Is it too early to go dress shopping? The tentative date is October 2012... so a little over a year away.
I watch a lot of Say Yes to the Dress. Even before Steve and I got engaged, I watched it. There must be some kind of subliminal messaging going on because sometimes I didn't even mean to watch it, but somehow the TV gets turned to it and you watch one episode. And then another. And another. And before you know it, you've been watching a marathon of SYTTD for 5 hours...
It always blows my mind that women go into Kleinfelds and say, "Well, I definitely don't want to spend more than $5,000." FIVE THOUSAND?! Ha! If that's your style (and your budget) then more power to you, I just can't see myself spending thousands of dollars on a dress I'm only going to wear for a few hours.
Instead, we went to David's Bridal. We got there and had to wait about 20 minutes (despite having an appointment! ugh...) and then the whole process seemed very slow. I'd try on one (or maybe two) dresses and then have to wait while the consultant looked for others on my list. It was kind of ironic because they asked me to pick out my favorite dresses on their website before my consultation so they could have a dresses ready for me to try on, but that was absolutely not the case. I'll be honest. Overall, the shop was kind of a dump. Maybe it because of all the SYTTD marathons I can't help but to watch, but everything from the carpets to the couches to the dressing rooms were very dated and dirty. Oh, and I'm pretty sure they hadn't vacuumed in at least a month. Despite the so-so decor, my consultant was very nice and helpful. I was her first bride so she was a little slow picking things out... or it could have been because all the dresses were organized by size instead of style number?! Seems kind of counter-intuitive if you ask me.
Since Steve reads this, I don't want to get into too much detail about the dresses I tried on, but I will say that there are a few contenders...:)