9 months, 25 days, 120 minutes until the wedding…
Honestly the dress search was probably the one thing I was a little anxious about. I’m not a girly girl and it’s never been my dream to have a big white wedding with a Cinderella type dress. I don’t really like shopping and feel far more comfortable in lycra and sportswear than anything else! I had absolutely no idea what style, neckline, length or colour dress would suit me. I knew that I didn’t want anything too fussy and definitely no meringues, so I searched Pinterest until my fingers hurt trying to find a dress designer that fitted my criteria – simple but elegant. I eventually stumbled across the British dress designer Sassi Holford. Holford’s classic style with a contemporary twist fitted what I was looking for.
I arranged a visit to Sassi Holford, Taunton and one rainy afternoon I went along with my mum and mother in law to be. We were shown upstairs to an open plan dressing area with comfy sofas and rails of dresses. I had already been online and chosen a few of my favourite designs so the very helpful assistant picked them out and we started to try them on. Very quickly it was clear that anything with a full skirt swamped my petite frame and I need a dress that was a bit tighter fitting. I tried on the Lucinda dress and immediately felt comfortable and the beautiful overlay shimmered as I walked and fitted the theme for our wedding. Throughout the fitting we kept going back to the Lucinda dress and after trying it on one final time I decided that this was the dress for me. As I took it off that final time I spotted a sales ticket and found out the dress was reduced to half price. This was the confirmation I needed to convince me to buy the Lucinda dress. So after only visiting one dress shop I had my dress, or so I thought…
Any of my close friends reading this will be confused and I’m sorry that I have kept the first dress from you but I hope you enjoy reading about my second dress story! Two of my close friends arranged a wonderful day out in Chiltern Street London where we went to four different bridal dress shops, ate a wonderful Greek lunch, had drinks at Chiltern Firehouse and dinner at the world renowned Indian restaurant Trishna. It was the perfect day and one that I will remember for ever. It made me really think about what style of dress I wanted and what would work with our black tie evening glam theme. Many of the dresses I tried on, I really liked as I knew the simple, un-fussy style suited me and I made sure I stayed clear of lace (I just can’t wear it!). But one really stood out to me and I went away confused and unsure that the Sassi Holford dress was the right one for me.
I was in a dilemma what should I do? My head was saying dresses cost a lot of money and I can’t really afford to get another one but at the same time I wanted to make sure I felt a million dollars! This was the one time I felt I could be a diva. So after a disastrous trying on of dress one, when I realised it would need a lot of alteration to fit me, I decided to search for bridal shops that stocked the designer of the dress I saw on my visit to Chiltern Street.
I eventually found a small boutique called Sixpence Wedding Boutique in a village near where my parents live. On arrival Keira made my mum and I welcome by offering us a glass of bubbles. The standard two hour appointment meant we spent our time looking through the rails of dresses from designers Enzoani, Madeline Gardner and Modeca. After picking a handful of dresses I went into the large changing room and decided to start with the dress I had tried on before – a strapless fitted gown with an embellished jacket. After trying on a few more Keira spotted the dress that was on the mannequin. It was very similar to the dress I first fell for but with delicate thin spaghetti straps. I tried it on with a Madeline Gardner jacket and my mum and I were both moved to tears. It was simple, stunning and had that hint of old school glam that I was desperately searching for. We both decided that THIS was the dress I’m meant to get married in!
So I learnt my lesson and my advice to any engaged brides to be is to take your time when finding your dress. Dress shopping should be fun – make sure you have the right tribe beside you and if you’re unsure go away, think about it and come back. You might not always get the FEELING – I certainly didn’t, but you will know when you find your dress as you really do feel like a million dollars!
How did you choose your perfect wedding dress? We would love to hear from you, let us know in the comments below! Find more about Elle’s upcoming wedding in other Bride Diaries posts here.