I’m sure everyone out there knows what I’m talking about when I refer to “The One.” Yes, that mystical and emotion packed dress that you wear on the most important day of your life.
When we first got engaged, the first thing I wanted to do was go dress shopping. With a 6 month engagement, I knew I was already in a bit of a time crunch. Depending on what time of year you place your order, wedding dresses can take up to 4 months to come in and there also needs to be enough time for fittings as well. So I knew the sooner I ordered my dress, the better.
Fortunately, I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for. As you know from my last post, I’m pretty traditional. I didn’t want anything with embellishments (i.e. sequins, jewels, embroidery, etc. but I wasn’t opposed to lace) and I preferred a sweetheart neckline (because, well, I’ll take all the help I can get in the bust department). I knew the best fit for my body type would be something with a full skirt, like an A-line or a ball gown that came in at my natural waist. Something kind of along these lines:
Melina by Amsale
Also, after deciding on the budget, I knew that I couldn’t spend more than $1,000 on my attire. This included dress, alterations, and accessories like veil, shoes, and any special undergarments. I know you get what you pay for when you buy a $7,000 couture dress. And I definitely think that anyone hand-stitching a million sequins onto a dress should get paid for their hard work, but I knew that wasn’t something I could afford. Although I have to say that I loved looking at those dresses! Here are some of my fave “never-in-a-million-years-could-I-ever-buy-that-dress” dresses:
Grace by Christos
Desiree by Christos
Seriously, if money was no concern, Desiree is the dress I would get. But it probably costs more than my entire wedding!
And then one day I ran across the dress line, Wtoo. Wtoo dresses are the more budget-friendly line of Watters, all of the dresses retail for $1500 or less and a lot of their dresses are less than $1000. After perusing the website, I saw it and I knew, I saw the dress for me. I couldn’t wait to go try it on. Fortunately, a local bridal store carried that particular dress and when I asked how much it was, they told me it was $675. Yes! Totally within my budget and with room for accessories and alterations!
My Mom was able to meet me at the store the weekend after I got engaged, (I wish my bridesmaids could have been there too, but none of them live close by) and I’ve watched enough Say Yes to the Dress episodes to know that the least amount of people there, the better. I was allowed to have 3 dresses at a time in the dressing room, of course I was going to try on the Wtoo dress, and my Mom suggested that since I had been so specific about the kind of dress I wanted to get, that maybe I should try on something kind of different, to make sure that what I thought I wanted was really what I wanted.
I decided to leave the Wtoo dress for last to try on (you know, kind of like dessert), the first dress I tried on was an A-line dress with lace cap sleeves and lace on the skirt. It was a pretty dress, but it did not look good on me at all. (Sorry no pictures, I didn’t think it was worth it since I knew there was no way I would get it). The second dress was a strapless ball gown with a whole lotta bling! I liked the silhouette, but I busted out laughing when I saw myself in the mirror, it was SO not me. If I walked down the aisle in that dress, Geoff would have thought I had lost my mind.
Finally, I tried on the Wtoo dress, after seeing myself in the mirror, it took me 5 seconds to say “This is my dress. This is ‘The One.'” Thank goodness my Mom agreed! (I don’t know what I would have done if she hadn’t liked it). Seriously, other than saying yes to Geoff when he proposed, finding my dress was the easiest, most stress-free part of my wedding!
Of course I can’t show you my actual dress, but it looks similar to this one:
Roxanne by Watters
(Oh yeah, it totally has pockets!)
Next week I’ll tell you about how my accessories hunt is going. Would you believe that it’s been harder for me to find shoes for my wedding than it was to find my dress?!?!
Favorite Wedding Dresses from BHLDN
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