The Wedding Chronicles: Wedding Dress Shopping

For me, finding a dress I loved was not easy. I knew exactly what I wanted; something classic, lacey and non strapless. Keyhole back possibly. I stalked Pinterest for months and made various appointments at local boutiques in the Frederick area all before finding my perfect dress- an Allure Couture lacey, capsleeve, v-neck, a- line dress with keyhole back. I also just adored the eyelashes on the lace and the buttons going all the way down the train.

TLC Boutique

I was super excited to try on wedding dresses for the first time. {TLC} is located in the heart of Downtown Frederick, MD. My Maid of honor Ashley, Maria and Amy met up with me and my Mom to help pick the perfect dress. I made little “chimes” for them to ring if they liked a dress which made for a fun time. TLC was decorated amazingly and had the most beautiful dresses. I had called ahead to inquire about specific dresses and the sales lady had pulled each dress for me to try on. Unfortunately, the dresses I loved did not fit me. They pulled some samples they had in bigger sizes but they were way too fashion forward for me. (feathers, etc) Feeling a bit defeated, we all headed to brunch at {Cafe Nola}.

David’s Bridal

A few weeks later when my Aunt was in town, my Aunt Cindy, Mom, Future MIL, and Bridesmaids Lisa & Sara came with me to {David’s Bridal}. I found two dresses that I semi liked. I was not sure if it was because it was the first time a dress actually fit me or that I actually liked them. Nonetheless I did not LOVE any of them and off we went to the next appointment.

Potomac Bridal

{Potomac Bridal} went a little bit better. I found a beautiful high neck line, lacey ballgown that made me feel like a princess. I thought that this could possibly be the one but thought the dress was way too poofy for a summer wedding.   I was at least happy I had found something and decided to wait and see what the final place had to offer.
J&B Bridal

Next was {J&B Bridal}. It was a long drive out of the way so only my Aunty Cindy and Mom came with me. The first dress I tried on, my Mom and Aunt LOVED! The sales woman brought out a little cap that clipped in to give it a lacey look to fit my style requirements. Although I liked it.. I wasn’t sold.

{My Aunty and Mother’s Pick}

The next dress was my favorite. It was comfy, lacy and had a key hole back. This was my favorite by far! I just loved the back!

{My pick}

The next dress was a beautiful strapless dress which I said I would never try on. This dress was wayyyy out of my price range and did not look the best on me but was absolutely beautiful with its lace underlay and beadwork.

I decided to sleep on it before taking the plunge and purchasing the dress I loved. I think it mainly had to do with my Aunt and Mom not loving it.. but also because I felt that there had to be something else better out there.

Posh Bridal

I had heard of {Posh Bridal}, but was reluctant to visit because of the rumored high prices. Nonetheless with not being 100% in love with my 1st choice dress from J&B. I made an appointment in July  and headed on over to the Posh Bridal Boutique with my Momma. I walked in and was greeted by Brandi, the shop owner.  I was impressed by the decor and atmosphere of the store. I loved the big chandelier hanging front and center when you entered the store as well as the big white leather couches.  I told Brandi what I envisioned wearing on our big day. Brandi knew exactly what I was looking for and went straight for 3 dresses. Each ones I loved on the hanger. They were everything I wanted; lace, non-strapless, A line with a little bit of bling.  As soon as I tried on the 2nd dress, a more covered, Allure Couture Lace gown.. I knew. I LOVED IT! I didn’t want to take it off. Since I am so indecisive. I needed to sleep on it and made another appointment with Brandi for a few days later.  

I asked for some of my bridesmaids, Lisa and Amy, to come help me make the big decision and see their opinions on the dress I loved.  When I came back Brandi told me that she was actually hosting an Allure Trunk Show in the next few days which would give me 10% off! I tried on the dress for everyone and tried on a veil to get the full bridal effect. The choice was clear that THIS was my dress.  Brandi allowed me to pay 50% upfront versus the normal 100% and off I went.

Come January, my wedding dress had shipped to the store! I was so excited to see it again that I left work as soon as I got the phone call. It was as beautiful as I remembered except this time it actually fit me! I was to take the dress home until my 1st real fitting in March with the in house seamstress, Tirza.  In addition to needing dress alterations, I had brought in my mother’s veil to Tirza, which had been yellowed by age and also sported a lace cap. Tirza removed the cap and was going to try to restore the color. 
Fast forward to March I had my first fitting and Tirza revealed a less yellow veil. Luckily I did not need my dress hemmed as that would have been pricey. She pinned a few things here and there and I was to report back a month later in April.
At my 2nd dress fitting my dress fit perfectly and everything was becoming more real. My final dress appointment would be the week of my wedding where I would pick up a nicely pressed dress. 
Thank you so much Posh Bridal for helping me find my dream dress! Brandi & Tirza- You guys are the best!

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  • Reply Andréa Viza Friday, November 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

    such pretty dresses!!



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