Belle of the Branstad Ball

The ‘Stache is Back Update: What a great “opening ceremony” to kick off the Inauguration.

Check out the spread at the reception. After seeing this, so excited that Christiani's is doing our wedding catering!!

Now that things are underway I look toward tomorrow’s events, including the actual swearing in ceremony in the morning and the ball in the evening. Here is the full list of the day’s happenings:

Commissioning Ceremony of the Iowa Colonels of the Militia
Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd St.
8 a.m.

Inaugural/Swearing In Ceremony
Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd St.
9 a.m.
DRESS: Business Attire

Terrace Hill Open House
2300 Grand Avenue
Noon to 2 p.m.

Iowa State Capitol Open House
State Capitol Rotunda
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Salute to the Iowa National Guard
State Capitol Rotunda
4 p.m.

Inaugural Ball
Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd St.
7:30 p.m.
DRESS: Black Tie Optional

Although all the parts of the Inauguration are important, I think I am looking forward to the ball the most. Once you get older there aren’t many ‘balls’ to attend, so I will take any excuse to get all dressed up and don a proper gown. If you are attending but still not sure what to wear, here is a great article from the Des Moines Register to give you a little more insight about what is appropriate.

I can vividly recall all of the hubbub a couple of years ago made over who would be designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown. Much like who will be chosen to create Kate Middleton’s wedding gown as she walks down the aisle with Prince William this April. This inauguration is on a little smaller scale, but is still just as exciting to pick out a gown for. I’m very proud to say that I found my gown at Dillard’s on sale for just $56. Bargain alert!!

These women know how to pick out the perfect ball attire – first ladies and their gown choices:

Michelle Obama, 2009 Inauguration, Jason Wu

Laura Bush, 2001 Inauguration, Michael Faircloth, 2005 Inauguration, Oscar de la Renta

Hillary Clinton, 1993 Inauguration, Sarah Phillips, 1997 Inauguration, Oscar de la Renta

Barbara Bush, 1989 Inauguration, Arnold Scaasi

Nancy Reagan, 1981 Inauguration, James Galanos

Rosalynn Carter, 1977 Inauguration, Mary Matise for Jimmae

Jacqueline Kennedy, 1961 Inauguration, designed by herself with help from Bergdorf Goodman's Ethel Frankau


Check back later to view insider pictures of the Branstad Inauguration ceremony, Inaugural Ball and much more…

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