As I mentioned before, I actually went dress shopping for the first time in October with MOH R when she was in town right after Mr. O popped the question. We were so excited to get started wedding planning, and starting the search was something MOH R really wanted to do before she left. We both knew the next time I would see her would likely be sometime the next summer or later. (It’s actually going to be in September for my bridal shower!) I was nervous to go but too excited to let that stop me. There aren’t a ton of bridal shops in Morgantown, but the ones we do have a pretty great. I chose to go to Classic Bridal to start my dress quest, and to my surprise and excitement my sales consultant was a friend from work named Bre, which instantly laid to rest any nerves I had. I KNEW it was going to be a fun day!
MOH R and I sat down with Bre and discussed what I wanted and didn’t want in a dress. I actually worked in bridal myself in high school and into college before the shop closed its doors my sophomore year, so I had had a lot of up close and personal experience with bridal gowns. I’d even joined in with the girls in trying them on a time or two LOOOOOONG before any of us were even close to being engaged. (It was a job perk—don’t judge us too hard!) Since I’ve always been shaped the way I am, I was pretty in tune with what DIDN’T look good on me and what I didn’t want.
Bre took careful notes and managed to come up with a description of what I did want based off what I didn’t want. She’s good, I tell you. I was looking for an A-line dress, preferably with wider straps to cover my linebacker shoulders (thanks a lot, Dad), lace detailing, a soft sweetheart or straight neckline, organza fabric, small or no train, and something I could add a fun sash to.
It was time to get undressed and down to business!
First up, the every popular Casablanca 1900 as worn by Mrs. Turtle and several other blushing brides in this post, and by Mrs. Frozen Yogurt in this post. And I loved it! What I didn’t love is that I assumed the bridal shop would have a long-line bra in my size…
Stock image of Casablanca 1900 via Casablanca Bridal
The lace beading, the beautiful train, the ivory with champagne overlay. They all just screamed bridal bliss to me. I swooshed out of the dressing room and into MOH R’s view, and she just grinned and nodded.
Please, oh please, oh please ignore the bright red bra straps. You stay classy, Miss O. / Personal photo
Beautiful train / Personal photo
Here we were, trying on wedding dresses. It was an exciting moment for us. Even if the dress wasn’t anywhere near closing, I was still going to enjoy the moment. I jumped onto the platform and preceded to twirl my butt off. Bre was talking about the color variations I could order the dress in if I loved it. I spun around and looked at the back. I loved the simplicity of the hidden zipper, but I was nervous about possible alterations costs—because of my bust I oftentimes have to order dresses WAY to big and get them taken in. With all the beading on the CB 1900 I knew it would be costly. I mentioned that to Bre and she knew just the solution. Turns out Casablanca does custom alterations in their shops (factories, warehouses, whatever you call where they manufacture these babies) and changing the back of a dress is a fairly common one. To help with sizing I could order the dress with a corset back and avoid heavy alterations. I liked the sound of that. Then I realized that I was talking about it like it was a done deal. I couldn’t just be at one and done! So back to the dressing room we went.
Classic Bridal had recently gotten the David Tutera for Mon Cheri line of dresses in and I tried on lots of those, but they obviously weren’t anything too impressive because MOH R forgot to take photos of them!
After trying on around 10 dresses I was ready to drop, and so we decided that it was time to wrap it up for the day. I took a card with information about the 1900 and carefully filed it away in my purse to be revisited another day! Next up, I hit the racks again!
Was your dream dress the first one you tried on? Did you keep trying on dresses even after you thought you had found The One?