Growing up, I was never one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding day or her wedding dress. As a matter-of-fact, I wasn’t one for prom dress shopping, either. So I wasn’t sure how I would feel when searching for a dress and I had no idea what I was looking for in a dress — lace, tulle, satin, taffeta, a-line, empire waist, etc. were all words not in my vocabulary. I was a little apprehensive about finding THE dress. But truthfully, the entire process was wonderful and still remains as one of my favorite parts in planning our wedding.
I knew I wanted to keep my wedding dress in the $1,000 range and I wanted my mom to be with me when I was searching. Since I live in North Carolina and my mom lives in Pennsylvania, we made appointments in Pennsylvania during our visits up north throughout the summer and fall of 2013.
I started off at David’s Bridal and the consultants there were amazing. I picked out some styles I thought I would like and was able to narrow down some specifics of what exactly I liked and didn’t like (being that my fiancé reads my posts, I’m not going into any specifics regarding what I liked and disliked so he has no idea what my dress will look like). I found a few dresses I really liked, but didn’t have that “aha” moment (which I wasn’t sure I would have, period), so I decided to make 2 more appointments at local boutiques and a follow-up appointment at David’s to retry on the dresses I really liked.
The second dress shop I went to I found something I really liked within my budget, but again, I could find things wrong with it, and I feel like if you’re spending $1,000 on a dress, you shouldn’t find anything wrong with it (truthfully – those were words of my mother and she was right!). The third dress shop I went to, Renaissance Bridals, was very intimidating, at first. When I walked in and told the sales lady my budget, she informed me they didn’t have many dresses within that budget, but she would pull what she could find. And although I got nervous that I wouldn’t find anything I absolutely loved, my consultant quickly changed my mind. I told her our theme, what I wanted and didn’t want in a dress, and she pulled about 3 or 4 dresses for me to try. It was either the second or third dress I tried on and instantly knew it was the one (I didn’t want to take it off). To put it simply, I definitely had that aha moment I was afraid I wasn’t going to experience!
To be honest, at first I was a little skeptical to go into boutiques because my budget was on the lower end for a wedding gown, but, obviously, I’m so glad I did. I found a dress that I absolutely love within my budget. Most people told me I’d have to go to David’s Bridal in order to purchase my gown, and although, that was a great starting point and I loved my experience there, I am really happy I ignored the naysayers and went to the boutiques to look around. Wedding dress shopping turned out to be a blast and something I will cherish forever, as I got to experience it all with my mother and grandmother, and I can’t wait to reveal my dress to my fiancé!
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