Fairy Tale Weekend

Over the weekend I got to play dress-up. Wedding dress shopping that is!

Michael went to Texas for about a week to hang out with his dad so I booked a few appointments to go wedding dress shopping. My mom came down from Seattle for the weekend and I invited my cousin (and bridesmaid) Anna and Michael’s mom to go with us. We started the day on Saturday with lunch at Petite Provence. I’ve been craving French onion soup for awhile now and got my craving satisfied.

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Anna and I also had mimosas. 🙂

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The first boutique we went to was Richele Kay Bridal Consignment in NE Portland. I really liked the shop because of the selection. There were so many dresses of all sizes and I found more dresses that I loved at this place than at David’s Bridal (where we went later that day).

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The place was pretty busy and there were several brides with their friends trying on dresses. They had several dressing rooms and two different areas with mirrors where you could see the dress.

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I went in having a vision in my head of what I was looking for and didn’t really find that. But I definitely found other dresses that I really liked! This next dress was my second choice and it was on sale for $195! The price was definitely right and I loved the dress. But in the end, I liked another one better.

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What I liked about my second choice dress was how simple it was. I also felt like it was more flattering than some of the others I tried on. Anna also helped me with various hats, tiaras and fascinators. 🙂

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I don’t know what I am going to do with my hair yet. I’m pretty sure I won’t have a veil. It’s just not me. But I do like the “birdcage veil” look. I also like the idea of flowers in my hair. Choices choices!

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I liked “A” line dress best. I tried a mermaid style and could barely move. I definitely disliked the super “poofy” dresses. Those just aren’t me! The above dress was actually gray with silver beading. It was a really beautiful dress but felt more like a winter wedding style.

After that we went to David’s Bridal. That was a much different experience. It wasn’t as intimate. The place was packed, the staff was short handed and dealing with several brides at one time (which was annoying). I never felt like I had their full attention. The dresses were overpriced in my opinion and a disliked a lot of the styles and fabrics. It was a lot of taffeta and prom-dress styles!

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David’s Bridal was also very overwhelming. It was impossible to really see what dresses they had. In the end we looked at their catalog and tagged a few and the clerk grabbed the dresses. So at David’s Bridal you also get changed into the dresses out in front of everyone. Which wasn’t too big of a deal but I imagine more modest people would be really uncomfortable standing in the open in a bustier.

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I disliked that dress above because it was shapeless and unflattering. But the lace was really pretty! Oh, another thing I didn’t like about David’s Bridal is that you could get discounts on dresses if you applied for their credit card. Um, what? How dumb is that? Is that for brides who plan on having multiple marriages? I don’t get it. Why would I EVER need to shop at David’s Bridal after the wedding??

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That dress was really pretty but HEAVY. Too heavy. The similar dress I saw at the consignment shop weighed half of this dress and I felt it was more flattering. Finally, I did find a dress at David’s Bridal that I liked a lot. It was gorgeous! But it was also $800. Out of my budget!

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On Sunday my mom and I went to a third location to try their dresses. It was Brides for a Cause in NE Portland (finding the place was a complete fiasco but that’s not important). It was a place that sold wedding dresses for charity. I liked the premise but unfortunately didn’t really find a dress that wowed me there.

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The problem I had with Brides for a Cause was that it was really dark in there and near impossible to really get a good idea of what the dresses looked like. It was also freezing. But it seemed like they had a decent selection of dresses in the $100-500 price range. So if you’re on a budget (like me) it’s a good place to start.

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I didn’t find anything I had to have and I kept thinking about the one dress I put on hold (which was the first dress I tried on!). My mom and I went back to the consignment shop and bought the dress!! Here is a picture of it:

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Sorry! Not really. 🙂 But I will show you a picture of my shoes. They are actually my grandmother’s shoes that she wore on her wedding day in 1951. They are from the 1940’s and my mom says they are “boudoir shoes”–whatever that means! Anyways, her dress didn’t fit me but the shoes do and they are absolutely amazing.

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It also turns out that there was a matching purse that came with the dress I bought (and I got it on clearance for $15!). It’s so fabulous I can’t believe I have to wait a year to share pictures!!!

31 Responses

  1. OMG I can’t wait!

    Is that last strapless one from David’s Bridal the expensive one? Too bad bc it is very pretty and super flattering on you, but I’m sure the one you chose is PERFECT!

    Sorry Bella is being a pain. She’s just going to be work, like they all are. Max is a big love, but I can see where we may have trouble so we’ll start training soon. Fortunately, he’s not interested and maybe even a little afraid of the cats.

  2. Congrats to you. You are so beautiful. I am happy to see you are still progressing in your journey! I’m at 95 pounds and tomorrow is my one year anniversary.

    Tanisha.

  3. Sounds like a full few days trying to find a dress. Glad you were able to find ‘the one’. I remember after looking and looking and not finding anything I finally found the dress I had to have. It was $1000. Luckily they had the option to rent the dress and I did.
    That is pretty funny about the credit card, whose marketing idea was that?
    Love the shoes you get to wear with your dress. I have never seen anything like them.
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  4. I live in a big military area and the women here buy dresses from David’s Bridal for the military balls, so I guess there are some people who will shop there over and over. Personally, I had the same opinion as you. If you need a larger size dress they are a good option because they have dresses in all sizes.

    Can’t wait to see your real dress! I like the dress in the second picture. Grandma’s shoes are great! Where and how were they stored? They appear to be in excellent condition given their age.

    1. In the end I went with the dress that I kept thinking about after I left. I could visualize every single line and bead on the dress. It was so memorable. I had to get that one!

  5. Too funny – that halter dress you tried on at David’s Bridal??? I tried that one on too! I agree, it was heavy but I loved how flowing the bottom was, really pretty.

    The only thing I liked about David’s was that I could look at pictures in the catalog and basically try anything I wanted on. It’s really hard to pick through dresses when they are in those bags. I loved the a-line look too. In fact, I think I only tried one mermaid dress and a few modified a-lines. I can’t wait to see what dress you picked!!!! 🙂
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    1. What kind of dress did you end up getting?

      Yes, that was one good thing about David’s Bridal. It was so overwhelming looking for dresses it was nice to just point to a picture!

  6. Sounds like a great time, with a few exceptions. I have to agree with you on David’s Bridal. My best friend got married last year and I was a bridesmaid and so her, her sister, my wife and myself all went to look at dresses and I hated being out in the open like that. I totally hear you on that!

    Those shoes are amazing and what a special thing to have for your wedding!
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  7. Congratulations on finding your wedding dress!! Can’t wait to see you – and more of those shoes.
    I was a Maggie Sottero bride too. The Karena which is a lace halter with a gold sash. No veil. I wore my grandmother’s rhinestone earrings in my hair instead. They matched the brooch on the dress perfectly.
    I was very lucky that the dress shop could get one in 4 weeks for me. We had a very short timeline and apparently, wedding dresses take 6 months to cook. LOL
    I’m enjoying your wedding planning posts along with your fitness and food ones.

    1. Hi Christi – Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the posts. According to the wedding checklists, I’m behind on everything. LOL It told me to send the save the dates and get a dress months ago. Oh well, I have plenty of time.

      Your idea of wearing your grandmother’s rhinestone earrings in your hair is wonderful! I bet it looked beautiful.

      1. We got engaged in July and married in October so don’t let those wedding magazine lists stress you out!! LOL You’ve got the groom, the ring, the venue, the food, the dress. All the big pieces. Everything else will fall into place.

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