The Wedding Dress // Part 1

Written with love, by Felicia

April 29, 2011 –

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Does that date ring a bell to you? You guessed it. It was the day Kate Middleton married Prince William. If you were like me, you woke up at 5 a.m. (or 2 a.m. for all you West Coasters), turned on the TV, and watched for hours as a beautiful young lady captivated the hearts of millions as she was creating her own Cinderella story right before our eyes.

Everything about that day was exquisite – from the pageantry, to her very handsome prince, to her hair and makeup and her dress. Oh, that dress! It’s the stuff dreams are made of, and to this day, women everywhere seems to channel their inner Kate when shopping for their own dress. Just look at trends she, and her sister, Pippa, started in the bridal gown industry.

But that day was even more memorable for me. It was the day I got to choose my very own bridal gown. Yes, that was intentional. I took a day off from work because A.) I wanted to watch the wedding; and B.) I thought how cool would it be to buy my dress on the same day of the royal wedding. I couldn’t have, nor wouldn’t have, wanted it any other way. In the year-and-a-half of wedding planning, that was the best day (except our wedding day, of course)!

For those of you who don’t know, I have a degree in fashion design because my dream was to be a bridal gown designer. From as early as I can remember, probably around age 10, I was buying and studying bridal magazines. Not because I was envisioning what my wedding would be like (that really never entered my mind until I said “yes”), but because I was enthralled (and still am) by the beauty and artistry of the dress. I even interned at a couture bridal salon in London my junior year of college. As fate, and clumsy hands at the sewing machine, would have it, I did not end up designing dresses. But, those who know me well know that I live vicariously through the TV every Friday night as I watch hours of bridal shows. In my mind, there’s no better way to end the week.  

The day you shop and choose your wedding dress will hopefully be full of indescribable feelings. For some, it’ll fee like a ton of bricks has been lifted off your back as you cross a MAJOR check off your list. For others, like it was for me, it’ll be euphoric! Unless you get an invitation to walk the Academy Awards red carpet, you most likely will never, EVER, have the opportunity to try on or wear dresses made of silky satin, beautiful crystals, delicate lace, full skirts, couture hand appliques, etc. It’s the ultimate form of dress-up, and you are the star.

Jenn put together a great list back in December on when you know you’ve chosen “The Dress.” I also wanted to give you a short list of what to expect on your dress shopping day. While it’s fun to play dress-up, your appointment is only for a short amount of time; it averages about two hours. Can you make another appointment? Sure. But the more you are prepared, the better – and more fun – your first appointment will be.

Next month, I will be revealing my top-10 list of what to expect at your dress appointment. You don’t want to miss it. In the meantime, tell us about your dress-shopping day? We’d love to hear your stories!

 Theresa Bridget Photography // Dress: Love & Lace Bridal Salon

Theresa Bridget Photography // Dress: Love & Lace Bridal Salon

The day you shop and choose your wedding dress will hopefully be full of indescribable feelings. For some, it’ll fee like a ton of bricks has been lifted off your back as you cross a MAJOR check off your list. For others, like it was for me, it’ll be euphoric! Unless you get an invitation to walk the Academy Awards red carpet, you most likely will never, EVER, have the opportunity to try on or wear dresses made of silky satin, beautiful crystals, delicate lace, full skirts, couture hand appliques, etc. It’s the ultimate form of dress-up, and you are the star.

Jenn put together a great list back in December on when you know you’ve chosen “The Dress.” I also wanted to give you a short list of what to expect on your dress shopping day. While it’s fun to play dress-up, your appointment is only for a short amount of time; it averages about two hours. Can you make another appointment? Sure. But the more you are prepared, the better – and more fun – your first appointment will be.

Next month, I will be revealing my top-10 list of what to expect at your dress appointment. You don’t want to miss it. In the meantime, tell us about your dress-shopping day? We’d love to hear your stories!