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Finding The Dress

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Here's another post from our guest blogger and bride-to-be Katie Evans.

Oh baby. I've been dreaming about what I'd wear to my wedding forever. I have been saving inspiration for so long, it was interesting to go through everything now that I'm actually getting married. I knew I wanted something with a boat neck, tight at my waist, and that would bell out to my knees. I wanted something timeless that felt special and flattered my figure. I found some great dresses, but they were all vintage and I would not be wearing them unless I went to a tailor for a custom dress. (I didn't want to go down that road.)

So, I kinda-sorta currently have four wedding dresses. One is a giant wedding gown, one is a short wedding dress, and the other two are white dresses that could be worn to a rehearsal dinner or after-party.

The first dress I bought was at a wedding sample sale. I had only been engaged for maybe two weeks, but I was anxious to start looking. It was the first dress I tried on. It needed to be extremely altered but it was originally $8,000 marked down to $100. I had to buy it, the deal was too good to pass. That dress has sat in my closet since last November.

I worked as a graphic designer at Kate Spade New York for a long time and was involved in the design and marketing of the wedding line. I was surrounded by those dresses for months and I totally pictured myself in one of their wedding belles dresses as a second wedding dress or for a bridal shower or bachelorette party. So I acquired two of those.

And then I found “the one”. I shopped around and everything was too big, poofy, and not me. I wanted to find something special. One of my bridesmaids encouraged me to make an appointment at Lovely bridal salon in the West Village. She described their dresses as romantic, eccentric, and vintage-inspired; just what I wanted. I fell in love as soon as I walked in. The salon is so beautiful I could hang out there all day and sip tea on the balconies. I found a bunch of dresses I loved, but then found the one that had everything I was looking for. I don't want to give too much away because I know John reads these posts, but there are three different kinds of materials with beautiful detailing. It's fitted in the right places but I still have room to dance.

How many dresses did you try on before you found the one? Did you end up buying a couple and then deciding later?

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