I had an outdoor wedding. February 12th, I’ll never forget…I had the most beautiful white flannel wedding dress, it even had feet sewn in. -Rose, TheÂ Golden Girls
Last weekend I went for my second round of wedding dress shopping. I actually enjoyed this a lot more. It was just me and Baker Chic, and I think having just one other person was better than having two. Plus, Outdoor Girl has been quite the Debbie Downer lately, so it was nice going with someone more upbeat. Couple Wife and I are going for round 3 and that should be fun too.
The experience at the second shop was a little bit better than the first time I went. This shop was huge! There were walls and walls of dresses, almost an overwhelming amount to choose from. We also had a private showing area, which was so nice. Instead of trying on dresses in front of tons of strangers, it was just me, the attendant, and Baker Chic.
Now before I get to the pictures, I have to start by saying this second shop was too expensive, so I am not going to buy anything from them. It was a great place to get more ideas, and I’ve definitely narrowed it down to what I really like. So with that, here is the first dress:
Here’s the first dress I tried on. It was beautiful-and way over budget. I also think the pattern was a little too busy for my taste. I think if I were getting married in a church or indoors, this would be the perfect dress.
That said, this second dress was a little too plain.
The third dress was both my and Baker Chic’s favorite. The one thing we didn’t like was the material.
It was tafeta, and so it makes a sound when you walk, sort of like a tent. It felt cheap, but the price tag was still hefty! Ideally I would like satin, or organza rather than tafeta. For a summer wedding, I’d probably pick tafeta because it’s the lightest. But for fall, I think satin would be great. Plus it feels so smooth!
I love the back of the dress. The lace up style is by far my favorite. It’s amazing how much it can suck in all those spots I hate so much. Looking at these pictures again I’m so glad I’m going back to the gym. Say no to back fat!
Ok, onward to dress #4. This one was just funny to me. I feel like the designer just stopped. It’s like the top half is one dress, and the bottom is another. What the heck?
Also, the way this dress billowed out, I felt like a circus tent!
There were more dresses in between, but we didn’t bother to take pictures because they were terrible.
Here’s one that’s interesting. I liked it, except for the top. Why is there half a bow? The attendant kept saying how I could fix it, but if I’m going to pay their prices for a dress, shouldn’t it be fixed already? Half a bow? I don’t like bows period, but why half? So confused.
I should point out that I’m also in love with ruching, which I loved on this dress. The back was blah though, and the price tag was $$$.
Here’s a close up of the bow. WHY?! The rest of the dress is really beautiful. Some of the pattern did feel a little Christmas-y too. Don’t they look a little bit like snow flakes?
So it’s on to round 3. I’m going to David’s Bridal on Sunday with Couple Wife. I’m excited because I think this third time might be the charm. Now that I have a great idea of what I want (ruching, lace up back, satin, some form of A line) I think it will be easier. And David’s Bridal has great prices because they’re a chain store. I just hope I won’t feel too much like cattle being herded through. I’m tired just thinking about wrestling through more dresses. It’s exhausting!!
How many places did you go before you found your dress? Did you find the experience fun or tiring like me? For those of you who haven’t walked down the aisle, do you have a picture of the dress you want in your mind?