- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
So I went with my Mom on my first shopping trip. A local store was having a big sample sale so we figured we would check it out. I didn’t go in planning to buy my dress but isn’t that always the way? When you least expect to find something, that’s when you do! It was the second dress I tried on and after our consultant found the perfect veil (the only thing missing from the dress was some detail on the back and the cathedral length tulle veil has the most gorgeous crystal detailing which added that missing factor to the dress), we were sold.
Just like I’ve heard so many times – it was the exact opposite of what I pictured myself wearing initially – I thought I would end up in something very modern and non-traditional and I will end up looking like a traditional princess-y bride now (my mom is over the moon – lol). But the embellishment and the fit just sold me. It was definitely the most flattering dress I tried on – taffeta v-neck with embellished straps (they go to a V in the back as well), some ruching and more of a drop waist with an a-line flare just past the hips. I’ve recently lost 32 pounds and plan on dropping another 25-40 before the big day. The dress is a 22 (I’m currently an 18 but was a 22 two months ago – yeah me!) but was already a bit big so I can’t wait to see it tailored to fit my body in another six months!
Here are some pics (edited my face in case anyone I know stumbles across this post) – wish they were better quality but my Mom only had her cell on her to take pictures with.
I love it but the bargain hunter in me loves the price even more…we got the entire ensemble (dress, cathedral length veil with crystal embellishment on sides and bottom and tiara) for $800 (would have been $1700 tomorrow)!! Great news since we are on a very tight budget given that I lost my job this year and FI only has a minimum wage gig – I’m lucky that my parents have agreed to cover the wedding costs for us!
My best advice for dress-searching brides – go in with a completely open mind and just try stuff on, even if you don’t think you’ll like it. The dresses are almost impossible to get an idea of on the hanger…you really do have to try them on. And you just never know – you may be a modern, non-traditional bride in your head but a traditional princess bride with the right dress!