Hey loves, Sorry for the lack of posts, I was busy prepping for our wedding and getting married! I can’t believe I’m a married woman!!! Ahhhhh! It’s been two and a half weeks and I’m still excited and in awe that I married my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Don’t worry I’ll be doing a blog post of our wedding once I receive our photos. Alright back to business.
Today’s post is about dress shopping.
Shopping for my dress was a stressful and overwhelming experience. I went in knowing what I wanted, but once I tried on the dress it wasn’t flattering at all, so I had to start all over. I’m a very picky shopper and with the setback it didn’t give me enough time to shop for my gown. There was definitely a time crunch. I didn’t know wedding gowns are to be ordered six to nine months in advance to allow for delivery and alterations. I finally found my dress in October and I was getting married in June, talk about cutting it close!! Everything worked out in my favour, my dress arrived in March and I didn’t need any alteration.
Set a Budget
Set a budget and stick to it! Make sure the budget you set includes taxes and alterations. For the budget conscious bride like myself $1200-$1500 is a good price range.
Do NOT try on dresses out of your budget
I made this mistake and fell in love with a dress. The only reason I tried it on was to please my bridesmaid. I really didn’t like the dress so I thought no big deal. Boy, was I wrong! That dress made me do some quick calculations in my head trying to figure out how to make it work, in the end I stayed strong and said NO (it was never going to work, it was way over budget). Learn from my mistake and don’t do it, even if you think it is the ugliest dress on earth once it’s over your budget STAY AWAY from it.
Keep an Open mind
I am in love with the Berta Bridal collection specifically the gown shown above. However, I cannot afford to spend $8,000.00 on a gown, so I found a solution. Get something similar that’s affordable.
I was set on getting that beautiful Mori Lee gown but once I tried it on, it did not flatter by body. I was crushed and left feeling blindsided, I didn’t know what I wanted anymore. Luckily the consultant helped me figure out which silhouette worked best for my shape (very important step in finding the right dress). The dress that I absolutely fell in love with, the dress that made me forget all about the over budget dress, was something I didn’t envision for myself. Biggest lesson learned from this shopping experience is to keep an opened mind and don’t discriminate. The dress that looks so-so on the hanger could be the one, you have to try it on because it could look Ah-mazing on your body.
Check out other Bridal Stores
I found THE dress!!
Mori Lee gowns are to-die-for
It was slightly over budget but it was definitely doable. I had a few appointments scheduled for that week so I went to the appointments looking for that specific Mori Lee dress (try to schedule appointments during the week it’s less busy). I found my dress at Bella’s Brides and the best part was they were having a promotion $200.00 off their bridal gowns!! I got my gown and came in under budget. It pays to shop around.
I had a great experience at Bella’s Brides. Nadi was very friendly and honest. She was very helpful and made great suggestions.
Ladies in the end choose the dress that feels right for you it’s your day! Also when shopping I recommend checking out sample sales and bringing one to two people with you who have your best interest at heart. You don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen.
Here are some of the rejected dresses…they are all really pretty.
Can you guess which one is the over budget dress?
Tash ♥ xo