Dress Shopping – part deux

So as you all may know, my parents came up this past weekend with the goal of purchasing my wedding dress.  Up until this visit I had been periodically checking out different bridal stores around the Raleigh area (“part une”). My mom had asked that I look around before her visit – that way I’d have a few of my favorites for her to check out and then we’d make a decision. Quick and easy… or so I thought!  Our “quick and easy” quickly evolved into “let’s exhaust allllll your dress options in Wake County”… She wanted us to go to the bridal mart in Burlington AND the bridal mart in Smithfield AND David’s AND all the other salons here in Raleigh… I was exhausted just thinking of all the driving we’d be doing!  (aren’t they tired of driving?  Didn’t they JUST drive 11 hrs from Florida?!!)

Thursday came, mom and dad arrived without a glitch.  We met up with the sales woman at the reception location and checked out some linen options, had dinner and called it a night.  Luckily, I was able to talk Mom out of going to Smithfield in exchange for us going to another store that sold the Maggie Sottero line (we had found a few different Maggie dresses that we both really liked!)  So we started our search in Cary at the Bridal Boutique of NC.  I would highly recommend this store to any dress-shopping bride!  They have a large selection, huge salon with lots of room for trying on dresses and comfy couches for dad’s to sit on.  J  I ended up finding two dresses at the Bridal Boutique that we loved!  After we left, we went over to Lana Addison (also in Cary) and tried on three more dresses.  None were a hit.  Not to my surprise, Mom did not like the original dress I had found a few weeks ago…. Sometimes our taste lines up… other times not at all.  So we left Lana’s and went to our final appointment at Victorian Rose on Glenwood.  This entire time, I have been searching for a dress with lace.  I knew I wanted lace on my dress… someway, somehow.  Unfortunately, VR did not have that wide of a lace-dress selection.  Now don’t get me wrong, there were a TON of beautiful wedding dresses!  But I knew what I liked and what I had been gravitating towards, so we eventually left without finding anything worth thinking about. 

The next morning, I was again able to talk Mom out of going to Smithfield right away.  We compromised and decided to go back to the Bridal Boutique and try on the two Maggie dresses I liked and then decide if we’re going to Smithfield OR back to Lana’s.  Nice compromise.  As fate would have it, we wouldn’t be going anywhere else.  I put on MY dress and I was sold!  I had needed to sleep on it, think about it (dream about it) and once I put it back on, I was ready to stop looking!  So as you can see/read I have “said yes to the dress”!!!!  (sorry, no pictures for this blog!)  I’m having a few alterations done (sweetheart neckline and they are extending the train) but otherwise the dress was perfect!  I LOVE it!  I wish I had it now so I could wear it around the house when Jimmy’s not home!  LOL   

So now we’re on to the guys attire and my bridesmaids!!  This wedding planning thing is fun!!   😉