they decide to do to my face….they laughed… I WAS SERIOUS!!!
I expect to bawl like a baby, not bad tears, but happy ones, but lots of tears nonetheless. And I am a horrible crier…
I look NOTHING like Jennifer Love Hewitt in Ghost Whisper who looks more beautiful with each tear she sheds.
So please just make it water/tear proof.
I even enlisted Tiara from DGGYST to ask for make up tips. (she really is kind, even in real life…not just “celebrity mode”) and she didn’t laugh at me when I asked for help.
Choosing Bridal Jewelry
Now I am stuck on Jewelry/accessories. How the hell do you chose those? Do they have to be the color of the dress, or do you pick something for the style of the dress? Since I don’t really own any jewelry, I suppose I should buy something that I can wear again. (like maybe when thing 2 gets married)
I do have pierced ears, but only because the holes never closed from when I was 12 and pierced my own ears to shock my parents. So I was thinking maybe matching earrings and a necklace?…I am really stuck though.
I am afraid to ask anyone I know in real life to go shopping with me, for fear that they will try to talk me into a full wardrobe makeover….and then our friendship would have to end….and well let’s just say it’s better that I don’t ask them.
So here I am asking for help. Any advice on how to Choose jewelry? I would like to draw attention AWAY from my port. (I know I am very self critical, I am working on that.) I am excited about the Wedding, and I am getting excited about dressing up, it’s just been so long since I have, that I have forgotten “how to be a girl”.