Of course the first place we went was David's Bridal [www.davidsbridal.com]. I brought my best friend and maid of honor, Carmen, and my mom to come help me decide.
Since this was my first trip shopping, I didn't really know what to expect. I had looked at their online inventory a little to get a feel for their prices and they matched up pretty well with my budget [$500-600]. I had also been looking through my wedding magazines and getting ideas on what styles I liked and didn't like.
When we got there, I had to fill out some paperwork, which seemed to be their way of proving I was actually engaged. ha. I guess they get a lot of girls that come in just to try on dresses and waste their time. Next I was assigned a helper. She then asked me what I was thinking I wanted generally and she got me a bra/corset and a poofy skirt and shoes. This was nice, I thought. I had come prepared with my own bra and shoes but they were in no way the correct ones. So I used theirs.
She brought me out dresses and I tried them on and was loving it. My helper did a great job picking dresses that I liked but after a while, I pulled out their wedding gown catalog and picked 3 more dresses that I wanted to try.
Just to for-warn you brides to be out there, I am a size 2 in jeans, but DEFINITELY was not a 2 in dresses! I ended up trying on size 6 and 8, depending on the dress, but my helper said that was due to the size of my bust. [36C] So don't get discouraged by the larger sizes!
I think that it's true what a lot of women say, it doesn't truely hit you that you are really getting married until you put a dress on. I loved it. My mom starting crying the second she saw me in the first dress. =]
Here are just a few pictures of the dresses I tried on.
This dress was the first one I tried on. Not quite my style. I don't like the big poofy skirt. But the top is nice.
Mikado Gown with Ruffle Back Style T9938
This gown below was really nice. I was surprised on how much I actually liked it. I always say, No beads, No bling and No lace. Simple is key. But I tried it on anyways. This dress had lots of beading all around the top, but I felt like it was done in a nice way. Not to mention the back of this dress is gorgeous. Didn't fit quite right, but you get the idea.
This dress also had some beading and was nice. I didn't quite like it as much as dress #2, but it was still a nice dress.
All Over Draped Taffeta Trumpet with Button Back Style P9345
The below dress was my favorite gown. It is trumpet shape. I loved everything about it except the top. If you look at the third picture you will see what I mean. It is pointed on each side of the top. I would either get it altered into a strait across top or into a sweatheart top. I especially LOVE the buttons down the back of the dress. [they aren't functional, there is a zipper]
We also picked out a bridesmaid dress while we were there. Here is a photo of Carmen wearing it. This one is purple, but we would order it in navy blue. It even has pockets!
Short Charmeuse Dress with Ruched Waist and Pockets Style 83707