Say Yes to the Dress!

You might be thinking, “Gosh, Miss Blue Whale. Isn’t that an overused title for a post about shopping for your dress?” Well, it might be if this was just a post about shopping for my dress. But it’s not!!! This post is actually about the real Say Yes to the Dress! And it’s about my trip to Bridals by Lori in Atlanta!

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Image from Say Yes to the Dress

If you’re not familiar with the show, then”¦I’m not sure what you do with your life. How did you find WeddingBee and not find Say Yes to the Dress? Anyway, what I should have said is that if you are familiar with the show, then you know that the Atlanta version takes place at Bridals by Lori. My favorite aunt (really, my only aunt”¦but she’d she be my favorite if there were more!) introduced me to Say Yes to the Dress a few years ago. I spent the night at her house during Thanksgiving, and we watched a SYTTD marathon. It was AWESOME! No one gets as excited about wedding dresses as me except for my aunt! And during that marathon, I promised her that when I got engaged, we would make a trip to Bridals by Lori. So, when Mr. Whale popped the question, I started keeping an eye on plane tickets to Atlanta!!

We eventually decided on a weekend during the summer. Now, as a side note, I just want to point out that knowing that I had a dress shopping trip planned for summer made dress shopping before that so much more fun and not at all stressful. Every time I tried on a dress I really liked, I just had to say to the consultant, “I’m not buying a dress until my mom and aunt see it,” and then the consultant didn’t push me to buy the dress. So, if you’ve got a pushy consultant, just make up some reason why you can’t buy the dress yet

Back to Atlanta. Bright and early Friday morning (Don’t go dress shopping on Saturday! Friday or Sunday are much better.), we pulled into the Bridal’s by Lori parking lot! I jumped out of the car, and started speed walking toward the door.

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Mama Whale snapped this action shot of me walking through the parking lot.

Once inside, it was so weird to see exactly what I’m used to seeing on TV. And after I got my bearings, I looked around and realized, “They’re putting mics on those girls! OMG they’re filming today!”

My aunt and I were practically hyperventilating. She turned to me and said, “Are they filming you???” I think she thought that they might just suddenly decide we were right for the show. Naturally, they did not. And for the briefest of moments, I was a little sad that I hadn’t been chosen to be on TV. But”¦then I got over it! We were still super excited, so we hopped on the elevator and headed up to meet with my consultant.

When I made my appointment, I was told that I would be with Melissa, but when I got there I got paired with another consultant who turned out to be fabulous. Megan (Meghan?) is new to Bridal’s by Lori, and she informed me that they had just started filming season five the day before. Given that season four just started airing this fall, I don’t really know when season five will happen, but I’m keeping my eye out for her.

Anyway, on to the exciting stuff. So, it turns out that it’s actually not that great of a deal to be on the show. You apparently spend sooooo much time doing interviews and all that that you’re only left with enough time to try on three or four dresses! Ummmm”¦not okay. I want to try on as many as possible. Megan was more than happy to oblige. She showed me around the store and pointed out which designers were in each room, then let us browse and pick out some dresses we liked.

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This is me and my aunt browsing. Why am I making that stupid face? I don’t know”¦ (Personal Photo)

We picked out sooooooo many dresses. It was awesome. I wish I had a picture of my dressing room, because there was barely any room in it for me. You’ll recall that I love BIG dresses, so”¦that plus my desire to try on everything led to a room full of tulle (it was glorious!). Bridals by Lori doesn’t technically allow photos, but we managed to get a few. Here is a dress that my aunt liked:

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(Personal Photo)

Honestly, it’s a lot like the Vera Wang White dress from David’s Bridal that I liked, except made with shimmery fabric. Surprisingly, I like the David’s Bridal dress better than this one.

Hands down, the best part of the day was when I asked Megan if I could try on dresses that were way out of my budget. I kind of expected her to say no, but she just said, “Go pull whatever you want.” AAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! So exciting. I hadn’t realized it until I got there, but Bridal’s by Lori was having a Lazaro trunk show that weekend! I had been madly in love with so many Lazaros.

Ummm”¦basically the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. (Image from JLM Couture)

Lazaro Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses Style LZ3203 by JLM Couture, Inc.

To die for! (Image from JLM Couture)

I wish I could have gotten more pictures, but unfortunately the consultant doesn’t leave you alone for too long I loved having this dress on:

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I got to walk the runway in this one. It was pretty spectacular! (Personal Photo)

But you know, as much as I loved the Lazaro dresses, they weren’t nearly as stunning in person as they were in the magazine. I thought the skirts would be made of some kind of special organza or something. But, they’re just regular tulle. In the pictures, that first Lazaro I posted looks like the skirt is smooth and luscious. In person”¦scratchy tulle. I don’t have a clue what makes these dresses in the $7,000 range.

Lazaro Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses Style LZ3253 by JLM Couture, Inc.

The dress I’m wearing, at the designer’s website. This actually looks the most similar in person to the online picture. I just don’t have pictures of me in the other dresses. (Image from JLM Couture)

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should say that this issue is not just with Lazaro. Most dresses that I pined for online were totally different in person. What a let down! They always say, “Don’t hate a dress on the hanger”. And I guess that’s true, too. But really, someone should warn brides that the dress you see online and think is just the most amazing thing to have ever been created will probably not live up to your expectations. Sad day.

But there’s good news to go along with the bad. Because dresses look different in person, you’ll probably end up discovering that a dress you didn’t really like online looks fantastic in person. Yeah!!!

So”¦did I say yes to the dress at Bridal’s by Lori?

Nah. Nothing really stood out to me. But even though I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I loved my experience at Bridals by Lori. Megan was so nice and so helpful. She wasn’t at all pushy. And even though they were filming for the show while I was there, I didn’t feel like I was unwanted or in the way. I still got to get up on the big runway in the middle of the store where all the big mirrors are! I got to browse wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. And they’ve got a TON of dresses. If you’re in the area and want to try on a bunch of different shapes, definitely go here.

What do you think? You probably think I should just pick a dress already, right?

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Mrs. Blue Whale

Location:
College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:21 pm

    I got my dress at Bridals by Lori! Nice to think back to the pre-wedding days. *sigh*

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 4:39 pm

    VERY cool! Because I live in the Atlanta area, I was tempted to check out Bridal’s by Lori but I was a little intimidated! You look AMAZING in that Lazaro gown though. Totally amazing.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 4:42 pm

    She must have known you were a blogger on Weddingbee ;)

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 5:00 pm

    super cool!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:20 pm

    I love big poofy dresses and you definitely rock them. I am so jealous, I am dying to go try on a Lazaro dress

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:18 pm

    It’s so cool you got to try on the super expensive designer dresses! This looks like such a fun place to shop for wedding dresses!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:29 pm

    I love the shape of the first dress you’re wearing, and although that Lazaro is beautiful it really does not look like the picture, too bad.

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    mswallaby 2061 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:40 pm

    I LOOOVE that last dress you tried on! It’s really unique! (And I’m not usually a ball gowns kind of girl! ;) )

    Trying on expensive clothes always gives me a weird thrill. When I was in high school my BfF and I would try on pricey formal dresses at Macy’s just for the fun of it. Now my attention has changed to bags and shoes, but I sadly still have expensive taste. Mr. W has to keep me on a leash! Haha

    I can’t wait to see what dress you picked/will pick. Dress shopping is such a fun process!!

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    lanalnoco 1436 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:00 am

    Love the dresses you tried on! You look beautiful in all of them! Why don’t they allow photos? What if you’re indecisive and photos can help you make a choice? I don’t like that rule!

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    butterscotch 263 posts, Helper bee @ 7:50 am

    Ohhhh thats so fun! You look great in them all!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 9:45 am

    I was in LOVE with a dress online and it ended up leaving a whole different impression on me in person. Similarly, one of the dresses I decided to try-on at the last minute ‘just because’ ended up being my favorite. I totally agree that it’s the trying-on experience that matters.

    I also love the dress with the illusion neckline, I think it’s stunning on you.

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 10:11 am

    I don’t blame you for liking a dress at David’s Bridal better, either – I swore to myself that I wouldn’t go try on dresses there, for some reason. I went with my FI’s sister and found my dress instantly. AND saved $1500 from the one I liked in a top bridal company in SD.

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 11:29 am

    @Mrs. Wallaby: Haha! I used to do the same thing! I also used to go in places like Wet Seal and try on the silver leather pants, sequined corsets, and basically everything that looked completely insane :) I really did love that Lazaro, but at $6,000 it was a bit out of the budget… At least I’ve got this one picture of me in it :)

    @Miss Panda: Do it! It’s so much fun to try on dresses you can’t afford haha :)

    @lanalnoco: Yeah… you would think that they’d want you to have a picture so you don’t forget how awesome a dress was. I don’t really understand why many places don’t let you take pictures.

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    Red Poppy 20 posts, Newbee @ 7:26 am

    Did you see Lori or Monte? Hahaha. I went to Kleinfelds with some friends and met Randy a couple years ago, which was pretty cool. Anyway, I love the first Lazaro photo! I honestly only tried on 3 dresses total for my wedding, but now, after the fact, it sounds like fun to try on expensive gowns!

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    bellatrixed 5 posts, Newbee @ 11:16 am

    You don’t know why they’re so expensive because you’ve never sewn with tulle, LOL. Tulle is a MASSIVE pain in the rear end, and you need so much of it to make any sort of effect. BLECH.

    But I agree with you, scratchy tulle is scratchy and 7K is too much too pay for something uncomfortable and unsatisfactory.

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