The Dress: Part One

A few weeks passed since our engagement. Our first order of business was telling our friends and family. For a few days my phone received a record-breaking number of texts. After that, we were clueless what to do next. We didn’t have a venue or date – didn’t even know the month we wanted it in. We bounced back and forth between all four seasons, listing the pros and cons of each. That got us nowhere.

But that didn’t deter me from taking what I believed was the next logical step: my first wedding dress appointment. I think all of two or three weeks passed before I scheduled an appointment at the bridal shop. For dress shopping, I recommend starting early. I didn’t know it at the time, but beginning my wedding dress search almost a year before the actual wedding date was a good idea. I didn’t stress over the time it took to order the dress, alter and fit it. I had plenty of time and that equaled peace of mind.

My second recommendation? Have multiple appointments. If you don’t find “the one” the first time, don’t settle. This valuable advice was shared with me and it led to a great final decision.

My first appointment I had no idea what I wanted, a common theme throughout my wedding journey. I tried on a variety of styles. Ballgown, strapless, A-line, trumpet, mermaid. You name it; I wore it. My mom documented each dress with multiple pictures so we could review them later. This was also extremely helpful. Dresses I liked during the appointment failed to impress a few days later.

I left the shop empty-handed the first time. But my patience would be rewarded later.



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