I must have done something good in the world, because when I went wedding dress shopping for the first time this weekend, I got the kindest loveliest woman to help me with the dresses. She didn’t talk even once about “my big day,” she told me that whatever I wore would be bridal and look beautiful, because I was the bride. And my mom got all teary the first time I cam out in a wedding dress.
That said, most of the dresses I saw looked like they were designed by a four year old girl. The little tiny designer clearly kept stamping her foot and saying “More ruffles! Longer train! Add some bows! Poofy-er! And I want a BIG tiara!” And then they sent in a 13 year old girl to bedazzle the dresses (and the veils, and the shoes).
What I learned: while I feel really traditional in the offbeat bride world because I want to wear a white dress and a veil, I feel wildly offbeat in the traditional bride world. I’m looking for a dress that 1) Isn’t strapless (impossible!!) 2) Does not have and sparkly things on it or any appliquĂŠ 3) Is not poofy 4)Does not have a big train 5) Does not look like a negligee or stripper wear. Apparently I might have better luck if I asked for the whole ocean in a jar.
I’m going to go back to looking into getting a dress made.