Thursday, 22 August 2013

Wedding Planning - The Dress

I couldn't wait to start shopping for my wedding dress. I think every bride looks forward to that day.

Ever since I was a little girl I would dream about the big white wedding with the big white dress. I wanted a fairy tale. I'm sure a lot of girls do.

Planning a wedding is a different story. It might not be if we had a bit of money behind us but we don't. We can't afford to spend £800 on a dress that I will only wear once. We couldn't even afford to spend £400.

I set about looking for the perfect dress. I started online as I thought I would be able to get a better idea of styles and prices. I started on the typical bridal websites, we even went to a bridal shop. I saw a beautiful dress for £1250, we walked out! I didn't want to fall in love with a dress that I couldn't afford.

I decided to take a different approach. The high street. The good old British high street. There are some gorgeous wedding dresses from the high street, with a wide range of price tags. They have the same styles, similar designs and just as nice fabric. Monsoon, Debenhams, BHS, Littlewoods, Very, Coast? You could even try River Island, New Look and Topshop. Who makes the rules about what you have to wear? You can wear what you like, whatever you feel comfortable in, whatever makes you feel special.

I've never tried on a wedding dress before, I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea how I would feel about my new mummy body in a beautiful dress. Me and my best friend walked into the shop. The shop that unknown to me had my dress, the dress. We found the wedding dresses. We picked 3 that we thought ok and went to the dressing room.

Yes there weren't women helping us and advising us like a traditional bridal shop but we are best friends. I trust her, I know she isn't going to make me look stupid. Stood in a cubical together we laughed as I tried the dresses on. I paraded up and down the changing rooms like no one was watching. I felt amazing, like a bride should.

The first dress I tried on was perfect. I must of known that was the one. It was everything i didn't want in a dress but it was perfect. I was sure that I was going to hate it, I was wrong. My friend put a veil on me, I didn't even want a veil but it was perfect. It completed the look. I felt like a bride.

I never believed people that said when you found the dress you just knew. Its true. Even my friend said that's the one. Its amazing. An experience I will never forget.

Our aim for the day was to try on as many dresses as I could. To get a feel for styles and what looked nice. I didn't imagine falling in love with a dress.

The dress is now tucked away upstairs waiting for the day. I am so excited to wear it and show Mark. I think he will love it, I do.

And who knows, maybe in 5/10 years we can renew our vows and I will be able to wear the big white expensive dress. If not, I don't care because I've found my dress and I feel like a princess wearing it!

How was your dress shopping experience?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx


  1. Great post sweetie, so glad you found your perfect dress :) and i don't think it should be all about money nowadays. If you find a dress you love in your price range then why not :) Eeeek can't wait to see pics of the big day now xx

  2. I'm not married nor am I planning a wedding (unfortunately lol) but I don't think it's about the money at all. If it looks great that's all you need to worry about... Once I did a search for wedding dress to hire. I was amazed

    So happy that you have your dress! Eeeeek how exciting!

    Lotte xo
    BericeBaby - Baby & Lifestyle Blog

  3. Squeeee! I'm so excited you have found "the one"
    Like yourself I was on a tiny budget, I even thought about buying a second hand one. But by the time I had factored in dry-cleaning and alterations it was still expensive. I found by chance, a small wedding boutique in my neighbourhood and just walked in. Apparently you are meant to make an appointment but she said I could try on a few from the sale rail. My dress was the second one I tried on, my MIL burst into tears when she see me and i didn't want to take it off. It was £230 reduced from £1100. Sold!

  4. Congratulations on finding THE dress :) It must be so exciting!


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