Wedding Wednesday: The Dress

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I opened up my theknot.com app today, and was smacked in the face with the reality that our wedding is approaching. Fast. 186 days. In just a few days we will hit the 6 month mark.

Panic is beginning to ensue. There is sooo much left to be done.

Luckily my mom will be in town this weekend and we plan to tackle the to-do list hard.

Back in November my mom, aunt and I drove the 700 kms from Corner Brook to St. John’s for a girls weekend and dress shopping. 

We drove in on a Wednesday, with appointments at salons for Thursday morning. I was so confident that finding a dress would be a breeze, that I was mentally planning the other stores (Sephora) I would hit Thursday afternoon.

It was anything but. I didn’t really know what type of a dress I wanted. I just knew that I wanted it to be classy, and elegant, and not like anything any of my friends had had so far. You know, I wanted to be different. Oh, and satin. Definitely satin. I figured I would just “know” when I saw it.

We started the day at The Model Shop where I tried on a bunch of beautiful dresses. The staff was wonderful. And my mom even cried when she saw me in one of the dresses. But I wasn’t ready to “say yes to the dress.” It’s hard not to be a little indecisive in a store that carries so many beautiful dresses. 

Next we went to The Bridal Salon. My least favourite place. It appeared tacky as soon as we walked through the door. The walls in the bridal area were bright red. My mom and Aunt were not allowed to look at the dress selection. They had to sit on a hard wooden bench, and weren’t allowed to even stand up and move around while waiting for me (there were signs saying they had to keep seated). The dress selection didn’t seem to be quality (my personal opinion only) and while I was polite and tried on a few dresses, I didn’t liked anything at all. The only positive about the place was that the lady helping me was nice. Oh and heads up Newfoundland brides, you are not allowed to take pictures of dresses you like.

Ever After was up next. It was a cute salon. They didn’t take appointments and when I got to the store there was another girl there trying on dresses. Because the store was small, with just one pedestal and mirror, and side by side dressing rooms, I felt like I was intruding upon her shopping experience. It was so tight that we kept stepping on each other’s dresses when going to and from our dressing rooms. The dress selection was nice, but I didn’t fall in love with anything.
 
By this point I was beyond frustrated and on the verge of tears. 

Did you know that satin dresses are not very popular right now? And did you know that it’s a fabric that can make even the skinniest girls look pudgy? In the past year I’ve gained a bit of weight, and I haven’t been happy with my body. I never dreamed that I would ever be shopping for wedding dresses and feeling bad about myself. It sucked hard to have the type of dresses I anticipated loving, not being very flattering.

After a meltdown and a quick trip to Kathy Evans Bridal (dislike the place so much that I have nothing to say about it) we decided to call it quits for the day and to grab supper and drinks at Montana’s. Because beer and nachos make everything better.

The next day I headed back to the Model Shop with a more open mind, ready to try on every dress in the store. And I pretty much did. By the time I left I had narrowed it down to two dresses. The one my mom loved, and one I had pinned on Pinterest before the trip, but hadn’t seen the day before. 
Over the course of the day I thought hard about what I wanted to look like on my wedding day and how I felt in each of the dresses. And yes, a few more tears were shed.

I didn’t get the dress my mom loved, and that was a hard choice to make. I wanted so badly for her to have the same reaction to the dress I chose. She didn’t but that’s okay. The dress she loved was absolutely beautiful, and was totally a “me” dress, but it was lacking va-va-voom and I wanted that.
Of course I have zero intentions of showing you “the one” but have no fear we took pictures of all of the other dresses I tried on. 

The dress my mom loved. Maggie Sottero – Aideen
Maggie Sottero – Serencia 

Please forgive the hot mess that I was. We got caught in the rain once or twice. Ugh.

How was your dress shopping experience? 
Did you find it right away or did it take you a little longer like me?

0 thoughts on “Wedding Wednesday: The Dress

  1. I've never been wedding dress shopping (obviously) but I cannot wait! Unless something drastically changes between now and then, I pretty much know exactly what I'm looking for. That pink Maggie Sottero dress is so fun! Can't wait to see which one you chose. 🙂

  2. I love these dresses, I am sure the one you went with is amazing! My favorite is the mermaid with the off-the-shoulder lace, that is stunning, and the pink one is so much fun. Dress shopping wasn't what I had expected either, we went to three places and I just couldn't narrow it down, until I tried on "the one" and didn't want to take it off.

  3. I am so indecisive when choosing things that I would probably have a complete meltdown in the dressing rooms. I do have my "ideal" wedding dress picked out for my special day, (whenever that may come) and I hope I am lucky enough to be able to find one that I picture and like it on myself too. I love the one your mom chose, but I am sure you went with one that is just as or even more beautiful one!

  4. The pink one was so much fun to try on. I wish it had fit me better, not because I would have bought it, but because I could have pranced around the salon a little better with it on. The off-the-shoulder mermaid was on a mannequin in the store. It caught my eye as soon as I walked in, but it wasn't the style I was going for. On the second trip back to the Model Shop, I wanted to try on EVERYTHING. The second day was so much more fun than the first.

  5. Dress shopping did not go as I planned…at all. I never thought I would find one on the first day and I didn't expect to find something that I wasn't looking for in a style. I love that pink one–so different and fun. Maggie dresses are great! I can't wait to see what you chose!

  6. Ahhhh SO FUN!!! I miss being a bride! 🙂 I am OBSESSED with that second dress, too. It's so haute couture. Loooove. With me, I actually ended up with the very first dress I tried on! I tried on others for good measure, but kept comparing them to the first. That's how I knew!

    xo

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