Of course for every wedding everyone wants to know all about the bride. You will be barraged with questions and comments in the months leading up to the wedding and the day of.
What are you wearing?
Where did you find those shoes?
Oh my gosh – your hair – who did it!?
These and numerous other questions are what everyone will be asking and talking about on the day of the wedding. After all, it really is a day all about you! It is the one day you can get away with all of the attention so relish the admiration.
My dress was purchased at David’s Bridal. I’m not their biggest fan. I wasn’t impressed with the quality of service. It really is a numbers equation. This amount of future brides seen = dresses sold and a commission. Thus the consultants come across a bit cheeky and impatient. My consultant had the audacity to scold me stating I had to try on every dress she brought back to show me. She is lucky I didn’t take the hideous dress I could parachute out of an airplane in and shoved it over her held together with duct tape! With that said, I will give them the benefit of the doubt that their service most likely varies location by location as they are a large commercial chain. What you are really getting at their stores is convenience and variety. Their stores carry a wide array of dresses in all styles from top-notch elegance to simple but classy in every price bracket catering to nearly any brides budget.
Before my appointment I printed out images of dresses from their website to provide an idea of what I liked or would want to consider. I highly encourage this idea as it will probably save about an hour of time looking at some hideous formal attire.
Personally, I wasn’t interested in half of my wedding budget being expended on a dress that I would only be wearing for one day, and while I wanted it to be pretty I also wanted it to blend with our fun theme. I opted for a dress that reminded me of a Greek goddess design. It was a one should mesh floor length gown with an intricately beaded waste and jeweled embellishment on the shoulder. It was just the right amount of dazzle, class and charm for game day!
I’m not a fan of things floating around or lying in front of my face so I decided on a headband with jewels and decor matching the dress in place of a traditional veil. It was also purchased at David’s Bridal, but after discovering the same band in other stores for half the price, in hindsight I would have bought at a different shop. My hair was placed in an up-do with the headband placed in front.
I went simple on jewelry letting the dress speak for itself. A necklace would have been overbearing with the shoulder reaching across the bottom neckline. Dangled silver earrings accented the look perfectly. I’m not one who likes wearing jewelry on my wrist otherwise a jeweled bracelet would have been lovely.
My purse was purchased from SylSyl’s shop on Etsy. She sews absolutely darling clutches in a variety of colors with a few different styles at an affordable cost. Mine was silver and royal blue with a shiny brooch at the corner. I gave my bridesmaids one in silver with a blue diagonal sash as a gift. Each one had our names stitched inside. The shoes I wore were of course royal blue and I purchased them at DSW. It was difficult finding decent shoes in the proper New York Giants blue shade. At the store I selected three styles and tried them on for size and fit, and then checked online for which ones had my color and had them shipped to me.
And finally, no brides attire is complete without her bouquet. Except for the men’s boutonnieres all of the flowers were done by Abloom Flowers and Gifts – they really are wonderful at taking any idea or motif and communicating it through flowers. I carried a full bouquet hand tied with blue Delphinium, white call lilies, blue thistle, white carnations, white spray roses and a touch of baby’s breath. Perfect flower beauty to show Big Blue Pride!
When purchasing my attire I selected items that I could use again after the wedding. I plan to shorten the dress and dye it so I will be able to wear it to future dressy events. The shoes are perfect for a night out to add some color to a black dress or other simple colored outfit. Of course the purse could be used just about anytime, and hey what girl doesn’t put jewelry to use?!