Thursday, August 20, 2015

Recap: "The Quest for the Dress"

Bringing Up Bates, "The Quest for the Dress"...
  • Kelly and Michaela meet with Kim, Kelly’s older sister, to discuss flowers for the wedding. Kim has a flower shop in Mebane, North Carolina, called Gallery Florist. She has done flowers for each of the Bates kids’ weddings, as well as for Kelly’s wedding.
  • Michaela wants cherry blossoms, but since they aren't in season in August, she settles for silk flowers.
  • After Kelly married Gil, her mom adopted two daughters. One of those girls, Beth, is getting married the month before Michaela, so Kelly and Michaela meet up with the rest of the family for Beth’s wedding shower. Michaela and Beth are only a year apart in age and are close friends.
  • For one of the shower games, guests divide up into teams and create toilet paper wedding dresses. Afterwards, Gil the penny pincher gathers the leftover toilet paper to take home. “Man, look at all this savings!” exclaims Gil. “This is the soft kind.”
  • Later, Erin and Chad have a photographer take newborn pictures of Carson. “I have never known why people want to go take pictures of itty bitty babies,” says Nathan. “And then the next thing is, why they always want to take their clothes off and put them in a little bucket or something."
  • Michaela, accompanied by her mom, sisters, and sister-in-law, heads to White Lace & Promises in Knoxville, Tennessee, in search of the perfect wedding dress. The bride-to-be wants a simple gown that makes her look skinny and has a train and sleeves.
  • As expected, Michaela is hit with an onslaught of opinions each time she tries on a dress. “I’m going to tell you something about the Bates,” says Josie. “They are not scared to say what they think. They just blurt it out. Whitney doesn’t do that, but we do that.” 
  • “It is good to be honest,” agrees Whitney. “But you have to do it in a loving kind of way.”
  • Tori and Carlin turn out to be the biggest critics.
  • After trying on a bunch of wedding dresses, Michaela admits to feeling discouraged. “I was thinking, ‘Maybe we should just elope or have a tiny wedding that nobody is going to see,'” she shares. 
  • But before long, Michaela finds exactly what she has been looking for. The gown will need extensive alterations to remove some of the poof and add capped sleeves, but everyone agrees that it is very “Michaela.”
  • The only catch is that it will cost nearly $2,000, which is significantly more than Michaela had allotted for in her wedding budget. She resolves to pray about it and make the final decision in a few days. 

16 comments:

  1. I have to agree with Whitney when it comes to helping someone choose a wedding gown. I occasionally watch wedding gown selection shows where friends and family are critical of the bride-to-be's choices. It can really be discouraging to the bride-to-be and ruin what should be a really special day. It is a privilege to be invited along. I remember when Jill Duggar and her family went to choose Jill's wedding dress. The shop owners had each person write something special for Jill that they read aloud. It was wonderful. It set a positive tone for the whole appointment.

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  2. Michaela is has such a sweet, refined disposition.
    I was impressed with the way she seemed to be able to brush off the crass remarks from
    two of her siblings. Both she and Brandon seem so well suited to one another. May they share many years of wedded bliss!

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  3. While we don't have tv service - we enjoy online information. Thank you. I pray the Brandon and Michaela have a blessed marriage - growing closer to God and one another!

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  4. Wish they had shown more of Beth's wedding shower.

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  5. Did Gil really take home the toilet paper ?! He is really frugal! I can't imagine Tori being happy about that. She doesn't even like reusing towels at the Lake !

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  6. I thought for use Tori was going to win the game of creating the best wedding dress ! She made one mistake wrapping the gown too tightly. Wished they had showers more of the shower. Would have learned more about Beth. And her and her adopted sister.

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  7. I had loved the tables at the shower. Loved the flowers and candles center pieces. Elegant. Wish I had seen some of the gifts she had gotten !

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  8. Loved, loved the photos of Carson. How did they get him to pose so well ? Yeap. Best time to get those pictures is when they are newborns !! .Am very happy for Erin and Chad !

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  9. Oh this must have been difficult on Michael, finding a wedding dress with so many girls . The more people you take the more opinions you will get. It makes it all the more harder. So glad to see Michael taking it so well. Boy, Whitney was a blessing to have there. But it appeared to be. a lot of fun though for the family. Carlin was so funny. Love that girl !

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  10. It's good I guess if you come.from a family where no one.holds anything back. With that much impact, you really can't go wrong, because, no one will allow you to make.a fool of yourself by making the wrong choices.

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  11. Carlin and Tori were a big help to Michael throughout the whole long wedding preparations. I thought their imput about.the wedding rings were right on the mark. And when they saw Brandon in pink, they were.very honest.And changed their minds very quickly.I know Carlin puts on and.entertains.quite a bit. She is good.at it. But it's sad sometimes when Brandon misunderstands her. She was only kidding while returning in the car about.him missing her. He was insulting. I don't understand why Carlin wasn't in the wedding party.

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  12. Wedding dresses are very costly. When you watch the show Say Yes To The Dress, they ask the girls how much do you want to spend . And the cheapest amount is usually between $2,000-5,000.

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  13. To make.it.easier on Michael, I think she should have only taken Kelly and Michael on this outing. Picking out a wedding gown is the hardest thing to do. We have our minds set on a certain style.And we put it on, well, it.doesn't.always look as good as we had hoped. It gets discouraging with each gown you put on. With too many people voicing their negative opioions,...when we already know we look.awful, makes it far worse. Picking out a gown is to be fun for.the bride to be. Giving Michael silence when you disapproved of a gown would have been easier on her. Let her say first how she feels. Give an opinion when it is encouraging. In this situation less said the better.

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  14. I like how.Whitney balances.thing out. She adds to the family.

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  15. Michael is such a beautiful young woman. She would have looked gorgeous in any of the dresses. Seeing the wedding pictures, it looks like the gown she finally chose was just perfect for her. The whole wedding looks like it was so pretty and I can't wait to see more pictures and the whole episode on T.V.

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  16. look's to me from the show's i have seen that they do a lot of imposing on others but that might be just what i have seen and not what really goes on.

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