I have never been the type of girl who dreamed about her wedding day. In fact, I had never really given it much thought other than knowing I wanted it to be small, simple, and on a beach somewhere tropical and beautiful. I wanted to be able to walk barefoot in the sand on my wedding day and hear the waves crashing as the night progressed into the morning. So when Kevin proposed, naturally, I thought that would all change. I thought I would for sure want to start planning my wedding after I went through the proposal “honeymoon” stage. Actually, we’re still in that stage now. The engagement happened in September of this year, and up until this month, I still hadn’t been ready to start planning. There is no doubt in my mind that Kevin is the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. He’s supportive in every aspect of my life: my blog, my schooling, my future career choices, my move, and my (dwindling) finances since I was a full-time student, and more. How could a girl want anything else? He is absolutely perfect. I’ve found a man I love beyond words, my best friend, and, most important, someone I can count on. Yet, I knew I still wasn’t ready to start the planning stage. That changed once I walked into David’s Bridal and tried on my very first dress.
I’m so excited to have been able to collaborate with David’s Bridal and have one of their stylist’s help me find the perfect wedding dress! Before I went in, I had no expectations really. I did, however, have an idea of the type of dress I was looking for. Confession time: Despite the ever-popular Pinterest boards, instead, I have a folder saved on my computer called “Wedding Inspo.” Over the last year I’ve accumulated roughly 100 photos of wedding dresses. This isn’t me thinking about my wedding or searching for dresses, per say. I’m a blogger and, so, naturally, I come across a lot of Tumblr accounts. Whenever I would come across a dress I liked, I would save it in my folder for that “one day” time when I actually did start to really plan. Every single dress I saved was a “sheath” style dress. For those who don’t know what sheath is, it’s a straight, narrow, slim-fitting silhouette. Sheath is light in fabric (perfect for the beach) and sometimes has a train in the back. I definitely want a train. Similar to the image above.
David’s Bridal has a “Meet the Stylist” program in which you can sit down with a stylist and explain to them exactly what you want and/or are looking for in a dress. Their well-educated stylists will then help you select a few items perfect for your needs, and will be there to help you all along the way. My stylist was amazing and so helpful. Despite being totally open with my life online, I’m actually a fairly shy person when it comes to meeting people. I was a bit nervous walking in but my stylist approached me in such a friendly and sociable manner that I was immediately comforted. She actually told me that a lot of the time future brides come in thinking they want a certain style and end up going with something completely different. At first, I thought, “no way” but after trying on a few dresses, I realized I’m totally in that category.
I thought I wanted a beach wedding, and I thought I wanted a simple sheath wedding dress. I could not be more opposite. I did a complete 180° the moment I tried on this simple, yet Cinderella-style dress. It was Vera Wang, of course, from her White collection, which I believe is exclusive with David’s Bridal, and a little more on the affordable end for those who can’t afford her usual prices of $5,000 and upward. I had on a cathedral veil and a classic, Vera Wang massive gown (see two images above), and, immediately, my mind was changed. It’s funny to me because I’ve always been a somewhat simple dresser, typically more on the neutral side, with jeans a suede jackets, I like to consider myself “casually cool,” so to want something so extravagant was beyond me. However, my stylist was totally reassuring and prepared for the change, and so she went to select a couple other items of different styles for me to try on. She helped me in and out of the dresses, since most of them were quite large, and I got a feel for the styles I liked. She picked out a plethora of styles- mermaid, trumpet, two-piece, sheath and ball gown -all of which my stylist had to explain to me. Not to mention, she was very patient in my ever-changing mind. I mentioned the word “boho” and she grabbed this stunning youthful, boho style dress (images below) that would have been so perfect for my beach wedding- although my mind is still changing. That’s the thing about David’s Bridal’s trained stylists, they are prepared for every type of bride. Find a store near you.
Nonetheless, by the end of my stay I realized what I liked on me as opposed to on someone else. I feel like now I’ve been given the inspiration I was looking for to start planning a wedding. More talk of wedding plans ahead!