- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
I got my dress!!!!
So I’ve known for a long time that I want to be a short dress bride… I just got engaged at the end of October, but I’ve been with my Fiance for over nine years, so needless to say I’ve been waiting and planning for quite a while 😉
I figured tea-length would be the way to go, since I’m a pretty informal person and just couldn’t picture myself in a big poofy (or even slim and flowing) gown. Plus, we always planned to get married somewhere outside, preferably by the water… things totally fell into place in that regard when we moved out of Boston this past September and settled into a little town on the North Shore of Mass, with a sweet oceanside park across the street from my house that’s just begging for an summer afternoon ceremony 😉
So the first rule in my search for “the one” was: SHORT. My other guidelines were all exclusion criteria: nothing strapless, nothing lacy, nothing shiny, and nothing beaded. These things looked gorgeous on other brides, but they just weren’t “me”.
Some might say that I got my dress pretty early in the engagement, but after a few years as a Waiting Bee in which I combed the web for the perfect dress and also stalked Weddingbee boards incessantly, I feel like I’m prepared to make an educated choice.
This was the first object of my obsession, Sarah Arnett’s “Sophie”:
To this day, Sophie takes my breath away. Unfortunately, Sarah Arnett is a British designer and her stuff is wayyyy too out of my price range. Plus, my fiance likes my neck and chest (and no, I don’t just mean the girls, haha!) and I know he’d like me to show ’em off. I looked at some Stephanie James dresses, but they were also wicked expensive. Dolly Couture had some nice stuff, but I just felt like there was something “off” about her dresses. I feel like the torso looks too short. Again, GORGEOUS on others, but just not for me.
Of course, I ogled all the short beauties on the Priscilla of Boston website, hoping that someday I could maybe take a pic to a seamstress and get a knock-off made, since I could NEV-ER afford an actual P of B, even the short ones…. let’s just say I’m a schoolteacher, and we don’t make a lot 🙂
But as luck would have it, I got engaged right after Priscilla of Boston announced that they were closing up shop. It wasn’t in time to go to their massive wearhouse clearance sale in Boston, but I did go with my sister (my Maid/Matron of Honor, though I haven’t officially asked yet) to the flagship store in downtown Boston. And the first dress I saw as I walked in was the “Karalyn” from the Vineyard Collection. Funny enough, when I’d looked on their website, it wasn’t one of my top choices. I looooved the (now-discontinued) Antigua, and the JL229 (the short one with the satin ribbons running horizontally) as well. But the Karalyn was there, and it was in size 6 (BTW- totally thought I’d be a bridal 8, since I’m a street 6, but I wasn’t! Happy surprise!),… so I knew I had to at least try it.
Here’s the Karalyn on the model:
And here it is on me:
Mind you, it was the first dress I tried on, anywhere. And I really liked it! But I didn’t get all fluttery about it, so I thought, “Maybe it isn’t THE ONE”. And I didn’t want to jut jump on the first one I tried on, even though it was an incredible deal ($395, marked down by 80% from $1300!!), because I thought that was a bit premature. So I kept looking around, seeing if they had any cute long dresses that could be hacked off at the knee. Then I saw the “Eze”, and had to try it because I’m a sucker for chiffon. And I loved it…. which really freaked me out, because I hadn’t expected to get all fluttery over a long dress!
So I paced back and forth for like an hour, and my saintly sister didn’t try to goad me in either direction, but pointed out that “When you look at yourself in the short one, it looks like you’re trying to love it, whereas when you look at yourself in the long one, you’re trying NOT to smile.” Ahhh, my wise sis.
In the end, I left the store empty-handed (except for an awesomely cheap bustier), and went home and tortured myself and my poor Fiance as I agonized over it for two days. I mean, what a big commitment! Final sale, no returns… but amazing deal…. ahhhh! I pretty much drove myself nuts thinking about it, before I realized that I should definitely get it, and if I get it home and try it on and don’t get excited about it, I could probably sell it pretty easily 🙂
So I bought it, and brought it home and tried it on, and got SUPER EXCITED and started jumping around!! It fits all the criteria, and has interesting detail on the torso that kinda fits our nautical setting, and it’s poofy but not too much so, and it has POCKETS! It’s a little shorter than tea-length cuz I’m so damn tall, but I’m going to get a bit of lace sewn to the underskirt’s hem so it looks like a petticoat peeking out. It’s perfect! And I am officially a short dress bride! Yayyyy! Please let me know what you think!
Hope all of your dress shopping was fun and not stressful!! xoxo