So apparently, you should always start your wedding planning by picking out your dress. Well, here I am, nearly 2 months before the big day with no dress in sight. I KIND of knew what I was looking for, something Lace, with a more traditional silhouette and a slit, for some natural air conditioning, necessary when your ceremony temperature could likely exceed 95 degrees.
So I am looking for a dress that :
1. Is lightweight
2. Packs well
3. Is Lacey
4. Isn’t pure white, more of a natural or bone color
5. Costs less than 1 weeks salary!
I loved this Monique Lhuillier dress, I found this one just by googling “Lace Dress”. I love the length of this one, not too much trail-age and the slit in the front. I chatted with my pal, Fran, our resident style expert on The Chew and she warned me that the cap sleeves might not be as flattering as something with a little more coverage.
So then I found this dress, again, lacey, traditional, but slit-less so I was going to be hotter than two rats making love in a wool sock.
I didn’t bother to find out the prices of each, that SHOULD have been my starting point instead, with the coercion of my dear cousin Wanda, yesterday I set out to “break my seal” and try on some darn wedding dresses.
I decided to be open minded. I tried on whatever the spirit moved me too, even strapless dresses, which I had sworn off because unless I get my underarms waxed I am destined to have 5 o’clock shadow by the time the electric slide comes on.
Wanda took me to Red Bank, to The Barefoot Bride, owned by her pal Mayra and to another bridal shop in the area called The Sassy Chic Boutique.
At the Sassy Chic Boutique I tried on this halter number, that look sophisticated but would require me to wear a full body spank.
But I wanted to try the halter dress with the Mantilla, or more traditional veil that I thought would be perfect for Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. I always envisioned for the dress to be shorter and the veil to be longer. Look how gorgeous this veil is, but the price, gulp, is almost as much as the dress!
I could get used to this veil thing, it’s like having your own secret hideaway.
I tried on this crazy cute bolero that made me feel like I was wearing a marshmallow.
And then I tried on this dress with a feathered bodice that made me feel a little like Wonder Woman and a little like Glenda the Good Witch.
Inspired by Angelina Jolie’s right leg, I tried on this side split number. I loved that I could reuse this dress for a future cocktail party, maybe have it died a cool color, or have it shortened a bit. Donna, the stylist and sales person, put me in this birdcage which was so gorgeous. Problem with this dress is I feel like I might have to stand like this all night.
Then it was to The Barefoot Bride and Mayra, to try on some dresses she hand picked for me. She pumped up the Salsa music and I felt like I was off to the island, all I needed was a nice, stiff, piña colada.
She wanted me to try on something really latin so I put on this Mambo inspired number and had WAY too much fun with it.
This dress gave me curves where I didn’t even know I had them. I am on to Sofia Vergara’s secret. It is all about the mermaid dress!
Loving the mermaid silhouette, who knew? I tried on an all white one, no mambo at the bottom.
Mayra put me in this matching jacket, I told you how I felt about totally strapless, and it looked super cute, but a little Star Trekkie for me. What do you guys think?
Then I tried on this lace dress that I really fell in love with. It’s all lace, like I initially wanted but has spaghetti straps and no slit. It is a little big, but you can see how it really makes an hourglass shape, and it is a floor sample so it would be crazy cheap!
I tried it on with the veil:
The nice thing about buying the dress that is inexpensive is that I can spend the extra money personalizing it to be exactly what I want. The seamstress, Gina, can make me a slit just the way I want it!
It is only my first day but I think this one might be the one! What do you guys think?
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