So this week, we made a HUGE step in the wedding planning process: we bought the dress. Saturday morning, we jammed my sister, my future mother-in-law, my mother, my maid of honor and myself into an extremely crowded bridal shop and spent two hours in the search for the perfect dress. And magically, we found it. In my size. On sale. So I’m on a pretty big win as I type this.
It all started with the budget. We set out to find a dress that would come, in total with alterations and accessories, out to be under $1,000. It was important to me that our sales associate know that I didn’t want to see a dress over that, because there was no way that I was going to fall in love with a dress that I couldn’t afford. It’s the first thing they tell you on Say Yes to the Dress. Stick. To. Your. Budget.
The next big thing was making sure I knew what I wanted. The last thing you want is to be pressured into choosing a dress that you don’t absolutely love. I made sure to be vocal about the parts of each dress that I loved and that I hated. For example, I hate mermaid dresses. So if it felt like a mermaid dress, I was out. I’d actually rather be able to move my legs at my reception, thank you. Don’t be afraid to tell your sales associate exactly what you want. Don’t feel like you’re going to hurt their feelings. They didn’t design the dress and it’s certainly no skin off of their nose if you don’t like one. You deserve to have your dream dress, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
And then there was, finally: the moment. The moment when I stepped out of the dressing room and my mom started cry. My family “oohed and aahed” the way I had been waiting for. And then I turned around. I was a princess. I was a vision. I don’t mean to brag, but I looked pretty darn great. They fixed the veil in my hair and I felt the tears welling up. This was a moment I had never even been able to imagine for myself. I don’t want to say that I cried, but my face got all red and splotchy and a couple of tears might have rolled down my face. It was a dream. It was my dream. In that moment, it became real to me that in just three short months, I’ll be marrying the love of my life in a beautiful ceremony in what is possibly the world’s most beautiful dress. I felt, in a word, beautiful, and that’s something that I don’t say lightly. It was one of the most magical moments I’ve ever had in my life. It was perfect.
I think the most important thing about dress shopping is to remember that this is all about you. It’s about what makes you feel like the most beautiful woman in the entire world. That’s how you’re supposed to feel when you find your wedding dress, and on your wedding day. Like there is no one on earth more beautiful than you are in that moment. That’s how I felt when I looked at myself in that dress. It’s how I hope to feel in March when I walk down the aisle to the love of my life. And I hope it’s how you feel when you look into the mirror at the wonderful woman standing before you. Happy hunting, ladies. You’re going to make beautiful brides.
Of course, we can't share the "perfect one" today with you guys...but for the record ladies, I've seen a picture of Rachel in "THE DRESS" and she is right, it's a beautiful dress and she looks great in it.