How I Knew my Wedding Dress was “The One”

This past weekend I took a big step in the wedding planning process.

I said YES to the dress.

How I knewI have been an avid fan of the hit TLC show Say Yes to the Dress since it came out. But I have to admit, watching that show somewhat tainted how I pictured my wedding dress shopping experience going.

big difference number 1 

A lot of the guests of the show have large entourages that come with them to their appointments.

My first time shopping it was only me and my mom. This second time it was me, my mom, and my sister (my maid-of-honor).

big difference number 2

A lot of their entourages are very vocal and opinionated.

Literally the only thing my mom said was which ever one you choose it’s going to be gorgeous.

 and finally big difference number 3..

I’m not a crier, like at all.

Everyone on the show cries when “it’s the dress”, and their parents cry. That wasn’t me. I knew it wasn’t going to be me, and I knew it wasn’t going to be my mom or my sister either.

Everything I’ve known about wedding dress shopping involves and relies heavily on these 3 elements, but I’m so far off on all of them that part of me worried how I would know when it was “the one”.

IMG_5102These 3 elements are what guided me to say yes to the dress:

it makes me feel how I want to feel on my wedding day

I want to feel chic and sophisticated. Some people want to feel like a princess, I don’t. I went to prom 3 times in high school, no princess for me.

I couldn’t stop looking at myself

I’m not a vain person what so ever, but when I put on “my dress” I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror. I wanted to walk around the whole store, I wanted to twirl and look at myself at every angle.

and finally the number 1 reason why I knew my wedding dress was “the one”…

I didn’t want to take it off

I had tried on a lot of dresses and some of them I really really liked and thought were really really pretty, but when I put on “my dress”, I looked at my consultant with 100% honesty and said “I don’t want to take it off!” no other dress gave me that strong of a feeling.

How I knew my wedding dress was "the one"

How did you know your wedding dress was “the one”? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

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  • It’s so funny how vocal the entourages really are when they go with the brides on Say Yes To The Dress! Nobody would ever say some of the things that they say to the bride in real life! I didn’t get overly emotional when I tried on my dress, but I definitely didn’t want to take it off! Congrats on finding your dress! I know that you’re going to look beautiful!

    • Thank you so much, Ashley! it’s such a relief to have it picked out and of course i’m so excited and can’t wait to wear it!

  • Sarah P

    So happy for you!!!! You’re going to be the most stunning bride ever. That show is a guilty pleasure of mine but I don’t think I’d be a crier or bring along an entourage either. It’s just not who we are.

    • exactly, just 100% not who I am. I was thinking about it and i’m not sure if i’ll cry on the wedding day either. I’m more of a get so excited and happy i can’t stop smiling and giggling instead of a happy crier.

  • Yay yay yay! I felt the exact same way about mine when I found it. I didn’t cry, but I wanted to stay in it forever.

    • Glad I’m not the only one out there who’s not a crier. now the hardest thing will be only wearing it for one night!

  • Hurrah! Big step!

    My best friend told me when I found mine. LOL

    • the best friend always knows best!! In my case it’s usually my sister who always knows.

  • oh gosh, i used to LOVE say yes to the dress. i was obsessed with it. i cried because i wished my mum was there. i found what i thought was the dress and then decided to try on a few more just for fun, and then i got to a dress that i knew i 100% didn’t want….. and didn’t want to take it off. so i got that one instead haha.

    • I have to say, the dress i ended up getting was NOT what i thought i would have got. on the hanger, I was like mehh, but as soon as I put it on I was in-love. It is the most comfortable thing and it just takes my breath away.