- 3 years ago
Hi ladies, I’m Sacha and this is my first post on WB after lurking for quite some time. I got engaged on December 28th, 2013 after dating for three and a half years. I’m a Canadian student who completed half a degree before deciding to switch gears and get into resource management, specifically biological resources/livestock animals (yep, there’s a degree for that!) with hopes of becoming a veterinarian (a lifelong dream). Because of my likely being in school for another 6 years, insert big sigh here, we realized that the timing for the wedding would have to fit somewhere in between the many education-related events and changes that will happen to me over the next few years.
I promise this post is about a dress, I just get distracted in the background info 😛
My fiancé and I met on a horse farm where he worked and where I was a co-op student, we’ve both been around horses since we were young and part of my schooling involves working with horses, so our venue is a small private ranch with large black draft horses, a small carriage ride for the bride and groom, large wooden wagon rides for all of the guests, a beautiful barn as the ceremony site and a lake with a tiny island on it for our first dance (complete with a fireworks show!). Unfortunately, the venue had nothing open in our preferred time period, and so we took the June 22nd date THIS YEAR.
Yep, it’s pretty quick to plan a wedding, but it’s a turnkey venue and while we’re pretty stressed right now and wondering what the heck we got ourselves into, we’re just trying to remember that wedding planning is NOT what a marriage is. I’m a girly but country girl, laidback and easy going. We’re going country classy, our colour is red, and I’m just really hoping to make it a family-friendly fun wedding where we feel warm and comfortable.
Long story short, I went wedding dress shopping yesterday at David’s Bridal for the first time. I know David’s can get a lot of flak on WB but I had a wonderful experience, I went just before closing time on a Sunday night with no appointment just me and my mother, and my consultant was amazing!
Dress #1: CWG533
I am majorly sorry for all of the images of this dress and their size but this dress just wowed me. It’s in the champagne and ivory, and I just love the colour peeping through verses the plain ivory. Also the belt is not actually a belt, it’s one of their headbands, but I think it’s kind of fun and glitzy on it. The dress itself has such a beautiful subtle sparkle along the bodice flowing downward into the skirt, and I love how the skirt sweeps behind and beside, so romantic. I think the multiple layers of lace also looks incredibly luxe, and according to the consultant I’m very fortunate to have my very square shoulders as apparently a lot of brides have trouble keeping the shoulders of this dress up? The back is also a lovely low V, and there are tiny buttons all the way down the back. This is the most costly dress I’m looking at, price of $1400. I love how organic this dress is, I feel comfortable and can walk in it, and it reminds me of something Rosemary Clooney might have worn. I think at the ranch it’s going to look just beautiful, but at the same time I can’t help but feel it’s a little…mature? I’m 21, and so far it doesn’t bother me in theory but I’m just wondering.
Dress #2: CKP421
My mother loves this dress. I also love it, but I’ve previously worn a column-shaped dress similar to this with the fitted semi-sweetheart bodice and then straight floor-length chiffon skirt. I don’t really want to repeat that in it’s entirety for my wedding. There are some main concerns about this dress, mostly that while it does have the one illusion strap it’s essentially strapless. This size fit me ‘perfectly’ and it was constantly being pulled down by the weight of the skirt. I really didn’t want a strapless dress, and they keep telling me they can put a spaghetti sort of strap underneath the illusion one but is one strap enough to hold the weight of this gown? I have no idea. I also feel there’s a little too much…boobage going on. I love my body, but I’m the largest chested woman in a family of smaller chested women, and I always feel more comfortable keeping the ladies a little more subtle 🙂 Other people rock the boobage, but it just isn’t quite me, so I’m a little concerned about that. Also, very heavy and very hot dress, and I feel like it’s almost too fancy for the ranch?
Dress #3: VW351021
This is not my personal favourite dress, but I know how much photos and reviews from people helped me while I was looking for dresses to try at David’s, so I thought I’d include it anyway. Definitely a comfortable dress, which was the main positive thing for me, however the little tassle-like additions on the straps can go a little bit wild (they are removable apparently!) however I think it might suit someone differently sized in the chest, I felt a little explosive in it. The dress is nice, and fairly inexpensive, but for me the lace was a little lacking after Dress #1 and it’s multiple layers of lace. However, for approximately 600$ this dress is lovely, and certainly a more budget-friendly version than the 1400$ option.
Honestly, I love love love dress #1. I feel comfortable in it, I can move, I love how romantic the bottom of the dress looks and the back of it. I think my shoulders (which I often feel look a bit odd in strapless dresses) really carry the top of the dress nicely and I think once it’s altered it will fit my shape very flatteringly. I’m just worried that maybe I’ll feel like I missed out on the chance to wear a big ballgown, even though that isn’t really my style?
I feel like something that’s also contributing to my ‘is the dress too mature’ worries is that my 58 year old aunt is getting remarried (it’s honestly such a romantic story worthy of a chick flick) and although she isn’t getting married in white i’m concerned that I’m going to come off looking far older than she does…? Our weddings are within a few months of each other, and I know I shouldn’t focus on what others think or what she’s doing, but it’s just something I think of.
Thank you bees, and please let a girl know if anything is wrong with my post! I’m just trying to get a hang of everything but it’s definitely a culture of it’s own! 🙂