Finally, right?! We’ve been engaged since December 2011.
When I last blogged about wedding dress shopping (or lack there-of) I explained how much I dislike wearing dresses and how I prefer to shop for discounts. So clearly I was in no rush to try on gowns that cost thousands upon thousands of dollars.
|image via Style Me Pretty, by Three Nails Photography|
Being the cheapskate with expensive taste that I am, I had high hopes that a dress I had fallen in love with and coveted for over a year, from David’s Bridal would be the one. I first saw it in an absolutely gorgeous Style Me Pretty feature and I’ve had the style number memorized ever since.
I continued to avoid trying it on because I was afraid that I wouldn’t like it in real life and I would have to start back at square one, and maybe even spend more than I was hoping.
It wasn’t until my fiance set a deadline, and said if I didn’t try on a dress by October 14 he would plan our honeymoon with out me, that I finally got my butt in gear. I’m way too much of a control freak to let that happen! I booked an appointment right away.
My mom, David’s mom, my mom’s BFF and my maid of honour (my cousin) Katie, all came with me. It was a pretty regular Wednesday evening, we went for dinner first, then off to the store.
As far as the David’s Bridal experience, I was pleasantly surprised. I had heard stories from friends and acquaintances who found the staff didn’t know where items were, or they suggested things comepletely wrong, or tried too hard to sell add-ons like their shoes, accessories or undergarments. I was also worried that I wouldn’t feel “bride-y” or pampered in what I’ve previously described as the McDonald‘s of bridal salons.
First and foremost, I have to say, the experience was great!
The staff at the Mississauga location were so friendly, cheerful and professional. Florencia was helping me and she was awesome. I never felt any pressure at all and she was very patient the whole time. I also didn’t mind that there were other brides-to-be shopping nearby. I’m the kind of weirdo person who talks to strangers in fitting rooms at the mall and will tell someone when I think the item they’re trying on looks great on them. I loved being able to see what other women were trying on.
I walked in hoping to try on the Galina dress I wanted and no other expectations beyond that, so I relied on the suggestsions of everyone that came with me. I was pretty sure about what shape I wanted; preferably strapless and nothing fitted below the waist.
|image via Project Wedding|
The first dress (pictured above) I tried was a definite no. The ball gown with so much tulle was just way too much dress for me. I couldn’t imagine wearing all that tulle for such a long time.
The second was pretty but it didn’t blow us away.
I had been trying to stay away from lace because it didn’t exaclty fit our theme for the wedding. Which is why, in hindsight, I suggest dress-shopping before you make too many decisions about your wedding theme. The third dress, had a lace bodice but again, a whole lot of skirt.
|image via Bridal Guide|
I tried on the dress fourth, and as soon as I walked out of the fitting room I could see by the reactions on everyone’s faces that it was their favorite. I hadn’t even seen my reflection in a mirror yet and I knew right away this would probably be the dress.
I had saved the Galina gown for last. I tried it in ivory and white, but as soon as I walked out and saw myself in the mirror, I knew that it wasn’t as good as the fourth. Also, I wasn’t thrilled with the way the fabric felt or wrinkled. I wasn’t dissapointed, because clearly I had already found a gown that everyone loved.
Just goes to show you, you really do need to try on several options. You can’t pin all your hopes and dreams on one you see online or in magazines because you really have no idea until you go and see it, touch it, wear it.
I’m not ready to reveal the dress, you’ll have to wait a few more months for that. I will tell you that it’s from the White by Vera Wang collection.
Now all I want to do is sit in a corner with my iPhone and stare at the pictures.