We are now officially in the countdown to the big day, there are now less than 100 days to go before I walk down the aisle and say ‘I Do’! Considering I have been engaged for well over 18 months I can’t quite believe that we are in the final stretch and it is now all becoming ever so real!
In the countdown to the wedding, I thought I would start a wedding series called ‘Forever Friday’ where I give you an insight into everything that I have been planning, my DIY’s and my thoughts leading up to the big day. If you hadn’t guessed by the title of the series these will be posted every Friday at 6 pm!
I thought I would start this series with a bang and share with you my experiences of wedding dress shopping (the good and bad) and my top tips for all you newly engaged brides to be on what to expect and how to prepare.
Firstly, I had a very clear image in my mind when I went dress shopping of what I wanted exactly. I wanted full lace sleeves, open low back, big tulle skirt, very princess, very ball gown, I wanted lace, no sparkles and I hoped that it would suit my slightly larger frame. I had this dream in my head for several reasons, the first was I am a little bit of a royalist and I love the history behind the English throne so part of me wanted to be Kate Middleton, who doesn’t? and secondly, I went to my year 11 prom in a very slim fitting gorgeous purple dress and therefore didn’t get my chance then to wear the big ball gown!
I was, however, open to options, after appearing on Say Yes to the Dress UK with my friend (I was part of the entourage) and therefore understood the reason behind keeping an open mind and making sure that you tried on as many different styles as possible. I am so glad I stuck to this as honestly, my dress couldn’t be further from the picture I had in my mind.
Over the course of around 2 months I went to 3 wedding dress consultations in a total of 2 different shops. The first was Fairytale Weddings and I was assigned a lovely assistant Daisy (I would recommend if you ever go there) and she let me browse the shop with my Maid of Honour looking for styles that I liked and I got to pick out any that I wanted to try on. I tried on a fair few styles that day to see what I was comfortable with and what I thought I liked. We narrowed the essentials down to sleeves, lace and low back.
I then went to another store with my mum a couple of weeks later. However although the lady was lovely it just really didn’t have the feel that Fairytales did and I was instantly drawn back there to book another appointment.
The second appointment I brought a few people as it was my engagement party day so my mother-in-law was over from France and my parents wanted to join so I thought that I would include them in this very special decision. By this point, some new dresses had come in and I spotted a couple I fancied and got trying on, I tried a tea length dress (which the designer allows you to add a full-length skirt too which was my vision) and then ‘the’ dress. I knew it was the one as my mother-in-law started tearing and my dad was halfway there and it just felt right! Obviously, I’m not going to put pictures of that dress up until after the wedding day but you will be able to see the evolution of my thoughts when narrowing down the options.
I really enjoyed my experience in wedding dress shopping and I think that it was definitely helped by Daisy and the absolutely amazing boutique Fairytale Weddings. They make you feel completely at ease and comfortable through the whole process and never push you to make a decision it’s all done in your own time. This was great considering I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to pick 1 dress!
- Try on more than one style. You may have your heart set on something but that does not mean that it is going to be the one for you!
- If you have a budget stick to dresses within that. I set a max limit and stayed within that, saves you falling in love with something you can’t afford.
- Limit the number of dresses per visit. I stuck to 5/6 otherwise I started to feel really overwhelmed and confused with what I wanted
- Take photos if you can. The other store I went to wouldn’t allow it but I am such a visual person that I forget what I look like in a dress!
- Keep hydrated as you will get very warm. The dresses tend to be very heavy and it’s actually quite a mission to get them on
- Underwear, make sure you feel comfortable with what you are in. Try wearing a strapless bra to try on as many different styles as possible.
- Lastly, enjoy yourself!
If you liked this post you might like to check out other posts around the lead up and planning of my wedding!
What kind of experience did you have wedding dress shopping? Do you have any other top tips for new brides to be? Leave them in the comments below I would love to hear them!