THE wedding dress

Dear Bella Swan-Cullen (you are hyphening your name like a modern woman, right?),

BIG NEWS! Reelz Channel released the exclusive news that Caroline Herrera designed your wedding dress and there is much speculation that we’re going to be seeing a preview ANY day (Can I just throw it out there that I wouldn’t mind waiting until I’m IN the theater for the first time? Anyway, I digress…) Is there a point to discussing this? Your wedding dress? It’s not like it matters. It’s over & done with. It’s dry-cleaned and packed into a garment bag never to be worn again (until 50 years from now when you & Edward move somewhere new & decide to spice up your sexlife & roleplay your honeymoon again & get ALL into it by even recreating your wedding for your new friends who think it’s real) but apparently we’re going to experience the big “reveal” soon (knowing my luck it will be on the day (or hours before) I post this letter!)

But I haven’t talked about it much. Mostly because I’ve been preparing myself to be disappointed. But Bella, look, I’m already married. I already had my dream wedding dress (that’s the back! aw! I think I might take that bad boy out of the closet this weekend!) and so I have nothing to look forward to (except the sadness of not fitting into my dress) but YOURS (okay and my 2 unmarried sisters & friend getting married next week and scores of single friends but whatever) This is about YOU!

And I’ve been nervous. And mostly because well, your clothing has never thrilled me before. I mean this:

I get it. Washingington. Grunge. Hippie-Grunge Blah blah. But this isn’t 1992. Show off that cute little figure. Stop borrowing Charlie’s clothes

And you KNOW how we feel about the khaki skirt you wore to meet the Cullens for the first time (I tried to find a photoshopped image, I really did. But apparently the fandom (and by the fandom, I mean WE) hasn’t made one yet!)

So I’ve been nervous. REALLY nervous. I mean, the fan manips don’t give me much hope. There’s this one with the beautiful green backdrop:

And I know Stephenie wants you in something timeless & old fashioned, but I sure hope it’s less “little bo peep gets married” than this picture:

THIS dress has some potential! (Can you tell I like lace?)

And without picking up Breaking Dawn again because honestly I don’t know what happened to my copy and I’m kinda bummed about it because it was signed by Stephenie- Eek- I think Bella’s dress will have sleeves. I’m not anti-sleeves. Kate Middleton brought back sleeves. So I’m praying it resembles This

and less this

The cartoon version from the The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide has potential. I mean, if you can look past the goth look. I LOVE the veil- I do wish the sleeves were a little more open though

You know what I realized while “researching” for this letter? There are FAR too few photo manips of Kristen Stewart in a wedding dress! Come on people!!! you had time to Photoshop THIS but couldn’t give me Kristen in a Badgley Mischka?

Without wasting an entire afternoon looking at wedding dresses (just approximately 1.5 hours), I’ve  decided this is my favorite:

Add sleeves, a gorgeous veil and you have MY PERFECT Bella dress. Now I’ll wait patiently to see what Caroline Hererra did!

Waiting for my invitation,
UnintendedChoice

What do you think? Are you nervous? Do you think we’ll be WOWed!? Do you wish we had to wait until we were sitting in the theater?

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  • http://www.talksupe.wordpress.com snowwhitedrifted

    I’m having flashbacks from my days on theKnot! Im just up too early. Is this where we post our wedding dress photos? I’m pretty sure Edward, Jacob, the Volturi guard AND the entire Denali clan could have fit under my dress. [IMG]http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z454/GoodGirlGonePlaid/a247ba5d.jpg[/IMG]

    • operarose

      I like your wedding dress! 

      I am having horrifying flashbacks to the Knot…I don’t know what it was like when you visited, but last summer when I tried to visit that site, I found a bunch of vicious, viper Bridezilla crazies that made Robsteners look like tame, calm young ladies who you’d gladly invite over for an afternoon cup of tea in the garden.

      • http://www.talksupe.wordpress.com snowwhitedrifted

        Thanks, :)

        LOL @ “viper Bridezilla crazies that made Robsteners look like tame, calm young ladies who you’d gladly invite over for an afternoon cup of tea in the garden. ”

        Last time I was there was 2005. But yes, I second your take on it!

    • ladyofthemeadow

      Very pretty!

    • http://www.talksupe.wordpress.com snowwhitedrifted

      Uh oh, I linked the wrong photo… you can’t see the poofiness, but you can see my tipsiness. Whoops.

      -why I shouldn’t post @ 5:30 AM

      • natteringyeahrobber

        If you click on the link (not the photo), a different photo comes up. You look happy, not necessarily tipsy. The guy to the left looks a little like CW…had no idea YOU were the lucky girl. :)

        • http://www.talksupe.wordpress.com snowwhitedrifted

          Ahhh yes, that’s the pic I meant. Lots of poof.

          Lol that guy is Mr Snow’s bro. I’m dancing w/ his wife. you know, he does look like CW!

    • Anonymous

      So pretty! I’m nowhere near getting married (as in, currently without even a boyfriend) but like all five year olds I have planned my wedding. I would love a big pouffy skirt like yours (which basically fulfills all my princess fantasies).  And I love the back of UC’s dress too. This doesn’t count as having a twi-inspired wedding if I get inspiration from you ladies, does it?

    • TeamSeth

      Your dress is awesome!  Skirt is sooooo big!

      I read weddingbee/weddingwire reviews only. The knot is too…corporate and frills.  I don’t have the money to feel guilty in the slightest bit about not having porcelain placecards that match my china, which matches my colors and is handpainted.  Not to mention I don’t give a crap about that–I’m not even registering for wedding china.  We just break all our dishes and we have no friends to entertain. (that’s pathetic, I know. But it’s true)

      How is it that the knot encourages us to spend tons of throw away crap, but all the caterers offer is Bud Light and Yuengling (not even black & tan) and the “top shelf” liquor is Absolut.  REALLY?  Ugh. Don’t caterers drink?  Top Shelf is Grey Goose or Van Gogh or Belvedere or something that you can drink straight if it’s chilled enough. And there should never only be 2-3 choices of lagers. One lager, one medium to dark ale (amber to stout, whatever), and one hef or pale ale.  And Blue Moon is NOT an import, so don’t charge me like it is! It’s brewed since ’88 in Colorado.  Belgian style does not mean from Belgium. Plus it’s owned by Miller now.

      End wedding rant.  Back to work. (or reading rest of the LTT comments hehe)

      • Stacey

        I designed and made all of wedding programs and wedding favors. The only problem was that I get REALLY creative and stay up all night for several nights to finish everything. (then because of lack of sleep, started getting delusional and calling myself Martha Stewart.) 

        • operarose

          Ditto. I kept my invites, programs and favors with a classic look (hint for future brides: start out by keeping everything as simple as possible, because naturally everything with a wedding will, on its own, only get infinitely more complicated)…but still stayed up all night and played with fonts and layout and indentations and line spacing and leading and so on and so fourth. It was still fun. And they looked gorgeous. 

          • operarose

            I also changed my color scheme like 20 times. Finally ended up with mostly white, and a dash of pink and pale mint green here and there, which looked so nice that the following year (this year) I decorated my apartment in the same colors. good times. The colors were the hardest to settle on…I LOVE colors.

            Crossing my fingers Bella and Edward don’t have a red-and-black-and white color scheme.

            While I am rambling on, has anyone visited the teen lit section in a bookstore lately? I did earlier today, and couldn’t believe my eyes – literally every book has a black cover with red and white print/pictures/accents. Way to copy Twilight, publishers.

            I know, way off topic. Sorry!

    • TeamSeth

      Your dress is awesome!  Skirt is sooooo big!

      I read weddingbee/weddingwire reviews only. The knot is too…corporate and frills.  I don’t have the money to feel guilty in the slightest bit about not having porcelain placecards that match my china, which matches my colors and is handpainted.  Not to mention I don’t give a crap about that–I’m not even registering for wedding china.  We just break all our dishes and we have no friends to entertain. (that’s pathetic, I know. But it’s true)

      How is it that the knot encourages us to spend tons of throw away crap, but all the caterers offer is Bud Light and Yuengling (not even black & tan) and the “top shelf” liquor is Absolut.  REALLY?  Ugh. Don’t caterers drink?  Top Shelf is Grey Goose or Van Gogh or Belvedere or something that you can drink straight if it’s chilled enough. And there should never only be 2-3 choices of lagers. One lager, one medium to dark ale (amber to stout, whatever), and one hef or pale ale.  And Blue Moon is NOT an import, so don’t charge me like it is! It’s brewed since ’88 in Colorado.  Belgian style does not mean from Belgium. Plus it’s owned by Miller now.

      End wedding rant.  Back to work. (or reading rest of the LTT comments hehe)

    • Stacey

      I like it, Stace! I loved mine. I miss it and if I could I would just wear around the house and pretend I was a princess and order the cat around.  

      • TeamSeth

        Oh, Martha! You so crazy.

    • ChillinWithCullens

      awwww! you look wonderful!! 

  • Sisterpenguin

    I wanna wait too! Need to have some suspense going on. I mean, we’re all pretty clued up on what happens so give us fans something to hang out for (aside from more details on that headboard).
    As for the look of the frock, Twilight Lexicon had some pics last week of edwardian styles. Sorry, back to work and no time to link…

    • Anonymous

      Yes. We want details, things to keep us interested and excited for the movie, but we don’t want them to give it all away.

      So you’re saying basically Summit needs take a dating cue for what women are told: show a little leg, sway the hips a bit and give just the barest hint of cleavage (don’t practically, or literally, flash the set). Leave him wanting more, don’t give it all up right away so he looses interest. (Or something like that, right?)

      It’s a fine line to walk, Summit. We want you to keep giving us enough to tease and have us begging for more (you know, like how you the in that 1/4 second glimpse of Edward’s ripped back, shoulders and arms demolishing that window sill in the heat of passion). We want more of that, but don’t give us more of that (well, maybe a little more of that…) :) until in the movie (where there better be a LOT more of that).

      It’s not as definitive of a line for you, Summit, as it is for women, but I think you get the idea; don’t make us feel like we saw the entire movie before it hits theaters, but keep us interested in wanting to get to see it all. And make sure you don’t disappoint us. (We don’t ask for much do we?) Ha!

      • Sisterpenguin

        Yeah. :))

      • TeamSeth

        It’s the kitten in the string theory from Neil Strauss’ The Game… as long as the string is out of reach, the kitten keeps swatting at it. Once she catches the string, the game is over and her interest is done.

        Don’t show me the damn dress, Summit. You know we’re already on shaky ground.

        • MariaCecilia

          I’m not seeing the movie for the danged dress! I’m seeing it for all the hanky-panky scenes with a hopefully shirtless Edward!
          Among other things of course,ehm..like epic scenery and the botanic interest of Isle Esme. Goes without saying.

          • TeamSeth

            Clearly.  This is an important way to decide if we’ll vacation in the Virgin Island, Rio, or Baton Rouge next summer.

      • Stacey

        I have a weird feeling that closer to the release date, some scandal is going to happen about another movie that might be premiereing the same time as Breaking Dawn and then oops(!) picture of wedding dress is leaked and redirects all attention back to Breaking Dawn. 

        • TeamSeth

          I hope it’s a hot guy twittering his penis.

          • ChillinWithCullens

            BAHAHAHA!!!

          • Teamseth

            So… no joke, I had a dream last night that this happened. The press went awry and was all “Twilight goes to new heights! No pun intended”  It was crazy.  Like tons and tons of penis tweets.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe RPattz *wants* to have a twitter account, but his publicist won’t let him, because you know he would say inappropriate things and some idiot would say, “Show me yr dick!” and he would be all, “Sure, fucker! **!**”

            and then his publicist/agent/and everyone at Summit would cry, cry, cry.

    • MariaCecilia

      Yeah, it would be nice to see Bella’s dress IRL, but from the glimpses I caught in the trailer I have trepidations: it seems to be made of really thick satin, long lamb leg shaped sleeves, lots of buttons and embroidery and just too MUCH for Bella. But I guess she takes one for the team since she is such a good sport and ignores her personal wishes for a barefoot, thin cotton gown hippie on the beach style wedding ;-)

  • Anonymous

    The only “we” that actually want to see the dress before we are in the theater is the we that wants to make a lot of money off it in sales as soon as possible.
    I found 1 partner in crime regarding ugly wedding dress/veil to the opening, sort of. She is a TwiVirgin (I knew it would be easier to convince someone that wasn’t involved, I said it once and she was all “sure, ugly wedding dress to movie premier, why wouldn’t I want to do that?”), so she has requested that she watch the other movies first so she is brought up to speed (so there is no earthly way I can convince you to read the books instead? No?). So just based on just watching the movies, I am going to say there is still time for her to change her mind and back out.

    • Anonymous

      the only haters I kind of get are the ones that have only watched the movies. Without the background of the books, I can imagine the movies make no sense at all. So, well, good luck with that. And PICS. PLZ! :)

      • TeamSeth

        Yes! It didn’t happen if there’s no pics.  I’ll be looking in the Sun for you under Entertainment “Crazy Twi fans go all out”

      • Anonymous

        My one friend is kind of a “hater”, albeit a sane reasonable lovely hater i.e. voices Twilight objections when asked, and does not patrol the internet to spew Twihate. I guess she is more of a Twilight disliker or unenjoyer than a hater. Anyway, the thing is, she has only ever watched New Moon, and never read any books. I can TOTALLY (okay maybe) get if all the Twilight you’ve been exposed to is ads and topless jort sporting man barbies, pictures of crazies, and watching New Moon, that you would not be into it. I mean I love New Moon, but I would recommend it as your first Twilight experience.

        • TeamSeth

          You won’t stay with me any other way!

    • Anonymous

      the only haters I kind of get are the ones that have only watched the movies. Without the background of the books, I can imagine the movies make no sense at all. So, well, good luck with that. And PICS. PLZ! :)

  • EJ

    I’m pretty sure you and I had the same wedding dress, just in different colors! Except I had more back fat.

    • http://letterstotwilight.com unintendedchoice

      aww yay!

      • http://letterstotwilight.com unintendedchoice

        (to the dress!)

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who doesn’t really care about the wedding at all? I just…don’t. Meh. It’s barely part of the story. It’s a means to poor Bells getting her watershoe freak on, and then the DeathBaby and the Angst and the Perimeter Running and the funny Jacob/Rosalie jokes.  The dress is unimportant in my mind. I assume she’ll wear a dress and look lovely. This is coming from a girl who searched bridal shops for months, hated everything, and ended up buying a quincenera dress at Dillards on the cheap. (man that dress was awesome. I love that dress) Although, UC: SEX POT with the ties up the back. Gorg. So I can appreciate a good dress, it’s just not part of the story for me. Maybe I am just not good at being a girl. *shrug*

    • Anonymous

      No, this is not a girlie fail on your part. Really. The only people really really interested in seeing the dress are designers who know whatever the features are will be a big trend coming up, and knock-offers just waiting for the first glimpse so they can make a knockoff version immediately (okay maybe a few people who love wedding dresses too).

    • Anonymous

      No, this is not a girlie fail on your part. Really. The only people really really interested in seeing the dress are designers who know whatever the features are will be a big trend coming up, and knock-offers just waiting for the first glimpse so they can make a knockoff version immediately (okay maybe a few people who love wedding dresses too).

      • Anonymous

        Cynical, but I think you are right. I suppose if I were getting married soon I would want to see it…to get ideas, not to wear the exact dress. No. I wouldn’t…uh…no I would never….I mean unless it was really good and would look good on me then maybe…maybe I would copy the entire wedding including making Mr. Slut wear his hair all Diggory-like. Perhaps.

        • Anonymous

          I didn’t get to have any fun with Mr. GoWithIt and his wedding attire. He looked great, I’m not complaining. But I had my version of what I wanted him to wear and he rejected any input from me. There was an Etro tie I loved (and he said no way was he spending over 100 dollars for a tie, especially that tie), I wanted him to wear sleek real grown man dress up shoes, he insisted in his shoes which are practically work boots in comparison. And instead of renting or buying a new suit, he wore one that was donated to the homeless shelter that he worked at (although it was donated by the major, and that is kind of funny).

          • Anonymous

            haha! Srsly. Mr. Slut was all, “You can do whatever you want!” and then had an opinion on *everything*. We did get him a new suit, though, with my argument that he was a big boy now and needed at least one suit that did not feature a checkered jacket. And then there was a huge Armani clearance sale (boo-yah!).

          • Teamseth

            Mr. Slut was all, “You can do whatever you want!” and then had an opinion on *everything*. 

            THIS.  just substitute Slut with Seth and that’s my life. And it’s like every 2 days (er, well, it depends on if he’s looking up jobs or not that day) I get varying results. “I don’t care. Who cares. I’m a big loser and no one I know will come. It’ll be your side full and my side empty. How embarrassing.” one day when there’s no jobs listed anywhere and then “I do NOT want to do it September. That’s just…No.  I will not have MY wedding in September. Period.”

            I’m about ready to call in the chiropractor. His mood swings are giving me whiplash.

          • Anonymous

            Ours boys need to have a playdate.

          • Stacey

            The bar was really important to Mr. EC at my wedding. That’s right, the bar. :0)

            Until…everything else became important to him like the exact shade of navy of the groomsman blazers and if the ties would exactly match the bridemaids J.Crew dresses…

          • http://www.talksupe.wordpress.com snowwhitedrifted

            Cosmic Twin powers activate:
            Stacey, the bar WAS “the dress” to Mr. Snow. :)
            You know us, we’re drinkers. So are our friends.
            Hence the bar bill was the second biggest expense next to the venue.

          • Anonymous

            Like. Like so very much. (my grandmother showed everyone how to order martinis at our reception. ooh dear.  we went back to the bar a few days later and everyone recognized us. And gave us free drinks. Oh New Orleans I love you.)

      • operarose

        Although I would think that with the Catherine/Prince William wedding earlier this year that would be the big trendsetter dress. Not sure Twilight could ever come close to that scale. I know it seems like there are a lot of Twilight fans out there, but I really have a hard time believing very many brides would want to copy Bella’s wedding dress for their own wedding. 

        With that said, maybe Hot Topic will come out with a wedding line just for this fall, to capture the few who do. 

        • Anonymous

          Yes, the Royal wedding is the bigger event, and that dress the bigger deal……but I don’t know I’m still going to stick by the prediction that Bella’s dress will be featured in a “get the look” section of magazines, and that as soon as we see it, if we were looking for wedding dresses, we’d soon see ones that were like it around. It would be really funny if hot topic made a wedding line just for this.
          I could be overestimating how interested people are in Twilight (like the shirt that says “yes I’m one of those Twilight people” and if I ever saw someone wearing one I would expect to see someone next to them wearing a “wait, did I ask?” or a “was I wondering?” shirt). Except I have heard pretty much the same amount of speculation about “the dress” as I did about Cathrine’s, just not on the evening news.

          • Teamseth

            Actually, there’s probably been speculation on Bella’s dress. Think about it, Catherine was engaged for like 2 months? That’s not much time to ponder on a dress.  Not compared to 1.5 years.

          • TeamSeth

            been more speculation*

        • Stacey

          Catherine’s dress was beautiful. If Bella’s dress is even half as gorgeous, it will still be a winner.

        • MariaCecilia

          Yes, the biggest problem is probably that Twifans are either middleaged and already married, or in their teens and at least ten years away from getting married. Wedding dress sale fail! On the other hand I predict great sales on the Barbie Bella dress! We can ALL play with that!

          • TeamSeth

            I wonder if they’ll come out with a limited edition Bella American Girl doll?

          • operarose

            if they do, I will be the first in line for it. Yes, I am that person who secretly loves American Girl dolls and Twilight….at age 26. #dreamcometrue

    • operarose

      I hear you. I am super girlie normally, and love fashion (I have a dresser and closet exploding with too many clothes) but I had a hard time getting that interested in my own wedding dress. I cared more about the overall wedding experience and just chose something that didn’t overpower me. So… you can imagine, I’m also not going to freak out one way or the other about Bella’s dress. You are not alone.

      • operarose

        36 hours later: on second thought. I do care how Bella’s dress looks. 

    • Sisterpenguin

      I’m with you about the wedding. Main interest is Jacob turning up again and the confrontation. My issue with knowing about the dress is just too much information being given out before the film. If they’re going to give away all their visuals (when we already have our own dang fine imaginations) why bother to go the cinema/buy the DVD? (Although I will anyway – I have no shame)

    • Sisterpenguin

      I’m with you about the wedding. Main interest is Jacob turning up again and the confrontation. My issue with knowing about the dress is just too much information being given out before the film. If they’re going to give away all their visuals (when we already have our own dang fine imaginations) why bother to go the cinema/buy the DVD? (Although I will anyway – I have no shame)

    • latersbaby@gmail.com

      I just wanted to pop in and tell you I saw “the” David a couple of days ago and thought about you and your awesome screen name. I thought about how I could write that without sounding like a b*tch… but I couldn’t figure it out. I hope you don’t mind.  

      • Anonymous

        Yep, I have no idea why my whole email address is listed. oh well.

        -latersbaby

      • Anonymous

        1. I love bitches. And Renaissance Sculpture.
        2. I would forgive you anything for that hawtness avi. Jaw porn AND hand porn, together forever. Swoon.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you on kind of not wanting to be spoiled on the dress.  I mean, if it’s bad it would be better to get it over with now instead of during the movie.  But we’ve already seen the decorations for the wedding… I want there to be a big visual “moment” to look forward to.  Suppose there will be one when Jacob first sees Bella pregnant?  Not the same though.

    • Anonymous

      No! Yes! I am more looking forward to seeing Bella pregnant (really pregnant, not that submarine sandwich bloat she’s got going on Ilse Esme), and Jacob seeing Bella pregnant. And seeing Edward ask Jacob to convince Bella to have babies with him instead. Although:
      Dear Edward,
      You could have taken a cue from my screen name on the whole pregnancy thing. You’ve got the venom, you know you can always just change her when need be. It was going to happen anyway. Let a girl make her own decision. And do you really think Bella’s womb would remain intact and fertile after  having a late term half vampire baby abortion? Really? You went to med school how many times? Was Nick Riviera your prof?

      • Anonymous

        You know I love Edward, irrationally so, but BD is where he starts to irritate the shit out of me. Like you said, you’re gonna change her anyway, deal’s been done. Chill the fuck out, you emo idiot. Sigh. It goes with my theory, though, that Edward’s “perfectness” is only in Bella’s eyes, what with the love and the epic soulmate thing. In (literary) reality, he’s just as flawed as everyone.

        • Leigh

          “Chill the fuck out, you emo idiot.”  I don’t believe it is possible to sum it up better.  I literally snorted out loud when I read that one.

        • Anonymous

          It is the one part that I *cringe* and kind of agree with the people who like to explain how Edward is an abusive power tripper. What Dreamlover will do anything to abort your love child? I understand he lost his damn mind for a minute there, and he has self esteem issues that play into it, but still. 

          • Anonymous

            yeah, his self esteem issues get ugly there for a while.

            ALSO! (tweed skirt, please? thanks.) For those haters who are all: “Steph injects her religious anti-choice agenda! Bella chooses to keep a baby that could kill her!  What about the health of the mother?!”

            MY REBUTTAL: 1. Dude srsly. “Edward’s baby” not just any baby. Edward’s. Baby.

            2. Edward wants an abortion. Carlisle, who is billed throughout the series as Super Good Loves Human Life To The Point Of Self Sacrifice Guy wants to abort. Bella (wait for it…) *chooses* to keep the baby.  Bella takes agency of her own body and decides for herself—in opposition to the men in her life.

            (takes off tweed, grumbling about Bella’s agency and feminism)

          • Sisterpenguin

            One of the things I really applaud Stephanie for is the issue of choice
            in all the books: although situations come up outside of the characters’
            control, there are always choices involved.

            Bella usually has made informed choices (and has intelligence completely
            lost in the films) but Edward has had the experience. He lived through
            times when childbirth was a major killer of women having human babies,
            let alone an unknown vampire entity. He didn’t know if Bella would
            survive til the fetus was viable or survive getting the little critter
            out. After all, she couldn’t be more than mostly dead to be able to make
            it through the transformation process. Completely dead not even the
            miracle pill works (nod to Princess Bride).

            So, I sort of understand where Edward was coming from. I felt he thought
            that Bella wasn’t informed enough. And she did get to make her choice, as you say it was EDWARD’s baby. 

          • Anonymous

            Oh girl. Don’t get me started on M. Rosenberg’s rewrites of Bella’s character. 

            Good point about E. being from a time when childbirth = death for many.  Also excellent Princess Bride reference. :)

          • Anonymous

            I agree with you pretty much completely. In the movies they boil it all down to a choice between Edward and Jacob (thanks, Eclipse tagline). In the books it is so much more. We see all the little choices that go into Bella actively and intelligently shaping her life in the way SHE wants. Yes, some of that looks like going along with what Edward wants, but it is called compromise (what a lovely chapter!) because she loves him and he loves her. A lot of that relationship is also lost on screen.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed: It was so never ever a choice between Jacob and Edward.

            She took almost the whole part about compromise, which…*GAH* was a huge step in their maturing relationship and showed they were equals! This is why we don’t speak of the so-called feminist rewrites Melissa Rosenberg talks about. I get all stabby about it.

          • Stacey

            Was there actually a choice in any of Eclipse? In a way, Bella and Edward were destined to be ‘mates” and Jacob was destined to imprint on the demon baby.

            I mean Bella didn’t realize that at the time, but it was in the stars, kismet or heck…maybe written in a fortune cookie.

          • TeamSeth

            No, there was never a choice. Just like there was never a climax in the second part of BD… only in the first part oh heeeyyy

          • TeamSeth

            Thank goodness my little rant wasn’t out of place. I was all “Oh no, I need to stop being moody because everything is so wedding and I’m stressed about money. I can’t take that out on everyone via abortion rants.”

            But on R-berg, in the EW article she says, “At first it was a big issue for me,” (which it shouldn’t be because as the adaptation writer you should’ve already read the saga like 100 times and come to grips with this topic or backed out the fourth film) “Then I realized that Bella is making a choice.”  (DUH! Rosalie phone call anyone? Rush to Rosalie at the airport? Sheesh.)

            Rosenberg missed a lot about Bella that the book readers didn’t. She’s a strong, smart, independent woman in the books who is glamored by Edward’s dazzle.  It makes her actions in book 4 fully believable and justified.

            We’ll see what Mr. Seth says about it all. Though he never thinks about things this deeply when it comes to Twilight. He reserves that for HP ;)

          • Anonymous

            I am not sure I could control myself around Melissa Rosenberg. I hope if I meet her I am not drunk, because that is when my SuperSnark comes out.

          • Anonymous

            I am not sure I could control myself around Melissa Rosenberg. I hope if I meet her I am not drunk, because that is when my SuperSnark comes out.

          • Anonymous

            I am not sure I could control myself around Melissa Rosenberg. I hope if I meet her I am not drunk, because that is when my SuperSnark comes out.

          • MariaCecilia

            I guess the hard part is that Bella is so thoroughly self sacrificing in the books, always putting her own safety last and making herself vulnerable to all kinds of danger. That, and the fact that she happens to shack up with superstrong, superhorny although brooding and superrestrained animal-men gets a little..uncomfortable. On the other hand, the flip side of the coin is that Bella is really brave too, and knows her own mind, which makes her a strong character. So both sides have their points, actually. (OK, so I’m Switzerland. Sue me.)

          • TeamSeth

            This comment makes me want a beer.  I’m not sure why, super strong, super horny might be the trigger?  Sigh.  I hate work.

            NutSlut, when are you in town? august?  Imma show you the city! :)

          • Anonymous

            Am I going to be in town? Portland, right? There is possibly a change of plans, due to lack of funds. I am traveling to the West Coast this Saturday, but nowhere near any of you, unless any of you are in the middle of the mountains in a lake in California. If so, please visit.

            Now I am sad all over again about the maybe no Portland again. *blue*

          • TeamSeth

            Oh no!  :(  Well, we might have to move anyway.  No one knows.  All I know is Mr. Seth is just like ecstatic about the Bruins winning and this whole week to follow is going to be phenomenally happy (instead of detrimentally sad).  <3 Mr. Seth.

            I will miss you, but I understand on funds situations!

          • Anonymous

            Move, like move here to be closer to the Bruins? Yes. Do That.  I hear the Five College Area in Western Massachusetts is really nice. (ahem)

            Mr. Slut and Mr. Seth can be all mopey together, it will be epic!

        • TeamSeth

          Preach. I’m so over Edward.  He’s an ass. Even after sex, he killed MY buzz, not just Bella’s.  Seriously, dude, you didn’t kill her, you killed the headboard. Chill.Out.

          In other news, my sister sent me the May 6th EW issue, because she’s awesome and figured it could be reused before she recycled it, and of course I read the article on Twi. It endeared me some (more) to Kristen, and then they brought up the “abortion” bit and how they were keen to avoid the politics of it.  I think that’s weird. When I read the book I didn’t think about abortion at all. It wasn’t until reading LTT one day that it was ever brought up as part of the book and then I was like “Oh, huh, I guess that’s true.”  In the article it discussed how they were concerned it seemed too pro-life, especially in the event of loss of mother’s life (or potential thereof).  But what it failed to mention in the article was 1) She’s going to become undead ANYWAY 2) Now Edward doesn’t have to kill her for reason and 3) Bella’s pregnancy went through terms like Big Daddy goes through breadsticks…how could they even safely “kill” the baby without killing or seriously maiming Bella?  It’s not like this is VampDi or True Blood and vamp blood can heal her. Whether you are aborting the vampman baby or C-sectioning it, you’re still having to bite open her hardened uterus. That can’t be good for one’s health. Then you’re dealing with how to get the uterus out because it will cause permenant problems.  Plus, you can’t keep the Volturi in the dark, Michael Sheen’s too sexy so you know he’s going to make another appearance. And Dakota hasn’t done enough eye shifting and emotionless one-line deliveries.

          Oops, I was supposed to be working, right? :(

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I had heard a few things about the pro-life, OMG she’s a Mormon thing, but only after I read the book and didn’t notice anything about abortions. And I have *opinions* about abortions so I am not one to not notice that kind of thing. And srsly like some 14 year old is going to read this, get knocked up and not take her own life experience into account, and just say, “I’m keeping my babeh just like Bella!” Yes. Unwanted pregnancy = flannel Hot Topic shirt.

            Screw working.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I had heard a few things about the pro-life, OMG she’s a Mormon thing, but only after I read the book and didn’t notice anything about abortions. And I have *opinions* about abortions so I am not one to not notice that kind of thing. And srsly like some 14 year old is going to read this, get knocked up and not take her own life experience into account, and just say, “I’m keeping my babeh just like Bella!” Yes. Unwanted pregnancy = flannel Hot Topic shirt.

            Screw working.

          • MariaCecilia

            A 14 yearold carrying EDWARD’S baby, however, might just take her lead from Bella… ;-)

          • Anonymous

            ha. agreed.

          • ladyofthemeadow

            Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” is running incessantly through my head: “But I made up my mind, I’m keeping my baby, oh, I’m gonna keep my baby, mmm…” It would be so cheesy on the BD soundtrack.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I had heard a few things about the pro-life, OMG she’s a Mormon thing, but only after I read the book and didn’t notice anything about abortions. And I have *opinions* about abortions so I am not one to not notice that kind of thing. And srsly like some 14 year old is going to read this, get knocked up and not take her own life experience into account, and just say, “I’m keeping my babeh just like Bella!” Yes. Unwanted pregnancy = flannel Hot Topic shirt.

            Screw working.

          • Stacey

            Thank goodness for more Michael Sheen and in a related due to pregnancy edition…Mr. Lee Pace as Garrett. I can’t wait to see my pie man again. (I really miss that show!)

          • TeamSeth

            I forgot about Pace! BD2 is goign to be SO much better than 1.

          • Anonymous

            “I forgot about Pace” 
            The horror! ;)

          • http://www.talksupe.wordpress.com snowwhitedrifted

            Yup, saying it once again, Twilight jumped the shark with the damn kid. Emo Ed and gross pregnancy.

            *said by a mother* :)

      • Stacey

        I FORGOT about Edward pimping out Jacob as Bella’s baby daddy!!!! Ahhh!!! That HAS to be in the movie!

        • Anonymous

          That is a part that I wonder if they’ll change in the movie. I can picture them keeping a conversation in which Jacob talks it out with Bella and leaving out Edward’s wolf puppy campaign. Of course I hope they keep it though. I would hope they would know not to pass up any of the cringe-worthy awkward moments, because they are basically what make the movies. My biggest BD hope is that they do the dark and twisted parts well. If they don’t have the Bella frying chicken and burning her fingers eating it out of the frying pan and then puking it all up scene I am going to feel let down. I want to hear the comforting sound of hot fat sizzling in a pan.

          • TeamSeth

            It’s such an amazing line!  When amazing is written, no need to rewrite.  What else are they going to show, Leah and Seth being angsty and immature? Yawn.

    • Deborah Blount

      Agree – and seeing the dress ahead of time doesn’t take the place of seeing it in context during the movie – and if we know ahead of time that it is bad, we can concentrate on Edward looking at Bella which BETTER NOT be disappointing.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you on kind of not wanting to be spoiled on the dress.  I mean, if it’s bad it would be better to get it over with now instead of during the movie.  But we’ve already seen the decorations for the wedding… I want there to be a big visual “moment” to look forward to.  Suppose there will be one when Jacob first sees Bella pregnant?  Not the same though.

  • operarose

    I’m hoping that I don’t see it until it’s in the theater, either, simply because I don’t care too much and I’m more likely to enjoy it if I see it in the context of the overall wedding scene. Which will hopefully be lovely vs. cringeworthy. 

    If the dress is like the Official Guide dress, I’d be satisfied… it is definitely on the plain side (but so is Bella). (<- mean, I know. But true. Plaid. Khaki. Bella is definitely a little vanilla.)

    I love the dress you chose for Bella, UC. A dress like that would definitely be what I would have Bella wear when marrying Edward, had I created the series. Beautiful, lacy, classic, elegant, timeless… (But alas. I did not create the series). 

    I also really love Kate's dress for Bella but I think I read that Catherine had like 20 virginal maidens from tiny villages in Scotland hand-crafting each little bit of lace by candlelight in stone cottages over the period of 5 years in exchange for a milking cow and 20 silver coins for their dowry (or something like that) and I doubt that Summit has the resources to secure that kind of craftsmanship so they shouldn't even try to match THAT dress.

  • ladyofthemeadow

    So, let me get this straight: we’re going to be seeing a preview of THE DRESS, any day now? I’m with UC, I’d rather wait until I’m IN the theatre to see it.

    I think Kate Middleton is the only one in the world who has the authority and power to deem that HER dress is “The One To Copy”. Please Kate, uh, Princess, please step in and issue a royal decree or something that Bella’s dress can’t be previewed before BD hits the big screen — it will surely usurp yours as The One.

    What’s the harm in a little sneak peek? I’ll tell ya, it means a world of embarrassment for us normal ones.

    If Bella’s dress is released publicly now, it will just prompt all those crazy Twibrides to get a replica dress, tweet about it, FB it, tell the world about it, spawning a million Twilight-themed weddings attended by  horrified guests watching the train wreck.

    • Anonymous

      Dear Twilight Brides,
      I really enjoy looking at pictures of your Twilight themed weddings on the internet. Almost as much as looking at Twilight tattoos. So I hereby encourage you to rush out and copy Bella’s dress, hair and makeup. Diggory up your man the best you can.
      Love GoWithIt

      • MariaCecilia

        Idea; could you tattoo the wedding dress onto your body? Talk about forever starting now..

      • MariaCecilia

        Idea; could you tattoo the wedding dress onto your body? Talk about forever starting now..

        • ladyofthemeadow

          Kind of like Ashley Greene getting allover body paint for that drink company??!!

  • Twi Sherry

    1st – UC .. LOVE the back of your dress.

    I too had my dream wedding already and I fear that I won’t like the choice for Bella’s dress.  I’ve been pretty meh with the clothing for the movies and that ring OMG .. awful.  Yes I realize that it was supposed to be old, but come on, I’ve seen antique jewelry before and it wasn’t that gawd awful.  If you check out the trailer as much as I have that one little glimpse we see when she is walking arm-in-arm with Charlie does shows it being long sleeved and slightly simple/plain bodice.  Again, while they obviously should have consulted us about the design, I’m preparing for disappointment, that way, I might actually like it.

    Thank goodness, I don’t watch these movies for the clothing .. LOL.  As long as Rob is standing at the end of that aisle, and that “headboard” scene is actually in the movie and ummmm hopefully the extended version, then well I’m set…LOL.  It’s not like we’re going because we don’t know what’s going to happen.

    Anyway, as always, love your letters.

    xo

    P.S. Guess there wasn’t really a 2nd .. hehe.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, also? What kind of crazy ass site is that RedRidingHood thing? I have to vote which movie still is hottest? Random. Weird. But I still want to win it. :)

  • OCDmom32

    OK, my knot day was amazing in my eyes…it’s the after that is questionable ;) While I can’t wait to see the dress, I want the big reveal to be at the midnight premier! At the same time, I don’t want to be disappointed sitting in the theater; and in that respect, I want to see it BEFORE the midnight show…there is just no good choice when it comes to the dress! I’m so torn!!!

    • DANA

      I’m another vote for no wedding dress spoilers. I do however love to see Twilight wedding and tattoo photos, so go for broke,Twihards! Wedding vow tatts, anyone?

  • TeamSeth

    I really, really would like to wait until I’m IN the theater to see this dress. As Harry Potter says, “I’ve waited 15 three years, what’s another five months?”  (well not a direct quote)

    Also, I’m sooo down on waiting for the gruesome, yet PG-13, birth/turning scene.  Maybe we just call it the “Bella turns into a vampire” scene?

    (ps-i voted for Peter, because he’s hotter. I haven’t seen the film, but I’m hoping to win it on DVD so I don’t have to pay to see it in the $3 theater.  Is that bad?  NO! It’s not.  No shame will be had about the Coug… rule of thumb. Gary Oldman, Billy Burke. This film will be viewed by me.  Though…I do like seeing Amanda Sigmund Frued movies in the $3 theater. It’s become a little tradition of mine…two beers and walk home feeling properly girly movied out)

    (pps-if her dress looks remotely like mine, I’m going to be mad. I designed my dress, I will NOT have it compared to Bella’s.  Summit already used my hair clip concept.  Totally uncool.  I am NOT having a Twilight wedding. I decided these things BEFORE Beller.)

  • Stacey

    Can I just add to the rest of these great comments above that I am concerned about the dress. Remember the engagement ring, my friends? I watched the “Making of…” documentary on the Eclipse DVD. They were some very pretty options, but the chose the cheese grater. To say I am a tad concerned is an understatement. 

    • TeamSeth

      Wait a moment, I watched that Making of as well (and it SUCKED compared to New Moon’s).  The chooser of the grater was Stephenie.  The costume designers were all “Oh, this is how it is, right?” like 2-3 pretty designs and she’s like “No…”  “Nope…”  “Not quite…”  Then someone, who shall forever be unnamed lest s/he get beat up in an alley, made the grater sketch and SM was all, “ZOMG! That’s it!  Old fashioned! When people see it they should be questioning it and saying ‘That’s something my grandmother would wear.’” 

      At that point I said [out loud] to the TV, which rarely talks back to me, “Stephenie, you insulted my grandmothers.  UNCOOL.”

  • MariaCecilia

    I love your dress UC! Now I kind of regret the fact that I did my own wedding dress with my grandmother because although it was lovely it didn’t have that level of deliberate, delicate detail. So sexy! (So why did I do it? I was a very poor student, I really love my grandmother, and she kicks ass generally and created her own clothes all her life!)

    I guess Bella’s dress will, like Edward, always be best in our heads. So give us some more pictures of Edward-Jacob confrontation and Edward skinny-dipping instead Summit!

  • Stella
  • tigerkitten36

    My dress was Alfred Angelo and I got it off the rack, it was very pretty and was a ivory color.  White did not work with my coloring.  Im pale and looked washed out in the white gowns.  Mr. TK rented a suit with most of the extras. (luckily he didnt like the cane  -whew)
    I learned the hard way not to have a open bar with his family.  Wedding was at 11 am until 5 pm. I thought I was being sensible as they still had to drive home. 

    One guy stone cold passed out, there was a fist fight and one of his cousins was kissing one of the teenage guest.  Good Times.

    • Anonymous

      There’s an old saying that goes: You’re not truly married unless there is at least one fist fight.  That’s why Steph had Jacob show up at the Cullen wedding- it’s tradition!

  • Anonymous

    You lost me at “wedding dress”. 
    Wedding = my worst nightmare.

  • natteringyeahrobber

    Dear David’s Bridal Bella,I was circling around my favorite panaderia the other day, taking in the yeasty-sweet-spicy smell of my favorite specialty, empanadas de calabaza. With large crystals of unrefined sugar cascaded on top. Warm, soft, earthy, the perfect combination of savory and sweet. It is a smell that reminds me of home, even though my home has never smelled anything like that. My actual home smells more like a new box of paper clips. Metallic, sterile. Which is why I often hang around panaderia. Lovely. And my day was made even lovelier when I spotted you, walking into David’s Bridal.You were not like the others. The others go in with friends, nervously chattering and ready to spend money. You went alone. You carried no handbag, no wallet, no stack of magazines. What sort of woman goes into a bridal shop without friends, without money…and yet without shame?

    I watched as you selected the most form fitting dresses, the dresses with the most snaps, the most hooks, the most difficult to get in and out of. I watched as you tossed aside any unchallenging dresses that took under 20 minutes put on. I watched as you stood in front of the mirror, caressing your own shoulders as you said “I will.” I watched as the sales clerk ignored you to attend to other more normal looking women who were sure to purchase. I felt sad for you. Always the bridesmaid, my Bella. When you arrive home, please look in your closet. You will see I have made a selection for you. I was able to find a dressmaker who specializes in hook & eye closures. 242, to be precise. All on the side, so you will not need an attendant. It is a special kind of hook closure; once hooked, it is impossible to unhook without a small turnkey. It should take no less than 1 hour for you to get into that dress. I will come by at around 10 p.m., I will bring you conchas, galletas, conos, bollilos, hot chocolate. Only for you my bride Bella, and all for you. Do not worry, I (and I alone) will be able to help loosen up your dress when the inevitable pastry bloating occurs. Looking forward to easing the tightness,Edward

    • Anonymous

      *whispers* you are everything to me. everything.

    • TeamSeth

      easing the tightness ;)

  • natteringyeahrobber

    Dear David’s Bridal Bella,I was circling around my favorite panaderia the other day, taking in the yeasty-sweet-spicy smell of my favorite specialty, empanadas de calabaza. With large crystals of unrefined sugar cascaded on top. Warm, soft, earthy, the perfect combination of savory and sweet. It is a smell that reminds me of home, even though my home has never smelled anything like that. My actual home smells more like a new box of paper clips. Metallic, sterile. Which is why I often hang around panaderia. Lovely. And my day was made even lovelier when I spotted you, walking into David’s Bridal.You were not like the others. The others go in with friends, nervously chattering and ready to spend money. You went alone. You carried no handbag, no wallet, no stack of tabbed magazines. What sort of woman goes into a bridal shop without friends, without money…and yet, without shame?

    I watched as you selected the most form fitting dresses, the dresses with the most snaps, the most hooks, the most difficult to get in and out of. I watched as you tossed aside any unchallenging dresses. I watched as you stood in front of the mirror, slowly caressing your own shoulders as you said “I will.” I watched as the sales clerk ignored you to attend to other more normal looking women who were sure to purchase. I felt sad for you. Always the bridesmaid, my Bella. When you arrive home, please look in your closet. You will see I have made a selection for you. I was able to find a dressmaker who specializes in hook & eye closures. 142, to be precise. All on the side, so you will not need an attendant. You will need only nimble fingers and patience. It is a special kind of hook closure; once hooked, it is impossible to unhook without a small turnkey. It should take no less than 1 hour for you to get into that dress. I will come by at around 10 p.m., I will bring you conchas, galletas, conos, bollilos, hot chocolate. Only for you my bride Bella, and all for you. Do not worry, I know to release the hooks. I (and I alone) will be able to help loosen up your dress when the inevitable pastry bloating occurs. Looking forward to easing your tightness,Edward

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