After getting engaged, I pictured my dress shopping experience as many future brides probably do. I imagined my mom, my sisters and my bridesmaids there with me. Then when I stopped daydreaming about going dress shopping and really thought about it, I was pretty bummed out. Just over a year ago we moved out to Michigan for my fiancé's work, which meant leaving all of our friends and family. What that meant for me now? Nobody to go dress shopping with.
However, my awesome Maid of Honor pointed out that we were all going to be in Maryland for a few days for the engagement party and we could do shopping then. I don't know how I didn't think of that. Well I guess that's why she's my Maid of Honor. I immediately began working out a schedule with my family and bridesmaids immediately and calling around to places in the area.
After making some appointments I realized that I was going to have a very limited amount of time for dress shopping (I'd only be in town for 2 days and one day was dedicated to the engagement party). With that in mind I got onto Pinterest, printed out a few pictures of dresses that I liked, and headed over to David's Bridal. I decided to take a solo trip while in Michigan to get a better idea of what was out there, what I liked, etc. I figured that would make things easier when I went along with everyone else. I didn't like most of the dresses that I tried on that day. Here's one that I did like and I have the saleswoman take a picture of. In fact, at this point I was even considering that this was THE one. So glad that I moved past that!
After this trip the dress shopping was put on hold until I was back in Maryland about 3 weeks later. As I said in my previous post I had 2 appointments - the first was at David's Bridal and the second was at Alfred Angelo's (I had discovered their Disney Princess collection).
And so the adventure at David's Bridal begins......
I tried on somewhere between 15 and 20 dresses there. I found many myself that I wanted to try on and the saleswoman was also extremely helpful in picking out some dresses based on pictures that I had brought in. Without further ado, here are a few of the highlights.
Dress #2: This dress was similar to the dress that I found at the David's Bridal dress back in Michigan. I did not like this dress at all. Somehow in just 3 weeks I had done a complete 180 in regards to what I wanted in my wedding dress.
Dress #3: I really liked this one for some reason. I think it was because it was so different.
Dress #4: I hated this one, I couldn't get out of it fast enough. My MOH insisted she get a picture. You can't tell in this picture, but the skirt is very.....interesting. There are feathers and sequins on it.
After 2 hours at David's Bridal we went across the street to Alfred Angelos. The saleswoman there (who we later found out was the manager of the store) was not so great at, well, sales. I showed her pictures of the dresses that I had brought with me and she told me that I wouldn't like any of their dresses. Nobody knew what to say, we all just stared at each other confirming that none of us could believe she had said that. I finally convinced her to get me a few dresses to try on, explaining that I wouldn't know if I liked it until I tried them on. In particular, I was interested in their Disney collection. Here it is....
The first 3 didn't work out so well. I believe that they were Jasmine, Ariel, and Rapunzel. The worst was Ariel (the second row), the skirt actually looked like pieces of seaweed.
But then, I tried on the Belle Platinum dress and I knew right away that I had found it!