Friday 26 October 2018

The Wedding Diaries #4 I Said Yes to the Dress!

Ahh! I can’t believe I finally found my dream wedding dress. It feels so surreal because I’d started to think I wasn’t going to find it. 

If we go back to my first ever trip to a bridal shop in July, I had no clue what I wanted, no clue what suited me and no idea where to start looking. Bridal shops have rows and rows of dresses and for me it was very overwhelming. My first experience wasn’t great, I felt like the lady was very adamant she was getting a sale, and there was a dress that I liked the style of, but there was around 4 things I didn’t like about it. I was saying this wasn’t the right dress for me, but the lady insisted we could alter all four of these things, of course at four additional costs. Obviously I haven’t been back to that place! 

I went to a couple of other places and tried different styles on but nothing really stood out to me, so I decided to take a step back and leave it for six weeks and then start looking again with a clear mind. I’m so glad I did this! My wedding is nine months away so it would have been so easy to panic buy a dress I didn’t truly love, for the sake of ticking it off of my list. 

The last place I went to was Natalie Anne Brides in Liverpool. I’d heard good things from a few people, but with my other experiences not being great I didn’t really know what to expect. As soon as I spoke to Natalie when we arrived, I started to feel hopeful that I would find my dress because she was so helpful and kind. She helped me in and out of the dresses and really listened to what I liked and disliked about each dress I tried on, in order to help me find one that I really loved. Natalie came across so sincere, and I felt as though she understood how nervous I was about the whole thing. 

To be completely honest, one thing I’ve struggled with in this whole process is that I am very critical of myself and I always have been, I’ve never really been happy with the way I look, so to put myself quite literally on a pedestal in dresses I wouldn’t usually wear was a huge deal for me and my anxiety was through the roof. 

When I tried my dress on I just knew it was the one. That feeling they say you get when you are completely happy with it is true. Natalie said she could tell I loved it because I wasn’t criticising myself, I was just looking at the dress. I never thought I would get to that stage! I’m so happy with my dress and I can’t wait to share photos after the wedding. 

I think taking a break from searching really helped me to decide what I really loved and what would flatter my shape. I’m not really slim and I have hips that are significantly bigger than my waist and always have been, so I needed to be realistic when thinking about what would suit me. 

I can’t thank Natalie enough for being so patient when helping me to find my dress. She really knew her stuff when it came to fabrics and styles and was honest in the most considerate way when I asked for her opinion. Another thing I really appreciated was that she wasn’t overly involved in my final decision, she pottered around in the back and gave me some space whilst I discussed with my Mum and Heather, which I thought was really professional unlike previous pushy sales vibes I’d got at the last place. 

I couldn’t recommend this bridal studio enough for any brides that aren’t sure on what they want, because Natalie will definitely help you find something you love. 

Thanks for reading x

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