- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
Hello lovely bees,
Since randomly stumbling on this site a month or so ago I have become a shameless addict. And there’s nothing I like more than posts with a poll and dress journey posts! So as Ive been happily indulging in all your lovely posts and polls I thought it would be selfish of me not to make the effort and share mine!
So – deep breath – straight after getting engaged – literally the next weekend – my extremely excited sister persuaded me to go dress shopping. I went to 3 shops in one day and tried on about 10 dresses in each. We had so much fun – BUT, i still had no idea what shape I wanted, had no idea what the different fabrics were and still hadnt quite got my head round being engaged truth be told. I felt like a fraud! I kept thinking – why am I wearing these big white dresses – I hadnt got my head round the fact I was getting married. Anyway, in the second shop I tried on a dress that got a great reaction for my entourage They all got teary – its THE ONE they said. I liked it a lot but didnt cry (but im not much of a crier)
After a bit of pressure from the pushy sales staff I went back the next day and bought it, her she is.
so…. anyway – I basically did very little wedding planning for months. Then I started swotting up – buying wedding mags etc – and everywhere I turned I would see photos of dresses I loved more than mine. I started to understand the different styles and materials. I realised I wanted a big impact a-line dress in tulle or organza- a lovely floaty material. After much consternation and persuasion from my family and bridesmaids against it – eventually i decided to bite the bullet and start looking again…. the first weekend I went and found this Enzoani Dabra. My friend cried – “its the one” – I didnt cry again but I was fairly convinced – it was a rather lovely dress….
I almost bought it. I wanted to show my mum first – I showed my mum – she was luke warm. I put a poll on here- everyone loved the dress. I was almost convinced – then I decided to show my Italian friends (my Fiance is italian) – they all HATED it. Too showy – brash, gaudy, OTT. Italians it seems like simple, classic elegance – they hate show and bling. Also – the neckline was apprently too low for my church – I would need sleeves or a bolero. They completely put me off it. So the search continued….
I went again with my mum and bridesmaids and tried on loads- a few were ok but then I tried this Enzoani and even my mum said – you have cracked it! this is THE DRESS! Making a convert out of my mum who was in love with my first dress and hated the idea of wasting that money was a serious business – I was convinced finally this was the one. I showed it to my italian friends – they all liked it. It even came with its own bolero – it was meant to be!vert
I would have ordered it there and then but the shop were having a designer day for Enzoani in 2 weeks and it would be 10% off. I trotted along – tried it on again and realised I didnt like it anymore! I liked the design but not the execution. The pleats werent symmetrical and the material was very netty and stiff – not my floaty dream dress.
Back to the drawing board and starting to panic now. I was being told by some places that I was too late – my wedding was only 5 months away now. I found a dress in Johanne Hehir I loved – it was similar to the Enzoanibut nicer materials, and it was a great price too – I just needed to add a sparkle belt
My auntie and mum came to visit me in London – I booked an appt to go to Johanna Hehir – this was the weekend I needed to make a decision! I also really loved Sassi Holford dresses – I begged for an appt but they were fully booked. I called every day – they couldnt fit me in. Eventually, annoyed I decided to book at a different designer – Id never heard of before. We went along and there I found my dress!!!!! Finally! My mum and aunt loved it. We went to Johanna Hehir after and they liked a couple of the dresses a lot. But no wavering and no doubts – the dress they saw in the morning was the one. We went back the next day and ordered it – I love my dress and I have no doubts at all… so without further ado – here she is…. I hope you like her!!!!!
so – if you thought that was a log and complicated process – then let me tell you – that was a very abridged version – there were lots more twists and turns in my dress journey. But I have my dress now and Im so happy!
Thanks for reading!