The next day I was itching to scratch things off our massive list. I'd had enough talking about what we needed to do and I was ready to do it! So after doing all that we could at the house, which wasn't much, we decided to venture to David's Bridal to "check out some wedding dresses." I had originally hoped to bring my bridesmaids and my step mom with me to look at dresses, but after being stuck in the house for two days, the idea of going somewhere just seemed too appealing and I couldn't resist.
Let me start by saying that stepping foot into David's Bridal was an experience in and of itself. Seeing the dresses is much different than viewing them online! When I walked into the store, it all seemed real all the sudden and it was like I'd been sucked into an episode of "Say Yes to the Dress," and I was about to embark on a whole new chapter in the wedding planning world!
My mom and didn't wait for the sales associate to start pulling dresses, I think we picked up about five... The first dress was a very typical wedding dress. It was a white and sleeveless with a ruffled skirt. It had puff, but it wasn't too puffy. I really liked it. It was cute and it was comfortable!
I really liked the second dress because it gave me more of a shape and it would be perfect for our outdoor venue. It was an a-line dress with a very simple detail and ironically, it looked just like my mother's wedding dress! I felt like my mom in this dress and you could definitely see the resemblance!
The third dress I tried on was feminine and flowy, but again nothing too big or puffy. It was a fun dress, with a little bit of embellishment on the hip. I liked it, but my mom and I were beginning to notice that in white dresses, I look a bit washed out because my skin is very fair. It was time to try out an ivory dress.
I was seriously prepared to try on 50 dresses and walk out of there with nothing. I really only went to David's Bridal hoping to get a feel of the gown I wanted, not actually get one! You never know when cupid's going to hit you with that love arrow though and oh how the fourth dress caught me off guard!
Let me just say that you may think you know what you want, but you really have no idea! When I stepped out of the dressing room with this gown on, I said to the consultant, "Oh no, this is too much!" However, when took a few steps in it and actually saw myself in the mirror, I felt like a princess -- like a bride -- and like a woman who had just found her wedding dress! It's elegant, sophisticated and well, there's just no way to describe it, really!
*Plus, my fiance might see this post and I don't want to give away ANY details about the dress that will spoil the big day! Also, did I mention there are no pictures of this gown either? It's a premiere gown, which means David's Bridal is testing it before they advertise it! Yep. It's a one-of-a-kind!*
The only (only, only) problem is that was only the fourth wedding dress I'd ever tried on. It just didn't seem... well, normal that it only took trying on three dresses to find THE DRESS! Not for me anyway, because I'm very indecisive. To test the connection I felt with this dress, we pulled two more dresses off the rack with features that were similar. Guess what happened. Yep. The last two dresses didn't compare to dress number four. Not at all!
I have to say I'm shocked at how easy dress shopping was. I think the tough part is going to be sticking with this dress and this decision. I absolutely cannot wait to put on the dress again and I think the second go around, we'll have even more confirmation it's the one! If it looks the way I have imagined, there is no doubt I have found THE DRESS. Yay!!
What was your experience buying a wedding gown?
How many dresses did you try on before you found the one?