Today was the 2nd day of the Brides Against Breast Cancer event in Silver Spring, MD. I decided to attend the event because a) I still needed a dress and b) it goes to an awesome cause. If you don't know anything about BABC, it is an event that occurs in various cities across the country. Brides donate their pre-owned wedding dresses and they are sold at a significant discount (ranging from $100-999, with couture dresses being a bit more pricey). Dresses are no more than 5 years old, so luckily you don't get any 1980's poofy sleeved numbers floating around. It really is a great cause, and if you still need a dress, tomorrow is the last day of the sale!
Anyways, I attended the event with 4 of my 5 bridesmaids and my mother. For me personally it was a difficult process because I was very specific about what I wanted. My dress must be strapless, not poofy, and no embroidary/loads of beads/sparkles. However, I didn't want it to be super simple and boring. This was really really hard to find at the event, especially because I wear a size 14 in wedding wear. Doesn't it make you feel AWESOME when you're a size 8 in real life, but in wedding world you're a 14? Aaaaaaaanyways, most of the dresses there were beautiful, but not what I was looking for (at least, in my size). After trying on about 30 dresses and with my bridesmaids and mom pressuring me, I finally found the one.
And I say "the one" because it just happened to be the one I chose. If I had thousands of dollars to spend on a dress, I guarantee you I would have gotten Melissa Sweet's "Dora" dress and would have jumped in excitment second I put it on (LOVE that dress!). BUT, I don't have thousands of dollars. So, I picked a dress. My bridesmaids started jumping and screaming in excitement. I did not. I mean, I like the dress. I like the way it looks. It's beautiful, it's what I wanted. Maybe I'm not the type of person to scream in excitement about a dress. Or maybe I've just settled. Either way, I have a dress and I really do like it, I swear. I don't have a picture of me in it yet, but here it is from the Mori Lee website.
I got it for a steal at $600, and it has many of the elements I wanted: Lace, empire waist, and strapless. I'm hoping it will be casual enough for my chicken fajita, outdoor wedding in the middle of July. :) Next up, choosing a venue!