I have been dying to write this post up since January! I have tried to document it (read: cell phone pictures) as best as I could the process of trying out and choosing a wedding dress. You already saw the final look, but you didn’t see everything that came before finding THE ONE. My original idea was to find something that was vintage-inspired (50s or 60s), off-white, circle skirt and fitted top, knee length, sleeved, lace was a plus but not a must. Beholden obviously, had beautiful dresses that I really wanted but wasn’t willing to spend the $600-900 price tag (click through at your own risk). There was a brief period that I thought I could just make my own dress, but thankfully I didn’t do that because can you imagine the stress of that? ModCloth was the first store where I found viable options, they have an entire category for vintage wedding style. I quickly found two dresses I liked, picked the one that had sleeves and ordered it. That was back in October, and when I received the dress, I was happy with it. It fit nicely, it looked to be of nice quality, and I felt accomplished and done. “Whew, this wedding thing is eaaaasy.” I didn’t love the dress, but I was happy enough with it.
Then January rolled by, and I decided to try it on. Suddenly, I hated the sight of the thing. I put it on and found out all those things I didn’t like: the cleavage was too modest (funny enough I ended up with a top even more modest, but who’s keeping track?), the sleeves too short, the back wasn’t lined properly and showed the bra and made my back look fat, the skirt wasn’t puffy enough, AGH. That was probably the most stressful moment of the whole planning process. That day when I decided to try my dress on again. I returned immediately (for just 50% of the price because it had been over a month, whomp whomp) and was resolved to NOT buy a dress online again. Still, I ended up ordering a dress from Asos and one from Macy’s.
Love You Ivory Day Dress | ModCloth
Again, disappointment. The Asos dress was the best looking of the group, but it was still not the one, you know? I was happy enough with it, I liked the sleeves and the fact that it wasn’t too tight. The one from Macy’s was looking good in theory, but when I put it on it smelled funny and was super unflattering.
Asos Skater Dress with Lace Sleeves (they also have it in RED – so pretty!) | ASOS
This one is sold out | Similar Dresses at Macy’s
The next day I gave up this internet business for good and hit up the City Creek mall after a little white dress. In January. Not surprisingly, almost no store had anything in white. I ended up trying two dresses at Nordstrom, one that made me look like I was a flower girl, and a flapper inspired dress that I absolutely loved (the price was awesome too), but after much thinking back and forth I ended up not getting it. But I only didn’t get it because on my way to buy it, I found the HALF-ONE! Yes, I’m calling the lace shirt the half-one.
Yes, I loved loved this dress. It wasn’t a wedding dress, but I wish I had bought it anyway.
This one was just too short. I felt like a flower girl.
Of course, in the meantime I had ordered an Anthropologie dress that looked amazing on the catalog, but once I got it at home, it was just too casual looking. That dress could have been much improved by a higher neckline and a shorter or longer sleeve. Then it would have been an amazing wedding dress (but not as amazing as the one I ended up with).
Ivoire Dress | Anthropologie
Next was to find a skirt that would go with it. So I ordered a cream pleated skirt from Asos and a tulle skirt from Etsy. Completely different looks, and fingers crossed at least one of them would work. And one of them did. Deep breath, you made it. It was absolutely perfect. And it looked even better when I had the proper layers under it (and not a black sports bra) and my hair done. I looked like a doll, and I was happy.
And there you have it! That was my wedding dress shopping experience. The shoes were a much easier decision, thankfully! I had them picked from the moment we decided we were getting married.