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Wedding: I Bought a Dress

by Meghann on March 28, 2012

I’m an impulsive shopper – I always have been and always will be. Once I get an idea in my head, I go for it.

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After the so-so experience at Jon’s Bridal, I was feeling pretty doubtful about finding a wedding dress that I loved in my price range ( I’m also a bit melodramatic at times). I spent the majority of the next day browsing the internet for used dresses, but didn’t have much luck finding anything. That Monday I was rehashing the whole shopping trip my with friend Jessica via gchat when she sent me this link for a dress she thought I would like at David’s Bridal.

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(not the dress I bought)

Her friend had tried the dress on months ago in store, but it wasn’t the style she was going for. Jessica said the dress had looked great on her and thought it could work for me too. I loved the photos of the dress, but it was unfortunately no longer carried in stores, only online.

I had somewhat written David’s Bridal off before Jessica sent me that link. I had tried a few dresses on at David’s Bridal the week after I got engaged, but nothing really wowed me. I wasn’t sure they could wow me. I was wrong.

Seeing the dress that Jessica sent me, inspired me to browse the David’s Bridal site for anything else that caught my attention. To my surprise, I found a few that I liked and wouldn’t mind trying on. That’s when I made the very impulsive decision to drop everything I was doing and head to David’s Bridal to give it another chance. Once my mind is set on something, it’s hard to get it to think about anything else.

I texted my friend Courtney to see if she was available and she just happened to be free. Perfect. I had a friend, I had a list of dresses, and I was ready to try some things on. I had no intention of buying anything, but I guess that’s what everyone says going into situations like this, right?

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If you want a great experience at David’s Bridal, go at 3:00pm on a random Monday afternoon. It was dead and we practically had the whole store to ourselves. Even better, we had a consultant all to ourselves. Last time I was at David’s Bridal it was a busy Sunday afternoon and the consultant I was paired with had at least two other brides she was working with. She was so distracted by the other brides, that she really wasn’t much help in selecting dresses. She basically brought them over, hung them in the room, and moved on. This consultant was different. This consultant was awesome.

She immediately got to business. Or maybe I was the one that got to business? I pulled out the good ole laptop and brought up all of the pages for the dresses I had admired online. It was obvious that I had a certain theme going with each dress and instead of doubting my choices, the consultant was excited for them. She immediately pulled all the dresses they had in stock of what I had selected online and even pulled a couple of others that she thought I would like. Her level of energy was a bit of contagious and it wasn’t long before Courtney and I were as excited as she was.

I tried on the first dress and immediately knew we were heading in the right direction. Finally, something that fit this vision I had created in my head. I knew I wasn’t crazy, I knew this look could work.

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(still not my dress ;) )

We moved from dress 1 to dress 2 and I had that same excited reaction. Suddenly dress shopping was fun and I could see why everyone gets so excited about it. We added a sash and a veil to dress #2 and I felt like a bride. I think I even teared up for a second.

I tried on dress after dress and found things I loved and things I didn’t love about every dress. There was one that stood out as a favorite, but I wasn’t able to commit to anything yet.

I had originally planned to go dress shopping by myself. My mom and sister were clear across the state and I knew I didn’t have the patience to wait until I saw them again to go. It was by luck that I was texting Courtney about meeting up in the near future and decided on a whim to ask her if she wanted to tag along. In the end, I was so thankful she was free and I didn’t go alone. Her opinion – and extra set of eyes! – were definitely needed (and very appreciated!). Going alone would not have been nearly as fun.

Even though my mom and sister both weren’t there, we were still able to include them in a huge part of the process. We texted photos of every dress to my mom and sister and pulled out the Verizon XYTablet* for a little Skype session with my mom when I finally tried on a dress that had everyone saying ‘wow.’

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I loved skyping with my mom while dress shopping. It made the whole experience that much more special. :)

Yes, there was a ‘wow’ dress. It was one the consultant had pulled out on her own and one as soon as I pulled it on that I knew it was something special. It had everything I wanted and fit my body type to a T.

I stood in the dress for about 20 minutes. I practiced sitting in it, walking it, and even added a temporary bustle to it to just see an option of what it could do. I felt like a bride and I could SEE myself walking down the aisle in this dress. I knew this dress had the potential to be ‘the one.’

The pice wasn’t bad either. It was on sale for about $300 under my budget – which meant I had wiggle room for potential alterations (I’ll be wearing my mom’s veil, so no need to budget that – more on that in a later post).

I skyped with my mom, texted with my sister, and made sure to get everyone’s sign off before….

I rang the bell.

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Yes, I bought the dress. :)

I could have spent more time looking around, but I honestly didn’t want to. I loved this dress and that’s all that mattered. So now I have one more thing crossed off of my to-do list and I have a pretty dress that will be here in June. Yippee!!!

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free March 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

That’s great, congrats! My wedding dress was actually one the consultant at David’s picked and didn’t seem like something I would love but it ended up being the winner. I also bought my dress on the first trip and walked out with my dress purchased and bridesmaids and flower girl dresses picked in about 2 hours!

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2 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Congratulations!!!!! That’s so exciting! You know you’ve found the right dress when you don’t want to try any more on!

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3 Lindsey March 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Congrats! I went shopping twice, and with only my Mom. I knew exactly what I wanted and knew the more I looked the more I would be confused. I found exactly what I pictured and knew it from the second I put it on too. I think the dress part is one of the bigger stressors, so now its off your list!

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4 Jessica@TWB March 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Totally not necessary to scour every store in the state. I was just like you – I bought a dress quickly and decisively. Congrats on finding your dress!

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5 Sarah March 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Congratulations! Getting the dress is SO exciting!

I got mine from David’s Bridal too. Just beware, they really try to shank you on the alterations. David’s wanted to charge me over $100 to do a simple bustle, but I found a seamstress in my neighborhood (with lots of bridal experience) who did it for $10. I just wanted a single little hook and eye, not something crazy!

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6 Meghann March 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Don’t worry – I plan to go somewhere else for alterations :)

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7 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep March 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!

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8 Sarah @BlondeBostonian March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Congratulations! That’s so exciting!!!!

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9 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City March 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Congrats!! I’m so excited for you :)

I’m the same way, when I want something I go and get it and nothing can deter me.

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10 Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Yay!!! It’s definitely so important to keep an open mind when dress shopping, isn’t it? When I first tried on my dress, it was in a size that was wayyyy too big for me, and it just looked ridiculous when she first started putting it on me. But then she used those magical clips, and it transformed into something amazing!

Congratulations!!!

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11 Sarah March 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Yay congrats!!! As the other Sarah mentioned above they get you with alterations!! so beware. I got lucky b/c I am tall, but even a bustle cost over $50.

Regardless, I love my David’s Dress and loved that it was under budget.

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12 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups March 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Congrats on finding the dress! Technology is so great. How wonderful that your mom and sister could still be a part of it all!

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13 Hillary March 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Congrats! Dress shopping is one of the things I am most looking forward to—but am also the most freaked out about! I’m a super indecisive shopper (the opposite of you!) and that doesn’t bode well!

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14 Beka March 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Congrats!
My sister in law bought her dress and all of our bridesmaids dresses from David’s Bridal. She had a great experience, too. Good thing you gave them a second chance!

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15 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe March 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I got mine at Davids’ too! <3

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16 Lena @Fit on the Rocks March 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

That’s awesome! I’m so happy that you found the one!

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17 Claire March 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

You were smart by doing the sitting/walking/standing trick! You will have that dress on for a looooong time :)

I wore my mom’s veil as well. It was such a special touch!

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18 Yellow Haired Girl March 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Congratulations! That’s SO exciting :) I’m sure it’s beautiful, too!

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19 Ari @ Ari's Menu March 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

YAY!!!! I’m so glad you found something you love!

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20 Carrie March 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Congrats on finding a dress! That’s how I pretty much bought my dress too…I wasn’t really looking to buy that day, but I tried it on and just knew it was the one and went with it!

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21 Corey @ Learning Patience March 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm

So happy you found a dress….how exciting… I’m sure you look fabulous in it!

xoxo from Trinidad

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22 Kate (This Place is Now a Home) March 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

That’s almost EXACTLY how I found mine too. At David’s Bridal also. Surprised me, and was a VERY happy surprise for my wallet and wedding budget!!!

Love hits you when you least expect it :)

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23 Kate March 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Congratulations! Nothing better than getting things done and off your list!

One thing I learned from David’s: they may say your dress will be here in June, but be prepared for it to possibly come in a lot earlier. Like, in a month, which is what happened to me. I did not go through David’s for alterations; I found someplace else (in Orlando) that was MUCH more affordable and, honestly, did a better job. If you do decide to go elsewhere, just know that a lot of places won’t touch a dress from there, so it may take you a while to find one.

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24 Stacy March 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Why wouldn’t other alterations people “touch a dress” from David’s bridal? It’s just like any other dress, right? I was recently a bridesmaid, and our dresses were from there. They were 100 dollars and fit and looked great. Just curious.

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25 Kate March 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Apparently the fabrics they use and the ways they construct their bridal dresses makes them hard to alter successfully. My consultant also tried very hard to talk me into ordering a dress 2 sizes too large which would have significantly increased the alteration costs. If you look on Weddingbee, it’s a pretty common complaint around the country, not just in Central FL. My bridesmaids dresses were from J. Crew, so I don’t know how/if they’re any different.

Don’t get me wrong — I was very happy with my dress in the end. There were just some unanticipated challenges when it came to getting it that way.

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26 Stacy March 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Oh okay, Interesting! I’ll have to keep that in the back of my head.

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27 Brittney March 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Yay! Can’t wait to see it! I got my dress at David’s too. I only tried on like three dresses and knew mine was it. I didn’t really care about trying on dresses anywhere else or trying on every dress in the store. I’m simple when it comes to stuff like that :)

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28 MrsSwan March 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Agreeing with Kate here. My sister went through David’s Bridal in Tampa and her dress only took 3 weeks to come in. They told her April originally LOL

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29 Erin March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

How exciting!!!

I bought my dress on a whim, too. Similar to you, my mom and I went to a bunch of stores but I found my dress at a completely different store when I went with a friend. Too bad Skype didn’t exist when I got married. I think my mom was bummed she wasn’t there for the dress discovery :-)

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30 Kristen March 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Is the bell thing a David’s Bridal thing? I’ve never heard of it…

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31 Meghann March 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I think I saw it at a different store too, but it was definitely a David’s Bridal thing that when you buy your dress that you get to ring the bell :)

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32 Shannon March 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Congrats on buying the dress! That is so exciting! One step closer to the big day!!!

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33 Jenny @ simply be me March 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Congrats! I bought my dress from David’s Bridal too but I bought mine online – I didn’t even go dress shopping :) Can’t wait to see pictures of it!

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34 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I can’t wait to actually SEE the dress! ;)

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35 Army Amy* March 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Yeay! Exciting! Buying the dress makes it feel like things are really coming together. Congrats!*

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36 Victoria March 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Congratulations on finding the perfect dress! You will be a beautiful bride :)

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37 Lauren March 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I bought my dress at David’s and it was one of the first ones I tried on. When you know, you just know. :)

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38 BroccoliHut March 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

YAY! Congrats on finding THE dress!!
You and I must be on the same wavelength today, as I just wrote a post about my wedding dress decision too :)

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39 Meghann March 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Going over to read it now! :)

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40 kath March 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Congrats!!!!!!!!!

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41 Natasha @ Moody Girl in Style March 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Congratulations….you must be so excited. I really like David’s Bridal too. My sister got her dress and the bridesmaid dresses from there and they were all very pretty. I can’t wait to see the actual dress…I’m sure you’re going to look beautiful!

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42 Amanda (modernation) March 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Congrats! My dress was one the consultant pulled just by taking what I told her I wanted and her expertise. Definitely good to trust the consultant – they know the inventory so well! So exciting! You are so far ahead of the game – good for you!

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43 Cait's Plate March 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

YAY!!! Congrats! I can’t wait to see it!

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44 Leslie March 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

CONGRATS! So exciting! I actually did something similar to get my dress. I went with a few people the first time around on the weekend and had a horrible experience. I decided last week to use my lunch hour, try on a few that i picked out and BAM, I knew the minute I put it on!

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45 dana March 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Congrats! Can’t wait to see it!

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46 Val March 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I am so happy for you! Finding the “one” can be harder then finding the right guy. I never thought I would buy a dress from David’s Bridal, but I did and I loved it and still do. I can’t wait to see what you picked. You are going to be a beautiful bride!

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47 Liz March 29, 2012 at 12:43 am

Congratulations! I just went shopping with my best friend for a dress at David’s Bridal – I’m the MOH in her wedding next July. We definitely had a great experience there & she bought one she really liked, too. :)

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48 Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride March 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

Congrats!!!! I’m dying to see the style you chose!

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49 Emily N March 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

Congrats on finding your dress! Mine came from Davids as well, and I am extremely happy with my choice. I was just there this past weekend with my sister, and she also rang the bell!

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50 Holly March 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

Congrats on finding THE dress! So glad you could Skype with your mom (and text Kelly) and had Courtney along for in person support. One step closer to your big day! :)

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51 Deva @ Deva by Definition March 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Congrats! I don’t plan on buying a dress for a few more months, now, but am excited to start looking!

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