April 14

A Bride’s Diary: The Quest for the Dress

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff brides who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this brand new feature!

Meet Brittany

Brittany B. is marrying her best friend, Jared, on August 28, 2010. The couple met at Brittany’s older brother’s wedding, where he was a groomsmen and she was a bridesmaid. It was love at first sight, and the couple now plans to marry at the same location as where they first met.

For my very first blog entry I thought I’d share my experience finding THE dress. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be married in a princess dress, have a fairy tale wedding and live happily ever after. I knew what I wanted, the quest was just to find it—and it wasn’t easy!

I must have looked at hundreds of dresses online and in magazines, but once I found the dress, I knew it was perfect. It is called Monalisa by Maggie Sottero (I love the name just as much as I love the dress!). It suits me and (thankfully) it was in my price range. The dress has a sweetheart neckline, a corset backing, a stunning long train, little pickups and is covered in beading.

I made my appointment after confirming the local dress shop had the design I wanted. I took with me my mom and dad so they could be there for support and to share this experience. The appointment went very smoothly. I tried on the Monalisa dress and my parents were WOWed! Our assistant pulled two more dresses for me to try on, one in diamond white and one in ivory. I knew after trying them on that nothing could compare to the Monalisa.

That’s when I ran into my first dress shopping snag—picking a size. I fell between a 1 and a 3, and 2 just didn’t exist. I ended up going with the 1 and crossing my fingers that the corset backing would give me some extra space. Plus, I’d much rather lose a little weight than pay more to alter the dress! I bought my dress and veil that day, and was told both would come in—four months later.

While I waited for my dress to come in, I did what any girl would do. Accessorize! I found the perfect shoes and a gorgeous tiara. My dad is a jeweler, so my wedding ring has a rose gold outer setting that perfectly matches the dress, veil and tiara. I even found a beautiful necklace to match everything else, but I could never afford it. Fortunately, as a wedding gift, my dad is planning to make it for me! Oh the perks of being a jeweler’s daughter…

Once the four months had passed, I went with my parents-in-law to be to pick up the dress and do my fitting. I tried my dress on, looked in the mirror and was so thankful that it fit! Then I started to look over the dress and hit the next snag on my quest. I just about fainted. There was a black spot on the front of my dress!

I tried and hold back the bridezilla emerging within me. The alternations staff tried to get the spot out, but later said it was something embedded in the fabric and that it couldn’t be removed. They said I could keep it and get a measly 10% off, or return it to the manufacturer and get a brand new dress after another four month wait. I ended up sending the dress back (even though I would be cutting it dangerously close to the deadline). I left without my dress feeling sorely disappointed.

Thankfully, the very next day I received a call from the dress shop saying that my dress would actually come in only two weeks. When I tried it on this time, it was perfect—the ideal happy ending to my wedding dress quest!

If you run into any hiccups on your own hunt for the perfect dress, don’t get discouraged. It’s your day, so don’t be afraid to ask that everything be perfectly flawless. After all, you deserve a happy ending too!

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About Katie

Katie M. is a Writer at Wedding Paper Divas. She has the privilege of viewing nearly every piece of stationery before it goes up on the website, giving her the ultimate inside scoop on upcoming trends in the stationery world. She loves classic designs with a surprising twist, and enjoys finding new ways to express her ever-evolving personal style—a blend of traditional glamour and bohemian whimsy that makes Wedding Paper Divas a perfect fit! In addition to her love for writing, Katie is obsessed with health and fitness, skincare, UC Santa Barbara, all things adorable, the beach, dancing, cooking, getting real mail, fresh flowers, discount shopping, and shoes (who isn’t?). Katie is a contributing editor to Diva Dialogue. Be sure to check out her recurring feature, “Rant or Rave.”

One thought on “A Bride’s Diary: The Quest for the Dress

  1. Brandon B.

    As the older brother all I can say is congratulations to both of you. At least now I don’t have to worry about you not marrying a good guy ;). Oh and as far as the dress… It’s expensive and you wear it once, it better be perfect.

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