Bridal Dress Shopping…

Now that I have sort of set a date for my wedding to Mr. Big, Aug 2016, I’ve began to shop for dresses.¬† If you read my last post you know that I’ve visited my first shop and had a great experience. ¬†After leaving the first bridal shop feeling like a big cheap-o I was determined find a dress for less. ¬†Boy was I wrong. ¬†Upon returning to Orlando, I decided to visit a shop off San Lake due to it’s low prices. ¬†Wrong idea. ¬†While the shop had an entire store full of gowns for less than $800, I was not in love with the materials, the lace, etc… ¬†After leaving the store I realized that I’m not one for really cheap dresses but I can’t afford really expensive dresses either, heck, maybe $2500 for a dress was normal.

Last weekend I traveled to Winter Park, FL to visit a shop that carried the Robert Bullock gown I so wanted. ¬†Once I arrived at the store I was greeted by a rep and ask way too many questions. ¬†“Whats the occasion?” A wedding, I’m at a bridal shop. ¬†Needless to say I was not offered any attention at this shop. ¬†While my price¬†range was at the bottom for them, they carried the designer I wanted to see, yet I could not find any of the dresses. ¬†I plan on writing a Yelp review of my terrible experience. ¬†That shop really made me feel like they had no interest in helping me find a dress if I didn’t appear to have a ton of money. ¬†No bride should ever feel this way. ¬†If the Bridal boutique you visits has you feeling like they don’t care to help you, then leave. ¬†Never spend money in a place that doesn’t respect what you bring.

I searched the internet and watched a ton of “Say Yes to the Dress” to figure out that I would give this another shot. ¬†Yesterday I drove to Winter Garden to visit a bridal shop with a ton of affordable designers ranging from $1K-$3K. ¬†I tried on three gowns and felt I made good choices but I was not completely in love, they were priced at $1350, $1650, and $2350. In addition to having nice gowns they offered 50% off select gowns, which was nice to see. ¬†I promised the owner I would visit in November with mother so she could help me make a decision, jus in case I was tripping. ¬†Maybe one of the gowns will be 50% off.

So far I’ve learned that choosing the right dress takes time, you can’t always walk in the store and say “yes”. ¬†A bridal gown, whether you’ve dreamed of it your whole life or just started to think about it should make you feel like a bride.

My ideal gown will be show off my slim figure with an open back, lace and jewels, with crinoline below the knee to give the gown a fuller look. ¬†I’ve tried on a ball gown and loved it, I’ve tried on several dresses with ton’s of lace and a little crinoline, and I’ve tried on dresses without a full skirt, and for me, a full skirt says “Bride” and I can’t wait to find the right one.

Catch up with you guys later….

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