I can’t believe that Olive Dude and my wedding day was almost a month ago. As I’m sure most people who are married can attest to, it was by far the quickest night of my entire life. I would give anything to be able to relive every moment of the entire weekend!
When we first got back from our honeymoon, I was drained. I didn’t want to clean up our house, start the thank-you cards, or do any of the things you’re “supposed” to do right after a wedding. The one thing that I did have to do (for stain removal purposes) was take my dress back to the tailor and have it cleaned and preserved.
When I handed my dress over to the tailor, she told me that in four weeks I could come back to get it and it would be preserved in what looked to me like a rather large shoebox. I don’t know why, but this sounded so unbelievably depressing to me. I loved my dress. I knew the whole day it was a one-time-wear, and to savor every moment in it. But the thought of it being banished into a box to never be seen again until (maybe) I have a daughter and beg her to wear it just made me really sad.
I started looking for ways to honor my dress and of course turned to Etsy. I was amazed to find that there are tons of extremely talented artists who will sketch your dress into a fashion sketch from your wedding pictures.
Sketch by Dreamlines on Etsy
Sketch by Dress Sketch on Etsy
I absolutely love this idea and can’t wait to get one for myself. I am going to frame it and hang it in my closet to honor my amazing wedding dress that will be in an oversized shoebox, somewhere on the ground.
How did you preserve your favorite parts of your wedding?
I am on a wedding high right now! My wedding dress came in and it is absolutely gorgeous. 100% my dream dress. I couldn’t be happier!! The only downside is I still have a wait a year to wear it! Ahhhhh!! Patience is a virtue, right? Well, something like that.
For those buds out there that haven’t started their dress hunt, I have just a few tips that I discovered during my adventure of dress shopping. My number one piece of advice is research, research, research! Not only should you research designs and styles of dresses that you like but also designers. This will help you be ten times more prepared than the bride that comes in with NO idea what they want. It makes for a much more productive appointment. Which brings me to my next piece of advice, make appointments! I highly recommend sucking it up and taking a day off of work to go dress shopping during the week. My entourage and I ventured out on a Monday afternoon and went to two salons where we literally had them all to ourselves. Making appointments will keep you on track throughout the day as well as give you the attention from the sales staff that you deserve.
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When it comes to actually trying on dresses, I highly recommend trying on one of each style: princess, a-line, mermaid, strapless, halter, etc, etc. Even though you may have an idea of what you want, you might be surprised how some dresses fit and make you look fantastic! When your consultant is pulling dresses, make sure you give her your absolute top price point that you’re willing to spend BEFORE she starts pulling dresses. I made this mistake. At one salon, she pulled a dress that was about $2,000 more that I was willing to spend and I feel in love. Thank goodness I put it back because I found one at another place that I loved even more!
After years of watching hundreds of brides pass through its fabled doors on TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress,” I finally had my very own bridal appointment at Kleinfeld.
The store has a strictly enforced no-photography policy, so I’m sorry to report I couldn’t get any pictures of the interior. But believe me when I tell you, it’s like wedding dress heaven! And at the same time, it was my wedding dress hell.
I am a terrible decision maker. Seriously. I just cannot do it. I always want it both ways. And when it came to buying my wedding gown, my budget (and style) definitely did not allow for me to have it both ways–i.e. have two dresses.
If you read my last post, you know how I discovered that strapless gowns looked good on me. Pretty amazing. The first bridal salon I went to, Serendipity, found two dresses that I really loved. I was pretty sure given the two of them which one I wanted. This one. I liked the way it hugged my body and it was very flattering. I also loved the sweetheart neckline. I was almost at a 100% sure that this was my dress.
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As discussed previously in Pt II, my MOH came to the rescue and sat up on the phone with me whilst I cried out my many frustrations with shopping for a wedding gown. She addressed my three main issues in blunt fashion, so I will do the same for you:
Problem #1: I have an hourglass shape. You would think this would not be a problem, but think again. It means that every single dress in existence looks “okay.” Thus narrowing my options… by nothing.
Problem #2: I didn’t really want the simple gown I kept telling everyone. I wanted something “dramatic” without being covered in beads and flowers.
Problem #3: I really had no inspiration.
So we sat down and tackled all these problems and came up with a portfolio, so to speak, of inspiration. So that, just like before with colors, I don’t mess it up by using the wrong words. This is what we came up with:
Ambrosia by Maggie Sottero
Ever since I purchased my wedding gown I felt so accomplished and proud of myself. I was talking to my friends and co-workers about how difficult it was to find the dress. All of the things I did to make this dress happen; all of the energy invested in to getting this dress ready before the wedding…am I really done with this step?
So I posted a week or two ago how I found my dress and ordered it…well it came and it was too big and it was hard for me to tell if I really liked it and how it would look after the alterations. Here is that post –
1st dress from JC Penney Bridal (about $80.00)
So I kept looking. Then I found it. I ordered it. It arrived. It fit almost perfectly and I knew almost instantly this was it….for real this time. But I needed a second opinion. So last night a friend came over and I put on both dresses for her. I had already showed her both online photos before and she thought she liked the first one best, but when I showed her last night, she liked the 2nd dress too.
Today I logged on to update my wedding registry and it said there are only 127 days left until our wedding! I am going to need a wedding dress. We are trying to do our wedding for less than $10,000. I knew from the very beginning I did not want to spend a ton of money on my dress. We are getting married on the beach and having a very informal event. So I knew I wanted a simple dress. I knew I wanted a short dress. So after scouring online, I found it. Here it is… my wedding dress..which I just ordered about 45 minutes ago. It is ivory colored and I think it will be very figure flattering.
My Wedding Dress
I really hate admitting when I am wrong (yes, stubbornness runs in my family), but when I am wrong I will say I am wrong… and boy was I really wrong when it came to the dress search! I spent last weekend in Atlanta searching for my dress with my family and MOH, and was shocked to find out that I was WAY off when it comes to what I want! I had appointments at both Bridals by Lori and Wedding Angels, both of which are fantastic places, but thank goodness for Flo at Bridals by Lori. She really worked to help me break out of my mold and try on new things….and what do you know, I ended up with a dress I never thought I would buy. (She also was great with staying in our limited budget.)