For a bride, picking a dress can be a daunting task. For someone like myself, I tend to enjoy the art of “getting stuff done” so the dress shopping task simply could not be stressful. If you’re planning a wedding or helping someone plan a wedding, the most important part to making this a non-stressful task is knowing what you want. Before you frolic out to start your search, know what you like and what looks flattering on your body. Otherwise, you’re in for a very long and drawn out wedding dress search.
Note: I never once opened a bridal or wedding magazine throughout this process – too overwhelming.
My BFF/Matron of Honor and I went to two stores for dress shopping and that was it. It just so happened that one of the stores we went into carried the designer (Maggie Sottero) that I loved AND they had the Pinterest dress. I tried the dress on twice before making the purchase and I never looked back! When budgeting for a dress, make sure to budget money for alterations. Alterations aren’t cheap!
Shoes were easy. I went with Badgley Mischka. Shop some of my favorite Badgley Mischka shoes:
I made the decision to have an outfit change. Not completely necessary but my wedding dress was very heavy. I love the dress and would have loved to wear it all night but that just wasn’t practical AND when would I ever be able to do a wardrobe change in the middle of an event and be not judged? Only at my wedding, right? So I did. I used the photo below (found on Pinterest) as inspiration when I started looking for a reception dress:
|image via Green Wedding Shoes|
And ultimately, I wore this; purchased at H&M for $70:
|photo on the left is a silly Instagram pic.|
Shop a few of my reception dress lookalikes here: