The Most Important Part of a Wedding is…

the dress!!!  (Okay, in reality, it’s probably the love between the bride and groom. But let’s assume that’s taken care of.)

Shopping for my dress has by far been my favorite part of planning.  As soon as I got engaged, I started a Pinterest board dedicated solely to wedding gowns.  I’ve always said, “I want a skirt so big that no one can stand within three feet of me.”  So… obviously I’m a fan of ball gowns.  Here are the few first dresses that I pinned.

Demetrios B154. I love the poufy skirt!

Demetrios 527. Love the texture of the skirt.

With these dresses in mind, I just so happened to be out shopping with my mom a few days after getting engaged when we drove by a David’s Bridal.  Out of the blue, I said, “Why don’t we stop in and see if I can try on dresses?”  I was pretty sure that I didn’t want to buy a dress at David’s, but I almost felt like I had to go at some point.  They have so many dresses that you can get a pretty good idea of what you like.

Side story: I think the consultants at David’s Bridal are very nice.  Before I got engaged (so far before that I hadn’t even met my fiance yet), I was in a David’s with my mom trying on a bridesmaid dress.  I saw a gorgeous wedding gown, and even though I was clearly not a bride, they let me try it on!  I even got to get up on the pedestal and twirl around.  And my mom cried 🙂  It was awesome.  So, even though I didn’t particularly want a David’s Bridal dress, I didn’t nix them altogether when I went shopping for real.

Back to the present (which is actually the past… whoa).  I told my consultant that I liked ball gowns and skirts with texture.  She brought back several dresses for me to try.  Yay! (I swear, I could try on dresses all day. It’s so much fun.)  The first had a rosette skirt with a beautiful train.

I thought this gown was beautiful.  But… it didn’t move enough for me.  I have this tendency to dance literally anytime there is music playing.  I can’t listen to my iPod while I’m walking to class, because it takes all of my willpower not to be dancing the entire time.  And so, I will be dancing a lot at my wedding.  I want my dress to dance too!  It’s got to move a little 🙂

The next gown had more movement.

But… it’s just not flattering.  I really thought this dress would look good. But, it didn’t do anything for me.  On to the next dress!

I love the drama of this skirt.  But… the bodice isn’t too flattering (yes, it’s too small and yes, you can see my underwear, but even with that fixed… not flattering).  Of course I save my favorite for last 🙂

It’s kind of dangerous to be looking back on these photos.  I forgot how much I loved this dress.  It’s so gorgeous.   The only thing holding me back from getting this dress is that it doesn’t have a sweetheart neckline.  I don’t even know if they could alter this neckline, but if they could… I might have purchased this dress. It’s got movement.  It’s got drama.  It fits me well.  But of course, I was not about to buy a dress at the first place I went.  I needed to try more!!

Though (spoiler alert!) I didn’t buy any of these dresses in the end, I had a great experience at David’s Bridal.  I would definitely recommend them to any bride, even those who want a designer look.  The White by Vera Wang line is incredible.  And now there’s a Melissa Sweet collection that didn’t even exist when I was dress shopping.  You might be surprised by how much you like the David’s dresses.

Did you buy one of the first dresses you tried on?  Or did you want to keep shopping?

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