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’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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I always thought I was disorganized, but the truth is I just had too much stuff. Because let’s be real, if organizing your stuff actually worked, wouldn’t you be done by now?
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But likes and comments and followers aren’t what matter. The people that followed me before followed me for something I’m not talking about anymore, so that change is really ok with me. I’m appealing to a new audience now and I love that. I want to provide value to you guys, it’s the only thing that motivates me. I don’t post just to post anymore. I just had to realize that the people that are left still want to hear what I have to say, so I keep going for you! Thank you for being here ❤️
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I put up a new blog post today about why I decided to give up on my shopping ban and instead focus on a LOW buy year and not a NO buy year. The main reason is it makes more sense for my life because things have come up and I don’t want to guilt myself into not buying something if it will make my life a bit easier. Minimalism is not about deprivation, it’s about intentionality. You can see the post at via the link in my bio ❤️

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