Yesterday, I made a first attempt at shopping for my wedding gown. To prepare, I searched the web prior to my trip to make sure I had the proper underpinnings for such an endeavor. Strapless bra? Check! Heels? Check! Spanx? Girl, I pulled every piece I own...Check! And we're off! My girlfriend Kristi was a doll to go with me, still a relative newlywed she was up for the challenge. We arrive at our destination, feed the meter and enter what is soon to become the place I find the dress of my dreams, The Bridal Garden. Upon entering our wonderful bridal consultant Liz, quickly introduces herself and begins to explain the layout of the store, the process of choosing a gown and takes our bags to my changing room. I'm 60 seconds in the door and already overwhelmed by the experience. Needless to say, I slowly regain my composure and begin to work my way through the gowns. Would I find the one for me? Fifteen minutes and ten gowns later, I'm undressed, wiggling into my Spanx and ready to try on the first gown. A word of caution before I proceed: I have champagne taste on a beer budget, so I'm convinced the most expensive gown is the one I'll fall madly in love with. I tried on sheaths, a little strapless number, A-line's and even a ball gown. There were sweetheart necklines, Swiss dot fabrics and silk charmeuse and something I can only describe as lattice work crossed with a doily...very pretty but not for me. Yet, when I put on "my dress" I knew it...the god's were with me, I had fallen in love with the cheapest dress on my rack; everything seemed to be working in my favor. Not only was it on sale with and original price tag over $2000, it was straight off the rack Monique Lhuillier AND in perfect condition. And considering the fit, alternations will be minimal and it was everything I had hoped for! Truly, ask your self...from one bride to another. What are the odd's? I think I may have had the easiest gown shopping experience of all time. Okay...well maybe not of all time but close to it! Oh! and which dress did I choose? You'll just have to wait until the big day!
Some of the gowns I tried on...