I wouldn't say I was dreading shopping for a wedding dress, but I wasn't looking forward to it either.
I'm normally a Shopping Loner.. having an audience makes me feel a bit pressured, I hate parading for people, I'd rather Shop Assistants leave me alone..
Spurling in Peppermint Grove. It was where my bestie bought her wedding dress and she was a satisfied customer and Black Swan Bride had had a positive encounter with one of Shop Assistants once.. so seemed like a good place to start.
The walls are lined with row after row of huge dresses.. A sea of thick satin and beading.. The sort of style that makes me want to pull a face.. But I had stayed sober on Friday night for this and I had my control knickers on so I wasnt going to leave without trying a few on.
There were some which were okay, most were better than I thought they'd be and surprisingly flattering.. my friends were gushing, the sales assistants were cooing, but I was unmoved.. not becuase I looked bad, just because I didnt really feel like myself.
My favourite of the day was actually one from their Bridesmaid section that comes in 100 different colours, including whites/creams/champagne etc, although the one I was wearing was green. It was very plain but it cheered me up, I felt really relaxed and happy wearing it it was really light and comfortable and it would look styling with flat shoes and some kooky headgear, unlike the other dresses I tried. (Although it loses points for being strapless and not having pockets.. But it gains points for being only $470.. which is like one sixth the price of the other ones I'd been trying on)
So the Quest for a Dress continues.. but that last one has given me hope, I could happily wear something like that one on my wedding day.
I will focus my dress finding energies on ready-to-wear and off-the-rack dresses from non-bridal shops from now on. If anyone has any suggestions of good places to check out in Perth (or Melbs!) please fire away!
image from pemberley
Here are 'my learnings' from my first wedding dress expedition in a 'real' bridal shop
* Dresses do look better on your body than they do on the rack
*Dresses look better on their own than surrounded by other dresses
* Traditional dresses are really exxy! all those beads and bows and bits and bobs are going to cost you
* Don't scrunch the cathedral length veil into a voluminous mass on top of your head, the shop assistants dont like it.
* When trying on dresses it's about how you feel in the dress as much as how you look.
So there you go Amber, thats the FULL report, you are probably sorry you asked :) hehe