I went to Portland for a little get away, post-event relaxation. I came home with:
- A great new pair of jeans
- A head cold
- My wedding dress
Let’s skip the first 2 since they aren’t as exciting as the dress. I wasn’t planning on shopping for it but David’s Bridal sent me an email talking about a sale. On a whim I decided to stop in with two of my best girls, Long Story Longer and Jenny Two Times. It was a little overwhelming but we managed to find six or seven dresses for me to try on. I tried on a halter style, one with a pretty tulle polka dot print, and an off-the-shoulder style with a corset lace up back. There were not a lot of short styles available so I ended up only trying one on which I liked but we decided it was more of a party dress than a wedding dress. I really had no expectation of finding a dress, let alone a strapless, long gown that I would actually purchase (on sale! and in Oregon which means no sales tax!) under budget.
Each time I would put a dress on in the mirror-less dressing room and walk out, LSL and J2x would go “awww” and smile big. They were so supportive! It really helped make the process less anxiety-ridden. I totally get why they don’t put mirrors in the dressing rooms. That way you can see other people react before you talk yourself out of even leaving the room because you don’t like __________ (fill in the blank with a body part). Thank goodness for girlfriends who will tear up when you come out of a dressing room in a big white gown.
Each time I’d come out in a new dress, my attendant would put a different veil on me and the moment she wandered off to help another bride, I’d take it off. I am not a veil girl. I thought I might be a birdcage veil type but now I’m thinking a big Billie Holiday-esque flower might be the ticket.
So after debating with LSL and J2x and texting with some other trusted loved ones, I said yes to the dress. I love how the dress makes my curves look good and minimizes my bust. I am totally surprised that I ended up with a strapless, long, white gown but it’s kind of fun to surprise yourself sometimes. I’m trying not to get too freaked out or second guess my decision. And I am trying not to get obsessive about doing hundreds of push ups from now until then.
So next up is finding a ring and a tux for Mr. Darcy and some accessories for me (shoes, earrings, bolero/wrap).
And also? Dance lessons for us.