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#1271 mexbride83

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    Posted 20 April 2010 - 11:10 AM

    Michelle/Nicy/Josietoms/other UK girls - I'm wondering if you all can help me with a little translation? Our crazy English language has so many words with different meanings between us, haha. I emailed the woman (who is Irish) I will be working for this summer in Malawi asking about the dress code. It takes her approximately 2 weeks to respond to all emails and I just got a response today, saying that the dress is "smart casual". She even said that jeans were allowed "as long as they are smart". What does "smart" mean?? I've tried googling but I keep finding many different meanings. I'm hoping one of you can help me. What would you consider a "smart casual" dress code to be? Right now I'm thinking nice jeans and collared shirts. Is that right? And are sneakers acceptable, do you think?

    I emailed asking her to clarify, however I don't expect a response for another couple of weeks... and since I leave in a month I'd like to get started on my shopping! :)

    #1272 mexbride83

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      Posted 20 April 2010 - 11:13 AM

      Sorry, need to clarify... I meant to say what does "smart" mean in terms of clothes. I know the other definitions of course:)

      Also, I found this... Smart casual - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      #1273 cjb0arder13

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        Posted 20 April 2010 - 11:18 AM

        Hey mexbride...I'm not from the UK, but I read a lot of British chick-lit so that makes me an expert! Haha....

        I think "smart" just means fashionable/presentable/lookin' good. So basically, you can wear jeans, as long as they're not grubby/ripped/nasty looking. Like, I would think darker-wash denim with nice shoes/shirt would be acceptable. Does that sort of make sense?

        #1274 barbiegirl_27

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          Posted 20 April 2010 - 12:21 PM

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          Originally Posted by FutureMrsRobart
          Oh SNAP!! Girl that is my biggest anxiety right now... it coming and looking nothing like the authentic dress but my mum says for $500 dollars (including s&h with veil) I should just be thrilled if it works out and a write-off if I'm mortified :-s I ordered it off of foryoudresses.com. They're based right in China. There were testimonials from other brides, she sent me pics of work she had done etc and even advised me to go to a pro-seamstress to get my measurements. The dress I'm having her do is the Pronovias Francoli gown from the 2011 Collection. Once i realized that most of the designer gowns are Made in China anyway - I figured why pay thousands of dollars for a designer dress manufactured in China when I can pay a few hundreds for the same dress minus the label ... made in the same place. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Yours was awful huh? Gosh - hopefully I have better luck :-s
          Oh I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!! i hope you have better luck than i did. Don't get me wrong the dress was expertly made, just a little too different from the pics than I had imagined! Luckily the FI has been understanding right from the time I ordered it and said if it turned out not to be "it" than I could just keeping searching here. I'm supposed to be heading to Truro to the bridal shop out there this weekend....fingers crossed this is the last time I have to go out trying on dresses! lol Keep me posted when you get your dress!

          #1275 AishaB

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            Posted 20 April 2010 - 12:29 PM

            I'm still a 2011 bride but me and FI have decided to change date to 8/21/2011, which is one day before my birthday!
            BDW the best place for my TYPE A personality!

            #1276 josietoms

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              Posted 20 April 2010 - 03:16 PM

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              Originally Posted by mexbride83
              Michelle/Nicy/Josietoms/other UK girls - I'm wondering if you all can help me with a little translation? Our crazy English language has so many words with different meanings between us, haha. I emailed the woman (who is Irish) I will be working for this summer in Malawi asking about the dress code. It takes her approximately 2 weeks to respond to all emails and I just got a response today, saying that the dress is "smart casual". She even said that jeans were allowed "as long as they are smart". What does "smart" mean?? I've tried googling but I keep finding many different meanings. I'm hoping one of you can help me. What would you consider a "smart casual" dress code to be? Right now I'm thinking nice jeans and collared shirts. Is that right? And are sneakers acceptable, do you think?

              I emailed asking her to clarify, however I don't expect a response for another couple of weeks... and since I leave in a month I'd like to get started on my shopping! :)
              smart casual is such as British thing - lol - as we are too scared to come with exactly what we mean!
              Basically jeans are acceptable but i would say more darker colours like black and dark demins and more tailored, no stonewash, faded or ripped jeans. Linen trousers would be ok. I wouldnt say trainers (sneakers) are smart casual i would take it to mean a proper shoe; even if it is a casual shoe / sandal.
              On the top half say only a white t shirt in t shirt stakes would be classified as 'smart casual' anything else would go ie; loose fitted top with belt, vest top/ cami top with a shirt or cardigan etc - hope this helps.
              Josie x

              #1277 Nicyx

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                Posted 20 April 2010 - 03:44 PM

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                Originally Posted by FutureMrsRobart
                YAY - I found and ordered my wedding gown and veil today :-) Also some of the initial wedding favors that I ordered came this morning and FI and I started the P90x work out together :-) Today was a good day :-)
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by michelle2011
                Thanx so much girls i knew you would make me feel better. Sunday was a bad day. In the last 4 months i've fell out with FMIL, found out my dad's not coming and now the bestman has dropped out. It just all got on top of me! I feel alot better and am back to the way of thinking i was before. As long as FI and the kiddies are there that is all that truely matters! I know we will have a very special day regardless of who is there or not and i, like you Nicy know i will shed a tear on the day thinking of those that couldn't make it!

                It seems we've all had to go through it in some way or another and as horrible as it is it's a comfort to know i'm not the only one!

                Onto a good note now! Two of my closest friends have confirmed they are definately coming now and although i was going to wait till we are all booked up i feel i need a boost so i'm going to give them their "will you be my bridesmaid" cards tonight. We're having a girlie dinner so i've bought some bubbly and really looking forward to asking them :o) Fingers x'd they say "yes".. lol. I will let you know what the outcome is tomorrow!
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by mexbride83
                Sorry, need to clarify... I meant to say what does "smart" mean in terms of clothes. I know the other definitions of course:)

                Also, I found this...
                Hey mexbride...I'm not from the UK, but I read a lot of British chick-lit so that makes me an expert! Haha....

                I think "smart" just means fashionable/presentable/lookin' good. So basically, you can wear jeans, as long as they're not grubby/ripped/nasty looking. Like, I would think darker-wash denim with nice shoes/shirt would be acceptable. Does that sort of make sense?
                FutureMrsRobart... How exciting you have done all that, thats great... wow, definatly alot of progress :-) I have given instructions on here how to do pix, i will look for it and re-post then you can "flash" for us :-)

                Michelle... Glad you are feeling better today and I guess it does help knowing your not the only one in that similar situation :-) Thank god we have each other to listen too.....
                Awwww, Im really pleased your 2 friends have confirmed they will be attending your wedding that is great news... Cant wait to hear how made up they were when you ask them to be bridesmaid, Im so excited for you, It will probably be the boost you need to get you back on track :-)


                cjb0arder13... I love you explination for Mexbride... FAB FAB FAB, couldnt have said it better myself :-) Its a funny world we live in... how sayings can make no sense from one person to the next...
                My FI is Scottish and im English... and i swear sometimes its like hes talking in another language when he gets with his mates... I ALWAYS have to ask what "X" or "what "Y" means they have so many different slang words its un real.... Makes me laugh :-)

                Been in the Travel Agents again today just to confirm prices are definatly backon track for coming on 29th and they are, so so excited now... Just really scared they going to be higher than we expect!!!!

                Watch this space..........................

                xox

                #1278 Nicyx

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                  Posted 20 April 2010 - 03:47 PM

                  FutureMrsRobart... Happy Birthday :-)

                  You will need a photobucket account.

                  In photobucket above the image you want to upload,
                  click on "share"
                  then click on "get link code"
                  then
                  IMG for bulletin boards & forums
                  choose either fullsize or thumbnail
                  copy the URL or IMG
                  when your back on here you need to go into "Go Advanced" when writing your post then click the little yellow icon (looks a bit like a mountain) and then paste the link in there......
                  Does that make sense?

                  xox

                  #1279 Nicyx

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                    Posted 20 April 2010 - 03:50 PM

                    AishaB back... Arrrr youve brought your day forward, Thats fantastic news :-) And you get to celebrate your birthday at your resort too... How exciting!!

                    xox

                    #1280 mexbride83

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                      Posted 20 April 2010 - 06:59 PM

                      Thank you cjb0arder and josietoms for your help! :) It is so funny how we all speak English, and yet it's almost like a different language sometimes. Time for me to go shopping!




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