If you remember, last October, I did a post all about finding my wedding dress style.
In the search for my dress, I determined two things.
1) I love lace and chiffon.
2) I love capped sleeves.
I also talked about things such as accessories, veils, poofy vs. not poofy, glamorous, casual, etc. Finding a dress can be stressful, to say the least! However, and I also mentioned this, Pinterest was a huge help for me. It gave me images of what I wanted and what to look for. I was able to show my friends & family, as well as sales consultants what I wanted.
My search started a month after we got engaged. I wanted to try on dresses ASAP because I was so excited and also to start my search early because I knew it might take awhile. It can also take up to 6 months for a dress to arrive from date of purchase! Keep that in mind when shopping for your dress!
I envisioned lace. Lots and lots of lace. I also envisioned bead work, little sleeves, low cut back. But I also wanted comfort and ease. Something simple,but still feminine and elegant. I tried on a few dresses like that and was not completely satisfied. I then tried on a chiffon dress, which the consultant picked out, and I fell in love. She added temporary sleeves and a belt. Then I knew: I found the one! My first day trying on dresses! Yes! But we decided to shop around some more and see what else we could find. This first trip though, we weren’t able to take pictures.
However, in October, I went shopping again and this time we were able to take pictures. I’ll show you what I tried on :-)
There was a lot of lace involved in this one and I did find a lace dress I loved, but not nearly as much as the first chiffon.
Excuse my bored faces. Haha. This was a mixture of lace and chiffon. I love the length and the way it felt, but I didn’t like the bodice.
Same dress, but with capped sleeves! Amazing how it changes the look, isn’t it?
This had chiffon, but mostly lace, in layers. I didn’t like the piece on the side, at all! We were able to take it off and add sleeves. That’s when I fell in love with it.
It fell beautifully, it felt like a wedding dress, and it hugged in all the right places.
We also added a belt, because it helped give the illusion of hips on my stick-like figure ;-)
However, I didn’t choose this dress, as beautiful as it is for two reasons
1) It was heavy (lace is quite heavy!) and would have been very uncomfortable in July weather. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t go with this because it was so hot on our wedding day. I would have been really uncomfortable!
2) The cost. I had a set budget and this exceeded it by quite a bit. I wasn’t willing to budge from my price. Let’s be real here.
After this dress, I knew I wanted the original chiffon I tried on a few months before. We went back in December to the same store and tried on a few more chiffon type dresses, but I already knew which one I wanted. We went back in January and made the purchase! This was when we decided on which sleeves to buy, as well.
These sleeves are made to come off the dress with the help of buttons :-) I also decided to look elsewhere for my belt that I wanted to add, because honestly, I didn’t like their options and they were also expensive.
Excuse my face. I need to work on that. But this is the dress I chose! Before sleeves and belt are added of course :-) It’s a Blu by Mori Lee 5112 Delicate Chiffon in Ivory. I cannot wear a pure white dress for the life of me thanks to my olive tone skin. Haha. I literally glow in white!
The only adjustments I had made to the dress were adding the sleeves, a bustle to the back for dancing, and shortening the hem so I could wear slippers and not trip. I thought I would only wear slippers but the week of the wedding decided on heels for the ceremony.
With the sleeves, which still needed the buttons sewn on. Look how pretty it is with the sleeves! I love it.
Now let me know you the professional photos so you can see it all put together in a much better form then iPhone pictures :-)
I think that this was with my handsome hubby shows it well, with the sleeves and belt added. It flowed so beautifully with a breeze and was so light! It was perfect for such a hot wedding day. I also like that my shoes peep out. I thought it was fun.
My shoes are by Nine West. They’re a pinky blush color. Soo unbelievably comfortable.
I don’t have a great picture of my belt, but you can see a bit of the detail here. Below is a picture of my garter. I purchased both my belt and garter from the same shop on Etsy, which I will link below.
The garter I wore has a green and a brown rose, with a pearl applique, all on ivory lace. It came with another garter that Bub actually tossed. This was my keepsake garter. Like I mentioned above, both garter and belt were purchased on Etsy from Avenue 22 Bridal. My belt is the crystal wedding belt on ivory ribbon. It tied in the back and created a cute look in the back, with a bow and the row of buttons on my dress (which was disguised as it was a zipper!).
Another thing I love about my dress is the fact that I didn’t have a wear a heavy petticoat or slip underneath, or even a corset bra. I wore a regular ol’ strapless bra.
And like I said, the sleeves could come off for some dancing :-)
The belt added so much to the look of the dress and the shape, as well. I’m so happy with it.
So what did Bub think of the dress when he first saw it? He told me before that he did not like sleeves that draped below the shoulders and he also did not like poofy dresses. He liked simple. Well, he would have to like whatever I got. Haha. Luckily for him, my style is what he envisioned on me, although perhaps better. He told me he saw me in something that flowed to the ground, but maybe strapless. But when he saw me, the tears in his eyes told me he loved it. He said it was better then he imagined.
I hope this post made sense! I feel like I’m all over the place. If you have any more questions, please let me know in the comments below :-)