“Your wedding is in six months? You need to choose a dress TODAY!”
I lost track of how many times I heard that last weekend when I FINALLY went wedding dress shopping! One of my excuses for waiting so long was that I wanted to go with my mom. My dad realized that I was just going to keep twiddling my thumbs until she got here, so he put her on a plane with instructions to visit as many bridal shops as I wanted. We went to three, which was more than enough for us!
First, we went to White Satin Bridal in Plainfield. The store was spacious, clean, and peaceful. Totally our style. I loved every minute we spent there!
[Note to ADAM: This post contains pictures of me in white dresses. If you truly do not want to see me in a wedding dress until April, please stop here. ;)]
I told Sarah, one of the sweet owners of the store, my dress guidelines: Slim. Simple. No ruching. She brought me a dozen dresses, and I fell in love with a few. Please ignore my crazy pinky fingers in these pictures. Adam talks with his hands; I talk with my pinkies. Potatoes, po-tah-toes!
Off to the next store! My mom’s dear friend (I’ll call her Auntie J here) came along for the fun. When onlookers in the crowded store saw me in this dress, we heard them exclaim, “Sold!” and, “That is the one for you!” Auntie J gave us her hilariously honest opinion later on: “Oh honey, the front was beautiful. But that was a LOT of fabric hanging off your *ss!”
I only tried on two dresses at that store. I liked the swishy-ness of the second one:
And finally, we reached the last shop on our list. Since it was our last hurrah, Mom and Auntie J brought me dress after dress to try on. They said they wanted me to try on dresses outside of my style, but I think they were just tired of seeing the same cut in a million variations. 😉 It was fun, and I learned that the style I like really is the most flattering and the most “me.”
Yep, there go the pinkies again. They must have liked that one.
And the conclusion? I went back to the first shop with my FMIL, SIL, brother, nephew, and niece. I put on my two favorite dresses. And I bought the one that made my two-year-old nephew say, “Komo looks so pretty.” It’s staying top secret until the wedding day! (Unless I cave and post pictures during the fittings. Highly likely.)
I LOVED wedding dress shopping. I had no idea that they clamped extra fabric in the back with Chip Clips. I also learned that almost all wedding dresses have trains that must be bustled (I hadn’t noticed!). And best of all, I learned that when you find your dress, you will sigh with joy, twirl with glee, and your pinkies will dance their most happiest happy dance.
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