One Friday after work, I went to David’s Bridal to try on dresses. Mark and I had decided our elopement would be semi-formal; while I knew I didn’t want something floor length and super fancy, I still wanted it to feel like a wedding dress. I gave the salesperson a couple of styles I wanted to try on. They were all relatively short, with lace detail and sleeves (a requirement for modest Jewish wedding dresses). The first dress I tried on was a cap sleeve tea length dress by Oleg Cassini.
This dress is gorgeous. The beading is intricate and the tulle skirt made me feel like a princess. The main problem, however, is that it is heavy. Like, albatross around your neck kind of heavy. I felt incredibly weighed down and couldn’t imagine spending an entire day wearing it. I also didn’t want to spend $700 on my wedding dress, no matter how beautiful it was. With those comments in mind, the salesperson brought me a lighter, less expensive dress.
I love the lace on this dress! It makes the ensemble incredibly classy, while a faint beading throughout adds to the elegance. Nevertheless, the cut wasn’t as flattering on me as the Oleg Cassini, and I didn’t like the look of the removable shrug. It didn’t have the “wow” factor I needed: the stereotypical cry-as-soon-as-you-put-it on reaction. Although it was a beautiful dress, it was not my wedding dress. After trying on two tea length dresses, I opted to try something shorter.
This last dress was the closest to what I was looking for. It’s semi-formal with the lace, yet not too formal for an elopement. I could easily see myself getting married in something similar. This specific dress, however, was a snug fit and not very comfortable to move in. The price tag of $179 also felt a bit ridiculous, as I could buy something for a fraction of that cost at my local mall. This epiphany led to my next stop: a trip to the department store.
Did you visit multiple stores before you found your wedding dress?