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Take that exam!

13 Jun

Hello all!

I’ve been absent recently because of one thing: exams.

You see, I’m a full-time Masters student – I’m doing both coursework and an Honours degree, so effectively I have a full-time job that doesn’t stop. Luckily I get to study from home, but one of my subjects had an exam which I’ve been studying copiously since the beginning of last week. I’m happy to say that I have finally done it and I am FREE! It wasn’t too hard, but I know if I hadn’t have studied, I wouldn’t be feeling as calm as I do now.

Now, onto wedding things!

Since GP and I have completed about 80% of the big ticket items, the one thing we need to settle is the clothes for the wedding party. Well, I’m happy to say that we’ve officially got the suits for the men! 🙂 Connor, a men’s store here in Australia, were having a sale on suits – and may I mention, snazzy looking suits! Because GP and I will be buying the bridal party’s attire, this was just the BEST time to be buying it.

The particular suit we wanted for the handsome groom and his groomsmen was called the Grand. It’s a slate-grey suit with a sleek maroon lining and nice black lapels. GP tried it on and he looks GOOOOD (I could be biased…). At the same time, my daddy bought his suit! His suit is called the Berwick. It’s a darker gray than the Grand and the suit that GP’ s dad is wearing. My dad tried it on with a waistcoat and the pants and it’s AMAZING on him. I can’t wait to see him all fully-duded out.

Now all we need is to get double-cuff (French cuff) shirts for the men in the colours we want and we’re set for the guys!

As for my girls, I’ve got my measurements for my two sisters and I’m awaiting the rest of the measurements from my girls. I’ve given them the rough guide on getting these measurements and am hoping to get something ordered before June 20. There’s a sale going on right now which will be great for my wallet, hahah! My own first dress fitting will be this coming Monday, so I’m ecstatic about that!

All of it is finally coming together and I’m getting super excited!

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My fiancé is a snappy dresser.

30 Nov

Yes he is.

Because it’ll be the height of summer, Mr Big has settled with a lighter-coloured suit. Most of the wedding will be under cover, but during photography, we’ll have the sun beating down on us. Mr Big has since told me that he doesn’t intend to wear a suit jacket because of this, of which I agree wholeheartedly. The jacket will be a prop – something to sling over his shoulder during photography. The fabric that we’ve settled with is cotton – which is light and breathable in the heat. It’ll hopefully negate most of the heat. He’ll also be wearing a vest over his custom-tailored shirt (more on that later!). The guys won’t be wearing boutonnieres (bouts) but we’ll be getting some for our father-ofs.

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Like this! But without the boutonnieres and ties. / Image via Swann Soirees, Weddings and Social Events, photography by Bauman Weddings.

When we first started thinking of the groom and groomsmen wear, I was stumped! I’ve never been very good at fashion and men’s fashion is completely out-of-my-league, so I was completely out of my depth. Mr Big, however, is very good at knowing what to wear with what. When we went shopping at the local “supermall” back in November 2012, Mr Big was explaining what would look good with what and what he wanted.

He knew what he wanted to go for and it impressed me. I always knew he had a good eye for things, but seeing it in action during shopping was awesome.

Unfortunately, that trip didn’t yield much in the way of results. We basically jumped from store to store, tried a few things on, grabbed some ideas, and left for dinner with Mr Big’s Auntie Pen and Cousin Em who were visiting us from NZ. However, 6 months later, during a trip to DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) with my family, we were searching for the perfect suit for Papa Bighorn.

During this trip, we came across a huge menswear store – Connor. Connor is a franchise of menswear stores spotted all over Sydney. The store at DFO were having a sale, and being in the market for new suits anyway, Mr Big and Papa Bighorn checked it out.

Now, early in our relationship, Mr Big had expressed dissatisfaction for all things Connor.  The shirts were for smaller men, the suits were for smaller men, the customer service he experienced was utterly crap-tacular, etcetera and etcetera. So it was puzzling when Mr Big paused in front of this store. I figured, however, that he was doing so for my father, whose build is rather small.

However, Mr Big came across a suit that he thought would fit himself and his groomsmen. Enter the Grand.

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The three-piece Grand slim Suit. Image via Connor.

It’s a nice slate grey with a maroon lining.

It’s not too formal for the wedding and because there’s a vest, they don’t have to wear that suit jacket all day. He tried on some jackets at the DFO store, and after losing a lot of weight at that point, the suits fit him nicely. He talked with the friendly clerk there who gave him more information about wedding party purchases and Mr Big then proceeded to text all of his groomsmen.

A few weeks later, we got all the sizes for the groomsmen and we headed off to our nearest Connor store (thank goodness for franchises). We talked to the ultra-friendly 2IC there, who went through all of the options, including ordering sizes one bigger and one smaller just in case the sizes that we were given weren’t correct.

After a few weeks, the orders came in, and I snapped this picture!

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A happy, but loaded-up, Mr Big! / Personal image.

During our whirlwind New Zealand holiday/ e-session trip, we took all the suits over to the Kiwi guys and hit a small bump in the road. I won’t go into specifics, but you can say the Bighorns thanked their lucky stars that, (1) the 2IC ordered one size bigger on all the suit parts, and (2) a big department store in New Zealand sold Connor suits so the guys could get their true sizes in slim-cut suits.

Back in Australia, we picked up the correctly-sized suit pants, grabbed a coffee, and voila! All we have to do now is ship across the correct suits so that the groomsmen in Kiwi-land can get their alterations done.

PHEW!

And before you guys go away, yes, Papa Bighorn did get himself a suit. Wanna see?

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Told you he has a smaller frame! / Personal image.

My dad’s suit has since been altered and fits him nicely! Next up, I’ll tell you guys about the shirts!

Did anyone else find themselves turning to a retail store you didn’t expect? Who else has a fiancé(e) who had their own ‘vision’ of their wedding suit?