What I Wish I Knew: Dress Edition

I’m pretty sure almost every girl dreams of the day she looks into the mirror, cries and says “yes” to the dress. I know I did when I was younger and, in my dream, everyone else cries and they bust open a bottle of champagne. We are celebrating a long day full of trying on dresses. I may have tried on 30 different dresses, but it was well worth it when this moment happens.

Reality is, it’s nothing like what we see on a certain famous show we love to watch.

Ahem*

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Image via whatscookinchicago

I went in to David’s Bridal with a few dresses I found online and one that I knew was the one I would be wearing, along with that dream of mine. Reality hit me pretty quickly when I saw there were no fancy couches and no private spaces for my family to sit on the couches and swoon over me. I’m pretty open about how shy I am, so this was terrifying to me. Anyone in the shop could/would be watching me try on my dresses. They sat in chairs outside the dressing room.

I also went in because of the $99 sale they had going on. While I had more money, I could never imagine spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a dress I was only wearing for one day. I know it’s a pretty important day, but I still couldn’t stomach spending money that could be used elsewhere. No, my budget was $200 maximum and that was only if I absolutely loved a dress that wasn’t part of the sale.

The consultant only pulls out a few dresses and she usually has one or two other clients. You only get about an hour and a half and when that is over, they move right on. I will say that I absolutely adored my consultant. She was fun and amazing and very helpful.

I printed out the dresses I had saved, because that’s what I saw on T.V. Of course, the one I loved was only available online, so I was forced to try on similar ones instead. Vera Wang has been someone I looked up to back when I was really into fashion. She was actually one of the reasons I went into the design program in college. I wanted to design wedding dresses just like her. Finding a $99 Vera Wang dress was more than I could ever hope for.

The one I wanted was this one:

(All photos via verawangbridals)

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Sketch by Vera Wang

The ones I tried on had some similar elements to that one, so I could make sure I would like it when I ordered it. I tried on dresses similar to the following:

Since the Vera dress had a similar silhouette, I tried on a mermaid dress and found it to be uncomfortable. It was beautiful, but I couldn’t move or walk in it at all.

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Image via David’s Bridal

I also tried on a halter dress that was flowy, like a typical beach wedding dress would be, but I felt like the top looked weird on me. This one wasn’t similar to the Vera, but it was one I saved and she pulled it, because it is something that is light and flowy, which makes it perfect for the beach.

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Photo via David’s Bridal

The most shocking thing of all had to be the dress I actually got. It had a full bottom half, it wasn’t made by Vera Wang and it cost way more than $200. $535 more, to be exact. That was with the undergarments*, but still. It was funny, because I knew it was my dress before I ever came out of the dressing room. Also unlike the huge fitting rooms on t.v., the ones here were tiny, little stalls without mirrors in them, so I literally knew it was mine before I ever saw it. I just felt it was the one as soon as she slipped it over my head. My whole family said they could tell it was the one, because I had a huge smile on my face. It was the first time that whole afternoon.

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Me and my mama. Personal Photo
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The best entourage a girl can have. Back: Grandma and Dad. Front: Little sister and Mom.

I know I went way over budget, but I also knew I had the money. David’s Bridal offers an awesome credit card program that my mom applied for and I paid it off. I actually paid it off about three months early. You just pay so much a month and, if you pay it off before 6 months is up, there’s no interest. Major win!

So, while I didn’t try on 30 dresses in front of my huge entourage who sat on fancy couches, sipping champagne, it was still a beautiful experience. I only tried on about four or five dresses, but I still got asked, “Are you saying yes to the dress?”, and when I did, I got to ring a bell for everyone to hear. I even didn’t mind the people complimenting the dress and clapping and all the attention I got. I was on cloud 9.

*I recommend making sure you actually NEED the undergarments. I was told I needed a slip, but I found out later that I didn’t. It wasn’t a lot of money and I’m hoping to resell it, but it was still a bit of a waste. My dress had too many layers for it to be of any use.

Was your dress experience what you dreamed up, or was it different?

What I Wish I Knew Series:

  1. Can’t Please Everyone
  2. Wedding Websites DON’T Equal An End To Questions

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