Welcome the the first MSH Confidential entry. These are written by Melanie, from her own personal experiences during her own wedding journey. They're a little more casual and a bit more opinionated. First up: dress shopping part 1. Enjoy!
I'm pretty certain I walked by this little shop on my lunch break over a dozen times. Each time, stopping a moment to admire the pretty gowns on display in the window. But don't let that give you the wrong idea. I wasn't one of those brides who knew what kind of dress I wanted. I'm actually pretty fashion challenged. I buy all my clothes from the same boutique because the owner/my friend puts outfits together for me. So when I was actually engaged, the sheer amount of exposure to the storefront is probably the reason why I even walked in.
The first time, I went in just to experience walking into a wedding gown store and to inquire as to how the heck this process worked. Large block letters on the wall proclaim, "A Sample Sale Everyday" to all future brides. Sounded good to me. Then the nitty-gritty: no appointments; first-come, first-serve basis; limited time if they're busy. Again, this all might have been a deal-breaker for me if it wasn't so darn easy to get here at an off-time.
So on the next Wednesday at 4pm, my friend A and I walked in to just try on some dresses. One other client was there at the same time. You're given a handful of colored clothing pins to "mark" the gowns you want to try. What I really liked about Glamour Closet is the sheer diversity of gowns they have available. I tagged every conceivable style of dress whether I liked it or not, just so I could see if it was a style that might look good on me, because god knows I had no idea. But seriously, they have EVERY style, see the ridiculous sampling below including some WTH-was-I-thinking picks:
Heck, even the craziest dresses I tried on were fun, if only to sit and wonder with A at how insane fashion can be. I even got to feel like a poofy, happy cupcake, even though I already knew I didn't want that for my wedding. But every girl should be able to experience that cupcake moment!
I really lucked out because I truly liked my bridal consultant. She was knowledgeable and only a tiny bit sales-pitchy; really very low-pressure. A and I felt SO bad for the girl having the appointment next to us. Her consultant clearly had no idea what she was doing. Every single dress was, "It's soooooo art deco!" Which really is just not possible. And the one dress she did like had an irreparable run in it. So definitely keep in mind that if you like a certain kind of material, you need to think about how well it holds up as a second-hand garment. She left empty handed, poor thing...
Anywho, back to my dress shopping journey. As my first-ever wedding dress-trying-on experience, I must have left the store shortly thereafter with a good idea of what I wanted as I continued my search for THE dress, right? Err... not so much. *'_'*
There was this one dress that I noticed the day before and that day. It was very simple and made of a heavy-duty silk and cotton blend that seemed so unusual for a wedding dress. It had sporty triple straps. There was just something about it that spoke to me; I knew I had to at least try it. I tried it on second and I knew I was in trouble even in the dressing room with its tiny and warped mirror. It was different and elegant and sporty, I felt ridiculously amazing in it. (Note: I'm making a neutral face in the photo because I was not expecting to even come close to wanting to buy a dress that day. Oh, the conflict!) I tried to be practical; I tried on every other dress that I had picked out in the hopes that I would feel good with many other dresses, so I could reason with myself that I just liked dressing up. Nothing came even close. (Maybe one other, but that was less about how I felt and more about how cheap it was!) I put it on again at the end and started to think.
I called my Maid of Honor and sent her some phone photos. She and A loved it. Even though it wasn't the cheapest of the bunch, it was still less than half of my dress budget. What finally helped me decide was that, thanks to Glamour Closet's great selection, I pretty much had tried on every style of dress out there. So I could feel confident that I actually had found the one. I gave in.
And I'm so glad that I did! I felt like a pretty, pretty (yet sporty) princess. Thanks, Glamour Closet!