*I’m going to preface this post by saying don’t worry Mom! I won’t give anything away about the final dress! I’m only going to talk about my experiences leading up to finding the dress.
I remember being a young girl around 11 or 12 years old. We were living in London, England and my mom and I were shopping at one of the department stores downtown. We wandered past the bridal department. They had bright white shiny dresses on the mannequins. I really did not like those bright white shiny dresses. I knew that whenever I did get married….several years later…..that I would be staying away from shiny and bright white!
Once Mr. Gazelle and I began to talk about getting married I figured it was time to add a new television show to the list of PVR recordings. Say Yes to the Dress. Ah yes, the show that allows women to shop vicariously for wedding dresses, gasp at the catty comments from friends and family on television and to shake our head in disapproval when a woman brings too many friends or her fiancé into the shop to help her make a decision.
It gives us a chance to see what women will buy with an unlimited budget. As I watched the show I began to wonder whether my dress existed inside a traditional bridal salon. The consultants proclaim to have a difficult time with a budget of $2000 and I knew I wanted to pay less than that. I also had a hard time envisioning myself in a fit and flare gown in white satin with rhinestones on it. Surely lovely dresses, but most definitely not me, and the kind that I saw women buying most often.
I began looking online at the simpler styles, like the Erica at J. Crew.
Image via J.Crew.com
While the dresses were pretty and budget friendly they were simple. Would I be cheating myself out of that experience of finding a unique wedding dress? Was there a dress out there that would fit my style and my budget?
How did you start to define your style as a bride? Did you have a clear idea of the dress you wanted from the beginning?