Sunday, 15 July 2018

Wedding | Finding the perfect wedding dress.


If you saw my Pinterest board of bridal gowns, you'll be sure to see that I had a very clear idea of what I wanted when it came to finding the perfect wedding dress.

When I was younger I'd never particularly dreamed of getting married, I was never one of those girls who envisages what her wedding dress will look like or fantasises about that special day. It's just not me. 

All I can say is that when it comes to dresses I know what style looks good on me, what I'm feel confident in & what is, and inevitably what is & isn't comfortable.

My three wedding dress credentials.

Long sleeves.
Having a dress with long sleeves was my main priority when it came to finding the perfect wedding dress. Even though I'm relatively slim, I really have a dislike when it comes to the tops of my arms. You may think I sound silly, but in my eyes the tops of my arms aren't the prettiest of things, they're big, have a bit too much excess bingo-ness (if you know what I mean) and generally I just don't feel confident showing them off, so if I can cover them up I blooming well will.
White.
I wanted my wedding dress to be white. A few friends made a joke about this as white is seen as a pure colour, and lets just say I'm not the purest of gals, heck we fell pregnant a few months before we got wed. Talk about shotgun wedding. Ooops. That's a joke btw if you didn't realise - The wedding was planned a good year and a half before baby appeared. Funnily enough though, I did actually try a blush pink dress on & it was absolutely beautiful, but in my eyes nothing beats a bright white wedding dress.
Lace.
And my third credential was lace - Isn't lace just the prettiest thing, when it's not on your Grandmas net curtains that is. On a wedding dress I think it's just beautiful, I love the traditional look & knew from the get go that even though it'd be slightly bulkier I'd feel much more comfortable in lace than I would satin or tulle.

 It pays to do your research.

The best advice I could give to anyone on the search for their perfect wedding dress would be to research, research, research... Until you've found your dream dress, then 100% stop. Cut all ties!
I'd set up my Pinterest board quite early on and found this was a brilliant way to dip my toes in the water of finding the perfect wedding dress as it's a treasure trove for inspiration.
I'd also began researching local bridal stores, luckily for me I had a fair amount of choice. Unfortunately something I noticed when researching is that finding a wedding dress store online which showed prices was an absolute rarity. Call me stingy, but I'd quite like to know what I'm getting myself into before traipsing down to a bridal shop. I would absolutely hate to fall in love with a dress to find out it would cost me £1500+ which unfortunately just wasn't feasible for me.
This was where I found Wed2B.

Wed2B.

There were two things which initially made me fall in love with Wed2B. One being their tag line 'luxury wedding dresses from £99-£699' and the other being that their website is an absolute dream to navigate. Now I realise that sounds extremely geeky but the amount of bridal websites I'd been on previously that I just couldn't figure out how to use is insane.

We popped into our local Wed2B store, which really handily for me is 10-15 minute drive away from where I live. We were greeted straight away and instructed as to how the store works. It's an off the peg type system and all dresses were arranged in size order making the selection process the easiest thing in the world.

I tried on three dresses in total, the Alberta, the Fearne & finally the Sophia, all of which were beautiful in their own way, but it was the latter than won for me. As soon as I tried on the Sophia it fit me absolutely perfectly, gave me the most banging figure & I felt like an absolute princess in it. There were no tears, which I expected, but it's true when they say when you know you know.

I'd decided to do a little bit of accessorising with my Sophia dress & chose to add a lace neckline to it, I did so by using an embellished belt, which if I didn't add images to this post, I'm sure you'd think would look totally bizarre. But after taking the dress & accompanying bits and pieces to a seamstress I'm so glad I went for it. Adding the neckline gave my dress more of a bardot type feel to it & I am all for a bit of bardot.


What was it like wearing a wedding dress all day?

Let me be honest here... I wore my wedding dress up until about 8.00pm. Reason being that at this point I was 8 weeks pregnant & the bloating at this point was SO real, I couldn't possibly squeeze my ever expanding frame into my size 8 dress all day.

Up until this point though my dress was the most comfortable thing in the world! I honestly couldn't recommend it enough... At this point I should mention that when you're trying on dresses to do plenty of lunges in it, sit down in your dress, do a couple of spins. You catch my drift. You may look silly, but that way you can ensure you're going to be 100% comfortable on the day. I also wore my wedding dress on a few occasions on the run up to the big day, only for half an hour or so, not to go to the local shops or anything, but this was more to do with making sure the dress still fit me & was going to be suitable for the day.

I'm glad I did this as I'd have hated to have felt even the slight bit uncomfortable during my wedding. I'd imagine it would take away from the magicalness of the whole day & that my brain would be constantly thinking about how uncomfortable I was feeling.


So that's my dress, which undoubtedly looks even better in these images by Rebecca Sturdy. I absolutely loved wearing it, and would 100% pick this dress & do our wedding over and over again.

Do you dream of getting married? What do you imagine your wedding dress to look like?


Claire. X


Have you read my previous posts?
Lifestyle | The first trimester.
Fashion | Feeling body confident with Tobi.
Fashion | Finding fun in fashion.

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  1. You looked stunning Claire. My three must haves were straps, fishtail and no lace. I tried on 5 dresses in one shop and picked the third; a strapless ball gown! When I tried on the dress that matched all my criteria, it just didn't work for me.

    Lauren xx - bylaurenjane

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