Dresses + Accessories, 10 August 2015

Is a traditional dress actually what you’re looking for?

Recently, I spent over THREE hours trying on ONE beautiful white flowing wedding dress. Admittedly, the owner of the shop could talk the hind legs off a donkey which may explain why we were there so long but nevertheless, this couldn’t be people’s idea of fun! …

I looked in the mirror and I must admit that I felt like ‘the beautiful bride’ but what looked like a simple tight fitting dress on the hanger, ended up having so many layers, it was making me overheat and I couldn’t wait to get the blooming thing off! So, my point is …. Do you really want to spend over £2,000 on a dress that you’re only ever going to wear once? It will hang in your wardrobe (if it’s one of the lucky ones) and gather dust until it goes out of fashion and you eventually summon the strength to give it away. With the average cost of a wedding being £10,000, do you want to spend 20% of that on a huge complicated gown, you know is going to cause more hassle than it’s worth? For some, the answer is yes and I can understand why, after all, your wedding day is the biggest day of your life and you want to feel like a princess, rightly so! But if you’re like me and are all for comfort, why not think outside the box and choose a dress that is excellent value for money.

Now, the dress I’ve chosen is not a “wedding” dress but it has beautiful ivory lace all over it with beautiful diamanté embellishment. It is designed by Sherri Hill and it falls to the knee. It’s got built in underwear which is always handy on your wedding night and it can be worn time and time again. It’s timeless and it only cost me £550!! It’s well worth it because when I wear it, I feel like a million!

I don’t have to worry about hitching my dress up in order to walk because the metre long train envelops me. I don’t need my mum to arrange the layers so that it sits right or to do up a hundred buttons or lace me up so tightly I can’t breathe! … I simply slip into my beautiful dress and enjoy a glass of champagne with my family on the morning of my wedding.

My dress is a wedding dress, it’s the dress I wear to my wedding at a fraction of the cost.

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