I had been waiting for this day since I was a little girl. The weather was beautiful. Clear blue skies with a slight chill in the air. My cousin Nikki was in town for a few short days and I knew I had to take advantage of it by booking an appointment with one of Downtown St. Pete’s bridal boutiques.
My mom and I got to the shop early; the anticipation was killing me. I had butterflies in my stomach and was playing with my hair to keep my mind busy. When Nikki walked up, I asked her to be my Maid of Honor! I don’t think she was expecting it because her eyes instantly filled with tears. Honestly, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have stand by my side than her. Shortly after we wiped our eyes and hugged each other, Denise (Paul’s mom) arrived and we were ready to head in and explore the new 2018 bridal collection.
When the doors opened, I feasted my eyes on an ocean of gowns. Each different in their own way. Lace, beading, tulle, little rhinestones that lit up when the sun hit them. I felt like I was in some crazy alternate universe where Pinterest flew in and took over the planet. I mean, would that really be so terrible?
Paul and I had a plan. I knew which dresses I typically looked best in (fit and flare) and he agreed that he would like to see me in something similar. Having a larger chest, I knew I didn’t want anything strapless and since we were having a winter wedding, I had my heart set on a gown with sleeves. We set a budget and then a “what if I don’t find anything in that budget” budget. I knew exactly the type of dress I wanted and had pictures to show the woman who would be helping me find it. I was officially on the hunt to find the most important dress of my life.
When the consultant sat down, I explained in detail the dress I was looking for then we all spread out looking to pull a few to get me started. Everything looked so beautiful on the hanger. I couldn’t decide. Ultimately the cute little consultant girl picked 6 or 7 gowns and set me up in a dressing room.
The first one I tried on was a pretty lacy fit and flare with long sleeves and a deep V. Gorgeous dress, but really not for me. The shape didn’t do much for my curves and overall the dress lacked that special something. Also, the sleeves made me look like a defensive lineman… Call me crazy but that’s not exactly the look I’m going for.
I decided my next dress should be a tighter fit with more drama. That’s when I tried on this stunning white strapless mermaid fit that hugged by body in all the right ways. The dress was incredible and my entourage agreed. The mermaid fit is amazing, not only for my body shape but for my slightly over the top (or as the kids call it, “extra”) personality. As amazing as the dress was, it was missing something and I couldn’t put my finger on what.
On to the next.
In the end I tried on around 10 gowns. Three princess, three fit and flares, two mermaids and one or two sheath silhouettes. It was exactly how I envisioned my first shopping for dresses would be. I truly didn’t want to fall in love with one particular gown because… well, I’m terrified of buying a dress and constantly wondering what else is out there. I did want to get an idea on what style I wanted though – Mermaid, obvi. I’m sure I’ll have a few more appointments before I find the dress that makes me cry when I see it in the mirror.
Until then, I’ll be drooling over all the beautiful dresses 2019 has to offer.