As soon as Ned and I had our venue booked and our planning schedule nailed down, I started thinking seriously about my wedding dress. I’ve seen ‘Father of the Bride’ and ’27 Dresses’ more times than I care to admit – and while I’m not ashamed to admit I watch TLC wedding dress shows regularly, I still wasn’t certain which style I would end up choosing for myself. I scheduled SIX different wedding dress shopping appointments in December, and was excited to bring different groups of my bridesmaids to each appointment. My girlfriends were so wonderful: completely available and excited to shop with me, sometimes giving up their entire Saturday to give loving feedback and help me hunt through the racks at each boutique.
I got to try on dozens of very different styles to sort out exactly what I wanted and what looked best on me – and the dress I ultimately couldn’t live without was actually found on my first shopping day. I remember discovering it hanging on it’s own special rack, and thinking I had never seen anything quite like it before: it wasn’t like what I had planned or thought I would like – and that was so much more fun! To be truly wowed by a dress is a wonderful feeling, and I can only hope that everyone gets a chance to prance around the atelier the way I did when I found the one (true story: that happened). Since I’m going to surprise Ned and our guests on the wedding day with the dress I chose, I can’t show you yet – but I CAN show you some of my most favorite dress styles, some of which I tried on! My best advice from the wedding dress shopping process? Pull dress styles that are in line with what your personal style, but don’t be afraid to try something new or slightly different as well – and stick to your budget! The perfect dress for you is out there, just waiting for you to find it. Never settle!