Wedding series pt. 3 - Finding my Wedding Dress!
Hello beautiful people! Today I'm back with my third post in my wedding series, which is all about finding my wedding dress. I really don't think that the dress-shopping process needs to be stressful at all - it's a moment you should make sure you enjoy, and I promise there is something perfect out there for you. I'll give you the scoop on my experience as well as some tips below!
In true form, I actually ended up finding my dress completely unexpectedly. I went shopping with a good friend because we wanted something to do on a day off. After grabbing burgers and fries for lunch (perfect pre-shopping fuel), we went to VOWS Bridal Outlet in the greater Boston Area. There were SO many options given that its an outlet, so we ended up just picking a bunch off of the rack and trying them all on. As it turns out, my friend picked out the dress that was "the one!" I tried it on, and I felt comfortable and like myself and that's how I knew. And on that meant-to-be day, I ended up ordering that dress and checking a big task off my wedding list! This success was preceded by a couple of other not-so-great shopping trips, so I wanted to share some tips I picked up while finding my wedding dress.
Here are some wedding dress shopping tips:
Have an open mind. This one is my top tip because of course, what I *thought* I would like for my wedding dress was totally different than the dress I ended up with. So, when you start your shopping - try on a TON of dresses! Try different silhouettes, fabrics, embellishments, designers - everything! You honestly won't know until you try what the most flattering or "you" dress there might be out there.
Go by yourself (at least once). I went wedding dress shopping by myself once in the early stages, and I really recommend doing that. It is slightly overwhelming and you might feel a smidge uncomfortable, but it helped me to really tune into what kind of dress *I* wanted, without any other opinions. Sure it's a little awkward at times (you have to get into those dresses all by yourself!) but ultimately I found it much calmer to hone in on exactly what I liked about different designers and styles. This way, I was more prepared for my next shopping trips!
Color is important: I personally do not look good in "true" white, and I didn't realize this until I started shopping. It ultimately was more flattering for me to try off-white, champagne colored dresses as opposed to bright white. Be open minded to trying different kinds of whites - you'd be surprised how different they can look with your skin tone!
Go to a couple different shops before deciding. Just as it's important to try on a lot of different styles, I think it's also important to try a couple of different shops. Overall, I think I (casually) tried four different stores - from outlets to fancy designer shops (fancy definitely wasn't for me!) I got more insight into what I ultimately wanted. I would highly recommend going to an outlet-type store (like VOWS!) if you are in the market for a wedding dress, because you can find really good deals on much-more expensive dresses.
You might not cry. I didn't have an overwhelming feeling of *THIS IS THE ONE* and I also didn't cry (like I always see on Say Yes to the Dress). I just felt like - this is the best one I've tried on, it's comfortable, and it feels like *me*. So if you don't have that overwhelming moment - that's ok! And it still might be your wedding dress! Don't put that additional kind of pressure on yourself :).
Find a great seamstress: While my dress was from an outlet, I did spend some extra money on tailoring which I think was so worth it. My dress fit fine off of the rack, but a year later, it was time for a couple of alterations (specifically in the shoulders which kept falling down!) I found Anahit because she was recommended by the outlet where I purchased my dress, and she was amazing and also a HOOT. She was super direct and honest, which I personally appreciated, and did multiple fittings to make sure that everything was perfect for the big day. I felt like spending a little extra on those alterations made the dress perfect for me.
There you have it - my shopping tips! Remember it's not a life or death situation - you WILL find your dress and feel beautiful no matter what on your wedding day. And your new husband will be astounded whatever you are wearing :)