Monday, December 5, 2016

Wedding Dress Shopping

I think I nonchantly mentioned that I was going wedding dress shopping before Thanksgiving, no? Well prior to going dress shopping I spent a LOT of time on Pinterest. I also spent a lot of time dreaming about how my wedding dress shopping experience would go.


In my head:




In reality:



I went in somewhat unclear on what I wanted. I was liking a-line, romantic dresses and was really gravitating towards those with lace on top and simple skirts, but I also found myself liking really plain, simple dresses, lace dresses, fit and flare dresses, etc. So I was kind of all over the place. I knew I did not want strapless or any beading, but I'd heard countless times that you really don't know what you want until you put it on. In other words: never say never. I left having found a dress I LOVED after narrowing down styles and details I knew I wanted. I didn't end up purchasing my dress because I didn't feel like any of the stores I went to had enough of what I was looking for to know that it was "the one." 

A few days later I went back with my mom and two of my besties/bridesmaids. After going to a store that had a lot more of the types of dresses that I was looking for, then returning to the original dress, I knew it was the one. I am not a super decisive person, so I was as surprised as anyone to "just know" it was the dress. I've spent an embarassing amount of time looking at pictures of it since I purchased, and I can't wait for it to come in! Something about trying on dresses and really seeing myself as the bride made it all so REAL. 

While I will not be sharing any of my top contenders (all similar in style to what I purchased), I thought it would be fun to share some of the outtakes and fun of the day here on le blog. 



This one was beautiful but the skirt material felt a little too casual or informal for me. 


This dress had ALL the beading. I tried it on for the shape - and ended up loving not only the shape but the dress. Ultimately it was not the look I was going for, but it was so beautiful on vs. on the hanger. Such a fun departure from the other dresses I tried on.  




Grandma central. This dress was all kinds of bad. Beading, cheap-looking lace, illusion fabric that was way too dark for my fair skin. I think I had this on for 3 mintues, tops. 

 
I loved the idea of this dress - simple, off-the-shoulder, romantic...but it just didn't feel right when I had it on. Again, I think the material felt a little too informal for me. 

Well, that's all I can show you! Everything else that I took pictures of looks too similar to my dress - or was THE dress! 



via GIPHY

I've decided I want to have a party where everyone wears their wedding dresses after my wedding. I can't stand the idea of never getting to wear it again! 

P.S. I promise to chill on the Friends GIFs after this post.