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Meet Me Monday: The Dress

It’s Meet Me Monday and today is all about the dress! I’ve always had a lot of tips for my brides, but it was so fun to apply them to myself!  Only my mom and I went to Bridal Palace in Tulsa, OK to begin the search:

Tip 1 – Avoid a large “entourage.” You want to be able to think clearly about the most important dress of your life, and not feel pressured by a large group of friends and family. You want to go with one person you trust to give you an honest opinion, but have your best interest at heart. Some of my brides even go by themselves the first time to get their bearings.

(Meet my mom, Wendy!)

You also want to try everything on. My mom is the best when it comes to picking out the not so great dresses on the rack, that look amazing on. She did this with my prom dress for Junior year of High School, since then I trust her when it comes to dresses on the rack.

Tip 2 – Try on every silhouette of dress. It’s likely you have never worn a wedding dress, and it’s different than any dress you have ever worn. You don’t buy a car without trying every style and option. Try on one of every style, then go from there.

Image via: Bridesmaid Essentials

While you are thinking about what silhouettes flatter you best you also want to think about the feel of your wedding.

Tip 3 – Think about your venue. If you are planning a beach wedding you may not want a cathedral ball gown to walk down the aisle in.

Now that you have my 3 main tips I’d love to share my dress shopping experience with you! My plan was to go in, try on a few dresses in different and stop for the day. My goal was to find the silhouette I looked best in, do some research and return. That’s exactly what I did, but there was no returning. I tried on 5 dresses and number 4 was “it.” Did I really find a dress? Coming from a pageant girl who has looked and looked and looked for dresses I figured this would be similar. Since it was just my mom and I, I wanted my sister to see. We went in that weekend and she loved it just as much! I knew I made the right decision and placed the order! Here are a few dress styles on me.

I love the non-traditional brides who can do something different, so I wanted to see what I would look like in the fun black trend. On the same hand I am a little girl at heart and love tulle, and bows. What do you think about these?

I’ve never really personally been a fan of “pick-ups.” They look gorgeous on some girl, and I wanted to get the full bridal experience so I tried my hand at a pick-up dress made of tulle and pretty lace.

I personally love drop waist gowns and definitely wanted to try this style on. This one had beautiful lace details on the hemline.

Last, what bride doesn’t wish to have a huge dress? Ok, some brides may not… but this bride definitely does and I had to try it on. I wasn’t brave enough to add the petticoat under the skirt to make it larger, but I think you get the idea.

What silhouette did you go with for your wedding? Do you have tips for brides that helped you make your decision?

xo Christina Leigh


Groom619 - February 6, 2012 - 6:10 PM

I knew there you & Wendy were my perfect people to go with me on my dress adventure! The sweetest ladies I know. XOXO, Meagan

Christina L. Clayton - February 6, 2012 - 10:50 PM

Hi Megan! It was a pleasure to go on your dress adventure with you! I have to say your dress was pretty wonderful! 🙂
xo Christina

Lauren - March 6, 2014 - 7:48 AM

What a beautiful blog!! And great post! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

Christina L. Frederick - March 6, 2014 - 7:50 AM

Thank you very much, and thank you for stopping by! I hope you are able to visit again soon!
xo Christina

Christina L. Frederick - May 7, 2014 - 8:13 AM

Thank you, Lauren! You are most welcome! xo

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