I never understood what blocking was until this year. I thought it was like when you washed a sweater and put it on a towel to dry, pushing and pulling a little to put it back into shape. Little did I know about blocking wires, blocking boards, and T-pins until I was drooling over a lace sample in a local knitting store, and the owner told me it was easy. I say I didn't have problems with lace patterns, but that they looked all out of shape and gnarly and that my gauge was a little wonky, and she told me everyone's looked gnarly until blocking, and that blocking hid a multitude of sins. I took an hour's lesson, and haven't looked back since, even though I find it tedious. (Not as tedious as weaving in the 46 ends of a 12-color entrelac pattern, but still tedious.) I just finished blocking the fourth and last of a set of blankets I made for a baby cousin. It should be dry by tomorrow, and then they'll be in the mail in a couple of weeks when I'm back in the US. I'm sure your wedding bolero will be gorgeous when you're finished blocking!