On A Lighter Note…

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

Um, you need to go read the rest of this…

Lady in bridal shop: What kind of dress do you think you’d like?
Me: Not long or white, not strapless or halter… bright color, knee-length full skirt, no veil?
Lady in bridal shop: Yeah, we don’t have anything like that. Why don’t you let me bring you some things I think you might like?
Me: Sure, you’ve known me for 30 seconds now, that seems foolproof.

…Right now. Seriously. Go.

From Que Sera Sera, the site you are about to go visit.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • This made me laugh out loud, especially the image of a nun in a bridal veil* not the old-fashioned brides of Christ. I imagined the elderly nuns with rulers.

  • Wow wow wow. I sure hope that lady caught the sarcasm in "Sure, you’ve known me for 30 seconds now, that seems foolproof." Good for Que Sera Sera for actually saying this to the woman – I wouldn't have had the guts.

  • Amy

    I almost choked from laughing. Thanks for the link.

  • Karen

    Love it! Makes me feel a lot better about my run-in with the bridal salon lady ("Don't worry – all brides loose weight"). Although, I wish I would have had something so funny to say back…

  • Kristen

    So glad you linked to Sarah Brown. LOVE her! Also, I think this must be standard wedding shop talk. When I told the woman "helping" me with dresses that I didn't plan on wearing a veil, she said "without a veil you're just a girl in a white dress." Um, okay….

  • MWK

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA! That made my otherwise not so awesome Friday morning waaay better. Wish I had had a similar comeback for the "have you gained weight?" question.

  • I am SUCH a pushover I probably would have just worn that veil and held my tongue until I left the shop. THEN I would have commenced talkmadshitaboutthecrazybridalshoplady.

    It was actually suggested to me that I AIRBRUSH my tattoos and I think I just stared at her blankly and made the little cartoon *blink blink* with my eyes.

  • How is it possible that just about everyone has a story about someone in a bridal shop making mean comments?? Do they specialise in making women feel bad or something?

    OK I don't have one myself admittedly but that might be because I never went to a bridal shop….

  • April

    Bwaaaaahhhh haaa haa!!! Oh, had I the stones to come up with witty retorts such as that. HEEE! Reminds me of the ridiculous "helpful" comments I also received whilst trying on dresses:

    "you might want a minimizer bra"

    "wear an updo so your hair is more sleek with this gown"

    "charmeuse fabric will make you look even larger"

    Happy to say I wore charmeuse, with a push-up bra, and rocked my curly 'do. Pretty sure bridal shop lady would drop dead from horror if she saw photo. YAY. :)

  • Sarah

    i didn't have any severely traumatizing bridal shop issues… albeit i did want a somewhat traditional look. but at first i really really really did not want a veil.

    "what kind of veil do you want?"
    "i don't want a veil?"
    "but you have to have a VEIL!"
    "i don't want a veil"
    (goes away looking dismayed. comes back w/ veil)
    "just try it on, you'll like it"
    "i don't want a veil" (getting vexed at this point, hello are you hard of hearing here???)
    (pins veil ON MY HEAD)
    (cringing) "please… take it off"

    (my mom in the background… trying not to burst into laughter)


  • That was all kinds of awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz

    Mine was:
    ME: Do you have a dress without a train?
    HER: Um, but everyone wants a train.
    ME: Not me.
    HER: Well….
    ME: How about if we cut off this gorgeous lace dress to the knee? That would be SO cute!
    HER: Choke. Faint. 4 yards of lace?!
    ME: Smile.

  • Brilliant!!

  • Pip

    I'm getting married in two weeks and last week I made my first ever foray into an actual real bridal shop (looking for a bird cage veil).

    (Let's just pause here to say that I live in a small city, I have visible tattoos and I love a vintage outfit)

    You know in a film about the Wild West, when the dark stranger walks into the saloon, the doors slam shut, the piano stops, the patrons go silent and everyone stares.

    That's pretty much what happened to me in the bridal store.

    Suffice to say, I'm getting married in a bright blue 50s cocktail dress with flaming red shoes and, no, I'm not covering up the tattoos for the day!

  • HAHA oh man that was great, thanks for sharing Meg.

    I never had any kind of horror story experience like that, although I only ever went to one bridal shop, eventually found my dress online. They let me look around and pick whatever I wanted to try on, no weirdo comments.