I’m gearing up for the most import shopping trip of my life. This Sunday, I will begin the search for the perfect dress to marry my dream man in! I’m both excited and nervous at the same time. I’m excited because I’ve been looking forward to this day since I was a little girl, but I’m nervous because I know how frustrated I become when thing don’t meet up to my expectations and I want to have positive experience. I’m hoping I’ll be able to relax and enjoy the shopping trip with my mother and maid of honor/best friend.
I’ve been doing research on which styles I like along with what design details I want. It’s actually really funny/interesting because all the things I thought I wouldn’t like before, I’m finding I love now! Some of the dress features I’m loving are:
Photo via Wedding Chicks
I never thought I would be a bride considering lace dresses or dresses with lace details. However, my mom has always asked me to keep an open mind (she loves lace). After months of seeing so many satin mermaid gowns I longed for something different, classic, and romantic. A pretty detailed lace seemed to check off all those boxes.
Photo via Bridal Musings
I’m still in shock of how much I’m into the idea of having sleeves on my dress. In the beginning my mom showed me quite a bit of bridal gowns with both short and long sleeves and I thought, no no no, I didn’t want to look old or frumpy. I’ve seen so many wedding tv shows about dress shopping and so many brides say that they want to feel sexy on their wedding day. I had heard it so much it must have been hammered into my brain that a bride should be sexy on her big day. Until one day I was like huh?! No! I don’t want to be sexy on my wedding day – that’s just not me. I want to be beautiful and ethereal. The more I look at dresses with sleeves I fall deeper in love with modesty and sweetness of them. I love them all – short, mid, and long – gimme gorgeous, delicate sleeves!
3. Deep V Cut
Photo via Loverly
Not all, but quite a bit of the dresses I’m looking at have a deep v cut front and back. Luckily, I’m pretty small chested so lower cut necklines don’t look inappropriate on me. Now, I’m not talking plunging neckline like JLO at the 42nd Grammys, but deep enough to be fashion forward.
4. Ball Gown
Photo via Paulo & Nozomi
I never in a million years thought I would even consider wearing a ball gown. I have never been a big poofy dress girl. For my sweet 16 I wore a black cocktail dress with a top hat, I was going for quirky cool. After wearing a mermaid silhouette dress for my junior prom I thought I was destined to be a mermaid or trumpet style bride. Lately, gorgeous ball gown styles with disheveled-like tulle skirts have been making me swoon. Maybe it’s because I know this will probably be the last chance I get to wear one and I’m scared I’ll be missing out on something.
Photo via Colin Cowie Weddings
I never really gave too much thought to the color of the dress. Brides typically wear white and that’s the only thought I had about that. I never really thought about the options outside of stark white. When I gave it more thought I decided that stark white isn’t the color for me, my season, or my theme – I’m thinking about doing more of an ivory. But now designers are giving us dresses in blush and then there’s even Monique Lhuillier’s gorgeous soft blue dress. I don’t know if I’m that daring, but I do love this ombre dres that goes from white to the bride’s bit of something blue!
Who knows what my dress will actually look like once I pick it. I have an idea of the perfect dress in my mind, but I could end up walking away with something totally different (I’ve been known to do that!). You’ll just have to wait until October 2nd, 2015 to see! Only 443 more days!