As well as sharing my wedding planning milestones and budget hacks, I also want to be able to share my own story and other real life brides-to-be.
I briefly mentioned on my Instagram account about how I felt during my first wedding dress shopping experience and I had another bride-to-be message me that they had a similar experience and as strange as it sounds, it felt very comforting - comforting to know that how I felt was normal.
I don't know about you, other than watching 'Say Yes to the Dress', I was not told on what to expect when dress shopping, let alone shopping for a wedding dress during a pandemic.
I can't speak for how it usually is, but my experience started with only being able to have 2 people with me at my fitting and at the time, we had to be from the same household, and some other future fittings were only allowed 1 person with me - so that alone was upsetting but I was grateful to have had my mum and sister there during my first shop.
Due to the restrictions, it was only us in the store, which was a plus really, but i guess it removed the full atmosphere experience, but again not having the lovely who was helping me, could not come into the dressing room with me to zip me up, I had to most myself or ask my sister to come in with me, which also took away her experience from being surprised - or I'm just watching too much 'Say Yes to the Dress'
Other than not having felt my absolute best physically, I felt a wave of underwhelming and overwhelming emotions and although what I'm about to say next sounds like I'm having cold feet - it is not that - but once a veil was placed on my head and my sister passed me a bouquet of flowers, I freaked out and I just couldn't shake this feeling.
Once I had left the shop, thought about the dress I thought I loved, I started getting excited - looking over the photos that were taken, sharing some with very close friends and getting their opinions - only after we left I realised I was excited to head to the next shop and try on more.
A week later and I am visiting my next wedding shop, this time no overwhelming or underwhelming experiences, tried on another 5/6 dresses but from the second dress I tried on, I knew I had already found the one.
This dress was pretty much double the price of what I knew I could get a wedding dress at, but honestly - I just had the feeling I had to have this dress.
Although I didn't cry or have my entourage cry, it just felt right.
My advice to any future brides: Have an open mind, trust your gut instincts, base your love on how YOU feel - not just how you think others will see you and enjoy the process!
What was your first wedding dress experience like?
Was you expecting 'Say Yes to the Dress' feels?