- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
It was my first time trying on dresses today and I had so much fun. I was a little nervous beforehand, because I didn’t know what to expect, but the whole experience was awesome and very relaxed. My mom took a day off work today and we went to a bridal shop about an hour away so I could try on the Isadora Ann dress by Maggie Sottero. I hadn’t been able to find a shop within 6 hours travel time that had an Isadora Marie sample and that has been my dream dress since it came out.
I was the only bride in the shop the whole time we were there and it was just my mom and I. It was great, she’s my Maid/Matron of Honor and best friend and it was a really fun afternoon together. My consultant was super friendly, calm, and didn’t pressure me at all. I came in with a clear idea of what I wanted so she let me request dresses and kind of direct our time together.
I tried the Isadora Ann first and really loved it. The sample was one size too small so it didn’t fit perfectly, but I still got a pretty good idea of how the Isadora Marie will look (I think it’ll be a bit less poofy). The embellishments were so beautiful, the whole dress sparkled and was so classic and special. It was so me. Based on the Isadora Ann, I know that I’ll love the Isadora Marie when it comes in (:
^ Trying on the Isadora Ann
I also tried on the Isadora dress. It was a huge surprise that they had a sample because they hadn’t mentioned it when I initially contacted them. I was really excited because it meant that I could try on the two dresses I needed to try on. It was really pretty and was really flattering, but just wasn’t the silhouette I saw myself walking down the aisle in. Plus, even though the train wasn’t that heavy, it was a little too much for our backyard wedding. The consultant pulled the skirt of the Isadora dress up to create a shape similar to the Isadora Marie and as soon as she did that I felt so much excitement in my chest. My mom’s face lit up and so did mine! We both knew that the Isadora Marie was definitely the one.
^ Isadora + Isadora Ann
After that I tried on the Snow White dress, because I wanted to have something a little different to compare to. I thought it was really pretty, just not me. After that I got dressed and the consultant went and figured out the price of the Isadora Marie (at this shop the Isadora Marie was $1543 including tax). Then my mom spotted veils and asked if I wanted to try some on. I tried 3 on even though I was in my regular clothes aha. I still felt so ‘bridal’ with them on. I looked in the mirror and was like ‘whoa, how do I look this grown up? I don’t feel this old’. I’m only 22, but it was still crazy to look in the mirror and see such an ‘adult’ image of me staring back (:
^ The veil was an afterthought so I held up the Isadora Ann dress to block my regular clothes and get an idea of how it would all look together.
Even though a shop much closer to us could have ordered the Isadora Marie, we decided to get it at this shop, because they were so kind and created such a stress-free environment. I never felt intimidated or like anyone was looking down on me (which is something I was nervous about since I’m a younger bride).
In the end, I didn’t cry like I thought I would. I didn’t even almost cry. I just smiled and couldn’t stop smiling and had so much fun in the Isadora Ann and Isadora dresses. I felt very beautiful and like I was going to be the most beautiful bride in the world on my wedding day (: That’s how I knew the Isadora Marie was the right one for me. I’m really excited, because I’ve been dreaming about this dress since before we got engaged. I feel so extremely lucky that it’s mine. I can’t wait to try it on in 6 months!
Bring the people who you know will make you feel good. I brought my mom and I loved sharing it with her. I trust her and I know that she would not be selfish during the time we were there and that she’s always on my side. I know some of my friends would have made the experience less pleasant and more confusing. Bringing one person was very relaxing and still fun!
If you’re nervous about an appointment, don’t make one. Obviously this isn’t possible in all areas, but I live around a lot of smaller towns with bridal shops and during the day you don’t need an appointment. Walking in during the day could increase your chances of having a less crowded shop and a more relaxed experience. It’s a good idea to email or call the shop to see what it’s like during weekdays.
If you have a set style in mind and you like how it looks, don’t feel bad for not trying on tons of different styles. I think mermaid gowns are beautiful, and maybe one would have looked stunning on me, but I didn’t try one on. I didn’t want to confuse myself and I knew that I did not picture myself walking down the aisle in one. I knew that (for me) getting a different style on impulse might lead to dress regret.
Don’t feel bad if you don’t cry. Other reactions are just as powerful.
Thanks to everyone who made it to the end of this gigantic post (:
*There are no full pictures of me in the dresses that look similar to the Isadora Marie in case someone from my ‘real life’ stumbles on this post aha. I want to keep a little mystery 😉