It’s my 1 year wedding anniversary this weekend! Can you believe it?
In honor of this momentous occasion, I would like to publicly embarrass myself with a never-seen before photo of me in a horrible online wedding dress. Joy!
Contrary to most posts, there will be no style advice given today. The take-away here is to simply never buy, or even entertain the idea of, ordering your wedding dress from an ‘overseas designer.’
Backstory: I tried on several wedding dresses (mostly just for the fun of it) and honestly could have worn all three of my favorites. One would have been gorgeous if I was having a seaside soiree (my dream), the other, if the reception was in a swanky New York City hotel—in the winter, and the third, would have been delightful if I was getting married in the mountains of Montana; picture a tall grass field shot. But our scene wasn’t going to be any of those, so I opted out. My dress, which I adored, was a little bit of everything. I took a corset top, fit & flare skirt and beaded belt and voila(!) there was my dress. (The top and skirt were from the same designer, Monique Lhuillier.) I had a feather half veil made—which may have been my highlight.
As any bride will tell you, there’s a sort of expectation (you usually set upon yourself) when embarking on dress shopping. Who should I bring? (if anyone at all) Am I supposed to go nuts when I find ‘the one.’ Do I have to try on X number of dresses or check out X number of shops? Will a small perky man named Randy be present?
I had an idea of what I wanted my dress to look like…I just needed to find it. I described the vision to my mom, who soon after, ordered a similar silhouette from a very random site. Her thought was, it might work as a pattern for a custom dress to be made.
There’s something very wrong about one of the most special dresses you’ll ever wear, arriving rolled up in a FedEx box.
Wedding dress aside, this is why ordering apparel online is such a crap shoot. Clothes are very tactile. You have no idea if the material will be itchy or see-through, or just cheap looking, based on a web image.
My favorites of this catastrophe: the Little Mermaid sea shell-like boobs and the skirt’s material, which looked and felt like the plastic table cloths you see at high school graduation parties.
* professional wedding photos by Heather Saunders Photography (a picture of a picture- please excuse the low resolution in this post)