Until I tried on a beaded, ivory brocade Jessica McClintock dress a few years ago (it caught my eye as I made my way through a clearance rack at Dillard’s), I had never given much thought to getting married or what I would wear if I ever decided to. Now I was imagining holding a bouquet and walking step-together-step-together down the aisle. Would my hair be up or down? What shoes would I wear?
Wearing such a beautifully detailed formal dress, even for those five minutes, I briefly understood why some girls go gaga for weddings and all things wedding-related. Dresses, flowers, music, cake, champagne, family and friends all celebrating you — the princess of the day — and your Prince Charming. It is quite the fairytale, whether you’re taking your vows in a church or on the beach, and whether you’re surrounded by 20 people or 200 people.
In our bridal issue, we suggest 10 questions to ask before hiring a caterer, where to take your entourage for a bachelorette party, and getting healthy in time for your big day. We also look at planning a second wedding for those who have found “the one” and are ready to take another chance at love.
Of course, one of the most important aspects of your big day is the dress. We found gorgeous dresses from four local boutiques that would make any woman feel like a real princess.
But, don’t worry if weddings aren’t your cup of tea. Check out the fantastic article on the eWomenNetwork, a networking organization where women help other women succeed, and the inspiring profile of Kelli Glynn, chairwoman of the Kansas City American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Her KC Sugar Rush event, which takes place Feb. 23 at the Terrace on Grand. You can get your fix — whether it’s cupcakes, cookies, ice cream or chocolate — at this candy-coated competition to name Kansas City’s sweetheart from an impressive group of local vendors. It’s guaranteed to be a fabulously fun night! For details, visit www.herkansascity.com.
Also, please check out our Make-Me-Over contestants in this issue and vote for your favorite on our Facebook page through mid-March. Winners will be announced in April.