To be honest, my first experience with trying on wedding gowns was a total nightmare. I had seen an ad for a sample sale, dragged my mom along to check it out, and had a big fail whale of a moment. In addition to the lack of staff help and the tremendous amounts of tulle and fluff, my mom and I got into a whopper of a fight. The details aren’t so important, but my mom was stressed about her upcoming move into her boyfriend’s house and I was being a bride, and I’m learning that those sorts of mother-daughter conditions nearly always lead to tears. I ended up trying on itchy scratchy tulle dresses while blotchy and hivey from crying. Not so fun.
Needless to say, I was not looking forward to getting back on that horse. I did plenty of online research and put off dress shopping until the last possible minute. (Apparently that last possible minute is seven months from your wedding day. It takes a long-ass time to order a wedding gown!) Finally, the moment of doom arrived. I really was convinced that dress shopping take two would be horrific and would result in me a) crying, b) yelling, and/or c) getting drunk.
Armed with Mr. Rucksacks’s dos & don’ts list and an iPad full of ideas, I set up two appointments for one weekend and asked Momma Rucksack and Auntie Rucksack to join me. I was almost certain that I would choose one of these beauties:
Theia Style 890022 via Misses Dressy
Sweetpea via Ivy and Aster
Stop one was The Plumed Serpent in Westport, Connecticut. Our appointment was at 9:30 AM (Alison was a sweetheart and opened early for us!), and since I had read up on dress-shopping etiquette, I arrived with no makeup, simple hair, a strapless bra, and leggings. I quickly learned that it didn’t matter since I was naked within seconds and in a borrowed long-line bra.
In addition to the Theia dress that I “knew” was the one, I allowed my mom and aunt to each pick one dress. Momma Rucksack leaned toward huge princess ball gowns, while Auntie Rucksack chose curve hugging dresses.
Well, it turned out that I was very wrong about Theia. It hit my curves in all the wrong places. Insert sad face here. Luckily, I was in a store full of beautiful dresses, and with some urging from my aunt I finally tried on her choice:
Romona Keveza A-line gown via Kleinfeld
And I fell in love. Unfortunately, that feeling quickly dissipated when we learned that the price was way over my budget!
I left the store feeling extremely conflicted, especially after Momma Rucksack and Auntie Rucksack assured me we could make it work. I just couldn’t fathom spending so much money on a dress!
Luckily, we still had one more day of shopping ahead of us.
Did you fall in love with a dress that was way over your budget?