Good morning? I hope you had a lovely weekend. Here’s something nice to read on a Monday – our next instalment from our blogging bride, Rach.
Following Part I of Rach’s wedding dress search that kind of ended disastrously, here is the rest of the rest of the story. Read on to find out if it’s ended well…
Following my bad experience, I didn’t go back to try dresses again for a long time; we had set the date and we were much further forward. I booked a number of appointments with designers in London, I had done a lot more research on the styles they offered and had an idea of what I wanted – which incidentally was a complete U-turn from the style I had originally set out to shop for.
My bridesmaid and I set off for the appointments, the first was at the designer’s home and trying on the dresses was a very different experience to my first one and it was incredible. She made us feel welcome and made me feel so special and because she was the designer talked through ways in which we could alter the dresses to suit me and what I was looking for. After this experience I felt so much more upbeat and certainly happier to continue!
We visited two more designers, both in Central London and they were extremely helpful – offering lots of different styles and really helping me to keep an open mind. I ended the day with lots of ideas but I knew I hadn’t found ‘the one’. I’m not sure what I was expecting but knew there was something missing.
I continued pinning images to my many Pinterest boards of different dresses and ideas, swapping and changing my mind over what I wanted. I really wanted to get a dress that was by a British designer; and there are so many amazing designers based in the UK.
My mum had a trip to London planned so I arranged an appointment at Angelica Bridal in Islington; purely because I had heard good things about the shop. The day arrived and I did consider cancelling the appointment after checking the website as I didn’t think they would have anything for me.
We arrived to a warm welcome; I was given tags to select the dresses. My mum and I both selected a few each; again I was keeping an open mind.
I tried on five dresses, each with some similar features but very different styling. I liked one but Mum wasn’t so keen and vice versa! That was until it came to the last dress I had selected to try on.
As I stepped into the gown I felt like a weight had been lifted. I felt a smile grow across my face and I knew that I had found something very special; I was taken a back at having found a dress that I loved. Stepping out of the changing room, I could tell Mum shared my thinking and that the dress was perfect. I couldn’t stop thinking about the dress and considered just going back to get it but I put my sensible head on and arranged to try it on again with my bridesmaid. Trying it on for the second time, I knew it was the one and I certainly didn’t need to try anymore.
I headed back to Angelica Bridal to order the dress and realised really how easy my dress buying process had been after the initial set-back. I had thought as I went through that I may have to compromise but glad I persisted and found the perfect dress. I can’t wait to head back in April for my first fitting!
What has been your experience of looking for your dream dress? Rach xx
Well, all’s well that ends well! Not sure about you, but I can’t WAIT to see Rach in her wedding dress!
Nim xxImages: Pinterest / Rach’s Pinterest Board