If you’ve been reading along my crazy wedding planning journey, you already know that finding a wedding gown was challenging for me, to put it mildly. By the time I chose my dress, I had shopped at ten different dress salons on two different coasts and tried on easily 50-60 dresses. Just typing that made me exhausted.
At first, it was fun. I mean, trying on beautiful gowns is FUN. But, as the months wore on, I became anxious and worried. I was starting to doubt that I could find a gown I loved. I was seriously considering ordering a replica gown from a Chinese dress shop. Eventually, I was able to narrow it down to two, which I asked you lovelies to vote on. And vote you did! And guess what? I actually listened to you! Don’t say I never give you anything.
Here’s my beautiful gown, Melissa Sweet MS251004, from David’s Bridal.
(Side note: David’s Bridal, please, for the love of god, NAME your gowns! No one wants to call their gown by a stock number. It’s just gross. I know it’s more work for you, but I don’t care. You are a giant monster of a company. You can figure it out. I know you can.)
In case anyone is curious, I named by gown Bette. Because reasons. So there.
I know, I swore I wouldn’t get my dress at David’s Bridal. But, they went and hired one of my favorite designers to design a line of dresses, and well…I couldn’t help myself! I tried in on twice, and on the second visit, I bought it!
I really liked the cummerbund waistline, the metallic embroidery, the sweetheart neckline, and the softness of the skirt. As soon as I put it on, it just felt right. I never cried – some gals just don’t – and that’s ok. I just felt like “this is my dress”. All the pieces just fit. I liked it.
In all honesty, I didn’t really fall in love with my gown until the first time Bob the Builder saw me in it, at our first look. He had the best reaction, and then I thought, “I chose right.” (About the dress. And the man.) I’ll post about our first look soon.
The reason I didn’t get the Chinese replica dress came down to confidence, basically. As the deadline for ordering grew closer and closer, I was hearing not-so-great stories from the message boards. Most of them regarding fit, and most of them from fuller-figure brides. I just couldn’t risk it. My dress wouldn’t have arrived until late September and if I didn’t fit, or the proportions were off, I would be left dress-less and panicked. I know myself well enough to know that I would not be ok with any fit issues. So, I went with the safe choice, and I never looked back.
As far as the service at David’s Bridal, I had a fine experience. I had two appointments, a few weeks from one another. I had two different consultants, and both were friendly and very helpful. No, you don’t get the upscale experience at David’s Bridal. There are no mini cupcakes or champagne. No one is going to put a $700 veil on your head and declare you a princess. The dressing rooms are kind of dimly lit, and not in the flattering way. Yes, your consultant is helping many girls at the same time. It’s not particularly glamorous.
None of this was a deal breaker for me, maybe because I had the upscale experience at so many other dress shops. I got a dress I ultimately loved at a great price point. I am a happy customer.
So, what do you think, peeps? Did I choose well? Anyone else end up surprising themselves and shopping at David’s Bridal? Let me here from you!
All photographs by Redfield Photography
Bridal Gown: Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal
Veil: SEVeils on Etsy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung for Dessy