Going in, I had envisioned I would be in a sweetheart neckline, strapless, ruched dress. It seemed to be the style I liked most when I was looking through magazines. I also was going to be cheap. I really had a price limit on my dress, definitely under $1,000- but closer to $500. It's funny when I watch "Say Yes to the Dress" and they call $2k-3k a "low budget". Imagine if I walked in there! For me, it wasn't the concept of "you wear it only once". I think your dress is a very important part of the day, and should be treated as such. I just had other things I'd rather spend a couple thousand on, for example our honeymoon to Italy, or to save for our house. Plus, I knew I could find something I loved in that range.
We started at a few chain stores, David's Bridal and House of Brides. It was a good place to start, as it allowed me to try on a bunch of different styles to see what I liked, and didn't . I knew a drop waist dress didn't work for me- it also reaffirmed that this less-then-well-endowed girl needed a sweetheart neckline. I ended up not finding anything at David's, but did find a few at House of Brides that were more my style.
|My grandma called this the "Is she, or isn't she?" dress|
My mom had also scouted out a store that sold sample dresses. It was a neat concept, getting way expensive dresses for cheaper, but their styles were all over the place. I really liked this dress, and thought it would be so cute for a court room wedding.
We also went to a lady's house who made custom designed dresses. In her house, I know weird right, but she was in between store locations. She had a dress that I thought was "it"- I think was so focused on the top, that I ignored the bottom. The top was the neckline I wanted, and the pleated fabric I liked. It was hard to tell what the bottom was like, since the dresses are all so long. So when we got home and I looked at the pictures, I realized it was a mermaid shape- which didn't work.
We also went to Nicole Miller. And I fell in love with a dress there. The HG0013. The cut was amazing. And it fit me like. a. glove. But, the fabric wasn't quite right. It was an off-white color, and a wrinkly fabric.
I thought the fabric was a bit too trendy, something I would look back on a probably regret. I also really wanted white. I thought it would pop more on the sand.
|Had to try on my mom's dress!|
I had to take a step back and really think about my venue. It was going to be on the beach. I needed to be practical. I needed a dress that didn't have a long train, if at all. I also needed something that looked more organic. Nothing too shinny. Also, nothing heavy, or that required me to be taller, since I couldn't wear shoes.
So alas, I left Chicago empty handed. I decided to go out and look at a few bridal stores in Chico- I actually went by myself, which was kind of nice. The store I went to had a ton of dresses. I narrowed my piled down, and enlisted the help of my friends.
They came back to the store with me, and we were down to these dresses:
I still didn't know what to do, so I went online looking at a few designers that the store sold. Then I found this dress.
Funny thing was, I had tried it on already, but didn't like it. But looking at the image online, and the details- especially the sweep train, it seemed like it could be a great contender.
|First time I tried it on.|
So I went back, and had them put it on me, but make the neckline more of a sweetheart- and clip that dress to me like there was no tomorrow.
And I loved it. In white of course.
Now over two years removed from the situation, I really think I made a great choice. It worked wonderfully on the beach, yet it is void of any trends. It's simple- how I like to roll.
Ryan said he liked it too- but I kinda think he would have said that regardless : )