- Olive Oyl
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2010
Dress shopping is suppose to be what every bride waits for. The emotion, the joy, the opportunity to share with your girlfriends and you mother. Not me. I never thought about my wedding day as a child, never had a vision, never really had a relationship with my mother..I knew that this wouldn’t be easy. I was right. I have tried on at least 100 gowns. Been to every salon within a 50 mile radius of my home. This has been my least favorite part of the whole planning process.
It took me months to find “the dress”. I cried, threw fits, pouted like a little child because nothing looked good on me. My user name of Olive Oyl is because I am one. I am 5ft 8 and 112 pounds. You would think after 4 kids I would retain some weight..nope. I am a twig with no curves. I tried the princess style gown, I look awful in them. Mermaid and trumpet. If I was able to sit in one, I looked more skinny (was that even possible?) I decided to post some of my many dresses I tried on (Yes with me in them) It took me a long time to find the dress I loved. So brides, please do not get discouraged! I waited months to have that “moment” that we all wait for. I will admit, my moment may not be like most. No tears. I did dance though, did the happy dance in the store lol
This is the 1st dress I ever tried on..My daughter wanted me to get it.
This below is from Davids Bridal I actually really liked this dress until people wondered wtf was up with the collar. So I said no.
These below are 2 I tried on from one salon The dress on the left I really liked but I couldnt get past the diagonal line going down the skirt. The one on the right would of been perfect without the shoulder straps
Ok this one below did nothing for me at all..
Another Davids Bridal (With a black sash) I really liked this until my Fiance asked wtf was up with the “black thing” That was my favorite part of the dress..he hated it. Told me black wasnt wedding-ish. I will admit, I couldnt sit in this dress
Love this one until my Maid/Matron of Honor told me it looked like I was hiding something (Not something a mother of 4 wants to hear lol)
LOVED THIS!! Until I saw the $3,000 price tag!!
Below is me in a Maggie gown. I really liked it but I had a displaced hip, so my hip bones stick out in the front, this dress made me feel very self concious about it.
Oh god no to the below dress
This dress was the 1st time I fell in love with a dress (below) I got a mild anxeity attack putting it on. Remember when I said my Fiance flipped over the black sash..well this was for SURE going tomake him flip a lid lol
I came home so excited with that dress. By that time I had been so aggervated that when I told him it was black & white he said he would love whatever I choose as long as I was happy. I was happy. For about a week, then second guessed my dress, then 3rd guessed and so on. I kinda panicked after my future sister in law reacted to it. It scared me. Was I going to look back in 15 years wondering what was I thinking? That alone made me realize..while I LOVED this dress, not for my wedding..NEXT!!
I really loved this dress but I felt it was to plain. Great shape though..I was getting close again
So these are just a few that I had tried on over months of looking. The other day I decide to hit the salon that had the Maggie gown and try on some more Maggies. In the process I told the sales rep my concerns and issues, my insecurities and what i really needed.
I dont want cookie cutter. I need something that doesnt make me look like I weigh 85 pounds. Nothing with a sweetheart neckline. Some bling. I need some bling. I need to have a drop waist but I want one with some sort of ball gown bottom where I dont look like I am drowning in it.
She pulled me in the stock room and we started pulling like mad. The I saw one out of the corner of my eye. Looked at the price, was in budget. I put it on and I said
Oh my God!! I wasnt even zipped up yet. I started jumping up and down doing a bad version of some 80s dance. The sales rep laughed and took me to the big mirror. My heart melted and I danced again. It was EVERYTHING. This everything took me almost 4 months to find but it was so worth it!! I go and buy it Friday, I will get an additional 25% off and if I am one of the first 12 to buy a dress that day, I get a free veil and head piece. SCORE!! So here is my dress!!