Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Freaked out over the dress....

Is it me, or is the first question everyone asks is, "So have you gotten your dress?" UGH. The dress. I think every bride gets super excited to go try on dresses. I was not. First of all, I don't look like I want to look at my wedding. I have gained about 25 lbs since I met Mr. CP and the last thing I want is to be disappointed and mad at myself, after seeing a dress on. I seriously put this day off as long as I could. In addition, I invited all 7 of my bridesmaids and Mom CP. She calls me and tells me this is a day for mother and daughter and can I not bring these "people." (She has a Brooklyn attitude, which I have a love at times, but not at this particular moment) So I call my ladies and tell them I am just going with my mom, but I did bring MOH CP, because Mom CP has a history of talking me into things that fit me well but are totally out of style. So the entire process started a little stressful. To top it off, I had NO idea what I liked or wanted. I spent a lot of time online and just couldn't picture myself in anything. At this point, I was convinced I needed something out of the ordinary. Stripes, polka dots, something a little crazy. I made my first appointment at Distinctive Designs, in Maryland. You may know of this shop, because one of the owners, Sandy, was on The Apprentice a few seasons ago. She even made it to the top 3! Also, my matron of honor got her dress there and I loved my bridesmaid dress (also from there).
As I get there at 10:00 I am totally freaked out. What if they don't have any that fit me? What if I cant find one I like? What if they make me look like an elephant? What if this takes 10 trips to 10 stores and I still can not find one I like? I walk in and Sandy comes over right away. She is warm and has a genuineness about her that I liked immediately. She says I look like a deer in headlights. I say. "I have no clue what I want or like..." She gives me a drink and sits me down. She asks if I want to look princess-y. I reply with, "More Red Carpet, Less Princess" With that, Sandy is off! She loads a dressing room with dresses. I take a deep breath and go in.

The very first one I try on makes me feel like royalty. When I see myself, I gasp! My waist looks teeny! WHO KNEW they did that!???! i sure didn't. If I had known that I would try on wedding dresses every day! I feel gorgeous. I am in love. HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE! Unfortunately, I feel like I still have to try on more, none of which even hold a match to the first one. Understand, they do not allow pictures until its been purchased.
So we are off to appointment #2. Right away I am not a fan. They had dresses there that totally did not match my style. They also lost my appointment. I had to wait over an hour to be seen, for a rack of dresses I didn't even like. I was so bummed. I still tried on a few. There was literally one dress I liked, mostly because it made me look skinny. My mom loved this dress. It had a gorgeous delicate beading. It just didn't feel like the other one. It looked somewhat like this.



After this, I knew I loved the other dress. So, I go back to Distinctive Designs and try on dress #1 again. I have always been decisive. So I went for it. I bought it! The first dress I ever tried on! What do you think? Isn't so glam!! I love this dress. I love how chic it is and how it will hide armpit fat. I love it in white and I love it on me. I can honestly say, I am THRILLED, despite all my worries, with my dress.


Did you have any fears about trying on dresses?

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Blogger AmyJean {Relentless BrideĀ®} said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! Great choice!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger violarulz/ducksandbooks said...

I'm afraid I'm going to HATE dress shopping... I love textiles, but not clothes. I have a sneaking suspicion that short, curvy, Jewish girls are not who the designers have in mind 99.99% of the time.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Cleveland Park said...

It was shockingly awesome, and let me tell you I was really freaked out. The dresses suck you in, in a way I never knew was possible. I HIGHLY recommend Distinctive Designs, if you are local. I have sent 2 other girls there, and they have both purchased dresses.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 1:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the dress you choose, very chic. I didnt have any fears about getting my dress but unfortunately i have started to change my mind on the dress i purchased. I went with a co-worker of mine, because my mom lives in the midwest. I am now afraid that my co-worker may have talked me into a gown that i dont love. I got the dress at a sample sale, the whole process is pretty intimidating. I felt like i had to purchase the dress because it was such a great deal. Now there is another sample sale at the Ritz this weekend and i think i am going to go because i'm not 100% sure i love the one i have!!!
I dont know what to do, any thoughts???? I am driving myself crazy!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 3:12:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Cleveland Park said...

You can always sell it online? You have to feel beautiful on your wedding day! It's a requirement! (Thats my motivation to work out, so I FEEL beautiful) If you dont like the dress now, you should definitely try and sell it and keep your eyes open. Locally in MD, "I do, I do" buys gowns.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 3:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your right, thank you! I just need someone else to tell me it's ok to buy another one and sell the one i have. I hope it's not too hard. I will look into "I do, I do".

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 3:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have to feel beautiful!!!! :) Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 4:04:00 PM  
Blogger DCKate said...

i LOVE it! you must post a photo of yourself in it when it comes in.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 8:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your dress, it's simple but elegant! i totally had the same fears when i went dress shopping for the first time, but was also pleasantly surprised to see how flattering the dresses actually were on! good luck with the rest of your planning.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 9:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect timing! I'm going dress shopping for the first time tonight and have been SO not looking forward to it - I've put it off as long as possible! Thanks for giving me hope!

Thursday, December 04, 2008 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, it's just gorgeous! So glamorous! Love it. I can't wait to see pictures of you in it.

I actually had a pretty clear picture in mind of what i wanted -- but when i found The Dress, she was in a far different state from the dress in my head. So i'm getting her hemmed from floor-length to tea-length! It's a leap of faith but i am 100% sure i found the right dress for me. (I hope i can say that once the seamstress chops 8 inches off the bottom!)

Thursday, December 04, 2008 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger the un-bride said...

I am terrified of trying on dresses. I haven't even returned my b-maids' emails about when we're going, and the 1 store I've managed to physically enter, I fled in about 5 minutes. Sheesh, this is weird ...

Thursday, December 04, 2008 5:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I felt the same way. I promise, its actually fun. Whats more fun that losing 10 lbs? Cuz thats what those dresses do! good luck

Friday, December 05, 2008 4:48:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah Perlman said...

I love this post! I wish I had read it when I was looking for dresses. If you want the whole story you can hop on over. :)

Saturday, December 06, 2008 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

omg, i am so jealous

Friday, April 17, 2009 6:57:00 AM  

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