Purchasing a Wedding Dress is every girl’s dream – am I right?
When I first got engaged – I jumped over to Pinterest to start planning and looking for inspiration to help me decide what I wanted. I had it all planned out. I am a modest person when it comes to dresses and never like to show a lot of cleavage – so I knew I wanted a gown that I could wear with a bra and I wanted laces sleeves for sure. Honestly, I thought I wanted ALL the lace!
I remember going with Fernando to the @acsbridalexpo Bridal show in February and being so excited to finally start planning our wedding after being engaged for a year. It is crazy to think back on being in a building with so many people a month before lockdown happened. Thankfully, we got to stop at so many wedding dress booths and luckily we found the cutest booth handing out blue veils to all the brides passing by.
Side note: If you do not know me as a person, if I hear the word giveaway or contest – I will try and win. If you ask me, “what is one thing you are better at than other people?” my answer will always be winning contests. I love everything about them – the chance to win – the multiple calls into a radio station for them to pick up – waiting in line for the first 50 gift cards – I think it may be my serial killer trait.
‘Do you want a chance to win a prize?’ said the lady at the Bridal booth.
Chance to win – ummm yes! No questions asked – pin that blue veil on me. Once they pinned the blue veil on my head, I asked some more questions about their boutique shop. They were Brilliant Bridal and they specialized in selling designer bridal gowns at a brilliant savings. And the thing that caught my attention is they had locations in Colorado and Nevada. Since we were getting married in Vegas, I wanted to know I had options.
As the sweetest lady (fourth from the left) continued telling me all the amazing perks you get by shopping with @BrilliantBridal, I looked at the sample dresses behind her. They were nothing short of gorgeous. She told me all of their wedding dresses are sold off-the-rack which meant no long waiting period (mind you I only had 8 months until our wedding). So the fact that you could take your dress home the same day was spectacular! Also not only were they giving you 25% off if you booked an appointment during the Bridal Show, but she mentioned their prices are always up to 70% off retail even before the additional 25% off. So I booked an appointment that day for April 9th.
April arrived, 15 days after lockdown started. By that point, the planning that had been done for a wedding dress celebration started to look bleak. I received the dreaded email from Brilliant Bridal that my appointment would be rescheduled. And friends and family started to cancel travel and trips due to the uncertainty of the world.
After waiting over a month, I got anxious about our approaching day and I had to have the most important part next to the rings – the dress! So I decided to reschedule my bridal appointment for May 22nd and decided I was going to go alone and not worry about the misses, but focus on the excitement.
When I arrived, my anxiety shot through the roof. Everyone was new to shopping during a pandemic and well it was a weird feeling for sure. On top of the feelings of dress shopping, COVID shopping added a little more stress like forgetting my mask and sanitizer in the car or having to wait outside until my appointment time.
But when Taylor finally came to the door to greet me, I instantly felt a sense of calm. When I arrived, she asked me to sanitize and explained the mask rules and how the appointment would work. We started out by walking through the front of the store to find our style inspirations. She told me to look for three dresses that spoke to me and assured me these did not have to be the ones, but this would help us see what fit we wanted.
When we were browsing, I told Taylor all about my insecurities and what I thought I wanted. I explained to her that originally my mom, sister and friends were supposed to be here with me, but that plans had to change. I explained to her that I still wanted to facetime them and take pictures of the experience as we tried dresses on and she was so gracious to help me every step of the way.
Immediately trying on the lace dresses – I disliked them all. What I thought I wanted I definitely figured out I did not want. Taylor told me to try on two types of dress to help me figure out fit. This was probably the most important thing she did. See our wedding was planned for the desert and we planned to adventure and climb rocks and walk through the dirt….so mermaid was not an option.
After learning that I liked the fit and flare style best, I searched through the racks looking at straps and necklines. Searching for the perfect shimmer and lace overlay. Then as I browsed the bottoms of the dresses, I found THE ONE.
Read my post The Dress to see THE ONE!