It’s time for another wedding post!! I thought I would share some wedding updates and also talk to you all about my experience going wedding dress shopping. If you haven’t already go and check out my previous wedding posts, but other than that, let’s go!
If I’m honest, I was absolutely dreading writing this post initially, because I genuinely thought that nothing would look good because of my weight and body shape. But much to my surprise, I actually had the best time and I wouldn’t change a thing!
Firstly, I have to say a massive thank you to Lisa from The Bridal Affair for making my experience so enjoyable, she really knew how to make me feel comfortable, relaxed and most importantly, confident! (This is in no way sponsored, I researched and found the shop myself, I am just very grateful for the incredible customer service!)
I SAID YES TO THE DRESS!
So, in June, my bridesmaids and I took the first trip to The Bridal Affair, where I had booked an appointment to start looking at dresses. Can I also just say, the shop itself is located in the most beautiful town called Boroughbridge, and is literally where I want to live now! It is a small, family run business and they are appointment only so we had the whole shop to ourselves, which was so lovely! When we arrived, Lisa instantly welcomed us, got us sat down and started asking me all sorts of questions. Who I was marrying, where we were getting married, what styles I liked, what I didn’t like. I felt so comfortable chatting to her and felt like I could be completely honest with any insecurities I had about my body! This for me was a huge thing because I really didn’t want to feel silly or self-conscious when trying on dresses!
Anyway, Lisa decided which dress she was going to try me in first, got it out for us to all look at and I think all our jaws dropped. It was honestly one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve ever seen. It was nothing like I had imagined but everything I wanted!
Trying that first dress on was like nothing I had ever experienced. If I could, I would have that moment over and over again! Before my bridesmaids got to see me in the dress, Lisa asked them to close their eyes and let me look in the mirror first. I honestly could have cried (I didn’t). Then Laura and Holly opened their eyes and it was amazing to watch their faces.
After a long discussion about the details of the dress that we loved, and the very few things that I was concerned about, Lisa brought out another dress. I did like this dress, but the colour definitely wasn’t right and it just wasn’t a match on the first one.
Then came the third dress. I absolutely fell in love with this one. It was much simpler but I adored the design of it. But it wasn’t the first. I kept flitting between the two and could not decide! In the end, I left the shop having put down a deposit on the third and final dress that I tried on.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any photos of the dresses, which in hindsight I’m quite glad about because I just know I would have been picked them apart. Instead, I found pictures online and sent them to my Mum for her to see which ones I’d tried on, not saying which one I chose. She came back and told me she preferred the first one! Then as the days went on, my mind kept going back to that first dress – I couldn’t stop thinking about it!
I realised that I had possibly made the wrong decision about the dress so I booked another appointment, this time to go with my Mum, something which I was always going to do anyway! I was able to try both dresses on all over again and this time, I instantly knew which one was ‘the one’.
I really hope you have enjoyed reading my wedding dress experience! I’m thinking about maybe writing a post sharing my tips for brides-to-be going wedding dress shopping, especially plus-size brides as I know how daunting it can be! Also, if there’s any other wedding content you’d like to see, let me know in the comments!
I’d love to hear from any of you who are getting married or who have had their weddings and hear your experiences going wedding dress shopping!
Until next time,