November 16th, 2010 by BridalBuds
Originally I saved dress shopping for when I was planning to have lost some weight. Since the weight hasn’t gone and time was ticking away until our wedding date, I finally just made the plans to go dress shopping. I wanted my mom to be in town for the dress shopping, so I waited for a weekend for her to be able to come with me and made appointments at two different places: David’s Bridal and A Formal Occasion (if you aren’t from GA, specifically the northern Metro-Atlanta area, it’s a small boutique in Kennesaw).
My dress shopping experience was fun and exhausting. If you’ve been, you know what I am talking about. Putting on and taking off umpteen dresses and modeling and all that stuff really takes a lot out of you. I absolutely slept like a baby the night after dress shopping. Anyway, the fun part.
We started out the day at 11am at David’s Bridal. It was a Saturday so it was busy but not packed. I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of people in the store but I did feel overwhelmed by the amount of dresses in the store. I also felt overwhelmed by the saleslady as she was a bit … pushy. She was polite and had a feel (kind of) for what I wanted but it wasn’t exactly what I expected my dress shopping experience to be. I probably tried on at least 10 dresses while I was at David’s and none of them really wowed me. By the time that I left I was hot and hungry and was set on coming back to get a dress that was so-so to me. I liked it. But I didn’t love it and it definitely wasn’t the one. I confessed to the lady that I didn’t want to commit to the dress right then and there because I had another appointment so she said that she would make me an appointment for later that afternoon and I could come back and put it back on and get it.
I should also say that I had high expectations for dress shopping as I have been watching (here and there) TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and that is what I expected my day to be like. Without all the drama of course!! I thought that the saleslady would be the one helping me in and out of the dresses and I would get to model the dresses to my mom, my Matron of Honor and one of my bridesmaids. This wasn’t the case. My mom was in the room with me helping me get in and out of the dresses and I think that it ruined the experience for both of us. She had to help me in and out of dresses and then walk out with me to see it and I think that it was not only exhausting for her, but she didn’t really get to enjoy seeing me in each dress like she should have. Neither of us were really wowed by the dresses at David’s…
After David’s, we made our way to our appointment at A Formal Occasion. Let me tell you, my appointments were like night and day.
My experience at A Formal Occasion was amazing. First off, I walked in and was welcomed warmly and sincerely by the owner, Lucinda, and she led me to dresses and told me to pick out ones that I liked. So, between my mom, my MOH and my bridesmaid, we were able to pick out about 6-8 dresses that we liked. Then, the three of them were asked to go and sit down and I got in and out of the dresses with the help from Lucinda and eventually another saleslady. I felt absolutely like a bride at this appointment.
The first dress that I walked out in was the first dress of the day that I actually was excited about and said that I “felt like a bride”. It was a good sign It wasn’t the dress that I chose, but it was one of the 2 that we narrowed it down to. All I’m going to say is that I’m a Maggie Sottero bride! Y’all will have to wait until after my wedding to see pictures of me in my dress/of my dress. Oh. And I never made it back to David’s Bridal. I called and canceled my appointment because the dress I chose their was no competition to the one I got
All I could think about was my dress after the appointment and how much I wanted to go and put it back on. I’ll be in around February/early March and I can start getting alterations and all that jazz… until then, I keep looking at my dress on the website and wishing that I could wear it all the time.
What was your dress shopping experience? How many dresses did you try on before you found the one?