We have been following the story of Rebecca and James as they prepared to get married this month, and we are delighted that Rebecca let us in on choosing her dress, just before the big day came around. We are delighted to give them our Congratulations, after they became man and wife on the 19th March, and now we can share this blog and a couple of shots of the happy couple and the dress without any danger of spoilers!! over to Rebecca….
“I had watched countless episodes of ‘Say yes to the dress’ prior to even getting engaged, so I thought I knew exactly how things would go when I went wedding dress shopping.
In reality, things can be vary between retailers quite dramatically and I don’t think anything can quite prepare you for the first time you try on a wedding dress!
Dress hunting is so much fun but can also be quite stressful given the pressure placed on us brides to find THE ONE so please choose your entourage carefully; too many people and opinions could be confusing but you also want people who will give you honest feedback (kindly!).
The first time I went to try on dresses I had my Mother, future Mother-in-law, one of my future sister-in-laws and my maid of honour. This was great for the first time as they helped me to choose a style and material that suited me. For the final few shops when I was ‘seriously looking’, I mostly went with my Mum and one other person.
I had a slight idea of what I wanted – I personally didn’t want satin and have always had a love of all things vintage and lace so I knew this was where I’d start; however lace is quite fashionable at the moment so I wanted to try and find something a little unusual and I think that’s what I’ve ultimately got with the David Tutera ‘Patmore’ wedding dress. Although it is lace, it is a ballgown full skirt where the bodice and skirt almost appear to be separate and has a beautiful chapel length train.
I tried on quite a few dresses and there were 2 or 3 that could have been ‘the one’ (and in fact I did order one but changed my mind the next day!!).
My dress has come from Cherish Bridal in Northwich and I can’t sing Tracy’s praises enough. I explained all about my wedding and the kind of thing I was hoping to find, the bits of my figure I wanted to showcase/hide and pictures of dresses I’d seen in magazines that I liked. Tracy got straight to work pulling dresses that fitted the brief perfectly and took the time to get to know me and my plans…. I left the appointment feeling like a bride for the first time!
I have always wanted a cathedral length veil and Tracy helped me to pick the perfect full mantilla Joyce Jackson Monmouth veil. We have Maltese heritage in my family so I think of this mantilla lace as a small nod to them.
Tracy has posted some fabulous guest blogs here on the County Brides website, with loads of helpful information on so I won’t repeat what has already been said but my top tips are:
Try not to put pressure on yourself to find your perfect wedding dress straight away.
Try on everything and anything that takes your fancy. I tried on every silhouette going and was surprised at what I did and didn’t like.
When you do find your dress, please remember it is COMPLETELY NORMAL to have wobbles and worries before you see your dress again.. I had to wait nearly 12 months before I tried mine on for fittings so it can be a long time.
Trust your bridal consultant, they are professionals and sometimes, the curveball dress they pick out can be the nicest one you try!
Most of all, pick something that makes you feel good and enjoy it!”