want to go dress shopping?

by Patricia on August 1, 2010 · 3 comments

Mackenzie by Jenny Yoo

Hey, so how bout it? Want to look at dresses with me? Great! Let’s go…
[If you said no, can I interest you in some chocolate biscotti instead?]

I saw that dress in an issue of The Knot and it was love at first sight. When I looked up the designer Jenny Yoo I found that I liked several of her dresses and her overall style. But that was the one, I just knew it. Desperate to try it on, I made an appointment at Bella Bridesmaid because it was the only shop in my area that carries Jenny Yoo.

Wait. Before we get too far into dress shopping, I should tell you something. This is my second wedding. Many moons ago, when I was 24, I married a very nice young man. I’m not telling you this to get into the who, what, how or why of it all (maybe another day I can answer some of those questions if you have them). I’m just telling you this because it is pertinent to my dress shopping. This dress has to be different than the first, but still very special.

When I went shopping for that first dress, I went with my mother. We wandered into the Hitching Post Boutique in Savannah to find they were having a sample sale. Woohoo! In my mind, a perfect dress would be strapless and made of yards of minimally adorned matte silk or satin. To my mother the perfect dress has yards of bead and lace. Everything I pulled from the rack was too plain. Everything she pulled from the rack was too frilly. But then I pulled one that did have bead and lace and big tulle skirt that to my shock I actually kind of liked. And so did my mom. So I tried it on. And wouldn’t you know it, the thing fit like a glove, no alterations required at all. I actually did like it more than kind of.

Anyway, long story short, I walked away with a beautiful dress for $365 that fit me perfectly. Was it my dream dress? Not exactly. Was I happy with it? Yes. Did I feel like a beautiful bride? Yes. So I can’t really complain.

Fast forward to the present, several soul-searching years later, I am shopping for my second wedding dress and I want it to be my dream. It’s not that I regret that first dress, but I’m older and wiser and perhaps more spoiled now. So here are my criteria for this dress:

  1. Not a princess gown. I’ve done that already.
  2. Not a compromise.
  3. Perfect for a simple, probably-beachy-casual wedding.
  4. Something special… you know, different.

Back to Bella Bridesmaid… they didn’t have the dress, which at first was disappointing but they do have several other Jenny Yoo bridal dresses. I left that day with 3 contenders in mind. My favorite of the three was this one:

Riley by Jenny Yoo

But I wasn’t ready to make a decision that day. I mean, I had been engaged for less than a week and had no clue when or where or how we were getting married. So I ventured out to a few more bridal shops and tried on tons (literally tons) of dresses. I tried on everything from this:

Lucy by Jenny Yoo


Adorae by Maggie Sottero

And everything in between. Literally tons of silk, taffeta, crinoline, and beading.

I even tried on a dress very similar to this one (sorry, can’t find the actual one online anywhere)…

Pattis Bridal

It was gorgeous and made me feel like I should be on the red carpet, BUT would have required I wear Spanx like this:

And while it might be okay for some occasions like the Oscars when you have paparazzi photographing from every angle, I can’t see wearing a girdle on my wedding day. I’m sorry, I just can’t. And just to be clear, the girdle would be necessary for almost anyone… even those perfect little actresses… because as beautiful as the satin is cut on the bias, it shows everything. And I don’t really want all of those brownies I’ve eaten being highlighted like that.

So… here I am, 5 weeks, 50 dresses, 7 visits, 4 stores, and 1 testy shop owner later. And… I have found my dress. It did not end up being either of those lovely Jenny Yoo dresses that started it all, but I did buy it from Debra at Bella Bridesmaid. Normally it would take 12 weeks to get it, but the designer had one in stock and is shipping it to the boutique immediately! I will have it next week! Can you tell I’m excited?!!

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1 Anna August 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I’m getting married in 2 and a half months and I have yet to try on a single dress. I think I need to get on the ball…

2 Beth August 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Happy you’ve found the perfect dress, happy you’ve found happiness with D, and happy you’re going to be posting more often!

3 Heather August 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

You were a very beautiful bride in the princess gown. :)

Hooray for finding a dress!

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