Hello :) I've been thinking about starting a couple of wedding planning posts for a while. I don't seem to find many wedding related posts so I'm not sure if anyone will be reading - I may just be talking to myself?!
I'm getting married in August out in Greece with just a few close family guests.
We will be having an evening party at a hotel when we return... it's my fiancés choice as I just don't like the attention of throwing my own party, but I know that our families will enjoy it.
I have been doing my best to make the party as wedding-y as possible in order to hopefully make our families who won't be at the wedding feel that they haven't missed out on too much. We are having decorations and a wedding cake, etc.
I wanted to note some of the planning in my blog, so here goes part one...
I wanted dress shopping to be something that my mum and sister would be involved with so that they could share that experience with me. I know that my mum really enjoyed visiting the bridal shops with me and seeing me try on lots of dresses.
I tried on so many different styles - I was almost certain that I wanted a not-too-big dress. There were so many pretty lace dresses in all of the stores - that style seems to be big this year.
I loved the experience of trying on all the beautiful dresses. It does make you feel like a princess :)
After trying on dress after dress at five different bridal stores I had thought that I had narrowed it down to two favourite dresses..
I tried on a few lace dresses and there was one that I really liked. It felt really pretty and had a bit of sparkle too, which I knew I wanted. Here it is...
The other dress that I liked was completely different to this.
(Excuse the blurry iphone photos)
It had a ruffled skirt and, looking back at the picture, I think that the skirt was really what I liked about the dress. It felt lovely and floaty :)
One Saturday my mum & I returned to the two different shops that stocked the two "favourite" dresses to try them both on for a second time. The assistant told me that if I still liked the other dress then it was likely that neither of these dresses were "the one".
To be honest I thought hmm... I don't really believe in all that...
But then as I looked around the room a different dress stood out to me... It was hanging with the bigger dresses that I never would have considered trying on before. I thought it would be way too big and princess-y.
Out of the whole rail it was the only one that I wanted to try on, just to see what it was like.
I was so glad that I had noticed it!
As the assistant tied the back up for me I actually said "wow" about this dress - I felt that it was a perfect wedding dress!
The other two were instantly wiped out of my mind - I was scared of choosing something different to what I had pictured in my mind, or going too over the top (with it being a wedding abroad).
But I loved it and decided not to choose what felt like a safe option when it came to a wedding dress. (I'm usually a safe-option kind of girl!)
I had chosen something that I never thought I would even want to try on.
The shop assistant joked about how I would be ditching the wedding abroad and throwing a huge princess wedding in a castle with hundreds of guests...
I didn't go that far - but I'm excited to say I did order the dress :)
So here's my dress...
Or at least just the back of it for now :)
It's very sparkly and pretty - I love it. I've learnt that everyone's opinions on wedding dresses are very different. I suppose that's a good thing, otherwise we would all pick out the same dress!
My advice to anyone wedding dress shopping would be to try on all styles and shapes - even the ones that you think you would hate. Looking at a dress on the hanger isn't the same as trying it on... I chose something I never thought I would go for!
Wedding dress shopping has been a really fun experience for me, my mum & sister.
I now have some lovely memories of wedding dress shopping that I will keep for a very long time :)
Do you dream of trying on your dream wedding dress?
Or have you already found it?
Or have you already found it?