Tag Archives: wedding dress shopping

I have officially cancelled on Kleinfeld

9 Aug

That’s right. I said “no” to that dress shop.  Everyone said they’d take great care of me — it would be so fun to visit — and I’d find beautiful, quality gowns, even in larger sample sizes.  They even said I should go, whether I wanted to spend thousands on a dress or not, just for the experience. Two weeks ago, when I’d finally psyched myself up for wedding dress shopping, I got the first available appointment at Kleinfeld’s. But it was nearly three weeks in the future — my appointment was scheduled for Friday the 13th (gah!) and none of my friends could come during business hours on a Friday afternoon. It didn’t sound like the ideal experience, so I made some other plans, too.

Now only two of the three weeks have passed, but I’ve now bought a dress, then exchanged it for another, better one, and I guess I don’t need to go to the place with the largest selection of designer gowns. And I’m kind of proud of the fact that I paid a fraction of the cost of their lowest-end dresses for a beautiful and special gown.  

Don’t worry, SAY YES TO THE DRESS, I still love you. I’ll be watching, but I won’t be visiting.

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Another dress post

6 Aug

So last weekend I posted about the great time I had shopping for a wedding dress with three friends. Well, today I’m telling you about the great time I had returning that dress and exchanging it for a dress I’m even more excited about. Also, I fell in love with a veil while wearing the new dress, when I laughed one off my head in the first dress. It just felt so ridiculous. But this one was RIGHT. MUCH more like a bride now.

I changed my mind! It’s the theme of the wedding now, I’m starting to think.

Still, HAPPINESS! It’s a beautiful dress, very fun, very exciting. Can’t wait for the Sweets to see me in it. I think he’ll be happy with my choice, and I’m happily looking forward to wearing it!

Dress Success!

2 Aug

I bought a dress this weekend! After my disastrous shopping attempt on Friday afternoon (another post for another day), I am still shocked at how simple it ended up being. I brought my sister and two good friends to the second shop with me, and we had a great time. I joked that the posse I had brought had three characters: the Skeptic (little sister, who thinks elopement is the answer), the Cheerleader (Vic, who would tell me what she liked about everything, and what made me look good), and the Opinionated One (Hannah, who doesn’t hesitate to say what she thinks). Add in a big dose of me wanting to feel comfortable and like myself, and I figured I had a formula for success.selecting a wedding dress

I tried on six dresses, the first of which was one I thought I’d like from pictures. It was NOT GOOD. But then the saleswoman took control and put me in a few dresses she thought would be better on. By dress four, I knew I’d seen the one to beat. Little sister took pictures of each dress and emailed to Mom,  then called for her reactions,so it was ALMOST like she was there.  Dress six ALMOST swayed me, but the Opinionated One shook her head and told me why she thought four was better. So I put it back on just to check, and I found she was right. The Cheerleader cheered, and the Skeptic agreed. Success!

I was so happy to be able to call Mom after I’d brought my dress home (YES, HOME! I got a great deal on the sample!) and have her know exactly what the dress was. She’s as excited as I am.

I’m starting to feel like a bride!

Tonight I’m seeing another possible venue for the wedding, and I have my fingers crossed in a BIG WAY. Once this falls into place, I’ll KNOW I’m getting married.

stepping out of my comfort(able clothing) zone

28 Jul

So you might remember from my previous post about undergarments (teehee) that I was planning to go shopping for wedding dresses. Hmm. I didn’t. I’m not sure what’s stopping me — or rather I’m not sure which of the reasons I’m putting it off is the best reason I haven’t yet gone and slung a white dress over my head.

Reasons:

ONE — I’m concerned about sample sizes. New York may have a lot of bridal stores, but still not a whole lot of larger sample sizes.

TWO — I have NO IDEA what kind of gown is going to look best on me. I’m not a super-fancy girl — I wore a little black dress to prom, and haven’t worn anything much fancier since. Neither am I a huge fan of the feeling of strapless bras, so how the heck will I wear a strapless dress? And I don’t do spaghetti straps — my shoulders are too big for those to ever look good. But really, there aren’t as many options once you move away from strapless. Maybe I’ll learn something and discover something wonderful in innovative support garments. (Wishful thoughts.)

THREE — My mom isn’t here in the city to go shopping with me. I have a few wonderful friends who would join me in a minute, and will, but I kinda want my mom. Silly, I guess, but it’s just one of those moments.

FOUR — I’m pretty sure I’ll cry in the dressing room. Not necessarily because I hate a dress, or love a dress, but… I’ll just cry. Let me put it this way: I’m famous for crying when I get a hair cut or new highlights or something. I think it’s partly the change, but maybe it’s also the long periods of time in the salon where I really have no choice but to look in the mirror, trying to decide if I like the way I look. Makes me feel too introspective, too self-aware, or something.

funhouse mirror angst

GAH!!!

So, that’s my angst about shopping for a dress. But, if I think I’m going to get married in five months (from tomorrow!?!), then I better get on it, in case I have to special order something from a snooty bridal salon. Wish me luck on Friday for the first round!

do I or don’t I?

23 Jul

So if you’ve noticed, we don’t have a venue just yet. (But wish me luck — we’re looking at something this afternoon!) And so far the only thing I’ve bought for the wedding has been postage. And I’m halfway there on one other little detail. I haven’t been dress shopping yet. I don’t know for sure who is marrying us (that’s a post for another day). But I think I know what I want to be wearing on my FEET on my wedding day.

red ruffle shoes

A thing of beauty. Heel not too high so I can dance all night. Lovely little ruffle. Red.

Dare I order early?

Edited to add: I want to rock the red shoes like this: http://www.omgimgettingmarried.com/2010/07/bright-red-shoes-a-rock-the-frock-shoot-with-chelle/

time out to try to win a gown!

15 Jul

I am not above chasing a contest win, if it’s for something good! So, please allow me to show you these beautiful wedding gowns from Bonny Bridal, and alert you to the contest for a giveaway — gown of choice! Plus-size dresses with style are hard to come by, and I like the look of Bonny Bridal’s gowns.   

plus-size bridal gowns

see bonny.com for more

 

 See? Pretty, right? I think I love the one in the lower left-hand corner, but there are more at the website: http://www.bonny.com/unforgettable–plus-size-bridal-.html. Also, enter the contest, through July 31, at http://bonnybridal.blogspot.com/2010/07/win-dress-from-unforgettable-collection.html.   

UPDATE: On August 1st, the day I found I did not win this contest, I also FOUND MY DRESS!  Congrats to the winner!  

And then, if you are also a plus-sized (or weight-anxiety-ridden) bride, go and read this beautiful post today on A Practical Wedding. I needed this joy: http://apracticalwedding.com/2010/07/a-way-to-weigh-what-you-weigh-when-you-wed/#more-3985.

my etsy treasury

11 Jul

I’m in an etsy addict phase at the moment, and I made a treasury this morning to collect some of the lovelies I found today. Not the lovelies I want for my wedding decor, mind you, since I don’t want anyone else to buy them, but lovely things nonetheless.

orange and blue birds

lovely birds and feathers

Click through to etsy.com to see the bird happiness treasury here.