By Chelsea Brashier
Dress shopping day! Every bride's favorite pre-wedding day, the day you get to feel like a princess trying on dress after dress for friends and family until you have found "the one". I looked forward to this day since the day Adam proposed. I couldn't help but wonder what my dress would look like on the big day. I researched online and searched through bridal magazines for months trying to decide what style dress would look the best on me. I even took a few wedding dress quizzes to see what dress fit my figure and personality.
We decided to begin the hunt at David's Bridal. I planned on choosing my bridesmaid dresses from the same place as my wedding dress and with most of my bridesmaids being from out of town it made the most since to choose a place that had multiple locations throughout the US. I also knew David's Bridal had a large selection of dresses for very affordable prices which also made for a happy bride on a budget!
Once we arrived at David's Bridal, I could feel myself beaming! I was so excited and the staff was extremely catering and shared my excitement. The saleswoman helping me did a great job of pulling dresses that captured all the qualities in a dress that I wanted. Once in the dressing room she was very professional and comforting as she helped me in and out of dresses. I was initially a little self conscious about this part because when you are standing in front of a total stranger in a girdle and slip, you become acutely aware of all of your flaws, but she made sure I felt confident in everything I tried on.
The very first dress I tried on I absolutely LOVED, everything was perfect except it seemed like it was missing something. I put that dress in my "love" pile and moved on to the next dress to see what it had to offer. Each dress had an aspect about it that I really liked, but then something that I hated. One gave a very elegant feel with lace and beading but I didn't like the tulle that peeked out of the side. One made the "girls" look great but the material felt like my shower curtain liner, another had a beautiful keyhole back but didn't have a "wow" factor.
As I continued through dresses I couldn't help but think of the way the first dress made me feel. I tried on a final dress. It was simple lace dress with rouging through the body and the saleswoman added a beaded belt to the waist. The dress was beautiful with a very romantic fell that would have flowed well with my wedding theme and venue, but I couldn't help but think of that first dress.
I decided to try the first dress on a second time, and again I LOVED the dress, but again there was just something missing! The salesman on the floor walked by raving about the dress and then suggested adding a beaded belt just as we had to the previous dress. THAT WAS IT, THAT'S WHAT WAS MISSING! After adding the belt I knew I had my dress on, the dress that I would walk down the aisle and say I do in!
I felt like the bride on top of a cake! All eyes on me! Everyone loved the dress. After all the excitement died down the moment of truth came, the price tag. I had completely forgotten to even look at the price tag when trying on the dress. I knew if this dress was outrageously expensive my heart would break. I glanced down to see the retail price...TOTALLY AFFORDABLE!! Not to mention the saleswoman informed me that it was on sale for an even cheaper price. AHHH! I cannot explain how amazing it felt to find "the one". If I can give any advice to a new bride dress shopping, it would be to definitely wait for "that feeling". Do not settle for "it's pretty" or "I like it", wait for that "jumping up and down" "you're going to have to pry me out of this dress" feeling.