Let me be honest. I have been dreading wedding dress shopping since the dawn of time. Growing up not a tiny girl, I have shed many a tear in a dressing room. Some of my “favorite tear moments” include struggling into prom sample sizes, last minute semi dress shopping, and having my high school custom rent me a dress to wear in our school play. I even have painful memories of my communion dress when I was so young. I can’t look at the photo remembering being sunburned, curling ironed pulled, and uncomfortable dress shoes. Needless to say, I have been dreading wedding dress shopping. All I could imagine buying the dress for the happiest day of my life causing me to have a mental break down.
Even though the holidays were a good distraction, you can only go so long avoid looking for a dress. So, when my mom asked if we could go this week, I bit my lip and managed to make the best of the experience…. BY TRYING ON DISNEY INSPIRED DRESSES!
I don’t think it may be illegal to have a Disney Fairytale Wedding without at least trying on the Alfred Angelo Princess inspired line. I did some googling and found out I would have to travel to a Signature Store to see these babies in person. I will be honest. I didn’t expect to find a dress I would like yesterday. My attitude was just to have fun and avoid buying a dress as long as possible.
So how did it go?
These are the Cinderella dresses. Both skirts feature a sparkling glitter tulle skirt and fun beading. The one on the left was a serious contender before the “One” knocked it out. The one on the right is the newest Cinderella in the line and I was hopeful. But the bow on the side made my step-dad say I looked ready to go to a Disney kid party instead of my wedding so it didn’t last long.
Next, I tried on the newest Sleeping Beauty inspired dress. I loved the bodice and these were the first flower detail I didn’t think was cheesy. My mom even voted I get the flowers in the purple option so that I can sneak the color in. Unfortunately though, with the staggered layers of tulle skirt, I felt more like the cupcakes I liked to eat and less like a pretty bride. But the side view is perfect if you want some dramatic photos.
Belle is my FAVORITE Disney Princess. However, since Alfred Angelo has taken over the Disney line, I can’t say I have loved what they did with the actual Belle inspired gowns. However, my sales consultant picked a near winner with this gown from their Sapphire collection. With the pick ups and sporadic beading I felt as if I could get hired as a Belle wanna-be. Pretty as it is, it still wasn’t the One.
Exiting the character inspired dresses, Christine, my sales consultant pulled some great gowns. She listened to what dresses I thought would work while also looking ahead and taking elements I liked to find the “One.”
She also said many magic words like, wow you look great, I don’t even have to clip you in, and your body was made for this. It was satisfying every time I slipped into a dress without having to pull, squeeze, or be pinched in. I felt fabulous every moment.
So without any more adieu…TADA!
Because yes, without even trying to find it yesterday, I am 99 percent sure I found my dress. But since Cecelia was busy celebrating her 17th wedding anniversary, I couldn’t make my final decision. So we shall return in three weeks and I am sure I will be one step closer to my big day! Now it feels so real.
Some final thoughts, I recommend highly going to a bridal store that carries your size (or a size bigger) without an issue so you can shine, body conscious free. Additionally, ask ahead of time before you order how much altering the dress can take so you don’t waste money or stress yourself out you last months as a single woman. Wedding planning is stressful enough!
Only good tears were shed yesterday. Especially after I realized that my body was designed to wear ball gowns. Happy surprise and glad to know I have a future as being a princess.
What tips do you have for wedding dress shopping?