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The Morning After
By: | Posted: 12/19/2010
There has been one checklist item staring me in the face for the last few months: Choose and order your bridal gown. I know what you are thinking . . . "What?! You don't have your dress yet?? Isn't that the FIRST thing brides do?!" Yes, for most people—but I guess I am not your "typical" bride. . . .
I started Thanksgiving weekend when we were up north near Bemidji, Minnesota. There are two small stores in Bemidji so my mom, sister (MOH), and I rolled the dice and decided to try them out—if anything to just get an idea. There are so many styles to choose from: A-line, ball gown, mermaid, pick-up, sheath, trumpet, fit and flare, etc., etc!! It is amazing how some dresses can make you look pretty and others make you look like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man or the Michelin Tires Mascot!
How do you know which is right for you?! You can't try on everything in the store, so I spent a lot of time looking through magazines and online. I can honestly say that it is hard to get a feel for the dress when you are looking at a model (who looks like a chiseled statue), with a serious facial expression looking up at the sky like there is a bird, plane, or Superman up there.
Or maybe the wedding dress model who is draped over an antique/fainting couch. (Yeah, like I will have a lot of time to do that on our wedding day.)
What you really want to know is, "What dress is going to look beautiful during the ceremony, but will fit into a car, allow me to sit in a chair, and let me bust a move on the dance floor later that night?" Where is the dress that I won't be begging my bridesmaids to cut me out of by 5 p.m.?!
While it is a fun experience to try on many different dresses, it is a humbling experience when you have a total stranger helping you as you stand there in your skivvies! (Definitely something you want to think about when you get dressed that morning.)
I think I have narrowed it down to a few final dresses, but the catch is that I have to get a pure white gown, as my groom will be in a stark white Navy Officer Uniform. (So much for only the bride wearing white . . . I think he is secretly trying to upstage me . . . ha ha.)
Don't know what I mean? Check out this pic from the 1982 movie Officer and a Gentleman . . . you get the idea of what he is wearing!
The tricky thing is most dress samples you try on are "ivory," or "diamond white," or "candlelight," or "star light, star bright" (OK, I made the last one up, but they have some crazy color names). So basically whatever dress I order will be a guess at how it really looks in white (hopefully I won't look like Casper given my skintone).
I have it narrowed down to two dresses between my new "friends" Mori Lee and Maggie Sottero. I really hope by the next blog, I will be able to tell you that the dress is ordered and I can move on with that checklist!
Photo Credits: Pic 2: Maggie Sottero Dress "Connie" HERE or HERE, Pic 3: Paloma Blanca Dress Style 4062 HERE, Pic 4: Officer and a Gentleman on AMCTV.com HERE
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