- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2018
So I travelled to visit my parents recently, and my mom and I decided to go dress shopping while I was there (our first time together, but I had gone once before with friends) but we really didn’t think we would be buying a dress so soon. So I booked an appointment at a specific salon because it was the only one in the entire city that carried Mori Lee gowns and there were a few I really wanted to try on. When I first walked in, I LOVED the first dress I saw on the rack. I thought it was Mori Lee and I was so excited, but my mom didn’t like it on the hanger.
After going through all of the dresses and picking about 10 that I liked (they didn’t have ANY of the ones I came specifically for), I started trying them on. Now, my issue with dress shopping is that I seem to like everything. I had wanted to lose weight before trying on dresses but that just wasn’t happening so I totally assumed I would look like a fat disaster in everything I tried on but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I looked pretty decent! And it was just really exciting to know that if/when I DO lose weight for the wedding, I’ll only look better.
ANYWAY, the first Mori Lee I tried on was beautiful. I loved it. And my mom was absolutely certain that she wanted me in a fitted dress but this was a ballgown and I could tell that she was pleasantly surprised when she saw it on. So I went to the 2nd dress, which was the one I spotted when I first walked in. We loved it, and my mom instantly changed her mind about it once she saw it on. Then I found out it was an Alfred Angelo gown, NOT a Mori Lee and couldn’t be ordered due to their bankruptcy — I’d have to take the sample at a discount. This turned me off because it fit me perfectly but I didn’t want to be this weight when I got married, so we moved on.
Dress after dress looked very nice but nothing was really giving me that feeling so I went back to the first dress. I still loved it but decided to try on the Alfred Angelo again just to be sure. Once I put it on again, I didn’t want to take it off. I felt so damn beautiful in it. It’s not the most “original” dress, as I think most designers make a similar dress, but then they tell me that they will give it to me for 50% off, and the seamstress said it would be no problem to take it in if I lose weight because it’s only fitted around the bust and the ribcage. Then they put on some jewelry and a veil and I just knew, this was my dress. I knew that I was going to like basically every dress I try on, but this one is light, flowy, SO COMFORTABLE, and the back is TO DIE FOR. So the consultant and my mom said “so is this your dress?!” and I just burst into tears! I’m so happy!! I was a bit nervous buying a sample dress but it looked basically brand new, and they are dry cleaning it, going through it with a fine toothed comb for any issues, and storing it for me until alterations next year.
Sorry I rambled on so long, I just thought it may help someone in the same situation as me where you like everything and don’t know how you’re going to choose! The biggest factors for me beyond liking the look were: is it comfortable? can I sit in it? does it work in my venue? can I walk in it? is the price right? etc etc
What’s also really exciting to me is that I get to choose my belt and accessories to go with it, so I am going to go super sparkly since the dress has no bling on it. So there are 2 different belts in the pics but neither of them are exactly what I want, but I love that the 2nd one goes all the way around and I actually love the idea of having a bow at the end of the buttons.