It’s probably a no-brainer that I include at least one post about my wedding dress, so here you are! I absolutely adore my dress – honestly, I was so lucky to find it. Originally, my sister and I planned on re-doing my mom’s wedding dress and I was going to wear that down the aisle. However, last summer I went with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law (who was also married this past June to my hubby’s bro) to a local boutique for a $99 dress sale. Formal Affairs is known in Richmond for its designer gowns, so it was a wonder that they were having such an incredible blow-out special. I never expected to find my dress there, especially not the second one I tried on either, but I did, and it was magical!
For a long time, ever since the beginning of the wedding planning process – so forever basically – I decided my preferred style was v-neck, vintage and covered in lace. It was going to be a stretch to make my mom’s dress into my vision, but this $99 find took my breath away by matching all my criteria! The original size was rather large, but it was easily altered to fit perfectly.
Other Bride Essentials:
- The veil: my mama’s since I didn’t wear her dress. It matched perfectly! Cost: FREE
- The garter: 2-pack from Hobby Lobby – one to throw and one to keep. Ivory with lace. Cost: $12
- The sash: I made with ribbon from Michaels and hairpin from Formal Affairs. Cost: $40
- The shoes: flats from Payless – comfortable and didn’t make me look like an Amazon. Cost: $18
- The accessories: gold hairpins, pearl necklace, earrings and bracelet polish it off. Cost: FREE
Through my wedding dress experience, I learned a few things:
- Determine your preferred style before shopping, or it could take ages to narrow down a favorite
- Don’t settle on a dress unless you’re 100% confident it’s the one – then “say yes to the dress”
- Be on the lookout for sales and specials going on at bridal boutiques in your local area
- End of summer is a good time to shop since it is the end of the busy bridal season
- Set a budget and don’t go over – it’s called a budget for a reason
- Don’t let size dissuade you, especially a bigger size – it can always be taken in to fit your body