Monday, March 10, 2014

Regency Romance Ball 2014

We returned to the Regency Romance Ball this year for the second time. Last year, we heard about it through our friend Rowley while I was going through a huge Jane Austen kick which was extremely convenient. It's put on each year around Valentine's day so it's also easy to convince Andrew to go as part of our Valentine's day activity. It also helps that Andrew loves history and it was a great excuse for him to dress the part.

We should dress like this everyday

Last year, I made my dress and Andrew rented a costume. This year, I decided to make him his costume and Andrew took full advantage of that by being incredibly picky with everything. It was a big endeavor for me since his tailcoat was the most complicated piece of clothing I've ever attempted, but we were both happy with how it turned out. In the end, I was able to complete his tailcoat, waistcoat, undershirt, and cravat. Because his outfit was mostly regency era appropriate, his modern day khaki pants didn't quite fit the bill in terms of its waist level, but Andrew didn't mind luckily.

Regency men for all

The ball comes with a lot of vintage dancing which we were really worried about the first year, but they accommodate every skill level very well. Each dance is pretty structured and repetitive so it's pretty easy to get a hang of. They go over each dance before the dance and then you basically learn as you go. There's also a buffet dinner and costume contests, but the best part of the ball is definitely the dancing.

Regency ball antics

Andrew and I enjoyed this year's ball although we felt like the first time we went was a lot more entertaining. We don't know exactly what changed this year, but our expectations weren't exactly matched. We may have just been a lot giddier last year than this year. This year we were tired going into the ball which doesn't bode well for a night full of dancing. Andrew let Rowley borrow me for a dance at one point too because he was so tired. We do have to say that our dinner was a lot better than last year with a lot of thanks to Rowley for guessing correctly which tables got to go to the buffet first. All in all, it was a fun night out with friends and we thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time.
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