This past weekend I took a big step in the wedding planning process.
I said YES to the dress.
I 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”.
These 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.