I have always wondered and dreamed about my wedding dress. What would it look like? When wouId I get it? Where? Would I buy it? Would I design it? Even try to make it myself? I studied fashion merchandising and I got in the practice of tearing out pages of magazines of clothing I liked. Occasionally I would purchase bridal magazines and do the same especially in the past year. As I knew I was getting closer to becoming engaged I did this more aggressively. Finally once I had that ring on my finger I thought even harder because the time to search for my dream dress had come.
Part of me wasn’t sure though what that dress would be. What I did know was that I didn’t want something simple or sleek. I also knew I wanted something heavily embellished. I love fabric manipulation. After so much searching in magazines and online I even started to feel confused and at times everything started to look the same. I thought it was going to take 2-3 months before I found THE dress, but I fell in love much quicker.
I had planned to go to Macy’s, Mira Couture, Weddings 826, Kasia’s Bridal and Dimitri’s. In the end I didn’t go to any of these. My maid of honor strongly suggested that we go to David’s Bridal. At first I was hesitant but I looked on their website and found about 6 dresses that I thought I looked nice. They were mostly from the Oleg Cassini collection that David’s Bridal has licensed and resurrected. I decided to book an appointment, at the very least I would be more sure of what styles were most flattering on me.
I went to their Elston ave. Bucktown location, which by the way has pretty good reviews on Yelp. My maid of honor went with me and we met with Corinne. She was very nice and attentive. I went on a Wednesday afternoon and received excellent one on one service. I was able to try on all the dresses I had chosen online and Corinne made also showed me some gowns she thought I would like. Of all the dresses, the first one I tried on was the one that I found myself most drawn to. Every dress I tried on after I kept comparing it to this one. When I was done trying on the other dresses I put this one on again and I felt that I didn’t want to take it off. I thought that this is exactly how you should feel when you find THE dress.
On my way home I kept thinking about the dress. I had already made some appointments at the other shops. I showed the pics of the Oleg Cassini gown to my family and they also liked it.
It has lace, beading of little fauz pearls and crystals, It is strapless and A-line cut. I don’t have the words to describe it, it is simply beautiful in the most ornate way. It is not a silk dress, but you know what it is just so da** gorgeous that I don’t care. It’s that good, and meant for me. The following Sunday I canceled my appointment at Macy’s and headed back to David’s to buy that dresses. I decided that I didn’t need to look elsewhere.
When I got there I tried on the dress again and some accessories. I must say that on Sunday’s the store is pretty packed, so I really would recommend going during the week for that individual attention. It’s worth it. I ordered the dress and it is on it’s way! I would post a picture but I don’t want my fiancee to see it yet, so I guess I won’t do so until after the wedding. My hint is that it is an Oleg Cassini A-line dress. The dress was a steal at $950.00, on sale from $1,150. With tax that was $1,142. I thought I was going to waste at least $3,000 of my budget on this, and am so happy and satisfied that I didn’t have to. Oh! Did I say it is Ivory Champaign colored?! I think that gives it a vintage feel, in fact the style looks a bit Victorian. I am falling into a Victorian Gothic theme with the choices I have made so far in my wedding planning process.
So I am happy and got a really good deal on the dress in my opinion. I think that David’s Bridal is worth checking out, and here’s more good news. Vera Wang was on Oprah a few weeks ago, and guess what Vera’s coming to DB! That’s right, shes designed a new line specifically for the chain for chic brides on a budget, its coming to stores in early 2011!