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 personally think it’s down to personal choice.
I truly believe that everyone’s experience is different when trying to find their perfect 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 by the way).
I took my mum and my nan to the store, 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, exactly what I needed. We visited The Wild Heart Bridal which was already some what special to me because I had lived not far from the store when I was younger.
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, which is great because I was so bloody nervous!
As far as the dress, I only had one thing on my list.. colour. Be it blush, soft blue, lilac.. whatever.. I just wanted colour. Well, it couldn’t be more true when people say “you never really know what you want until you try it on”.
When I visited the store the Hayley Paige trunk-show event was taking place so I knew colours would be an option.
I tried a few dresses on that I had researched beforehand and although they were all beautiful and what I had pictured on paper, they didn’t give me that feeling I had hoped for. You know.. that moment!
The dress I ended up with “The Dress” was completely a surprise for me. I fell for the River Gown, but it was still a Hayley Paige design and I loved it.
I actually 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.
What I took from the experience
If I could give anyone advice it would be to not have high expectations. Have ideas, but not a set list and just go in with an open mind, try on different styles. Don’t pressure yourself for a big tearful event, because 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 Jase’s face when we finally tie the knot.
Roll on the big day!