Wedding Wednesday: Beginning the Search for THE DRESS
I am not a fashion-knowledgeable person. I’ve tried to get better as I’ve gotten older; not dressing in just t-shirts and jeans as often, but it is just not a part of my life that I focus on.
Because of this, the idea of picking the most important dress of my life is daunting. I honestly am not sure I will feel that “This is the dress” feeling. Everyone says that it will happen or I will see a picture of the dress and just know, but I have never felt that way about a piece of clothing. I have to see it on myself before I can even think it is going to look alright on me; internet clothes shopping is a big no no.
My dress research began, as much for this wedding does, on Pinterest. I had saved dresses for years, but as soon as we got engaged, I took all the dress photos out of a main folder and put the ones I still liked in a private “Not for Boys” folder (Yes, that is actually what it is called).
At initial glance, I thought there was no rhyme or reason to my small collection. As always, I know some of my “don’t wants”; no super poofy dresses, but nothing super slim either. Not a ton of bling, nothing super revealing. Overall, though, I had a bunch of different dresses with a bunch of different shapes and sleeves and designs. I was even saving dresses where I liked just one piece of it but not the whole thing.
Enter my sister, Emily. She has always been the visual artist of the family, ever since she was little, and enjoys fashion as well. As we are planning weddings at the same time and are going to be in each others weddings, we have been sharing a lot of this process together. She called me one day while looking at my dress folder and tried to help steer me in the right direction. She recommended that I do not post dresses if I did not like the whole thing (They aren’t going to chop up different dresses for you) and to start paying attention to the designers of the dresses. Not all boutiques carry the same companies and she insisted that, while I didn’t know (or care) about who the designer is, I would be leaning towards a couple different ones with the styles I was choosing.
I was not sure how to go about finding who specific designers were until I further explored the Wedding Wire app. This app allows you to go through list of wedding aspects, including venues and dresses and “like” them, which creates your own personal list. What was different about making groups like this on the app versus on Pinterest? They listed the information on the dress, including the possible price range and the designer. So one evening, I made it my mission to go through the list of over 2000 dresses and mark what I liked on the app.
After going through many, many pages, I looked at my list. I only had about 20 dresses on it of the hundreds I had gone through, but you could immediately see a “type” forming. The best part? I sorted them by designer and found that over 50% of the dresses I picked belonged to one designer! What’s more? The second most popular designer in my list ended up being a sister company to the first one, so about 75% of my list falls under the same family of dresses!
After going through this, I honestly feel more confident about going into a bridal boutique. While I still am not sure of all the details of the dress until I try it on, I can at least go in armed with a name and style!