Wedding Dress Shopping – I said “YES!” to the Dress!

I’m getting married!!! It’s so fun to say 😍 and still a bit surreal.
 
*Note: obviously, none of these are my actual wedding dress..you’ll see it in October 2018!! It also isn’t every single one I tried on because some of them were just a big NO.
 
If you’ve ever planned a wedding, you understand how crazy it is and that there’s more involved than you could have imagined. If you haven’t yet, I advise actually creating a massive Pinterest board dedicated to the things you think that you’ll want because it will help so much later, I promise!
I’ve been thinking of ideas for my wedding since I was about 16. Of course, I’ve changed my mind about things a million times before I actually got engaged. Even SINCE I got engaged some things have changed. I never imagined I’d be getting married in KC, so that was a surprise.
 
Thankfully, I already have my dress and my venue figured out, which were the biggest things I was concerned with. My next big step will be to find my photographer and DJ, as you need to set them up well in advance. I also want to take our engagement photos in the next 2 months so that I can use them for our save the dates. If you have any recommendations for local KC vendors, please let me know!
 
I thought I’d share my experience shopping for wedding dresses, because it’s so much fun to try them on and walk around feeling like a princess! When I found my dress, I was so lucky to be able to have my mom, sister, and all but one of my bridesmaids there with me. Everyone cried when I came out in my dress, which was a dead giveaway for “this is it!”.
 
Starting off, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted. I will tell you the dress I got was not what I expected at all, but I think that made it all the more fun. I love it and feel stunning in it.
 
I got my dress from David’s Bridal, and the way they do things is they let you go around and pick out what you think you want. I went around and picked 6 dresses I thought were what I’d like. Once you’ve tried a few on, the stylist gets an idea of your style and she will also bring things that she thinks would look good on you. The dress I ended up getting was the last one I tried on and she picked it for me! These people are great at their job.

I also apologize for how awkward I think I look in these pictures, I had no idea what to do with my arms lol!
 
I love lace, and even though I wanted a dress with sleeves, I didn’t like any of the ones I saw. Strapless somehow became a theme for the day. I love the train of this dress and the design of the lace. It was beautiful. I’m a fan of belts because they break up the waist a bit and accentuate it. The rushing detail on the side was a cute detail, but in the end, this dress just didn’t have the wow factor I was looking for. 

 

 
This dress was a step up in the wow factor for sure. A bigger train and more lace tulle detail. Everything on this dress was embroidered in the tulle, which was gorgeous. I love the combination of the two together. The sweetheart neckline was a win, I ended up really liking that. I did love this, but it also just didn’t feel like MY dress. It was a very close contender, though. 
 
 
I was not a fan of this dress. I believe my mom picked it out because I liked the embroidered designs. It had a very long train that’s hard to see, but this was one of the ones I just wanted to get out of because it was a hard no.
 
 
 
Even though you can’t see my face in this picture, I’m looking into the mirror with a questionable look on my face. This dress is very similar to the first one, just without a big train. It was very pretty lace, but it was also too plain for me. I wanted a bit more glitz and glam for my big day.
 
 
 
This wasn’t at David’s Bridal, but instead was at a local boutique here in KC called Altar Bridal. You see what they did there? I loved the illusion lace on this dress, and the fit was pretty great. But problem number one was it was $1500 over what I wanted to spend, and I also didn’t want something so fitted. I’d be uncomfortable wearing this all day. It is gorgeous, though. 
 
The whole gang! 

My beautiful momma and sister. Can you tell they’re related? I fit in there somewhere haha.

 

My best and oldest friends 💜

 

My bridal party, minus Chelsea
I am beyond thankful to have all of these beautiful ladies stand up with me. 
From left to right: 
Courtney – Maid of Honor
Julie – Matron on Honor
Me – Bride!
Carolina – Bridesmaid
Toby – Bridesmaid
Chelsea (not pictured) – Bridesmaid
 
 
Shopping for your wedding dress will probably feel exhausting. It’s a process to get into and out of each one, and I was super tired by the end of the day. But hopefully you’re lucky enough to have your bridal party there with you because they make it so enjoyable!! 
 
Let me know which dress was your favorite!
 

 

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  • Simple is always better. I tried so hard to figure out what I was going to wear for Easter. I spent a good hour trying things on the week before. I sent my sister tons of pictures asking her thoughts. In the end, I wasn’t really satisfied with any of them for some reason so I decided to just go with an outfit I know I love and feel good in. For some reason wearing white just makes me feel super put together. And I managed to not spill anything on myself or get chocolate on my pants which is a major win y’all. .

We don’t need to overthink things so much. It just causes unnecessary stress. I do like to plan ahead because it saves me time, but I also should have realized sooner that the dress I was trying to make work just wasn’t working. Even though I love that dress, it doesn’t flatter me how I want it to and it might be time to let it go. Don’t be afraid to let go of things that don’t give you exactly what you need. You don’t have to settle, something else will always come along. Or you probably already have something else in your closet (or life, this isn’t limited to clothes!) that’s even better than what you’re trying to make work!
  • Happy Easter 🐰❤️
  • Casual Good Friday ❤️ this was yesterday’s work outfit but I jazzed myself up before we went to church with Jakes mom and stepdad last night. I cried like a baby. Good Friday always both kicks my ass and reminds me how blessed we all are. 
The beautiful KC weather this weekend is so exciting!! I’m so happy when it’s Spring weather 😍 Have a beautiful Saturday!!
  • “There is beauty in simplicity”
My simple wardrobe makes me so happy and I love the seemingly endless possibilities I have with it. Having a love of neutrals really works well for me with this! 
Happy Good Friday ❤️
  • The only things in my life these days are the things I really want there. This isn’t limited to the stuff in my house and the clothes in my closet. This includes my job, relationships, hobbies, everything. I’ve even started eating better as a by-product of simplifying my life and I just feel better over all. .

By removing the things and people that don’t make me happy, I have more time and energy for the things that do that I used to put off and not prioritize like I should have. We spend so much of our lives being “busy”. But what are we busy with? Most of it is actually unimportant when you break it down. .

I say no to things much more now and that allows me to spend more of my time relaxing and enjoying life. I used to constantly feel rushed or like I should be doing something. If I wasn’t moving, I felt like I was wasting my time. But the truth is, resting and just being home with Jake and the boys is my happy place. It brings me so much joy, so that’s what my priority is. .

Having more time to just BE has been amazing. Being more picky in my relationships has helped me really value the ones I hold most dear and has brought me to an amazing new job because I wasn’t willing to settle for anything less. Respect yourself and your time and prioritize the things that matter most to you. Life’s too short to live any other way.
  • “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” So many wonderful things have happened since I simplified my life. Changing my outlook on life wasn’t really intentional, but I’m so thankful it happened when it did. I was kind of at a breaking point. Fed up with where I was and how things were going with my old job. Struggling with depression and comparison. I knew something had to change but I had no idea what. Simplicity was that thing. .
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Now, I spend way less time on social media. I deleted Facebook off my phone and haven’t  looked at it in weeks. I’m much happier without it. I read a lot more. I’m getting much better at ignoring the impulse to pick up my phone and when I am on it, to compare my life to the perfect pictures people post. I even cut a few inches off my hair! 💇🏻‍♀️ I want things as easy as they can be right now. It takes a lot of stress out of my life. Try to go a whole weekend without social media and see how awesome it feels!

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