Dresses & Tricks

Two of the best things ever during this whole wedding process happened this past week. Well, other than the whole getting engaged thing.

            A few weeks ago, I got an email from Platinum Bridal saying that my dress had come in. I was IMMEDIATELY terrified. I was totally consumed with thoughts like “what if I HATE it when I see it?” “what if it doesn’t fit?” “what if they ordered it 5 sizes too small?” “what if they ordered the wrong dress?”- millions of questions and scenarios were buzzing through my brain for the past 2 weeks.

            This past weekend I was able to try my dress on for the first time. My mom, aunt, and I got to the salon on Saturday and were immediately put in a room and shown the dress. It looked great on the hanger- but I still wasn’t sure how it would look on me. I brought my shoes and Princess Diana length veil that mom is making with me to see the (almost) complete picture. The woman helped me into the dress (trying on a wedding dress by yourself is a lot harder than you would think) and when I heard that zip go all the way up I let go of my breath as if I had been holding it for a month. I was SO relieved that it fit. It’s not that I didn’t think it would, but I mean…WHAT IF IT DIDN’T????

            I was only in the dress for about 10 minutes, but I absolutely didn’t want to ever take it off. I ain’t one to brag, but I was feelin pretty good about myself in those 10 minutes! Mom and Mary figured out the length with the help of the sales woman and also gave me a few headbands/clips to try on. I fell in love with a headband with tiny pearls and beads on it, but it cost way more than I was willing to spend on something I’d most likely only wear once. So,  I am currently on the hunt for a half headband (I can’t think of a better word for it, but it’s a headband that doesn’t go all the way down to your ears..it just bobby pins in right on the top half of the head) with pearls or the like on it.

            I’ve decided to wear 3 strings of pearls- my moms, my own, and Andrew’s mothers. They are 3 different lengths so they should look nice all together. It covers my “something borrowed” too, so WIN.

 

            Today, Kate (maid of honor) texted me to say that she was having a problem with her bridesmaid dress that she got in the mail a few weeks ago. The  skirts of the dresses have a navy blue sheer layer over darker fabric. She told me that she tried it on the other day and the back only had the sheer layer, making her…exposed. Kate had tried to take care of it on her own so she wouldn’t worry me, but the company was giving her a hard time about fixing the dress that they sent her.

            She found out that the company we had gone to visit in NYC had been sold to a bigger company. She was dealing with a Mr. Burger over the phone and couldn’t remember his first name. I was given the phone number and the rest of the info while I was frantically texting Caroline about the issue. I was trying to come up with a “plan B” in my head while trying to figure out what I was going to say to this jerk who was going to make my Maid of Honor walk down in a dress that left NOTHING up to the imagination.

            Caroline said that she would get in touch with the girls she knew that ran the company at the time we were trying on dresses and would let me know what the situation is after I called this Mr. Burger guy. So, I wrote down the number Kate gave me in a sticky note, found an empty room, and called the number:

 

Person on the other line: “Burger King, how can I help you?”

Me: “……….”

 

I quickly hung up. In the next 2 seconds my thought process was “That was weird. Burger King? Huh. Why would they sell the company to Burger King? Maybe I misdialed. What are the odds that I call a Burger King when I am LOOKING for a Mr. Burger!? Wait….”

 

Yeah, April Fools on me.

 

If they tried to pull this on me last week,  I would’ve dropped dead on the spot. My blood pressure would’ve just maxed out. LUCKILY I am wicked easy-going and chill about my wedding (ha!) and immediately started cracking up. I couldn’t believe that they got me to call a Burger King about a dress. I am so happy I heard the guy say “Burger King” because if not, I would’ve given some poor fry cook a giant piece of my mind.

 

You win this time, KATE. You win this time.

I Found the Gown Y’all!!

Well, it happened. The second big “IT” of the whoooole wedding process. I got my wedding dress!! I said “Yes” to the dress, I found the gown, what have you- I (mom/dad) purchased the dress I will be getting married in. Can you believe it? I sure can’t.

This past Saturday morning, I met my mother, Aunt Mary, Kate (MOH), Jane, and Amelia (flowergirl) at Platinum Bridal in Southboro. It had SO many more options than the first place and they could work with almost any budget. When I gave her my price point, I had plenty to choose from. The very first dress I tried on I absolutely loved…it was exactly what I wanted in every way. It was definitely going in the “maybe” pile. I went through about 10 other dresses and nothing compared. I felt bad saying “no” to them all just because it was a lot of work getting in, getting out, clipping, etc. I didn’t want to waste everyone’s time, so after I finished with what they had pulled for me, I put on the first dress.

You know how on SYTD they keep saying that you’ll have your “bridal moment”? Totally happens. I didn’t cry or anything, but I could NOT stop smiling. It just felt good (despite it being 98402934892349230 sizes too small). When I put a veil on, I was sold. It really does pull everything together. And the best part of the whole thing? It was waaaaay under budget. Like, so much so that I thought my mother was going to fall off her chair when she was told how much it was. I HIGHLY recommend this place to all future MA brides…I had such a great experience there. I’m a little sad that I won’t be able to see my dress for another 6 months, but it’s just one of the many things I have to look forward to!

I’d post the link to the dress, but just in case Drew ever reads this (yeah, right) I can’t allow myself to do that. I’m not taking ANY chances.

A house will become a home.

I know, I know…its been awhile since a real update. I’ve got an excuse though!

A few weekends ago, I did the unthinkable…I went dress shopping. The verdict? It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!
I had made an appointment at a boutique in Scituate called Meredith’s. I learned about it from a girl I work with, she bought her dress there a few years ago back when they were located in Mashpee Commons. I read some reviews online that raved about how fantastic the staff is, but that the dresses were a little pricey. Since I’m not willing to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars I’ll wear once for 6 hours, I got nervous and emailed them asking about their price range. I got a quick response back saying that they range from $300 to $3000. That sounded reasonable to me, so I wasn’t worried.

Saturday morning comes along and I am dead nervous. My mother and I set off to Scituate to meet my cousin/MOH Kate and my aunt Mary. I can feel my hands shaking and I couldn’t manage to eat anything for breakfast.

The daughter of the owner checked me in and walked me over to the wall of dresses…there were maybe 30 in total. She asked me about my budge, & I told her a little less than what I was willing to spend so I’d have some wiggle room. She looked at me and said “…we can’t reorder ANY dress for that amount. All dresses are $3200 and up” As it turns out, the less expensive dresses (ie: anything under $1500) were all dresses that had been bought and altered, but cancelled before they were worn. So that sucked. However, I was able to breathe a bit easier since I knew I wouldn’t be pressured to make a decision that day.

I told her what I was looking for in a dress (unsure about the cut, but MUST HAVE LACE). She got to work and pulled a few dresses for me and hung them up behind a curtain. I honestly couldn’t tell you what the first few dresses looked like, only that they were A-Lines and not too impressive. I tried on 2 dresses that I absolutely fell in love with. Both fit and flares, both lace, and both with trains. I didn’t think I’d care much about having a train, but after seeing one on, it’s a MUST HAVE now.

There are a handful of places I want to go before deciding…I know what I want now and I’m way less stressed about it. My only concern is actually finding the time to make some more appointments- which brings me to my next topic:

WE MOVED!!!

Yes, we officially have moved into our house. I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I will never ever pack up and move EVER again. The stress is just insane. For 2 weeks we committed every night to packing up a few boxes and driving them over to the house. We recruited a few of our friends for this past Sunday to help us move the big stuff (couch, bed, entertainment center, dressers, etc). Unfortunately, no one showed up (yes, I am still really bitter about it). This was beyond unfortunate because I had gone to a personal training session at my gym the day before and my arms were complete mush. It actually went better than expected…I didn’t cry at all which is a really amazing feat. Ever since then, we’ve been unpacking and trying to figure out what goes where and what we still need (registry- woo!). Andrew’s parents are helping us paint the bedrooms this weekend which I am excited for. The house is slowly starting to look like our home. I’m anxious for everything to be done…we’ve made a very long list of projects that we would like to do. When they will be done remains to be seen…