One of the most important decisions a bride will make during the planning process is choosing her wedding dress. All eyes are on you, after all! I had so many ideas on what I wanted my dress to look like, but once I put on “the one,” I just knew. I picked a Mori Lee gown from Mary Me Bridal with ruffled organza, and a Tara Lauren sash with beaded detailing. In the link to the gown, you’ll notice that the dress came with a removable flower, which I did not use. I think the black sash was the perfect detail to complete my look. What do you think? Pretty amazing, right? I loved my dress! And special thanks to my Grandma for that adorable hanger!
Photography: Sargeant Photography | Venue: Turnip Rose
There’s a lot more wedding dress pictures where that came from… stay tuned! I can’t wait to share all the dress shots with you when we get our pictures back this month!
Good News! I found my wedding dress and put a deposit down to get it ordered! Yay!
The funny part is, in my recent post, I talked about how I knew which one was “the dress” and guess what? That actually wasn’t the dress I ended up picking out! When I first decided to go dress shopping, it was literally the week after MGB and I got engaged. I went just for “fun” to kind of see what was out there, while still keeping in mind I had a little bit of time before I needed to order a dress. At that time we also had not nailed down the venue, even though we had an idea of where we wanted to have it.
Yep, that’s right! I am GIVING AWAY my original unworn and unaltered wedding dress to one lucky bride! As in, it is FREE to you! Now that I am a newlywed, it is time to clear out some of my wedding stuff. My loss is your gain!
Sizing - I do not know the exact size of the dress. I do know that it fit me like a glove and I am a street size 2 so my best guess for measurements is the following:
Contest Prize - Up for grabs is this beautiful wedding gown by Davinci that was purchased for $250 at Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides! It is unworn, unaltered, and in perfect condition. This dress has since been discontinued but retail price was around $700.
Deadline - Friday, November 4, 2011 at midnight! I will ship it free of charge to any location in the U.S. on Saturday, November 5th!
How to Win:
Leave your comments below on why you want to win the dress giveaway!
For extra brownie points, Tweet “@WiredBride, I want to win your dress giveaway on @BridalBuds!”
****Best answer (chosen by me) wins! Good luck!
As one of my bridesmaids described it – the wedding is “classy country,” and I couldn’t agree more. That’s just who we are…and that being said we wanted that to reflect in every aspect of our wedding, especially in the way we dress.
For me, this has been one of the easiest parts of wedding planning. I walked into the bridal salon and saw the dress I knew I was going to wear on the manikin. Although I did try on an awful lot of dresses that day, in the end I chose the dress I fell in love with that day. I got the most exciting call this weekend – my dress is here! I can’t wait to try it on
Yes, it is here! The Vera Wang David’s Bridal Collection has just come out this month. These dresses are absolutely stunning. Not only are they stunning, but they’re affordable! Most of Vera Wang’s Dresses cost around $5000-$10,000+. At David’s Bridal, the Vera Wang collection ranges from $600-$1400. They’re more on the modern chic side with a touch of the vintage look. If you love lots of layers and tulle, you’ll love this new line. Sooo beautiful. drool…
Colors: Pink, Ivory, or Soft White
Finding the perfect wedding dress has been no small feat. I’ve really been feeling the pressure to get it right. But after a sort of catastrophic first appointment at Kleinfeld, I’ve finally found (what I think is) The One.
Sorry, no pictures. We must leave something to my groom’s imagination, after all! But I will tell you that it’s quite gorgeous and makes me look really skinny and I’ve been measured and left a deposit and that’s it! There’s no turning back now! And yet…
There’s this other dress. And it’s kind of a dream.
“I’m really nervous,” I told my friends, V and K, as I waited a few minutes for the rest of my entourage to show up at David’s Bridal.
Part of me was nervous because I was finally doing something I have been dreaming about for years. The other part of me was nervous because I was sure that this was going to be like every other shopping trip I’ve ever been on, which often leads to me nearly bawling in the dressing room because nothing fits my awkward figure correctly.
But when I finally began to slip into the first few prospective wedding dresses, the self-consciousness melted away and I was having an amazing time. One by one I put on a dress and looked at the faces of my bridesmaids, my mother and my future mother-in-law for reactions. Most were positive some were not. We laughed, made jokes and no one cried.
As Michelle, my consultant, began narrowing down the dresses from a general idea to something more specific, the task became harder and harder. Each dress was better than the last, until we finally came to the last one.
Sorry, ladies. This isn't the dress I chose, but it was one of the finalists.
I had put aside my four favorites, in which the last – a bright-white and airy gown with a corset back – was included. As much as I liked the dress, it was a size too small so I had trouble picturing it on my body. All I could see were my imperfections. I also decided that it was too formal for my waterfront wedding.
I put on the other two, one of which was a Grecian goddess-inspired dress that was mentally the front-runner the moment I tried it on. It was so light and different that I fell in love with it – until I tried it on again. After trying on five dresses after it, it no longer held the same punch.
My favorite was the last dress (sorry, my wonderful fiance does read by blog so I have to leave out the details) and I instantly felt right in it. It was light, airy and perfect for my beach wedding. While some of the other dresses may have been more figure-flattering, they weren’t right for me.
Lucky for me, I happen to catch David’s Bridal during their fall sale so every dress that I tried on was under budget. I had $700 allocated for my dress and any alterations. Of course, if I found THE dress, I would have fudged my budget a bit, but I didn’t have to worry.
With my mind made up, Michelle and I peeked at the price while in the dressing room. My dream dress was only $299.00. Can we say HELL YEAH? With my job complete, I ran off with my bridesmaids to find their dresses, while Michelle began to work on the order. I had planned to have the dress shipped to Raleigh so that I could do any fittings here.
I believe every little girl dreams of going wedding dress shopping. This holds true for the most tomboyish of us. There’s something about putting on a beautiful gown and pretending you are a princess. It is like catnip for women. I was no different and second to shouting from the rooftops that I was engaged, I could not wait to try on dresses.
As soon as I could get one of my bridesmaids down here, I made an appointment to go shopping at a local large bridal store. Since my friend was only down here for the weekend, we had to go on a Saturday. DO NOT DO THIS!! If I can give any newly engaged lady any advice it is avoid dress shops on Saturdays. There are far too many distractions; and, quite frankly, it is disheartening to see another lady in the same dress you are wearing. We all like the illusion that the dress we have on will not be worn by anyone else.
Also, do not take too many people with you. Too many opinions and your voice gets lost in the crowd. I am an outspoken person by nature. I always have been and always will be. Despite this, I lost my voice in the mix. With everyone telling me, “This is the one. This is your dress,” it was hard not to believe that. I found myself agreeing with the consultant and my friend, even though, in my mind, I kept thinking that I liked another dress more, and neither quite was “the one.”
Yeah, right. Think about it. It’s the one day in your life (at least in mine) where you will be the absolute center of attention. I have said, and will continue to say, that our wedding day isn’t about me–it’s about us. However, many people continue to point out to me that people generally spend all their time looking at the bride during weddings–not the groom. As handsome and wonderful as Lovebug is, I’ll still be the one everyone is peering at.
For some brides, this might be awesome and wonderful and exciting. In a way, it kind of is, but mostly it’s terrifying. I’ve never been a center-of-attention kind of gal. I hate getting new and different hair cuts or clothes because it wil inevitably bring attention to me. I know it’s kind of weird but I’m more of a in the background, get noticed for my humor/intellect girl. So, needless to say, I’m kind of freaked out about the “all eyes on me” aspect of getting married. Whew. It feels kind of good to put that out there.
As soon I was done with the tears of joy and frenzied calls to friends and family, (and scrutinizing and admiring the heck out of my ring!) it was time to get down to the important part of being engaged. The wedding. And as any bride knows, the most important part of any wedding is what the bride wears. Of course.
Everything else just falls into place, right? Well, its been a few months, and let me tell you, It does NOT set itself up that easily. But the wedding dress is still drastically important, as any girl who has ever thought of her big day can tell you. My wedding is most easily described as a *deep breath* Outdoor, Vintage, Eco, DIY, Casual wedding. Yeah. So my challenge was to find a dress to match all of that. I think it is worth mentioning that by Eco I mean Ecological AND Economical. And oh, do I love a challenge.