Ok, so this post may be a little bit of a tease... I'm going to share my experience of buying my wedding dress but, unfortunately, I will not be revealing my dress today.  Sorry!!  You'll have to wait until after the wedding.  Below is a little insight into my search for a wedding dress.  If there are any... read more

Ok, so this post may be a little bit of a tease… I’m going to share my experience of buying my wedding dress but, unfortunately, I will not be revealing my dress today.  Sorry!!  You’ll have to wait until after the wedding.  Below is a little insight into my search for a wedding dress.  If there are any brides out there who aren’t big on clothes shopping, please know you’re not alone!  And please, everyone feel free to share your own dress shopping experiences in the comments.  I’d love to hear you all found your dresses!

So as I mentioned in this post, I was not thrilled over the thought of shopping for a wedding dress.  As a general rule, I’m not a shopper…I have to try everything on before buying and usually get aggravated somewhere along the way.  And this would not be just any shopping trip,  I’d be in search of one of the most important items of clothing I’d probably ever buy and it would also have to fit into my small budget.  Yikes!

I started out by looking… and looking and looking online for dresses.  What did I learn about my wedding dress preferences?  I leaned towards dresses that were ivory, off-white or cream.  A puffy gown just wasn’t for me.  I swooned over dresses that were soft, sheath and had some sort of dramatic detail (straps, lace or a different shape).

While these are somewhat fancier and whiter than I prefer… in terms of style, some of the ones below stood out…

I loved all Anna Campbell wedding dresses.

Anna Campbell Wedding Dress
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The Ortensia Gown

BHLDN Wedding Dresses
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Ubeda

Ubeda Dress by Rosa Clara
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Diana Gown

Watters Wedding Dress
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Sadly, most of the dresses that I adored were outside the budget we had decided on.  For a little while I contemplated making my own wedding dress but with a DIY project list that is about a mile long, I decided against it.

And then, I came across a beautiful dress that fit into my small budget and it was the just the right style for me! Score!!  When I found the dress online, my size would not actually be available for another few weeks so I had to hold tight.

I did pop into a bridal store to try on a couple of dresses, which were all very nice… but my mind kept going back to the dress I saw online.  Since I couldn’t get it out of my head, I decided not to try on any others until I tried on this one – keep in mind that I do not order clothes online and need to try on everything in store before making a purchase so this was wildly out of character for me.

As soon as my size was available online I ordered it and, with my mom by my side, stepped into it right away when it arrived.  I knew the second I tried it on that it was my wedding dress.  It wasn’t that I got all emotional and thought “this dress was made for me”… but it was light as could be, soft, unbelievably comfortable and it fit like a glove.  Like a glove!  I looked at my mom and said “Alright, this is my dress” and that was that.  I think I shocked her with my immediate declaration that this was the one.

Could it possibly be that easy?  Did I just choose a dress I ordered online as my WEDDING DRESS? (Keep in mind how rare it is for me to buy any clothing online!) I think I just totally lucked out!  But, hey… I had my dress!  Again, sorry to leave you hanging, my actual dress will be revealed after my wedding day in April!

So… what about you??  How did you decide on your wedding dress?  Did you shop online or visit a bridal boutique?  Was it the first one you tried on or did you go through hundreds before finding the perfect dress?  I’d love to hear your story so feel free to share in the comments!

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