I bought my wedding dress!! My friend Katie went with me and I ended up getting the 2nd dress I tried on. I only tried on 3 dresses total! All of my girl friends were mad at me for not trying on more, but I don't like trying things on!! When I found one that I liked I was done :)
However, I realized that I knew NOTHING about wedding dress shopping. Watching Say Yes To The Dress is NOT realistic! Here is what I learned.
1. They will not have the exact dress you want in your price range and in stock.
I am not picky so I wasn't DYING to try on specific dress, but on TV they always have the dress that they are looking for. My consultant kept saying "we don't have that one in your size" or "we don't have any in stock". I guess I figured they had some huge room in the back with every dress!
2. Dress fittings are THE ABSOLUTE WORST!
So no one told me that my first dress fitting would mean standing still for an hour and a half without moving! I only needed my dress hemmed and the neckline taken in. Imagine if I had needed other alterations. To add to the misery, I had to wear my shoes for the wedding which were brand new... aka not broken in! My feet were in so much pain.
How in the world am I suppose to know what those are! It looks so complicated. I need 8 bustle hooks on my dress. For those of you who don't know what that means, they are hooks to get your train up off of the ground during the reception. It looks like this (no that isn't me).
4. Alternations are very expensive!
Just because it says "hemming starts at $75" does not mean they will charge you $75. I think my hemming cost me $150. Make sure you budget for what alterations will cost.
5. You won't want to take the dress off
My seamstress had to ask if she could take the dress off of me after I wouldn't stop spinning and twirling around!
So without further ado, here is me in my dress at my fitting!
Just kidding :) You will have to wait like everyone else.
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.