Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom.
This one is for the bride, groom, parents, and wedding party so get ready! I’ve been so excited to write this as I thought everyone looked so good! I was so happy everyone felt beautiful and handsome and we did it all while trying to find affordable options for our wedding party.
Since we knew many of our party had to travel, we tried being as considerate as possible with the expenses they would have and wedding attire was one we thought a lot about. I was able to help pick dresses for both moms and I loved that they were both so different, but both were so glam and had similar fits. The dads looked great too and had suits tailored perfectly for them! I’ll break this all down by attire, jewelry and accessories, and shoes. Let me know if you have any questions!
Attire: Dan & The Groomsmen
Dan & the Groomsmen purchased their suits from Next and you can choose the fit of your suit, which I think went over well. Just as I wanted my bridesmaids to pick dresses they would feel good in, Dan wanted to make sure the fit of the suit for the groomsmen needed little to no tailoring and fit their style. Dan wore a dark grey suit with the groomsmen wearing light grey, both suit options had multiple fit options from regular to slim.
Now, we gifted the tie and pocket squares to the guys. We had 13 guys to buy items for so we found pocket squares on Amazon and despite the name, cheap neckties was the place to go. It allowed bulk ordering for good quality ties. We were looking for ties with a bit of “texture” to them that would make the suits classic and re-wearable, so we went with a light grey to match! If you are like me and didn’t mind not having the ties not match the bridesmaid dresses, but compliment them, then this would be a great site for you!
For Dan, we went with a floral colored tie to match the wedding and for a unique twist. We purchased his tie and pocket square from Dazi, which shipped quickly, looked great with his suit, and matched the bridesmaids so well! I also surprised him with a few gifts to wear. He wore a tie clip and cufflinks and one of the new watches I got him. You can see those details below!
Attire: Me & My Bridesmaids
Unfortunately due to COVID, not all of my girls could make it, but they all had their dresses. We were able to create a showroom on Azazie to set up ordering and have the dress in a similar dye batch. We went with sky blue dresses and everyone picked a dress they loved on their body. The only parameters I gave was the color, length, and fabric since the color shifts with different fabric. There were hundreds of options and some of my girls tried on dresses at home before buying which I highly recommend! We were able to buy them during Azazie’s big sale for Cyber Monday.
Before my wedding, we hosted a beautiful rehearsal dinner hosted by Dan’s parents and I got the fitted dress on sale from David’s Bridal. I loved the sequin leaf detail and how casual, yet elegant it was. It was so different from my actual wedding dress, which made me love it even more! I got it tailored to not need a bra, but I did wear Spanx shorts.
For myself, I spoke about finding my dress here, but I was always looking for something with a classic A- line silhouette, long train and unique texture and I found it in the “Meryl” dress by Maggie Sottero! I loved the delicate polka dots, shimmer in the beading, and the back was beautiful. The top was a low v but the girls were in and honestly, my chest is a feature of my body I never hid before, so I didn’t plan on hiding it on my wedding day. For our last private dance and exit, I wore my new jean jacket I made with my new monogram, it’s honestly become one of my favorite things to wear!
Attire: The Parents
Dan’s dad got a light grey suit with gold accents from Men’s Warehouse. My Godfather was able to get his suit from a local suit shop in Rochester, which was such a fun experience! The moms both had glam dresses with similar sequin detail. Dan’s mom, in blue/green, got her dress from Dillard’s and my Godmother, in pink/rose gold, got her dress from Macy’s!
Jewelry & Accessories
I decided against a necklace and bracelet and kept it simple with earrings, a ring, and hair comb. I splurged on the Stella Dareth Colburn comb, wore a ring that matched from Lini + Pop, and got my earrings; which I’ve been drooling over forever, from David’s Bridal. I also choose to wear a veil for the ceremony and went with a crystal beaded cathedral veil. My something blue, old, and borrowed was a piece of my grandmother’s jewelry. It’s a blue bracelet that I put around my bouquet.
For shoes, we were not picky by any means. We simply asked the groomsmen to wear a brown colored dress shoes and the bridesmaids to wear a nude colored shoe. As for Dan and I, we found shoes we really wanted and knew we would re-wear and cherish. Dan decided on a pair of Steve Madden dress shows for rehearsal dinner and a pair of Stacy Adams Dickinson Oxford dress shoes in cognac. For me, I wanted a lower heel for comfort, but knew I would want a sneaker to change into. I found my heels sooner than my sneakers and went with the classic Betsy Johnson Mari sandaled heels and to try. Then to match the height and avoid dragging my dress, I purchased the J/Slides Hippie in blush, but they were peach looking which I loved!
You can shop most items through the links I included. I also have items linked on LiketoKnow.it as well! Let me know if you have any questions.
I wouldn’t call myself crafty, but I am creative. Once I started building my wedding themed board on Pinterest, I was determined to make a few things to personalize my day. Little did I know the time I would put in and how much I procrastinated. I’ll go through all the DIYs and designs I created and then talk through how I did them. I’ll openly admit not everything I had planned, I ended up completing. There were a few things I sent out to be made at the end of the day, which honestly was less stressful.
I was adamant in wanting signs that would match my wedding and were “floating”. I like the look of them, so I decided to focus my time on my welcome sign, bar sign, and seating chart. I’ve included some progress photos and what they looked like at the wedding! Here’s how I did it with the help of one of my bridesmaids, Katie.
Stands are from Ikea | Plywood from Lowe’s: One sheet of plywood was cut to three 2.5ft x 3.5ft boards | Zip Ties | Gold Spray Paint | A small drill | Cricut Machine, Heat Press & HTV | Gold Washi Tape | Paint
I spray painted the zip ties gold to match the washi tape. I primed all the boards and painted them white and then added slices of my wedding colors to each. All the lettering is all black vinyl that I ironed onto the wood after everything was dry. Jager’s picture for the bar and the washi tape went on last with some added help from some super glue and adhesive to ensure it all stayed in place! We included our monogram we used for the wedding and the hashtag for pictures!
Additional Vinyl Projects:
I also took advantage of my Cricut by doing some of the smaller details like my new monogram jean jacket, card box, some trays, our unity sign, and our ring box! I also made a ton of gifts for the wedding party, but that will be a separate post, so stay tuned! The unity sign and ring box were also iron on vinyl and the monogramed trays I completed was normal vinyl encased in resin! The trays held our koozies and the masks and hand sanitizer.
Table Numbers: I purchased wood numbers and reused the gold spray print, simple, pretty and easy!
Frames: For items I lost motivation for or just felt that frames were easier, I used vellum and blue marbled paper for additional signs. I did this for my “COVID” sign with hand sanitizer and masks, the guest book, the champagne tower signs, the small bar sign and the remembrance sign.
You can see examples of all the items mentioned above in some of the pictures below!
Lastly, I told myself that I would be DIY’ing our menus and cake topper and well, that just didn’t happen! I went back to Truly Engaging where we got all our stationary and ordered our menus to match our invites. As for the cake topper, I naturally tapped a local business to design and create it for me. You can check out Simple & Sentimental if you’re looking for a beautiful, customizable, and affordable cake topper for any occasion and so much more! Here’s how they turned out…you’ll get to see the late night snack I surprised Dan with!
Don’t be discouraged if you want to DIY, you’ll figure it out! Let me know if you have any questions about the DIYs I did or need links! Thanks for reading and happy planning!
Planning a wedding can be really stressful and I recognized that quickly. That’s why I was very aware that I needed to build a self-care routine to help me spend time on myself, so that I could relax and feel good! Now, I won’t say it was perfect, but I know that spending time on myself; especially when stressed, was so helpful. This whole year I tried out so many products and services for some “me time” in preparation for the wedding.
Appointments & Treatments:
Well, 2020 threw me for a loop. I started the year strong working with my girl Hilary on a treatment plan for me when I thought the wedding would happen in May. When it comes to treatments, I wanted to ensure I was selecting services that I would maintain. So here’s what I decided on!
- Monthly waxing was a must do for me. Everyone has their own opinion on the service, but I have loved the experience and it’s been a great addition to my self care maintenance routine!
- Lash Lifts. I did so much research about the lash lift process vs. lash extensions and I just felt more comfortable with the lift. I still wore individual fake lashes for added volume on my big day, but the lift provided such a great base for the wedding. I rarely wore mascara and enjoyed the look of my lashes when they were lifted.
- Facials – treat yo self! I highly enjoyed booking facial appointments before the wedding. It felt like a reset for my skin and it provided a healthy base for makeup for my wedding. I did facials about every other month leading up to the wedding, which I think worked out well for me. I’m not an esthetician, so partner with yours to build out the right routine!
Let’s Talk Nails:
Since March and the shut down, I have walked into a nail salon twice. Once to get my nails done for the wedding and one more time to get those off. I loved my wedding nails! They were beautiful, but I also don’t tend to keep my nails long, that’s just my preference. The game changer for me were the press on set from Impress. I usually brought them directly from the site, but have also found them on Amazon. So grab a glass of wine, put on a show, and pamper yourself with an at-home manicure! Here are some of my favorites I’ve ordered.
Skincare: I think this year was a big year for the skincare game. I don’t know about you, but if you are on Tik Tok and follow Hyram, then some of my skincare will look familiar. I have some tried and true products I’ve been using, but lots of new items as well since discovering him. Skincare only does so much though, I was always making sure I drank enough water and taking my makeup off at the end of the day- I admit, I used to be SO bad at that. It took some time to see the changes in my skin, but well worth it in preparation for my big day!
You can take a look at all my products here, the only thing not pictured since I just ran out and ordered more is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. It saved my lips and I’m on my third one, I ordered an extra so I would stop running out, I’m addicted!
Face Wash: I keep CeraVe in my shower & La Roche-Posay at my sink.
Toning Solution: I only use my Ordinary toner at night.
Serums: I use the Ordinary Niacinamide serum in the morning and at night and in addition, at night I add my Ordinary “Buffet” serum after.
Moisturizers: In the morning, I still use my tried and true Clinique Moisture Surge and at night, I use the CeraVe PM Facial Lotion.
Sunscreen: No skin routine is worth having if you don’t use sunscreen! I still go back to my Neutrogena & CeraVe sunscreens, these are also tried and true and one of them is a mineral sunscreen.
Additional Products: For body lotion, I use the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion. For Makeup Melting and Cleansing, I use the Ordinary Squalane Cleanser – no need to use water, just get a pea size and massage your face. For heavy makeup days, I occasionally use the Urban Skin RX cleansing bar, but jury is still out about how I feel about the exfoliation pad. Lastly, I SWEAR by my pimple patches by COSRX. Any time I have a pimple that has a white head, I cleanse my face and slap one on at night.
Do you use any of the same skincare? Skincare doesn’t have to be difficult! Pick a cleanser, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen! You got this!
In addition to all of the products, services, and appointments mentioned, I could say that a glass of wine and a bath bomb from LA Suds did the trick some nights. A good book and a night in were just as important in my self care and creating time for myself. Oh, as well as a haircut before the wedding because ya know, quarantine. Find what your wedding prep looks like for you and just ensure that at the end of the day, you’re creating time and space for yourself to relax!
Well, that wraps up what wedding prep looked like and I hope you enjoyed reading! Let me know what you think!
Let’s kick off the Wedding Rewind series with one of the first decisions I made – my wedding website! I looked at just about every website you could think of and finally landed on Zola. I couldn’t have been happier with the choice and am still enjoying it now as I have been completing thank you cards and wrapping up our registry.
Although I loved my experience with Zola, I will also point out a few things I learned along the way and features they’re still working on. Zola has vendor help, stationary, a store, a place to go to for help and the actual wedding website all as options. The good was far greater than the bad, so let’s jump into it!
The Webpage: I loved the web page structure and functionality. You could link straight to your airports, hotels and even book your block through them. They had a great banner you could utilize for your COVID update to guests and the natural graphics that came with many of the designs were great. Such as the interactive map when you linked places your guests could go visit and explore while in town. The pages were easy to navigate and personalize, which was a big bonus!
The one call out I have on the webpage is that Zola does not currently offer domain masking. So I purchased a domain to match our hashtag and it routed to our wedding website, but the domain then switched to the Zola URL. A small detail, but important to point out.
Online RSVP Feature: Almost all wedding websites have this feature, but I loved the setup on Zola. I simply downloaded their template and copy and pasted our guest list over to it. Anyone on the list that had missing information, we simply sent a note through email that Zola helps automate for you. It was user friendly and so quick. The RSVP process was also painless. We had online RSVPs only and we were able to capture all the details needed from guests.
Dan helped me a lot to track these RSVPs down and I think it’s an added bonus when your groom can navigate the website well!
The Theme Options: I think there’s a theme for everyone! Classy, beachy, modern, art deco and more. The themes were simple in a way that your page could shine and showcase your big day which I appreciated. There were no extra edits needed and you have complete flexibility of which pages to use and show on your website. This came in handy when we closed RSVPs and when we had to update our event tab due to COVID impacting some of our plans. The bonus to the themes is that they have matching wedding stationary as well!
The Registry & Zola Store: Holy sales and all things wedding . Zola always has such amazing sales going on for the store and stationary! I purchased some items from the store for my bachelorette (that got postponed) and it was so convenient. The registry was easily one of my favorite features! It was easy to link our registries at other stores, but before doing so, we found that so many items we had on those registries were in the Zola store and sometimes for better deals! It was a no brainer to set up our registry to be predominately Zola. Our guests mentioned the ease for check out and that it was easy to navigate. We also found that the cash and exchange features were seamless and customer service rocked!
The one lesson I learned it to build your registry for Zola in the google browser and get the extension! For anything that you want to put on your registry outside of Zola, just open the site, click the item and hit your Zola plug in! It grab the information and picture off the page for you to add right into your registry. I originally save all my photos of items outside of Zola to manually upload until I found that magic button…oh the time I would have saved!
The People & Community: It was such a bonus to learn about the Zola Facebook group! The women in the group are so helpful and we all just want to support and uplift each other – especially with all the changes COVID brought on. At one point this summer many brides took to a post and gifted each other items off their registries. It was an amazing experience and many gifts came with thoughtful notes. You can read more here, where some of us brides share our experience! It is always so helpful to have a community of women who are there to help you, but the group also has Zola employees to help provide guidance and help any chance they can!
You have so many brides sharing their big day and it’s like an added bonus on top of all the Pinterest boards you’ve been making. I personally know I loved the ides of champagne before the ceremony, but a wall wouldn’t fit my venue. I saw a bride with beautiful shelves and knew that was perfect for my space. You have no idea how the little things like that can be so helpful!
If you’re looking for a site, I highly recommend Zola. Happy planning and let me know which wedding website you used!
I am so excited to be doing this as I can relate so hard! I should’ve been getting married today, but the pandemic pushed it back. Totally okay, I’m excited for when I can get all my family and friends to come celebrate with us! With this said though, I woke up at the beginning of this week with an idea to share and spread the love to TWO deserving brides. I’m giving away TWO care packages for brides so they can feel a bit spoiled. This is an Instagram giveaway only, but this post is a bonus entry. All you have to do it comment on it, add your Instagram handle as well!
This post also gives you a look into what’s included in these packages! So here’s the list since not everything is pictured (dang Rona, slowing down shipping!)
Naturally I added in some items from local businesses I love, but I also grabbed items that I’ll just list without linking!
- Each bride will be receiving a pair of earrings from Shani Amara. You’ll receive a statement pair and a delicate studded pair.
- Two bath bombs from L.A Suds, they are to die for!
- A stunning glitter pod from Shimmer Down.
- Bride and Groom koozies
- Mr & Mrs Passport holders and luggage tags
- Bridal games
- Mr & Mrs sign
- Guestbook frame
- Light up string clip lights
- “Bridal” flip flops
- An Essie nail polish…or two
- Face masks
- Ban.do tumbler
- Ban.do gym/travel bag
- The Knot wedding book
- A make up bag
- A “Bride” cup
- A notepad
- A notebook
- A pearled headband in white or pink
- Bling Ring Cleaner
- $30 Gift Card to Simple & Sentimental for each bride. I got my cake topper and plenty more from them and I’m OBSESSED!
Each box will have a combination of these items, but NOT ALL ITEMS LISTED!
I’m so excited to get these mailed out. Again as a reminder, this post is for a bonus giveaway entry, so just comment below with your Instagram handle! This giveaway ends on May 16, 2020 at 10pm.
Welcome back to another wedding post! Now although I’ll start by sharing how I found my perfect save the date; as requested, I’ll also be sharing some great places to find your stationery needs! The holidays are right around the corner, so if you’re looking to find some great, affordable options then this post is for you!
I’ll be going over each website; including the sales they have going on, what samples I ordered, where I purchased my save the dates, my stamps, the post office experience, and some invitation sneak peeks!
Almost all of these have discount codes and sales going on, so I linked them for you! A handful of these have email coupons when you sign up for newsletters as well. Each of these places have great options for wedding, birthday and holiday stationery!
- Zola: SAVE50 for 50% Save the Dates
- Kodak Moments: 20 Photo Cards for $19 (it scales)
- Minted: Semi- Annual Free Foil Event, 20% off foil pressed products & 25% off Save the Dates
- Basic Invite : HOLI30 for 30% off all Holiday Cards & 15FF51 for 15% off all other stationery
- Truly Engaging/ Magnet Street: LIFE20SAMPLES for $20 worth of personalized samples & 50% and free 2-day shipping on the entire site
- Zazzle Self Inking Stamp: NOVEMBERSALE for 50% all stationery & the same code gives you 15% off of the self inking stamps
- Paper and More
- Cards & Pockets
- Amazon Self Inking Stamp
I personally ordered samples from Zola, Minted, Basic Invite, Truly Engaging, and Zazzle. Definitely a lot more than I remember ordering…BUT it really did help me wrap my head around what I wanted. I had no clue what I was looking for in my save the dates. It helped me to narrow down paper vs magnet, matte vs glossy, and sizing options. I would highly suggest you order samples if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, but you definitely don’t need to go as crazy as I did.
After all the samples, I decided to go with a magnet and I chose Truly Engaging/ Magnet Street! They had a great selection and an awesome sale going on that included a discount on foil. The increments that you can also order were spot on to what we wanted which is something I was concerned about. Some sites are by 25, but they have 10 unit increments which fit our guest list better! You can see a peak of how they turned out below.
On our Save the Date, we included our names, the date, and our website. Usually people include the location and although we would have liked to, we didn’t have space. I chose to include the website instead since all the information is there anyways. We have almost 90% of our guest list traveling so accommodations and flight information have already been put up. I think leading people to the site now will also help when it comes time to RSVP as well, since we’re doing it all online through our website!
Now let’s talk about how we sent these out. We decided to print our own addresses as I was obsessed with a font from DaFont that we went with. I also made a sticker with my Cricut to include on the back for a personal touch. As for the mailing process, if you are considering a magnet, know that you need to buy a special type of stamp for non machinable mail. I went to my post office to ask before anything else and I’m glad I did! If you aren’t doing a magnet, anything under 1oz can use a regular forever stamp, but just in case, go into your post office and check!
So now I’m onto the task of finding an invitation! Although we have not chosen just yet, we’ve gotten closer to picking one. We have looked at clear options, letterpress, foil, and so much more. I’m so excited to keep planning as we are just about at the 6 month mark! To leave you, below are some invitation samples I’ve been looking at. Anything catch your eye?
Let me know if you have any questions and as always, thanks for stopping by!
Happy Wedding Wednesday! I’m so excited to share my engagement pictures with you all today. It was such an amazing day and our photographer was absolutely amazing. Every shot was stunning and made me reminisce back on the day over and over again.
We took our engagement pictures in Wilmington and were able plan two outfits. We decided to dress up for the look downtown and went casual for the beach. In each outfit, we still wanted to play off of a similar blue that will be a part of the wedding! I loved that we did it since it makes all of the pictures look cohesive.
I highly encourage you to make sure that you not only get along with your photographer, but that you LOVE their work. Something that drew us to Erin was the effortlessness in her photos. We didn’t want heavily edited photos that were blown out or moody- both which are beautiful, but not us. Not only did we love her style, but her personality was a true fit. She was laid back, joked with us, let us have a pit stop for beer (BIG WIN), and made us feel like we were in our own little world for a few hours! I have linked her below so you can check out more of her and her team’s work.
I plan to post about my prep for the day and additional details next week, but for now…here is a window into our engagement session with Erin Costa!
The weather was perfect, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! We took these photos mid-week on a Wednesday right before the Fall weather decided to visit NC. We chose both downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville beach as it’s where we spend most of our time when on the coast.
Dan and I have spent many nights walking the cobblestone streets and many days laying out in the sun on this sand. It was so important for us to take these pictures in the places we love since we are getting married away from home. We wanted to make sure that these photos were colored with our love and showed off what we call our “2nd home” here in NC. I think we accomplished both!
Picture overload? I just couldn’t help myself! I can’t wait to continue sharing more wedding updates with you guys. Always let me know if you have any suggestions for the series. See you next time!
Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today is 10 months from our wedding and is also just a week after I asked all my bridesmaids and maid of honor to stand by me on my special day.
The rule of thumb is to ask them 8 months to a year before the wedding so I figured right in the middle worked perfectly; especially as some are not here in NC. As I was preparing to ask them, I figured a call would honestly do. Then I really started thinking about everything they’re about to commit to… everything that I committed to at some point as a bridesmaid. The travel, cost, time, and patience is no joke, so I wanted to treat them and make them feel as special as possible!
Since I had to ship a few of these boxes, I wanted to keep the “breakables” to a minimum as well as not sending anything liquid or that could melt in transit, so I kept it as feasible- and as cute- as possible. Some of the items I made with my Cricut and some things I purchased.
You’ll notice that I did end up blacking out a few details on my card, but in time I will share that with you guys. I didn’t necessarily pick a theme for the boxes, but I just wanted it to feel beachy and fun. With everything I included, I’ll let you know where I got everything from below!
Box from Michael’s | Filler from Michael’s | Straw from TJ Maxx | Glass from Target – Created the etching myself| Stadium Cups from Amazon- Created the vinyl myself | All snacks from Target | Bubble wrap for shipping & tissue paper from Office Max | Cards & Envelopes from Michael’s | Notepad from Target | Daily Planner from Hadley Designs
All the informational papers were cut with my Cricut and printed at home on nice cardstock that I purchased. I made a card for my colors, attire & accommodations, information about our day and the days leading up to the wedding, as well as a cute note about being a bridesmaid! Although this seems like a lot information right off the bat, I just wanted to ensure they had all the information they needed right away; especially since I have some out of state.
So if you’re been in a bridal party, what’s been your favorite gift or gifts you’ve received? Let me know, as I can always use ideas! Thank you for stopping by for another Wedding Wednesday post in the “Getting to Geraghty” series. I’ll see you next time!
Hi there! Today is the big day. The day I share my experience wedding dress shopping and what I learned along the way! If only you could see my giddiness behind the screen.
Two days and twenty dresses later- I said yes. With my mom and mother in law by my side I wouldn’t have changed anything. Since my mom lives in PA and my MIL doesn’t have any girls, I felt that it was extremely important to have dress shopping be very intimate and almost like a girls day. I knew I didn’t want a large entourage, but I wanted to ensure I was going to share this experience with family and women who meant a lot to me and that I don’t get to spend time with often.
Due to my mom not being in town often, I set up 4 appointments split up in two days. I was not aware of what I wanted in my dress, but I had an idea of what silhouettes I was interested in based on my body shape. On day one, we had two strong contenders. One from each boutique that I loved on and felt beautiful in. I had to walk away since I wanted to make sure that I would continue loving the dresses and seeing if I had an attachment to a specific one. After day one I thought I had a grasp on what I wanted in my dress, but man was I so wrong! So a day went by and we were on our way to two more appointments.
I would like to say that day two started well, but then I’d be lying- it was a rough experience. My first appointment did not go well. I will not name the boutique, but I will simply state that any consultant that puts you into a sample gown and then proceeds to say “This dress is great because it’ll make you look more skinny” and “I’m sure you’ll lose a few pounds” is not doing her job well.
DISCLAMER LADIES: Your body is a swimsuit body. It’s a wedding dress body. It is a crop top body. Your body doesn’t need to conform for your clothing. I’ll get off my soap box now….
I wasn’t going to let one appointment put a damper on my day. We had lunch and one more appointment to look forward to. Since we ended up leaving that appointment quite early, my mom roped myself and my MIL into going thrift shopping to kill time. Honestly, I can’t complain now as I look at my new vase I just scored!
As we went into our last appointment, I described the dresses I liked to the consultant Heather and started pulling dresses to try on. The pictures below were what I liked on the first day, but I pulled things that were so different this time around. Since this was our last appointment, I pulled anything that caught my eye and made me excited regardless of the shape, style, and details.
Boy am I happy I did that because my last appointment is where I found my dream dress! I will admit my actual dress is SO different than what I thought I wanted like my previous contenders. I had my bridal moment. It wasn’t just a moment of feeling beautiful. It was a moment of never wanting to take the dress off. Of feeling so overwhelmed with happiness when I looked at myself in the mirror. My intention was never to say yes on the spot, but there was no way I was leaving there without claiming the dress I fell in love with. Guys, I cried, I laughed, and I smiled so hard. It was a resounding yes in the room from my mom and MIL, which just confirmed my feelings times ten! So thank you to Classic Bride & Formals and my consultant Heather for helping find my dream dress. So although I cannot share my dress right now, I can’t wait to share in just about 365 days!
Now I leave you with the main three points I think are the most important things to keep in mind when you’re prepping to go wedding dress shopping. These aren’t your normal pointers: stay in budget, undergarments, and timing, so keep reading for some lessons learned!
First and foremost, at each boutique I made sure to stay open-minded for each dress a consultant or family member pulled. The hangers don’t do them justice! Throughout the process it was so important to take time to learn more about wedding dresses. The more dresses I tried on the better I got at articulating what I liked about the dress and what I didn’t. Spending the time understanding the shape, style, and details of wedding dresses honestly made my experience go so smoothly. I did not know much walking into each place, but I left almost everywhere feeling confident and happy.
As you continue to learn, be vocal. This is your time to shine. You’re not hurting the consultant’s feelings. You can appreciate a dress and find it beautiful and it just not be for you. That’s okay. I held back at first to not hurt feelings when I didn’t like something, but at the end of the day- they’re dresses! It’s a big investment, a big decision, but most importantly, it’s a big moment you’ll never forget.
Secondly, do not get discouraged when it comes to the bridal sizing. I literally said yes to my dress in a size 10 sample and I ordered a 20 due to my bust. The number means NOTHING. All that matters is that you found your dream dress which will end up fitting you like a glove! I got stuck in two dresses and instead of immediately putting myself down, I simply asked for helped and said “next”. This is an exciting experience so do your best to remind yourself that your body is the perfect wedding dress body!
I want to note that I don’t think I had my bridal moment in my first two contenders because I was battling the idea of whether I loved the dresses because I fit in the sample or because I truly loved the dress itself. Keep this in mind! You should love the dress regardless of the sample size you’re trying on.
Lastly, stop comparing. Stop comparing what you look like in a dress to others. Stop comparing your wedding planning process. Stop comparing the timing of you buying your dress. I bought mine a bit over a year to my wedding and I still feel confident in that decision. As you go through this experience, just remember that you’re planning the perfect wedding for yourself and your significant other. Your dress is only one part of the big picture. Please stop putting so much pressure on yourself. Some find their dress on their first trip, for others it takes days or months and that’s okay. So enjoy this exciting time with good thoughts, a glass of champagne, and a little wiggle of that ring finger!
See you next time and congrats to all my brides out there! Let me know how long it took you to find your dress.