The first thing a girl thinks about when she makes plans is, oh lord what on earth do I wear?? A simple dinner is stressful enough, especially if you aren’t familiar with the venue or the people going. So imagine what it’s like when someone asks you to marry them!! Not only do you have to plan an outfit, it’s an outfit that is going to be constantly judged, an outfit that could define your whole day! All eyes are on you and EVERYONE wants to see that dress.
Cool, no pressure!?
I’m sure every girl has dreamt about her wedding day and the dress she wants for years and years (I know I have!) I had a photo saved on my phone for SO long of the dress I wanted but when it came round to it my taste had completely changed!
Now this post is going to be awkward to write cause obviously I don’t want to give anything away. I’ll probably do a part 2 after the wedding so I can explain myself better and show you pictures!
Anyway, what I’m saying is you will almost definitely go into that first dress shop experience knowing roughly what you’re looking for. I had a clear idea of what I thought would suit me and……… It didn’t at all!! In fact I’ve ended up with a dress in a style that I thought I hated! The women in the shop said this happens ALL the time! There is literally no way to predict what you’re going to like until you’re in those dresses.
Trying on a wedding dress is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before! No matter the style you really do feel like a princess! It’s such a beautiful and special occasion I don’t think I was really ready for it. My advice to you would be to soak it all in! Take loads of pictures and make sure you have someone there to share this moment with. My mum came to all my dress sessions with me and I loved having her there. Make sure whoever you take is not afraid to give constructive criticism but also understands that this is your thing and you ultimately have to make that big decision. You’ll be so caught up in the magic that you’ll probably love a lot of dresses you may not be so keen on when you come back down to earth so it’s definitely worth having a second opinion.
So how many places should you try?? This is completely up to your preference but I technically only tried two different places. The first shop I went to was amorae in ongar and I FELL IN LOVE with the most beautiful dress! However I did not fall in love with the cost and couldn’t justify spending £1300 on a dress, however beautiful it was. I am still totally in love with that dress but I’m glad I didn’t go for it, not just for the cost side of things but I don’t think it was appropriate for a mid August wedding – basically I’d have been a hot mess.
The second time I tried on dresses was at the Olympia London wedding fair, I only tried on one here and i did really like it at the time. It was the style I had been thinking of so I think that clouded my judgement slightly. To make sure I was certain I decided to visit their actual store in London and try on some more dresses. Turns out I didn’t really love any of them so I left with nothing.
It is literally SO hard to make this kind of commitment! What if I find something I like better?? What if I end up hating it by the time the wedding comes??
So the final place I went, was back to amorae. I absolutely loved the girl who had served me before (Maria) and the dresses in there were just beautiful! I’d spotted that they were having a sample sale so thought I’d go check it out. And here is where I found the one!! Nothing like I’d imagined but stunning all the same!
I tried it on twice during my session and I just didn’t want to take it off. Because these were sample sale pieces they had to be paid for in full on the day and that was a big commitment for me to make. Maria turned to me and said if you took this dress off, went home to think about it and it got taken by someone else how would you feel? My heart sank! I was like NO THIS IS MY DRESS! And that’s how I knew. My mum got emosh, I was beaming…. This was it!!
You’re going to look beautiful on your wedding day no matter what cause you’ll be glowing with that giddy love feeling. But you want to feel sassy and confident too so make sure you think carefully about your dress choice.
I also urge you to think practically! What kind of venue to you have, what is going to happen throughout the day? You need to make sure you’re able to do all the things you want to do in your dress without being restricted.
Now I can’t lie to you, it’s difficult to sit down in mine but it’s possible, cause I tried! However I have no sit down meal at my wedding so this isn’t too much of an issue. I also danced around in it to make sure I could cause this girl will be on that dance floor all night!! I can’t have my dress bringing me down!
I am literally so excited to put this baby back on and I can’t wait to share the pictures with you 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions about buying your wedding dress, or I’d love to hear your experiences!
Peace and love xoxo