Dress You Up in My Love, Part 1

My dress search was foundering before it even began. I had no idea where to start. Then out of the blue my fabulous friend texted me saying that she would love to go to Running of the Brides with me here in D.C. For anyone who doesn’t know what Running of the Brides is, it is very similar to Running of the Bulls except with crazed brides going after discount wedding dresses. I don’t know which is more intimidating: fanatical brides or wild bulls. I was intrigued, but would Mama CS go for it?!

Shockingly she did! For anyone who knows Mama CS, you would understand why that is shocking. She is a very cool and collected cucumber who doesn’t like to be stressed (just like me!). Running of the Brides is all about stress. Mama CS was all in, though, because if there is anything she will deal with stress over it is a discount. We marked our calendars for June 30th.

Now you can’t just go to Running of the Brides cold turkey. We needed to set up some dress appointments to find out what style we would be searching for. Looking through 1,700 dresses with hundreds of other frenzied brides is not the time to be deciding if you look good in a trumpet style. So we set up appointments for the next time I would be home at David’s Bridal and La Bella Moda for dress “research.”

No dress appointment is complete without an entourage, so one Sammie sister, my godmother, Mama CS, and Mama CS’s mama (Grandma CS, if you will) all made the trip. They are so good to me. Our first stop was David’s Bridal. The purpose of the trip was to try on as many styles as possible to narrow down which ones I looked best in. Of course I looked fabulous in all of them, but the ones that stood out were the narrower A-lines. Our consultant was very helpful, and she mostly just pulled our suggestions since our group was very vocal. Too much chatter, not enough pictures of dresses!

Style #SWG9902 / Image via David’s Bridal

Style 9V9743


Very similar to Style 9WG3243, but not


My brief adventure with straps (style discontinued)


This was the crowd favorite. (Style 8CT314)


Blah! (Style 9T9642)

*Sorry for the poor image quality. Phone pictures are no good.*

There were probably 20 more dresses tried on at that appointment, and if I say it was exhausting that would be an understatement. I had no intention of purchasing a dress at David’s Bridal, so we forged on. After a quick break for lunch, we headed to our second appointment. At this point in the day I was willing to give up on this appointment since we already had a style we knew to look for at Running of the Brides and trying on dresses is hard! Thank our lucky stars we went because La Bella Moda is where I found my dress!

I don’t have any pictures from this appointment (no pictures allowed), but I did get to try on a couple of my inspiration dresses. I am going to leave you hanging, though, because we came back to Bella Moda twice before I actually purchased the dress, so I will go into more detail then…hopefully to entice you to keep reading. :)

Did you find your dress when you were just “researching”? Anyone else try on their dress three times before pulling the trigger?

Coming up next…Running of the Brides!


Mrs. Cucumber Sandwich

Washington, DC/Cape May, NJ
Wedding Date:
October 2011
Third Time's a Charm
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  1. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:48 am

    Yay, I love ROTB stories! And you do look fabulous in all of these dresses! I can’t even imagine how awesome your dress is. :)

  2. brooch Member
    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:02 am

    I also like the crowd favorite, but what matters is that you like it! Well, LOVE it actually! Can’t wait to see the winner! You look good in everything!

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    firebugj16 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:03 am

    I did some ‘research’ with my mom and aunt a few weeks ago at David’s and tried on anything and everything just to figure out what I look good in. I did find a dress I really really like, but I still want to check out another store with my more of an entourage.

    Good luck at ROTB!

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 10:07 am

    ROTB sounds ridiculous, but like so much fun. Can’t wait to hear more about your dress search.

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    Soon2bSuttle 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:06 pm

    I went to a bridal salon planning to only try on a few different dresses because I knew someone who was going to sell me there dress for a great price. But the third dress I tried on I fell in love with and bought! Which was twice my budget. But it was meant to be because I received 10% off the dress and a free honeymoon to Hawaii!

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    qwerty1 154 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:44 pm

    i ran with the brides–no research beforehand. tired on probably 10 dresses, liked 3 of them, bought one. done and done.

  7. ladyfingers Member
    ladyfingers 1257 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:38 pm

    I love dress posts! And I love your post title, idea twin 😉 I can’t wait to see what you chose!

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    weddingstars2012 479 posts, Helper bee @ 1:45 pm

    So I scheduled appointments at 2 places in PA for a Saturday when I was up there visiting my family. I REALLY wanted to try on the Alfred Angelo disney dresses, but the one salon that had those along with a million other designers didn’t have any appointments left for Saturday. And my MOH really wanted to see me in the Ariel-like disney dress, and the was the only day she could join us. So I ended up making an appointment last minute at an Alfed Angelo store. I wasn’t really looking forward to the store itself because the designer didn’t really have any other dresses I’d seen that I really liked outside of the disney dresses. Well, needless to say, I found my dress. And it wasn’t a disney dress. The Ariel dress was truly the only wedding dress I had tried on that looked BEYOND horrible!

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    weddingstars2012 479 posts, Helper bee @ 1:46 pm

    P.S. I love Style 8CT314 on you! Is your dress anything like it?

  10. cucumbersandwich Member
    cucumbersandwich 604 posts, Busy bee @ 10:01 pm

    @weddingstars2012: I feel like that always happens…. you have a dress in mind and then fall in love with something totally different. My dress does not look anything like 8CT314 :)

  11. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:10 am

    A) You have an amazing figure.
    B) I love reading about ROTB, because I’d do so poorly at one!
    C) Yes, I also found my dress while “researching.” 😉 Looking forward to the rest of this series!

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    Hannah, Guest @ 3:05 pm

    Your discontinued style with straps is my dress! I scooped it up for $350 on clearance and I would have paid full price for it, I love it so much!

  13. cucumbersandwich Member
    cucumbersandwich 604 posts, Busy bee @ 8:10 pm

    @Hannah: I am sure it is beautiful on you. It was a really nice dress!

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    futuremrs.ekm, Guest @ 4:49 pm

    @Hannah: it’s mine too!! i got it on clearance too :) i love it!

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    Miss Hearty 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:38 am

    Doing a lot of dress “research” always seems to be a great idea. Having an entourage is a good idea too because it keeps the energy up higher than one person can maintain by themselves after hours of watching a bride try on dresses.

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