- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
This post was initially meant to be a PM for another Bee that asked about the experience and why I was discouraged. The PM turned out way too long and I decided to share with the Hive. Here ya go Reebles!
So first of all, it was a ton of fun watching girls go crazy with the wedding dresses! If you are a crier, bring tissue, there were a few times I was so blown away at how beautiful a gal was that I teared up too! For the most part, I didn’t run into Bridezilla & comments/opinions were welcome. (Be tactful!!!)
I was very discouraged because 1.)Even though I told myself it wasn’t the end of the world if I didn’t find a dress there, it really felt like it was. I am on such a tight budget that I am now rethinking even wearing a wedding gown. 2.) For gals that wear sizes 4-12 there were a ton of new gowns in all sorts of styles, not so much for us big girls. There was one rack, 12 feet long for sizes 14-28, maybe 40 gowns total. 3.) My healthcare background is oncology, I contribute to many breast cancer charities, and buying a dress at the dress dash was something that would have meant a lot to me. At one point I almost felt like I should settle to support a cause I believe in. (There were visions of me dancing around in an extraordinary dress with my pink ribbon tattoo peeking out. Gotta love day dreams!) BUT, my experience may be very different from anyone else’s! Would I do it again??? Yes, absolutely!
I will tell you what worked well for me; I wore a sweatsuit with spanx under it, strapless bra, and a light camisole. It worked perfectly because I didn’t have to worry about taking anything but my hoodie off so when all of the dressing rooms were full I could switch gowns right off the rack, run to a mirror, and grab another gown. Not waiting in line was a huge time saver!!! Also, plan on having at least one other person there to help you! They won’t let the other person hold gowns for you BUT extra hands are totally required! LOL Don’t be shy, if you find another bride that is your size, I suggest a buddy system. That way you have 6 dresses vs. 3 and there is a greater chance of finding one you like. (Side bonus: you get extra opinions from their shopping party!)
Also, getting there early is the key, if you have friends that are willing to go and rotate shifts or just hang out with you to pass time it works well. Oooooh… and plan on media… lots of media! I wound up on the news and my 9 year old daughter’s photo was featured on a sponsor’s website. Hair & make up is a must! ROFL Overall, have fun, prepare for the worst, and find the closest breakfast/coffee joint… you will be starving when you’re finished!
Hope this was helpful! Good luck!!!!