13 Mar 2010

Wedding dress shopping

As you know, my best friend is getting married and I'm going to be a bridesmaid.  We've been wedding dress shopping for the last two Saturdays and today we found her dress!  It was so stunning I burst into tears several times and felt like a bit of a loser!  It really was one of those 'that's the dress' moments when she came out.  The dress is ivory and is a beautiful big princess style, I'm very jealous!

Next up is bridesmaid shopping.  Call me stupid but it's really snuck up on me, for some reason I thought it would be ages away.  I'm actually rather terrified for a few reasons. 

Firstly I hope that I don't have to have a 'helper' in the changing rooms with me - when by friend was trying on the wedding dresses an assistant would always go into the changing room with her and help her in and out of the dresses - I really don't fancy having a stranger up close and personal with my wobbly bits. 

My second fear is that the sample dresses in the shops might be too small for me so either I won't be able to try them on or they'll squeeze me in with the back gaping open.  Hello mortificardo.  In one of the shops another bride was trying on dresses at the same time as my friend.  I'd say she was about a size 12 - 14 and none of the dresses were in her size and were always gaping open and looking really unflattering.  I also found out that apparantly wedding dresses are cut really small, so most people order one two sizes bigger than their usual dress size.  How crazy is that?  What bride wants to have to order her dress two sizes bigger?  Why don't they cut them generously and let people feel good?  My friend is a 10, sometimes 12 with her boobs and her dress has been ordered in a 16.  WTF?

I know I just have to grin and bear it.  I've known I was going to be a bridesmaid since before she knew she was getting married, so I really could have made a lot of effort to tone up before now.  I'm going to buy a good bra and wear skin colour tights on the fitting day which may make me feel a little less self concious in the fitting room.  Not much I can do about my bingo wings though.

I'm planning to get down to Next and try on this bra.

It's by wonderbra and is supposedly as good as holding them their yourself!  I know my bridesmaid dress is likely to be strapless or very lacking in straps.  Considering my chunky arms I always wear stuff with sleeves so another reason to be afraid - hopefully this bra will make me feel a bit better in the dresses.  When I looked at it before it just came in a plain version but now they have this lace style which I think is really pretty.  It's £32 so I hope it's as good as it claims.

So as I've deliberately not shown the wedding dress my friend chose (that wouldn't be fair) I'll show you some of the potential bridesmaid dresses and colours.

The first is a dress my friend has picked out as one she likes.  The second style is what I thought I was more likely to wear.  The three colours are the ones she's considering for the wedding.  The coffee colour was my favourite, but I'm starting to like dusky pink too. 

I'm not so sure now - the dress she has chosen would probably be rather forgiving.  I picked out the third one because I thought it would give shape and control, but I think I need to make sure to avoid any silky / satin type materials.  To be honest Bridezilla's dress was so stunning on her that nobody will notice that she has any bridesmaids, so maybe I don't need to worry :)

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