|Vintage Wedding Dress I purchased off Etsy|
Well the dress arrived and after lacing into my corset, throwing on some heels and a petticoat and putting it on... it looked AWFUL. I didn't like a single thing about it. My mom told me she thought it was repairable but I was "over" the dress at that point. I text ranted with Amelia (who is of course my Maid of Honor!) and we took some time to "mourn the loss" of the wedding dress, I mean, I thought I was DONE with this part (I was being a little irrational, but she humored me, and she's planning her wedding simultaneously ladies, that's amazing best friend!). We bounced some ideas off of each other and I was back to looking!
|Alika Dress by Bettie Page Clothing|
After my bad experience, my first reaction was "I'm so over this, I quit!" and I considered ordering a dress off Modcloth like his adorable Alika Dress by Bettie Page Clothing and being done with the "dress thing." I actually still like this dress better than a lot of the dresses with 4 figure price tags I've looked at. But giving up is so out of character for me, half the reason I end up with the wardrobe pieces I have is because I LOVE the hunt and finding my wedding dress shouldn't be any different. If this was "the dress" for me I wouldn't care where it was from or how much it cost, but I know it wasn't the dress, it was a dress, so I moved along and kept on 'lookin.
|Bliss Dress by Whirling Turban|
Say hello to the Bliss Dress by Whirling Turban! When I look at their website, my pupils are immediately replaced by hearts. I've had my eye on this dress and another (neither have been totally ruled out) so I requested a loaner dress. You can't try their dresses without requesting a loaner and having it shipped because they're located in Bali.. you read that right BALI! The company directs you to a personalized client page they set up for you, you answer a bunch of questions and then they tell you you have to pay for + order fabric swatches first (ok, not a big deal, I picked + ordered three, but I've been waiting on them for three weeks...). I would LOVE one of these dresses, but because I'm a little jaded after my bad experience, I don't know if I have it in me to put all my trust in another dress I can't try on. What you y'all think? I just wish getting a loaner was easier!
|San Marino Dress by Dolly Couture|
This lovely little lady is wearing the San Marino Dress by Dolly Couture. I'd seen a few of their dresses around, but it wasn't until a reader mentioned that her dress was from there + she'd had an amazing experience that I decided to take a look... I'm so glad I did! First off, all of their dresses are TEA LENGTH (if you don't know this little fact about me... almost everything I own is tea length haha.) After doing some lurking, I found out they have mini, residential in-home boutiques, five to be specific, well guess what... one of them is in Nashville! If that's not a sign, I don't know what is!
I spent a few hours a couple Saturday's ago with a lovely lady named Lucy (I went alone, my mom and 2 of bridesmaids including Amelia are in Georgia and the third is studying for the bar exam) and it was an amazing experience. She had about 10 dresses there and although I disliked several right off the bat, and disliked several more once they were on, I found one I actually really liked (although it was way too long + two sizes too big and had to be clamped!). We looked at swatches. Talked venues. Talked about everything weddings entail + some more. I could not more highly recommend this process, it was so personalized and completely pressure-free. Dolly's dresses are also completely customizable. You can change the color, the sleeves, the length, the waistline, you can add things and take things away, whichever dress you choose is basically a shell for you to play with.
|Here's a little peek into my Dolly Couture experience / what I look like when forced to wake up early|