I found my dress years ago. And before you start guessing, none of these below are it. That would be too obvious for a certain someone’s snooping eyes… These dresses are my favorites from J.Crew.
So anyway, I found my dress, or I should say my dress designer, years ago. There’s only one shop in LA where they sell this designer, so I took my mom and 2 of my bridesmaids to see what the dresses looked like in person. I picked one, it fit, and I love it, so we ordered it yesterday! It was really that simple.
However, through the whole process, even if it was a short one, I came up with some tips that might help any of you other brides-to-be.
1. Try on everything – When I got to the bridal shop, there were 6 dresses that I decided to try on. There were 3 favorites, and one of those was not even a contender when I arrived. The dress I picked wasn’t my number one favorite from the website, but honestly I think it looks better on me than the skinny model :]
2. Bring your accessories – I ordered a sash and headband a couple weeks before we went to the bridal shop. I already had a necklace and a shoes I thought might do, so I brought those as well. Everything turned out great! I don’t think I’ll need to change anything. It’s such a relief to know how it will look together on the big day.
3. Bring some back up – I’m lucky to have 2 of my 3 bridesmaids near by. They came with my mom and I and even texted pictures and a play by play to my third bridesmaid who lives far away. It was so fun having everyone’s input. The dresses I picked out were so similar, I had a hard time deciding which one I liked the best. It was my girls who broke the tie in the end.
4. Don’t bet on a smaller size – At first I figured I would order the next size down. That would be motivation to work out and diet. In the end I decided to order what fit. Dresses can always be taken in, but they can’t be taken out!
5. Don’t wait around – I was going to wait until March or April to try on dresses. I figured there was no need to rush right out before the date or venue was even set. Thankfully another bride told me it sometimes takes 7 months for wedding dresses to be delivered! So I booked the appointment and got it all settled.