Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Dress

First and foremost, let me gush: I BOUGHT MY WEDDING DRESS! Am I aware my wedding is 16 months away? Why yes. Am I also a recovering law student who has a compulsion to do as many things as soon as possible? Bingo. 

Anyway, let me back up. A few weeks ago I made an appointment for this past Saturday to go dress shopping at a place called The Wedding Shoppe, Inc. in St. Paul.
I had kind of made up my mind that I was going to "get it" Saturday no matter what. I'm a pretty no nonsense girl.. and I know what I like when I see it.  I also have a habit if making decisions, and then falling MORE in love with them later. I did this for college, law school, hell..the home we live in. I always wind up happy and excited with what I pick. This is not to say I "settled" at all with my dress..but I knew- could I keep looking for months to get a dress that had one TEENY detail I liked a bit more? Sure. But why do that to myself? I am aware I've only been engaged for 2 months, and I only tried on about 10 dresses total, but that's cool with me.

Anywayyyy, the appointment was from 9-10:30, but I brought just one girl (Dana) for the first half hour so I wouldn't be TOO overwhelmed, and because I thought it'd give me time to pick dresses/get settled in. Well, turns out the consultant picks all the dresses (or did for me) SO I ended up trying on a few with just Dana. The other 5 (3 more bridesmaids, a personal attendant, and my future MIL) showed up while I was in dress 3. We circled back to the first 2, and I knew #2 was my favorite before they got there. Needless to say, I ended up putting on dress #2 THREE times. First, when it was just Dana, second, when we "cycled back to it" and third, after trying on a few styles I knew I didn't like, but did it just to humor the consultant and my girls. I knew it was "it" when the consultant asked me if I wanted to put it on (for the third time) and I smiled like an idiot and jumped up and down a little bit. 

To be honest, I'm a bit surprised by my reaction. Similar to the proposal, I was far more composed than I "imagined" being in my head. Especially after we went to a wedding Friday night and I at the first dance (of a couple we're not even close to) because NOW when I see "wedding stuff" I think to myself "Oh, in 16 months I'LL be doing that" and I lose it. Don't even get me started on the father daughter dance...oy. Anyway, I didn't cry at all. I came CLOSE once, and I'm sure I would have if I had spent any more time REALLY thinking hard about why I was wearing these beautiful white dresses. I just felt like me, and happy, and pretty in it... OH, and comfortable. I did not want to worry about mobility at all.

SO, while that MIGHT give you an idea of what style I picked, I can't say too much because my lovely fiance, M, stalks this here blog (hai, boyfweynd.) I can show you a different photo though! M's sisters were over the other night and asked M what style HE thought I'd pick. He said, "strapless, sweetheart, that 'goes out' a little bit, but not TOO poofy, and maybe a little detail, but the detail will be clean and simple and elegant." okay, so I lied, I will say one more thing: the boy knows me. WELL. 

We asked him to "elaborate" on his description and draw a little sketch. This is what he came up with:

 I'll wait while you get a tissue to wipe your eyes,.... Lord knows I needed one after seeing this beaut.
A few questions, M:
1. Why do I have linebacker shoulders and a size 36DD bust? 
2. I have LONG brown hair, what's up with the granny curls?
3. Where are my hands? 
4. Those scribbles at the bottom? Oh, I was informed those are ruffles. (The only real direction I got from his as far as what he would NOT like were, "Too many ruffles. Like, more than 2/3 ruffles." Mkay, hun)
5. Those 2 lines on either side at the bottom of the dress? That's my train.

God bless you, M. His description was VERY good as far as "dress language" goes, but that drawing. I die. 

After dress shopping we went to brunch with everyone. Naturally I still forget I have a blog and took ZERO photos. Swear I'll get better at that soon. I only realize it when I sit down to write a blog post and have no photos. Which sucks. Sorry guys. 

SO, I will leave you with that, for now! Hoping to get a photographer lined up in the near future and schedule some engagement photos before the snow falls. :) 



  1. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting! You totally did it right--I worked at a bridal salon for a while and people would come in with 10 people, spend 3 hours trying on every single dress in the store and knit-picking tiny little details that in the scheme of things did not matter. SO, I am SO glad that you made the process easy on yourself and an enjoyable one! It's supposed to FUN not stressful. OK-rant over. LOVE the should probably frame it.

  2. 1. Super impressed with your fiance's dress "lingo".

    2. I definitely cry way more at other people's weddings than I did at my own. For me it was something about it feeling so surreal that it was hard to cry. :)

    3. Last, I actually bought the FIRST dress I tried on and my mom was the only one there to see it (my bridesmaids might have been a little mad). haha. I tried on one or two dresses after that, just to "see", but it was obvious that the first one was "the one."

  3. congrats on your dress!! love the sketch!

  4. I am laughing about the sketch. Such a typical guy!!

    I saw your comment over on the "blog snob" post and completely related! I felt like your comparison was spot on to how I feel so often. Thanks for your honesty :)

  5. I found your blog randomly and got excited when I saw that you are from MN! Me too :)

    That is a pretty awesome description for a dress from a guy, so good for him!

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  7. Omg! I'm dying at that picture! Love it! Hahahahaha I'm so glad you got your dress!! Can't wait to see what you picked! :)

    Side note: how have I never followed your blog?!? Well I am now! :)

  8. Haha, totally love that picture your future hubster drew for you... men make me laugh.

    And being over prepared is never a bad thing, I am the exact same way!! I was engaged.... once upon a time. I should probably do a post on it soon, might make some people laugh!

    Anyway, I found your blog via raven's and really like it!


  9. I tried on only about 10 dresses as well before I picked out my dress as well and I had about 15 months until my wedding when I got it. I loved the wedding shoppe and all their selection to choose from! Congrats!

    I stumbled upon your blog from MN Bloggers. I hope all your wedding planning is going wonderfully for you!

    1. when you know, you know! and thank you! It's been a blast, so far. I just keep coming up with more things to do. :P haha.