Not that I’ve done a lot of daydreaming about my wedding in my lifetime, but on the few occasions when I have pictured myself in a wedding dress, it’s never been something that looked “traditional.” I just can’t get down with the idea of myself in a full length, poofy, “wedding-y” dress. It just doesn’t feel right, I tell ya.
So I’d been doing a bunch of research online to find things that felt more like me, and almost immediately hit on a dress that I fell head-over-heels in love with. In the interest of maintaining the mystery, I’ll spare the details — but suffice it to say, it was nothing that I hated about wedding dresses and everything that I didn’t even know they could be! It was perfect.
So I waited a couple of months, found some other things online, and made some appointments at dress shops in the city. Some of my most wonderful girlfriends and I hit the streets and dove into the world of wedding dress shopping.
The first place we went to was Bridal Garden. I was intrigued by the place because it’s a nonprofit organization, where wedding dresses are donated by designers and proceeds benefit children’s education in New York. The place is interesting because you sort of fend for yourself a bit — after being instructed on what types of dresses are in which areas, you basically roam free and pull dresses for yourself. But, I kind of wanted it to be our first stop so that I could just get my hands on some dresses in a low-pressure situation and get past some of my nerves about the whole thing!
In the end, I didn’t find anything there, but it was useful to narrow down my search parameters. I tried on enough full-length gowns to affirm the fact that I didn’t want one. My girlfriends helped me decide on a shade of white that was flattering. And we found some necklines that we liked, which helped with the search later on.
Long story short: no luck at Stop #1! Tune in next time to hear about Stop #2. And in the meantime, here’s what we’ve decided on for a color palette! xoxo