I was the kind of girl that looked at bridal magazines in middle school. Did I pour over those glossy, satin and lace adorned pages because I was eager to tie the knot? Not in the slightest, I just LOVED the idea of wearing a beautiful gown!
There are pros and cons to marrying at different stages in life. I’m loving the seasoned confidence I feel in making somewhat unorthodox decisions for my wedding. This isn’t true for all, but for me, being a little older means I really have a feel for what I want. And I’m not afraid to ask for it!
While San Diego has dozens of trendy bridal stores to peruse and LA (fashion mecca) is just a short drive north, I opted to try on dresses in a location where my mother, grandmother, and sister could accompany me. I’m SO glad I did.
The South is wedding dress shopping HEAVEN. All the hospitality and warmth you could ever want and zero scarcity when it comes to both budget friendly dresses and designer gowns. Heck, I hugged every bridal stylist that helped me!
Tip: Try it on even if you don’t like how it looks on the hanger.
It’s important to try on multiple silhouettes to confirm what you are envisioning is what you actually want and looks good in person. Also CLIPS! They clip you into the dresses to give an idea of how the dress will look, fitted to your exact shape.
I will say sometimes the clipping doesn’t do the dress justice, you may have to use your imagination to see it fitting every curve perfectly!
Tip: SIT IN YOUR DRESS.
Tip: Take a moment.
When you know, you know.