I found my wedding dress the day after Andrew proposed. People who know me understand that this is not unlike me. My mom will tell you that I always know exactly what I want. I rarely ever second guess a decision which is why we went into this dress shopping business with a lot of confidence.
I should probably note that one of the main reasons that I found my dress the day after getting engaged is because we got engaged in Minnesota while visiting my family. Andrew and I live and Memphis, so my mom and I decided we might as well start shopping right away while we were together because it was super convenient, and also, how much fun is it to go dress shopping the day after you get engaged. Right?
I should also note that my grandma came along, and she so kindly offered to buy my dress. I love my grandma so much, so the fact that she was able to share this special experience with me and even buy my dress meant a whole lot to me.
So my mom made an appointment at this pretty well known wedding dress boutique in St. Paul. I actually used to drive by it all of the time while I was going to college up there. This shop has a lot of different styles of dresses, so we thought we’d have a great selection to chose from. We were told we could look around and pick out several dresses for me to try on. So of course my mom and I went a little crazy. I thought I wanted a strapless sweetheart dress with a little bit of poof. I decided I wanted to be a very classic bride.
After watching a thousand “Say Yes to the Dress” episodes, I had a lot of preconceived notions about what dress shopping would be like. I imagined that I would feel like a bride the minute I tried on a dress. I thought my mom or grandma might cry when they saw me. But, none of those things happened. It was fun, but there was no magic. I tried on a series of dresses, all looking pretty much the same. We slowly narrowed down our selection as our time quickly ran out.
The sales girl was very interested in rushing my decision along, insisting that all of the styles were the same. She almost pressured me into choosing the dress that I liked the most, but my grandma and I were pretty hungry and we don’t like to make decisions on an empty stomach so we decided to come back after lunch with our final decision. As we left the shop, I had a very sinking feeling that I just narrowly escaped making a very bad decision. The dress, though pretty, was just not me, nor was it what I had envisioned myself wearing on that very special day.
At lunch, I frantically searched for other dress shops near by on my phone. I called one shop that happened to be just down the street from where we were and they said that they had an opening. We were all so relieved and hopeful that this would be the place where I would find my dress.
At first sight, the shop was everything you would hope a wedding dress shop to be. It was filled with a few racks of absolutely stunning dresses. There were veils and jewelry and sashes displayed on beautiful tables. Walking into this shop, things suddenly felt more real and all of us would agree that we knew this shopping experience was going to be much more fun than our previous venture.
The sales girl that helped me, was one of the nicest people I have ever met. She truly made my experience magical. I tired on many different and very stunning gowns. I tried some of them on multiple times, before finally deciding on the dress. It turns out that I knew what I wanted all along, I just hadn’t found the perfect version of it until I tried it on at the last shop.
When I said yes to the dress, the shop owner popped a bottle of champagne for us all to drink a celebratory toast. Shopping for my wedding dress turned out to be the special, and memorable experience I had always hoped it would be. Now, I can’t wait until I can actually wear it!