3 BIG rules of Wedding Dress Shopping

Ashley PNG.png

There are a lot of different decisions you have to make while planning a wedding. One of those decisions that us ladies tend to build up a lot of emotion into is our wedding dress. You want to look your absolute best, and it’s a day that you don’t plan on redoing, so the pressure that is placed on this decision is immense. I was already stressing about wedding dress shopping, mainly because I knew my mom and my sister weren’t going to be there. They live pretty far away and my mom was paying for a lot of the wedding (and my dress), so it would have been hard for her to make it to dress appointments. I relied on really great friends and beautiful ladies along the way to be there at these appointments.

15175521_10154967026077985_1400556284_n.jpg

15151601_10154967026097985_608471669_n.jpg

15134388_10154967026062985_807582576_n

I tried on a lot of dresses.

Well… more than I thought I was going to. I also went to 4 different stores. I wasn’t going to let a single dress go unturned. I honestly just wanted something REALLY comfortable and REALLY… me.

In this long process, I came up with a set of rules/things you NEED to know before you go dress shopping.

1.jpg

You’re going to like more than 1 dress.

Wedding dresses are made to make you feel like pure gold… and they do. Of course there will be a few that simply don’t cut it, but you will absolutely like more than one. If the thought of this gives you anxiety, please start preparing now. I honestly loved like 10 dresses and could see myself getting married in them. They’re gorgeous! When I had to narrow it down to 2 dresses, I simply left the store and slept on it. I knew I would love either one, but felt like the responsible thing to do was to think about it more. When I finally chose the dress, I think I cried because I was just happy that I made a decision. I’m not sure a piece of clothing could ever make me cry… unless it was like a sweater given to me by Taylor Swift (one can dream).

4ca3b28b67c2be4d31fed096ccce8dbb

Stick to your budget. Obviously. 

But seriously, don’t even try on a dress that is over budget. Guess what, that price is just the baseline. That dress you like that is already over your budget will also have a ton of tax added on top of it- and I bet you will need to get it altered and bustled etc. Just don’t do it. I tried on 2 dresses that were over my budget- A Claire Pettibone and a Hayley Paige. Luckily, the Claire Pettibone just wasn’t me. The Hayley Paige dress was actually gorgeous, and I ended up just putting it back on the rack. You are going to wear this dress for one day… it can sting, but don’t burn down the bank.

3

Your future husband would marry you if you wore a garbage bag. 

This is probably the hardest pill to swallow. Again, us girls like to put a lot of value into this dress that we wear for 10 hours. I can’t even tell you how many times Zack said, “you’re going to be my wife no matter what you wear.” What that means, is that this dress can’t be everything. You are marrying the man of your dreams. Your wedding day is about your decision to commit to someone for the rest of your life. Maybe that’s why I loved every dress and had a hard time picking something out. I knew Zack would be smiling at me at the end of the aisle anyways. Society and the wedding industry puts so much pressure on brides to stress over these details, when they all wash up to material things. I remember when my ex-boyfriend’s mom saw my sleeve tattoo for the first time and asked “well, what are you going to do on your wedding day?” It made me laugh to myself. If my biggest concern on my wedding day is what I look like or if my tattoos show, then I don’t think I’m there for the right reasons.

Here’s the thing- you are beautiful. You were created in the image of God himself. You are and will be an absolutely stunning bride- NO MATTER WHAT YOU WEAR.

Your person will be waiting for you at the alter and they are going to marry your because your heart is GOLDEN. The mystery is in the marriage- not the dress.

Just remember that.

3155731.jpg

As stated, I tried on a lot of dresses. A lot of them I LOVED. A few of them were ok. And there were only 2 maybe that I simply didn’t like. I thought just for fun, I would share pictures from my wedding dress shopping experience. Some of my facial expressions are priceless.

14429629_10154770789497985_173689500_n14442593_10154770788662985_873194306_n14442711_10154770790047985_920257287_n14442803_10154770788262985_1597091820_n14442804_10154770790597985_1001432595_n14442823_10154770790502985_1428112463_n14445493_10154770788212985_1657974032_n14445522_10154770788552985_1802721757_n14445606_10154770789742985_1526297844_n14445759_10154770790307985_1357711429_n14445824_10154770789167985_1817056300_n14445850_10154770789917985_1268435522_n14454458_10154770789247985_1021229101_n14454468_10154770790397985_2061343074_n14454625_10154770789817985_2142811475_n14454641_10154770789837985_2083429035_n14454675_10154770788402985_2100224231_n14454722_10154770789147985_1905878524_n14458982_10154770789792985_303314557_n14459755_10154770788602985_1954563604_n14459779_10154770790692985_231367111_n14459883_10154770790122985_1971055341_n14463722_10154770788382985_1106607819_n14463775_10154770789867985_1358666033_n14463883_10154770789607985_853354395_n14463921_10154770789632985_1479433637_n14469231_10154770788767985_1974645350_n14469354_10154770788417985_140760622_n14470716_10154770788327985_1064876382_n14470900_10154770789562985_2114028023_n14470901_10154770789452985_1936121510_n14470915_10154770789287985_625567195_n14470968_10154770788942985_328941508_n

In the end, I truly loved the dress I picked out. It was whimsy, unique and simply- me.

421067fc-bbf6-42d0-994e-c4394a2e766b

I think I’ll wear a garbage bag to our vow renewal in 50 years just to be sure Zack still loves me for my golden heart.

xoxo

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s