It’s been quite the journey shopping for a wedding dress! I wanted to share a little bit of my wedding planning experience and a bit of this journey with you because I felt is was SO important to get a different perspective and take on it all. Being on the other side of the wedding business, has certainly been a huge eye opener and I hope this brings some clarity to perhaps another bride who is on the fence about her wedding dress or just taking the plunge into investing into the entire wedding experience!
My fiancee’ and I were so close to eloping, but I am so glad that we ended up having the traditional wedding pulling out all the bells and whistles and experiencing every last detail of the planning process. I knew going into it first hand that my dress was going to be a big deal because I am super picky to how things fit me. I have a true hourglass shape and most clothing always has to be altered or taken in at the waist.
With a mutual decision on a comfortable budget, I ventured out to find the perfect dress the week I got engaged- BIG MISTAKE. Well, I found a dress. It was gorgeous!!! I had a little teary-eyed moment and thought it was the ONE. It fit me perfectly and had a stunning corset back which cinched my waist perfectly and I truly felt beautiful and perfect. The best thing that I was excited about was the dress fell within my budget and I even got $100 off for mentioning them on facebook.
Fast forward several a month later, after choosing our venue, I realized the dress just didnt match or go and was missing some intimate details and after re-looking at more wedding dresses out there, I realized my dress was NOT THE ONE and my vision had totally changed. It was a gorgeous dress, but didnt feel the mood and light and could not imagine me in the dress in the venue with the flowers, etc. that we had chosen.
My mom thought perhaps when I had the dress altered, I would have a change of tune, but after getting it hemmed and busseled, I still felt something was missing, so I began to search for a second dress thinking how CRAZY I must be!
In March, my mom, fiancee and I flew up to Chicago to look at our venue, meet with our florist and a few other vendors. Killing some time, my mom and I walked into the bridal shop and low and behold- I found MY DRESS! My mom and I had our moment and it felt SO RIGHT! Mira Couture was probably the best bridal experience in wedding dress shopping and TRUST ME, I went to many in Vegas and back home in Louisville and none gave as great customer service than Mira Couture. in Chicago. They were able to alter it right then and there for me- all but the front hem because I did not have my shoes with me.
The moral of this story, is wait until you choose your venue and flowers before going dress shopping and DO NOT SKIMP AND GO CHEAP when it comes to the way you look. Take your time. For the amount of money that I have spent on both dresses and alterations, I could have had a wow dress. Trust me my new dress is beautiful, but just DO IT! You wont regret feeling extra beautiful and confident on the most important day of your life! I try my new dress on just about every week and get so excited! I never felt I could feel so beautiful in one wedding dress! The confidence that I feel in this dress, I know will show through in our photos and it will be picture perfect!
It was crazy to think that it took me 7 months to find a dress and I got my dress 4 months before my wedding day, but when it feels right it just happens. Kind of like love.
Hope this helps someone with a decision they are making when it comes to the way they look and feel! Did anyone have a similar experience? How long did it take you to find a wedding dress?