So if you read the title, you know that I changed my mind about my wedding dress that I had already picked out! It all started with my mom. If you read my previous wedding dress post, I said “YES” to the dress, you know that she’s paying for my wedding dress. Anyways, the owner of the little boutique where we went said that she would keep it on hold and that my mom could go in and make payments whenever she could. All was well, right? Not!
I later found out that she hadn’t made any payments on it and had been putting it off. When we talked about it, she told me that it was a lot of money for a dress and that maybe we should look at different options. But, but, but what?!?!
Oh man! My stress levels went through the roof! So we visited and browsed other places, but nothing caught my attention. I was definitely put in a difficult position because I had the dress I wanted on hold, but at the same time I didn’t want to impose some dollar amount on my mom that she wasn’t comfortable with. Or so I thought I loved the dress, did I?
After much thinking, I had made up my mind. I was going to tell my mom that she could pay an amount that she was comfortable with and that I would pay the rest on the dress that I had already picked out. But then this whole dress shenanigans sparked a little bit of doubt in me about whether I really loved the dress that I had picked out. I kept staring at the only picture of the dress I had on me and I wasn’t ‘WOW’ed. Now that says something right? I mean I want to be ‘wow’ing! If I can’t even impress myself, how was I supposed to look stunning to others on my wedding day?
Then I realized that the day that I went for my first fitting, we were trying to figure out what style looked best on my body type. After trying on different style dresses, we came to the conclusion that the mermaid style fit was the one! Then I only had 3 options from the mermaid style to try on and choose from, which is why I chose the one I had talked about in my previous post. I picked that one because it was the one that looked the best out of the options I was given.
So I called the owner, Judy, and I told her my concerns. She was super understanding, which definitely decreased my stress levels. So we scheduled another dress fitting for the following day, in which we had planned to try on the dress that I had already picked out and see if I still loved it and if I didn’t then I would try on more options of the same mermaid style fit.
I ended up trying on around 7 mermaid style fit dresses on and there was one that I was ‘wow’ed at and my mom lit up when she saw me in it. She said that it was such a pretty dress and that I looked beautiful in it. Then at the end, I tried on the dress I had picked from the first dress fitting and we were both like “What was I thinking?”
And that’s the story of how I changed my dress 4 months before the wedding! I’m so happy that I have a dress that I feel gorgeous in and guess what?! The price for the dress is within my mom’s dress budget so win-win! So in conclusion, I got a gorgeous dress that I definitely love and it was way cheaper than the previous one. Now I just have to go get my alterations done!
Any tips from me?
Yes! If you’re unsure of what style of dress you want to go with or what style would look best on your body, go to your first dress fitting to figure that out. Use this first dress fitting to narrow down the style of dress that goes best with your body. Then schedule a follow-up dress fitting to try on various dresses of that same style you chose and that way you have more options available to choose from.
My other piece of advice is that you don’t have to find your wedding dress at your first dress fitting! I think that’s what happened to me. I am a checklist kind of girl, so I just wanted to get things done on my never-ending wedding planning list. Of course one of the things on any bride’s wedding planning checklist is to find your dress. Don’t feel pressured to find it on your first dress fitting. You want to make sure you give yourself the time to check out all of your options.
Let me know if you have any questions or any other tips for other brides shopping for their wedding dresses!