Ecstatic is the only word I can use to describe how I feel about writing this post. I dreamed of finding the perfect wedding gown my entire life. I would watch Disney movie upon Disney movie in awe of how beautiful all of the princesses’ wedding dresses were. As I got older, I watched Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings all the time (and still do hehe. 🙂 ) I can’t believe that I found the one. It still feels so surreal!
(Nicolas if you are still silly enough to be reading this post, please click off now. xx)
I am going to be completely honest in this post, as I want to remember every little bit of wedding planning! Despite the fact that I was so excited to find my wedding gown, I was tentative to start. I struggled, going back and forth, afraid that I would make the wrong decision or hurridly decide and then end up regretting it later. I am also incredibly sentimental and simply didn’t want the process to be over. Around six months before the wedding, my mom gently encouraged me to begin looking. We searched online for different ideas, and I added several dresses to my Pinterest board for inspiration. I had a pretty clear idea in my head of what I wanted my dress to look like.
On our way home from Canada, I peeked into a beautiful bridal boutique by myself. Seeing wedding gowns in person got me incredibly excited, and even though I didn’t try anything on, it gave me the push I needed to get started.
Less than a week after coming home, I booked appointments to try on dresses. I spent more time looking at gowns from bridal boutiques and saving ideas. The afternoon came, and my mom, two sisters, and I headed out (with my wedding planner full of inspiration in hand.) I was instructed to pick out three to four dresses in various colors and styles to try on. It was so fun walking out of the dressing room to show my family each dress! It was like a little fashion show, much like they do on Say Yes to the Dress. I ended up trying on five or six gowns. Every one of them was beautiful, but I didn’t get that ‘click’ feeling like everyone always talks about! I couldn’t even decide which one was my favorite out of the six gowns I tried on! My mom took photos of me in every dress, and we decided to head home to have a think on it. I have to admit that I was feeling a bit nervous and discouraged, but that was easily fixed with a chocolate chip cookie and lemonade from Wendy’s! I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe I was overthinking it. Was it possible that not everyone has that special feeling when they find their wedding dress?
The following day we all headed to the second appointment. All of us girls went through the store’s displays and picked out five gorgeous gowns. Since I had narrowed down the style that suited me best the day before, picking out dresses to try on was much easier. My mom selected a gown that stood out from the bunch and looked very similar to a gown I had seen and really liked before. I decided to try that one on first, even though it wasn’t what I had initially pictured myself wearing. When I walked out to show my family, my mom began tearing up, and to my surprise, so did I! This dress felt completely different from all the other dresses. I loved how I looked in it, and it just felt right. Being that it was only the first gown I tried on that day, I thought it might be a good idea to try on the other dresses just to be sure. None of them compared, so I put the first gown back on, this time with a veil. It was perfect! My mom and sisters said my smile was simply just so big while trying that special dress on. Due to the fact that I am a very indecisive person but felt so in love with this dress, I knew it was the one for me.
I said YES to the DRESS.
It was so special and intimate with my mom and sisters there helping me. It was an experience I will never forget! My first fitting is coming up, and I can’t wait to put the dress on again! Disclaimer: none of these dresses is my wedding gown. I’d love to share it with you all, but I simply can’t! 😉
Now it is exactly four months until the big day. Time is moving quickly! To those of you who are married, what was it like finding your wedding dress? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below! Have a great day. xx