Wedding Dress Shopping

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I think it’s high time I posted about wedding dresses again, yes? I have much to say about the subject because I actually went shopping for this garment. And now that it’s over – I have MUCH more to say. So, let’s dish.

Thought No. 1

Wear underwear. Not a thong.

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Yes Ma’am

The night before I ran to Target for essentials like cotton candy air fresheners and Glade products. It was then that I also realized I would be basically neked in front of a complete stranger the following day. So I did what any Girl Scout would do (yes, I was a Girl Scout). I PREPARED m’self. Grabbed me some full-bottomed underwear and my own strapless bra. No, I didn’t already own one SO SHUT UP. And MAN am I glad I did. Homegirls were ALL up in my dressing room. As they neatly packed away each ‘no’ back into the plastic garment bag, I shivered in my skivvies and wished they would HURRY THE F UP.

I digress.

Thought No. 2

Keep an open mind.

While I stuck to my guns with the silhouette, I surprised myself with things like beading, material and embellishments. I went in thinking romantic, sweet and kind of ethereal. I came out favoring glam, sophisticated and well, princessey. With a twist of ballerina. Can you blame me?

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I die.

It is really important to trust your instincts. After all, we have been dressing ourselves for a while. However, shows like What Not to Wear also prove that we can’t always trust what we see in the mirror. Canadian tuxedos are also proof.

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I have learned that my body is not conducive to anything super fitted through the hips and bust. Mostly because I lack both. Therefore, it was easy to rule out SO many types of dresses (trumpet, fit n flare, mermaid, what have you).

Thought No. 3

Throw your Mom a bone.

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Nancy Palin

If your Mom has her little heart set on a flowing chiffon Greek goddess style gown – just try one on. It will do her heart good.

Thought No. 4

Don’t go to salons where every dress is out of your price range.

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Luckily, my research steered me from wasting my time at a salon where dresses start at 5K. The Cinderella inside of me would love to wave a magic credit card and don a designer gown on my big day. However, we all make choices. I choose a trip to New Zealand. Or Croatia. Or a tufted sofa from Restoration Hardware. Thus, I mentally bid adieu to Vera, Monique,  Miss Pettibone and Jen Packham. Adieu. Adieu. To you and you and you.

Thought No. 4

You can’t always have your cake and eat it, too.

When it comes to actual cake, this is completely bogus. However, whilst shopping, I quickly realized that my wedding look “vision board” (so to speak) was not cohesive in the slightest. My ideas of groomsmen in khaki and a birdcage veil received a negative reception once I transitioned from sweet little Pinterest dresses into the more dramatic stuff. While I wish I could have it all, khaki and bling simply do not marry well.

THIS:

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DOES NOT GO WITH THIS:

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you get it

Thought No. 5

It’s YOUR dress.

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After I had found 4 strong contenders, I found myself staring into the faces of my mom, sister and future mother-in-law for some kind of strong decision. Which one should I get? Which one had the “it” factor? Which flattered my body?

And I’m not gonna lie, white aint forgiving. Mentally critiquing every aspect of my body and trying to stifle self-deprecating rhetoric was tough. No matter how many times my loved ones assured me how dazzling I looked, the innate fear of looking like a linebacker in a white dress was enough to cause self-doubt.

It’s true, it is MY dress. I will wear it. It shall hang in my closet where (hopefully) someday my kids will admire it…

Either that or  I’ll decide to pawn it for bingo money. #neversaynever.

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10 thoughts on “Wedding Dress Shopping

  1. vanessacrossett says:

    I only tried on a few dresses at David’ Bridal, but ended up sewing my own! I modeled it after a Claire Pettibone dress, it was pretty simple, but nice! Victoria’s Secret has some nice seamless undies and bustiers too!

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  2. Kristen Johnson says:

    Thought #6-remember that it’s YOUR wedding and you can do whatever dang thing make you both happy! Remember, at the end of the day, I guarantee no one will be thinking, “OMG, did you see her sparkly tiara? It totes did’t mesh with the casual vibe of her peony bouquet!”-or whatever! Although those things add to the whole ambiance, what they (and you) will remember most is your groom wiping a tear as he sees you for the first time, or all the little kidlets bustin’ a move on the dance floor, or greant aunt so and so flirting with the groomsmen, or your maid-of-honor drinking one too many before her speech, and the look on your faces walking down the aisle as a husband and wife for the first time. It’s the people and emotions that are remembered, so if wearing rhinestones from head to toe makes you feel like a pretty pretty princess, and the guys want to chill in khaki suits-then rock it!! And anyone who doesn’t love the two of you for who you are shouldn’t be at your wedding anyway! Don’t get too worried about the little things! Yay weddings!! (Sidenote: everything will work out. At my wedding, the dj showed up stoned, had never heard of Etta James, and after about the 4th time of him playing Depeche Mode and shouting to my new hubs “this one’s for you maaaaan” we kicked him out, rounded up enough cd’s from our bridesmaids and groomsmen of music we actually liked and had the best reception ever!)

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    • Natalie says:

      Ok that is hilarious about your DJ! And thanks for the reminder. It is important to not sweat the small stuff. I am just excited to marry this man, everything else doesn’t really matter 🙂

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