During my hunt for the perfect "ivory" dress (not a fan of pure white)... I was absolutely sure about one things: A princess dress was not in the picture... I ♥ cupcakes but I don't want to look like one!!!LOL Other than that... I wasn't set on anything else. I've seen hundreds of dresses...many different from each other... many beyond gorgeous with price tags that agonizingly surpassed my budget.
As much as I ♥ to dream... I knew I had to be realistic with the dress I choose especially since mommy dearest was financing it and she definitely set a realistic budget that I had to stick to. I gave myself a little test... the first day I went to try on dresses, I picked out a bunch without first looking at the prices... I didn't want the price of a dress to discourage or limit my choices. That's also another reason why I didn't have my mom or sister there the first time because they have a huge influence on me... and with a colossal decision like this, I wanted to be the one to make the initial choice. I wanted a dress that ultimately reflects me and my style. The reaction I'm looking for from people other than the obvious "Your dress is beautiful"... I want people who see me to say "That dress is so YOU!!!" I honestly believe your wedding should reflect every aspect of who you are... especially your dress. So to make a long story short... shockingly the last 2 dresses I tried on were the 2 that I conclusively fell in ♥ with... and the best part was both fell perfectly within the price range =) This is when having my mommy , sissy and BFFs there became essential. With their valued opinions I was able to narrow it to THE ONE!!!
I would be lying if I said that I didn't have seconds thoughts after purchasing my dress. I don't know if it was beacause it was such a final decision and there was no turning back because it definitely was not refundable... or because I was still seeing and falling in ♥ with so many beautiful dresses around me... or because I could not show the dress to my fiance whom his opinion means the world to me... But whatever the reason was, the thought was sadly there = ( YIKES!!!
But rest assure... after seeing and having my dress on again after all these months, my mind was set at ease (gigantic EXHALE)... While looking in the mirror all doubts disappeared. I absolutely and unquestionably LOVE LOVE LOVE my dress!!! I wish I can post a picture of it... but that part will have to stay as a surprise for now=)
Just want to add a little note for the ladies: It's perfectly normal and ok to have doubts about your dress. Selecting the right one can be a stressful decision to make... that's why its important to have people you trust at your side to offer honest and constructive opinions without trying to sway your decision. Stay confident in yourself and your style.
Remember, choosing your dress should be the most enjoyable time because it is the only time in this whole wedding process that is completely and utterly all about YOU!!!
♥collection of some of my FAVs:
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J I M Hjelm