Soon after my last post, I had two appointments booked in with bridal boutiques, had rounded up my Edinburgh girls, and was going to have good fun trying on dresses and chatting and ooh and ahhing. I looked forward to the really girly day.
And then the boutique I had previously visited announced that they were closing down.
I’d tried on a dress in there before that I quite liked (see above) – the Alfred Angelo 2430, and it was £1000, which was pushing my budget but do-able if I was paying it off. I planned to go back on Saturday after the appointments and see if I still liked it (if I hadn’t found anything else in the appointments), but decided that if this sale was going on, I better check it out! A quick look on Facebook revealed it was now £400 which, if you’re getting/have gotten married, you know is insane.
So we made a rush trip to the store last Thursday. I grabbed 4 dresses I had seen on the sale listings and tried the first two on – pretty but not for me. And then thinking that I was still super keen on the 2430 above, I left it til last, and tried on another.
Which was the dress. I mean, I tried on the 2430 again and I did like it. I like the back, I like the lace a lot, I liked the belt. But the one I picked was even better.
I’ll tell you a few sneaky details – it’s ivory, still lacy, still has a belt, but it also has a train. Which is so romantic and dreamy. The sample I bought is sliiiiiightly too small (like, I need to lose maybe 3-5lb to get it fully zipped) and I’ll need to adjust a few things, but what bride doesn’t? And it’s not the same style as the 2430. But that’s all the info you get!
It’s in my closet, folded up, but I’ll soon be whisking it away to live at someone else’s house for while. I trust Dave, but I still want to make sure he doesn’t see it! I’m old-school that way. I’ll then take it in for adjustments in the new year.
(Oh, and it was £500!)
I took just Helen along with me, and we had a celebratory drink afterwards. It was a different experience than the one I’d always thought about, but it was still great, and I’m so pleased with the dress!
Thanks again for the lovely comments/tweets/notes about my last post – I really appreciated it. I felt better immediately after posting it: I think I just needed to get it out. I can’t wait for everyone to see my dress in April, and am so excited now about being a bride.