My cousin Kelli and I have always talked about her being a guest blogger on my blog but have never actually gotten around to doing it. Well, when we went dress shopping for bridesmaids dresses and joked about the experience for days, I thought, "THIS would be the perfect opportunity!" I ended up asking Kelli if she was interested still and wanted to decribe the experience (she was), and that eventually led to my first ever guest post that you're about to read! Here you go--hope you all enjoy the change-up and hearing the story from another perspective!!
When my cousin, Audrie, asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, I immediately said yes. I was beyond excited for many reasons. Audrie, my sister Kari, and I have become extremely close over the past couple of years, and my relationship with those two is something that I cherish. We text in a group chat all day everyday! I was honored to be chosen as a bridesmaid when thinking about all the other girls in her life that she could have asked. I was also excited because I have never been a bridesmaid before! I couldn’t wait to go bridesmaid and wedding dress shopping and help in the process in any way possible.
That being said, Audrie scheduled bridesmaids dress shopping on a Saturday in April. We decided to do this so early because Kari was about 15 weeks pregnant; we didn’t want her to get any bigger and not get the proper measurements (the baby is due two months before the wedding). Audrie and two of her other bridesmaids, Cassie and Rachel, made the trek to Des Moines on this Saturday and met Kari and I at stop numero uno: David’s Bridal.
This being the first “real” wedding experience for all of us as a group, we were excited to say the least. We began by looking through the racks of dresses, quickly eliminating things on various dresses we didn’t like. Immediately we knew we wanted a short dress and didn’t want the dress to be bubbled at the end. We also found fabrics and colors we vetoed as well. Eventually we had a few dresses picked out that we all thought were worthy to try on. A woman took our measurements and off we went!
The experience was definitely a little different than anticipated. The store was PACKED and the woman who helped us was lackluster to say the least. We had two little dressing rooms and Audrie stood outside while we tried everything on. The first dress was gorgeous; a winner in all of our books. The rest of the dresses were nice as well, but none compared to the first dress. Not wanting to buy the very first dress we liked, we thanked the woman and set off to our next shopping appointment at Stacey’s.
Once at Stacey’s, the five of us dove right into the racks of dresses. At David’s Bridal, we had our measurements taken and tried on dresses that fit us, but Stacey’s only had sample sizes for us to try on. We had at least 25-30 dresses that looked good on the hanger, and I was the lucky one who got to try them all on! We thought it would be easier to just have one of us be the “model” and the rest can vote on it. I didn’t mind at all… the dresses were gorgeous!
We are all shopping pros and could tell immediately the dresses that weren’t worthy of a NYE wedding after I tried them on. We narrowed down the selection to about 5 dresses and then tried them on again. One was even a long, black, strapless number that was beautiful, and it almost got rejected but the woman helping us informed us it came in a shorter version! The store didn’t have one to try on, so we pinned the long one to get a feel of the look. This dress, along with the first dress from David’s, were our top two.
|No, this is not the dress (or color) we chose!! Sorry :)|
We decided to take some time and think things through before deciding on THE dress. We definitely had a successful day! After leaving Stacey’s, we stopped at a boutique for little girls, a shop aimed at Cassie and Kari’s heart (Cassie’s little girl is one and Kari didn’t know it yet, but she was pregnant with a girl!). Finally, it was time to call it a day. Kari and I said our goodbyes while the other girls headed back home.
After a few days contemplation, we decided to go with the first dress we tried on. It was the only dress everyone got a chance to try on (in their size) and everyone agreed that it looked great on! I can’t wait for 12-31-12 so that I can wear it and celebrate the marriage of my wonderful cousin to a great guy.
PS--I'm not posting pictures of the actual dresses we got; you will all have to wait until the wedding day to see them!! :)
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