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Finding My Wedding Dress

I have been engaged for what seems like forever (since 2013 to be exact) and I put off wedding dress shopping until January of this year. I didn’t hold off because I didn’t want to, I just felt it was too early. Our wedding is in August 2018 so you could argue that it’s still too early. I think it’s down to personal choice. I truly believe that everyone’s experience is different when trying to find their dress. I had fairly high exceptions of how it would go and in all honesty I had probably been watching too much Say Yes to the Dress (which I still love).

Finding My Wedding Dress

I took my mum and my nan, because I knew too many opinions would overwhelm me and I can be quite a ball of emotions at the best of times. It was a nice girly, family experience. We visited The Wild Heart Bridal which was special to me as I had previously lived not far from the store.

The shop itself is beautiful and calming, which is just what I needed for such a big and new step. The owners Nicole and Alex could not have been more helpful and friendly, I highly recommend. As far as the dress, I only had one thing on my list.. colour. Be it blush, a soft blue, lilac.. whatever.. I wanted colour. It couldn’t be more true when people say “you never really know what you want until you try it on”.

I attended the Hayley Paige (who is amazing!) trunk-show event so I knew colours would be an option. I tried a few dresses on that I had researched before hand and although they were all beautiful and what I had pictured on paper, they didn’t give me that feeling I had anticipated. The dress I ended up with “The Dress” was completely a surprise for me. I won’t mention the dress name, but it was still a Hayley Paige design and I love it. I didn’t have that “boom this is it” moment until I tried on some accessories and a veil. Before that I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to get that feeling, which I think brides put a lot of pressure on themselves to achieve. After the whole look, I knew I didn’t want to leave without committing to the dress and put a deposit down.

Finding My Wedding Dress

If I could give anyone advice it would be to not expect anything. Have ideas, but not a set list and just go in with an open mind and try on different styles. Don’t pressure yourself for a big tearful event, you will know if a dress is for you regardless.

In all honesty my experience was a bit odd, but in a good way. I had that realisation that I’m getting married (which might sound stupid) and that’s a big thing. So no I didn’t cry floods of tears, I went very slightly over my budget and ended up with a completely different dress. I couldn’t be happier though and can’t wait to see Jason’s face when we finally tie the knot. As I said before Nicole and Alex were amazing and I have Emailed them a few times with questions since meeting them. They always respond quickly and are always willing to help.

Roll on the big day!



  1. October 30, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    My experience was very similar to yours! I’ve come away with a dress that I didn’t expect. I’d put so much pressure on myself, and said that if my mum and sister didn’t cry, then it wasn’t the one. Luckily, I welled up as did my sister. Still don’t think my mum is completely convinced but she still likes it. It’s so difficult trying to please everyone.

    As you said, it’s best to take fewer people.

    • holly
      October 31, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Bride problems ay? lol We really don’t need the added pressure, planning a wedding a stressful enough. xx

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