Oh my goodness, my dress was literally the hardest decision of the wedding!
My first appointment I went to DB in northern VA and tried on at least 8 dresses, wound up ending the appointment in a Vera Wang tulle ball gown. Thought “OMG, I never dreamed in a zillion years that I would get a ball gown!” Sent the pictures to everyone, slept on it, but it just wasn’t right.
Next I went and tried on two dresses with my mom at a small boutique in MD. They were both absolutely gorgeous, and my mom was convinced, but I had sticker shock and wasn’t ready to pull the plug.
Then I went to another small boutique in MD with my girlfriend who was also getting married and tried on a few dresses with her. (Side note: By this time, my venue and date had changed from October in the mountains, to June in a garden courtyard. At her appt I tried on a few short bridesmaid dresses that could be ordered in white. My girlfriend had already found her dress at that very appointment and was completely supportive. I didn’t steal her thunder or anything, and didn’t even come out of the dressing room. I just tried them on with her only in the dressing room and we kind of chatted about what we thought. Turns out, I still wasn’t ready to pull the plug)
Then I shopped forever online and found a dress I loved!! I was so excited I ordered it, and when it came in? The fit was terrible and made me look like a stripper bride! I was soo upset because I was now only 2 months away from the wedding with no dress.
So I called around other David’s Bridal’s in the area, again, to try and find this one dress that was not available the first time I tried on dresses. I found a store that had it, and was close to my mom’s house, but was still an hour away from me. The manager of the store was like, “get your butt over here and we will get this taken care of right away!” But, I live/work in the DC/metro area and it was about 2P on a FRIDAY. There was no way I would make it there for an appt unless I left right then! Luckily I have the world’s best boss and she let me scoot out early to go try on dresses.
When I got there, the lady was so amazing. She knew I was on a time crunch and was determined to find me a dress. While I waited for a free consultant I perused the book of dresses and the show room. In my perusing, I found THE dress. I just couldn’t stop looking at it on the hanger, and knew I had to try it on. The consultant pulled the dress I came there for, and a few others, and I added that dress. I put on that dress first and I KNEW. I didn’t even end up trying on the dress I came there for, let alone any of the other dresses. Turns out my gut was absolutely right. It fit like it was MADE for me, and I instantly knew.
4 appts, 15+ at least, all over MD and VA, and here it was! I bought it that day, set up my alterations appt for 4 weeks later (a mere 2-3 weeks before the wedding), and they let me walk out of the store with the dress I tried on from the hanger that day. (Apparently they had just gotten them in so it was new.) I thought I would never find it, but boy are they right when they say “you know!”
I got married in June and I still love my dress 🙂 Some of the best pictures from the wedding are of my dress.