Our Wedding: Saying Yes to My Wedding Dress
Since Frank popped the big question, we’ve been watching quite a few wedding shows together. Some of our favorites are “My Fair Wedding,” “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Randy to the Rescue,” “Four Weddings,” “Bridezillas,” (just for kicks) and a few others here and there. Even though I had been married before, I had never really had the opportunity to shop for a wedding dress the traditional way – ya know, with the family and bridesmaids. However, this time, I did and it was awesome!
Now I had mentioned watching the wedding shows and one of my favorites was “Say Yes to the Dress.” Often times, the bride in the show would cry when she found her wedding dress. So I thought that when I found my wedding dress, I would cry. Nope. Didn’t happen. Didn’t even come close to crying. But I’ll tell you what I did feel. I felt like a princess. I felt beautiful. I didn’t want to take my wedding dress off.
To find my wedding dress, I headed down to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California with my sister and best friend for the Bridal Showplace Expo. We were going to be meeting my future mother-in-law and father-in-law, as well as my sister, stepmom and another friend. I had a huge support group there to help me find a beautiful gown.
One of my friends owns a wedding planning business (Balloons by Victoria) and selling wedding dresses (Pearl’s Elegance) is a part of the wedding planning she does with her mom. For the event, she was in charge of the Bridal Fashion Show. It was so much fun! I saw quite a few wedding gowns I loved and couldn’t wait to try on!
After the Bridal Fashion Show, we headed over to check out the wedding dresses. They were only $150 each (a show special price)!!! I couldn’t believe how many different gorgeous gowns there were. I started grabbing them and holding them up to me and then selecting the ones I wanted to try on. Now I should tell you that trying on wedding dresses at an expo is challenging, but thankfully there were a majority of women, so it wasn’t a problem at all.
The first dress was a very simple white gown. I wanted to try it on because I thought it looked really pretty on the hanger. However, it was just a little too simple for me. I wanted some bling on my dress.
The second dress was pretty, but had straps (something I would have to have altered and taken off since I really wanted a strapless wedding dress). When I tried it on, it was pretty, but I didn’t feel excited wearing it. I also didn’t really like the flower on the booty (kind of felt like a bunny rabbit). It was still a gorgeous gown, just not the one for me.
The third dress I tried on was very pretty on the hanger and had some bling on it. When I looked at it, I realized that I wanted the sequins to go down my dress here and there, rather than being on the bodice and then stopping. The train was absolutely gorgeous, but very, very long. It was too long for me. I know I would end up falling being the klutz that I am, but it was still beautiful. I felt like I still wanted to try on other dresses, so I knew this one wasn’t my dress.
The fourth dress I tried on was gorgeous on the hanger and I couldn’t wait to try it on. It was very feminine looking. However, I still didn’t get the feeling that I was done trying on dresses yet. I hadn’t fallen in love with the dress I wanted to wear as I walked down the aisle to marry the love of my life.
The fifth dress was one that I absolutely loved and looked gorgeous on one of the girls in the Bridal Fashion Show. I specifically remember seeing it and snapping a pic of it so I could find it to try on. It looked like a dress made for royalty. However, when I tried it on, the first thing my eye was drawn to was the gold lace on the bodice. I didn’t want to compete with the dress on my wedding day, so I said no to this one. Plus, it had a lot of ribbon on the back that would have to be tied and untied on our wedding day. I just wanted something easy – like a zipper.
Now I have to tell you that I said yes to the sixth wedding dress I tried on. I know you really want to see a picture of it, but you are going to have to wait 1 year, 1 month and 6 days to see that dress. I know, I know right? I so wish I could show you, but can’t. Let me tell you though – it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s an Ivory-colored, strapless gown with a beautiful train (not too long or big). I love the way it fits on me and I didn’t want to take it off! Everyone who was with me loved the dress and even a few of them started crying when they saw me in it. I can’t wait to show you all my beautiful wedding dress thanks to Victoria! Be sure to check out their collection of wedding dresses at the next Bridal Showplace Expo in Southern California. They will be $150 at the show!!
I had so much fun with my family and friends at the Bridal Showplace Expo in Long Beach and am thrilled that I found a gorgeous wedding dress. I can’t wait to share with your our journey to our big day! Stay tuned for more Wedding Posts.
How many dresses did you try on before you knew you had the one you wanted for your wedding day?
How did you feel when you knew it was the one you were going to wear?