How I found my Wedding Dress
Let’s be honest here for a second girls, when you first get engaged and after the endless glasses of bubbly to celebrate, the ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over the sparkly ring, the times you all of a sudden decide your left hand constantly needs to be moved around and in eye-sight of every person on the street, you then begin to feel the rush of excitement and anticipation for the next big search…the wedding dress.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware there are other aspects to any wedding where priority needs to be in order. We actually booked and found our venue and photographer, before I even found my wedding dress. This was due to the fact the fact that most venues and successful photographers can get booked up years in advance (yes you head me right, years). However with a wedding dress, depending on the type of dress you are after and your budget, most brides can find and order their dream dress within 10 months (obviously this doesn’t include if you are lucky enough to find your dream dress and it’s literally off the rack).
When the day finally came after about two months of being engaged to go wedding dress shopping, feeling excited is an understatement! I know not every girl feels this way and that is perfectly fine, but I have always been the type of girl to dream of the day I could try on wedding dresses and be in my absolute element, twirling and swirling in such gorgeous gowns.
I only ever went shopping with my mum and sister to all four boutiques we visited. The main reason being I didn’t want TOO many opinions and I also knew they would both be 100% honest with me on each dress I tried on and would be a fantastic support during the whole process. I also wanted to keep my dress a secret from as many people as possible, to keep that element of surprise.
Finding ‘the one’
After about three months of shopping and trying on approximately thirty dresses in a huge variety of styles, I finally locked eyes on my dress and it was love at first sight… I’d actually seen the dress on Pinterest (yes I am fully aware this can be a dangerous thing)! but luckily did some research and found out it was designed and made by a very well known American designer, Mori Lee. I was lucky enough to track the dress down in a bridal boutique I had planned to visit, not to far from where my parents lived and for the first time during the dress search, could feel the tiny flutters of butterflies in my stomach. I remember the night before I went to try this particular dress on, I sent a picture of it to my mum, sister and bridesmaids, just to tell them how very excited I was to see it in ‘real life’ and hoped I loved it as much as I did in the pictures…
Well the very next day whilst standing on the small podium in front of the floor to ceiling mirrors in the boutique, with my mum and sister by my side with the biggest smiles on their faces, I was relieved and beyond excited to discover I did in fact love it as much as I thought…if not more!
The dress was the perfect combination of suiting my personality and style as well as being flattering to my physique. The silhouette of the dress was called a ‘trumpet’ and featured a flattering, strapless and modern rouche effect detailing to the bodice, with a sweet-heart neckline and the most stunning romantic ruffles at the bottom of the dress, which was made up of the most unique ombre affect, including ivory, blush pink and champagne tones.
My dress went onto set the colour scheme for our wedding-whites, blushes, champagnes and rose gold. The colours all went beautifully with our Autumnal theme, but concentrating on white pumpkins and dusky roses instead of your typical shades of oranges and browns.
I felt a million dollars in my wedding dress and wish more than anything that I could put it on again and have a F.R.I.E.N.D.S moment, wearing it whilst doing the ironing or watching a chick-flick! Instead we got it professionally dry cleaned and boxed and it’s now living safely above my closet.
I’d love to know how you found your dream wedding dress and if you have already had the wedding, what did you decide to do with the dress?