After the trip to David's Bridal in April, only two weeks after Mr. C and I got engaged, I didn't do any other serious dress shopping. I definitely kept looking at blogs, magazines, and designers' pages, but it wasn't anything intense. In the meantime, Sister J got engaged and was planning her wedding quickly, so I switched roles and stepped in as her MOH and we went out dress shopping.
I had read good things about the Vows Bridal Outlet in Watertown, MA (although the store is called Vows, the website, is actually bridepower.com). Sister J didn't have as definitive an idea what she wanted, and she actually HATES shopping, so she tried on a few dresses and then sort of gave up. We'd only been there for about half our appointment, so I asked the consultant if I could try on a few things. I told them my budget, my style, and time of my wedding and they brought me a few options.
Apologies in advance, I have NO idea who the designers are, so I can't link you to a real dress, but you'll have to settle with staring at them on me!
Here was the first dress that I tried. The belt was added on, because initially I thought the dress was too plain and needed a little something extra. This actually looks quite a bit like the Oleg Cassini I tried on at David's Bridal, huh? What can I say, I think it makes my waist look smaller and my boobs bigger. That's not a bad thing, right?
I was really, really into this second dress. I think it's because it was so...different. I was really enthusiastic about being in a dress that no one had ever seen before, that was out of the box a bit.
Now looking at it, it's really not flattering on me. The pleating of the fabric draws more attention to my midsection and makes me look wider than I am. But it is a very interesting dress.
Although when I showed Dad Busy Bee pictures, he asked me if I wanted an animal nest as a skirt, he could find me one in the backyard. Oh Dad Busy Bee, you are soooooo hilarious.
This third one was a bit more simple, with more focus on the beading and added design here. I don't look so happy about it though.
Although I certainly won't complain about the shape it gave me. I don't know if I would have survived an entire day in this sucker. Breathe, much?
So that was how I stole Sister J's thunder. Although, she did manage to pick something out that day, just at another location. I took the consultant's name and schedule, but didn't end up going back for that second dress. I just wasn't ready to pull the trigger yet. This was still almost 15 months before the wedding, and I wanted to be sure that I was really ready to buy THE dress. That ONE dress that I would marry Mr. C in. And none of these were it.
Have you ever been dress shopping with another bride?
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