I woke up at 5 a.m. on my wedding dress shopping day. I had booked three appointments to try on dresses. Laying in bed, I was nervous. (If you’ve read any of my last posts, you’ll see my nervousness is a reoccurring theme.)
The night before, at cocktail hour with a handful of girlfriends, one of them asked me about going to M Bride. “That Michele Martin is a genius,” she said. “THE dress will be the second one she puts you in.”
When I excitedly arrived at my first stop, M Bride, I told Michele, the owner, that I didn’t exactly know what I wanted, but I knew this — I loved Monique Lhuillier. I wanted something a little different; no strapless for me. I loved me some lace.
It wasn’t the second, but the third dress Michele put me in. That was it! It was exactly what I wanted to look like, without even knowing what I wanted to look like. It was a latte-colored satin, with ivory lace on top. We added a vintage, Anthropologie-esque latte satin sash, and a cathedral length veil. It was perfect, and so me!
I have never embraced my shape as much as I did that day. I have never felt so beautiful. I hope you’ll feel that way, too.
If you’re getting ready to go dress shopping, let me share some of my tips with you:
- Undies! Let me preface: I’m a modest gal. I thought you went into the dressing room all alone, but I was wrong. Michele and her coworker, Holly, are in there helping you get in and out of each and every dress. They saw my “bizness.” So do yourself a favor: go buy a really pretty pair of undies for this day. If I had known, I would have worn a more conservative pair, if you know what I’m sayin’.
- Have a wingman — or woman. I love to shop — L-O-V-E it — but I don’t mess around, and I don’t shop with just anyone. Therefore, I took my one and only favorite shopping companion: my mom. No wedding dress posse. My bridesmen were not invited. Just my mom. She’ll tell me yep, no, maybe so. I trust her opinion more than anyone’s. She also happens to be the most stylish woman I know. Bring someone, or a few someones, you feel comfortable shopping with. Someone who won’t just tell you what you want to hear. I’m glad I did.
- Don’t be set on one designer. In wedding magazines, there were dresses and designers I adored, but when I tried them on in the stores, they were not meant for me. Don’t be sad! Embrace your unique bod, and go with a dress that compliments your shape. I loved Monique Lhuillier, but I’ve got some curves and leg meat. Just didn’t fit right. There will be a dress that suits you…I promise.
- Make it yours. If you want something specific — like cap sleeves like me, straps, or a sweetheart neck line — just ask. Chances are, they’ll be able to make it specially for you.
Happy Shopping! Lauren