Saying Yes to my Dream Dress

Remember that time I told you about how difficult it was going to be for me to find a wedding dress?

I would like to officially retract that statement, because I found my dream dress last Saturday! 
My mum, my sister, auntie and me took a trip to the private bridal rooms at Wedding Wise in Barrhead. I went with a picture of the previous winning dress in my head and truthfully, wasn’t expecting to find anything that came close.

The store owner – Elaine asked me what I’d previously tried on and we went from there. She asked me to pick out what I liked and what I didn’t like on each dress so she could get an idea of what to pull for me next. This was so much more helpful than letting me pick them off the rack, because the hangers really don’t do any of the dresses justice. A huge advantage was getting to try on dresses with an underskirt and shoes – it makes a huge difference!

Dress #1

Dress one was a classic wedding dress. As much as it was beautiful, I wasn’t overwhelmed. It had a lace body which was gorgeous, but it needed that bit of sparkle, and the little belt didn’t really do it for me. It was back to the fitting room.

Dress #2 & #3

The next two were a very different style opposed to the others I had tried. As much as the dresses were stunning, they weren’t really my style and didn’t give off that “wow factor.” 

Dress #4

Wow factor this dress definitely had – the Justin Alexander dress was not short of it in the slightest. But my immediate thought was “how many bridesmaids is it going to take to help me pee in this bad boy.” The train extended the length of the room and I couldn’t help feel the pattern on the fabric – subtle as it was – looked like a pair of old curtains. I couldn’t justify £1600 on it.

Dress #5

This was when I began to feel we were really onto something. A change in a particular element of the dresses I was trying really gave me hope that we were getting closer. 

The sweetheart neckline and strapless surprised me – I really liked it. The belt did too, because it was always something I’d proclaimed to hate with a passion. But looking in the mirror, I felt I looked like a 15 year old trying trying on a prom dress. The bow just made the dress look very young and although I’ll only be 22 when we get married, prom night isn’t the look I’m going for.

Dress #6

I now truly believe that you know your dress the minute you step into it. Before the zip was even up I was handing over my bank card. Obviously I’m not going to give much away, but it’s something completely unique and what I had been looking for all along – without even realising. I can’t wait to go for my next fitting and put it on again! The price had me picking my jaw up off the floor – for all the right reasons.

Dress #7

I had to try on one last dress before commiting to dress 6. This dress was truly stunning – but my OCD couldn’t cope. The embellishment was so beautiful and extended the length of the train. My only worry was pictures, I’d spend half my day trying to get it to sit how it should have! Although the dress was 5 sizes too big, Elaine had me pinned in as best as possible. It really was a tough choice, but I didn’t feel the same in this dress as opposed to the last. 

So there you have it, the girl who thought choosing a wedding dress was going to be impossible did it! My top tips for anyone searching would be to go with your gut instinct the minute you put the dress on, having a positive reaction from your entourage is nice, but it’s your dress! Also, you don’t have to spend a million dollars to feel it. Good luck to any of you bride to be’s still searching!
Chloe x

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