WHERE YOU BEEN?
First of all, I’m going to start out by saying I haven’t posted in a while. DUH I know I’m stating the obvious. A lot of people have been asking me, “What happened to Valley Girl Voyage?” The truth is, I haven’t been traveling as much as I used to. I went from taking a trip a couple times a month, to going 3 months without traveling. As much as I love exploring new destinations and sharing tips with you all, I have a wedding to plan and pay for. I knew I wanted to blog about my wedding planning, but I don’t want to give too much of it away before it actually happens. So I’d love to share some experiences that I feel comfortable with, and later (after the wedding) I will share more!
There are two types of girls, those who dream about their wedding dress since they were a little girl, and those who are more go with the flow. Well, I’d hate to break it to you, but I am a typical girl! I love watching shows on TLC like SAY YES TO THE DRESS and FOUR WEDDINGS. Not only to drive my Fiance crazy, (because lets be honest it’s kind of fun) but because I actually like the show. Anyways, I remember the girls on the SAY YES TO THE DRESS feeling so confident about their choice. Some would try on just one dress and they would light up and know, this is it!
A lot of people don’t know where to start when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress. There are so many different styles to choose from. I found that it was easier to narrow down a certain look once I decided on a venue and theme.
SAY YES TO THE DRESS.. NOT
I went to a bridal boutique over by my house with my bridesmaids, mom and mother in law. There was a dress that I was obsessed with after seeing it online, and I thought it would definitely be the one. When I tried on the dress, I was excited because I stalked this dress online for months. I felt like I wanted to like it, but in the back of my mind, I knew the dress looked a lot better on the model online than it did on me. Luckily, I had booked another appointment right after at a different boutique. I know back to back appointments, I should have known what I was getting myself into. Usually bridal appointments are two hours long. After trying on dresses for 4 hrs, all the dresses started to blend together and look the same. I felt so hopeless. My bridesmaids requested work off to be there and my sister just had a baby 3 weeks prior. Everyone gave up so much to be there for that say yes to the dress moment, and I felt like I let everyone down.
EVERYTHING HAPPENS WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT
After my say yes to the dress failure, I knew I had to start over again. I looked up more dresses online, and researched more designers until I knew exactly what I wanted. Then, I saw a dress I was in love with by Morilee. I started calling every bridal boutique in AZ that carried Morilee dresses, asking if they carried that specific dress I had my eye on. Unfortunately, none of them had the dress I wanted except for one. It was a boutique that was about 45 minutes away from my house (but near my parents house). Instantly, I attempted to make an appointment, but their next available appointment was 5 weeks away! Since it was the only option I had left, I agreed to wait, but I refused to give up and look elsewhere at different dresses.
About one week later, I was on that side of town for an appointment. I thought maybe since I’m over here anyway, I should go to the boutique and ask to look at the dress, even if I wasn’t allowed to try it on. That is exactly what I did. I didn’t want to spend an entire month dreaming about a dress only to be let down again. So, the bridal consultant told me I could come back during closing hours just to try on that one dress. I came back with just my dad this time to try on that one dress, and I knew it was the one! It was everything I wanted all the other dresses to be! I loved everything about it! They say you know you found your dream dress when you don’t want to take it off. This is not a cliche it is the truth. I came back with my mom the next day and officially bought the dress on 2/16/19, which is exactly one year before my wedding date!
I wanted to share my experience to see if any past, present, or future brides can relate. There is a perfect dress out there for every bride! Never give up on finding it.