I was filled with apprehension. Firstly, the whole plus size thing, and secondly, the whole price tag thing!
Our first appointment was at All That Glitters in Allders, Croydon. The staff were lovely, but one of them couldn't stop talking, and the other one seemed bored with the whole thing and every time I said I didn't like something they'd picked out, she almost had to really stop herself rolling her eye at me. She insisted on going through the book of dresses they had in stock and picking out all the things over a size 18, regardless of whether or not I liked them! Erm, surely the whole point is that I LOVE my wedding dress?!
So after a few false starts we eventually found a dress, Amanda Wyatt's Princess dress.
But to be fair, I definitely wasn't 100% about it and I just wanted to get the fuck out of there, it was so hot in there and the girl kept talking and the other girl kept rolling her eyes. They told me I could have a lace back and but it would cost an extra 20% of the dress price. I could have the train removed but eye roller didn't like the sound of me asking that and almost made out I wasn't allowed. I could possibly have the straps removed and a halter neck put in. Verbal incontinence girl kept saying it was all possible and eye roller kept rolling her eyes and in the end I realised, if I was having to make all these changes to it, it was not the right dress at all!
So, slightly disheartened we headed for lunch. I was dreading the afternoon appointment even more, at Aurora Bride in Cheam, litrerally a 5 minute drive from home. The reason I dreaded this appointment was for 2 reasons. Firstly, I had tried to get hold of the shop in July when I first went dress shopping. After leaving two messages and emailing them, I still had no joy. I was pissed off but quickly discovered when trying to make appointments that most bridal shops are shut on Monday's. Buggers! So I was clutching at straws a little bit when I decided to give them one last try and sent them another email for an appointment. 3 days later, no luck, drawing closer to my day off that would be wasted unless I could cram another dress shop into the afternoon, my mum called them. Finally, she had luck!
Now this is where I started to worry about this appointment. Mum might have embellished it but the lady on the phone more or less said that as a plus size bride, as long as the dress fitted, it would be 'fine'. Hmm, okay, so as long as the dress fits me, I should be god-damn happy I got into a wedding dress at my size?! I was slightly enraged and when telling this to the girls on Twitter was told I should cancel the appointment. Now, don't get me wrong, I should've done, but really, I had to try more dresses on because time is running out!!
So, off we trekked. Arrived to be greeted by a pretty huge shop, nicely decorated, gorgeous soft carpet and the shop assistant in her socks, how relaxed!! She gave me a stack of red discs (oh dear, this reminded me straight away of my awful experience at the Bridal Factory Outlet I visited in North Yorkshire, which I realise I didn't blog about.... another time!) and told me to put them on the dresses I liked.
I told her briefly that I wanted relatively plain, tulle skirt, sweetheart neck and she totally got it. Within 30 seconds she had pulled out 3 dresses that were just so spot on, I was like, "Why the fuck didn't I come here sooner!" and also I thought, "Why the fuck didn't the girls this morning get it this quick?!"
I went prepared to my second appointment of the day, I went home before to change, put on jeans and a tshirt and the secret weapons, my Gok Wan undies, notably a strapless bra and a sucker-inner-thigh-and-tummy shaper! This did make it a bit easier in the changing room as I wasn't concious of my mummy tummy. That said, the assistant in this shop made me feel so comfortable, it was just such a breath of fresh air.
Into the first one, I can't remember it, but I didn't like it much. Into the second one, now, this was a bit more like it. Interestingly all the dresses I picked out were from Sincerity.
This is the 'first one'. (The actual first one doesn't count!)
It was called Sincerity Krystle but I don't know what the style number is so I can't actually look it up and find the official pictures! But at £875 it was quite reasonable.
This is the second one.
This one didn't have a name as the tag fell off so I know it's 4533 and here is the official picture:
Here's some pictures of the details.
|Skirt of the second one|
|Bodice of the second one|
|Bodice of the first one|
I don't know why it left me in such a weird mood. I think because ultimately, I wanted a dress like this or this or a Candy Anthony (although, to be fair, I realised pretty early on I couldn't afford a Candy Anthony!) And I guess because my dream was to have a short 50's style dress, I keep thinking I'm lying to myself by having something long and fluffy!!