Buying the wedding dress

I can’t quite believe I’ve been married for three months already; how time flies! Now that I’m not going to ruin any surprises for the hubby or our guests, I can share with you the detail and the photographs from the big day. This first blog, post wedding day, is going to be about the wedding dress!


Dress shopping

Before I tried on any dresses my assumption was that I’d be really fussy but it turned out I loved almost every dress I tried on. It was such good fun being able to try on all the different styles; each had their own beauty but it meant choosing that little bit harder.

The chosen one

I visited three bridal shops including The Bridal Boutique in Henley in Arden and Tilly Trotters in Leamington Spa. And tried on tens of different designers and styles – I would recommend that any bride do just that! But don’t worry if you don’t get the “this is the one” feeling; I love my dress but I loved lots of them. Luckily I had the help of Sian, owner of Tilly Trotters, my mum, sister and maid of honour to patiently help me come to my final conclusion, and I definitely made the right choice. I chose a stunning floor length Charlie Brear Torum plain ivory dress, overlaid with a beautiful antique lace Augustine skirt, and an ivory sash tied in a big bow at the back. As the lace skirt was an additional layer, I removed this and  the sash in the evening, added a antique style pearl and diamante belt and danced the night away without tripping over.


Bow at the back of Charlie Brear wedding dress

If you’re shopping for a wedding dress

Go with an open mind but have an idea of budget! Try on lots but don’t try on dresses that cost too much more than what you’re willing to pay. It’s easy to get carried away but you’ll only leave confused or heartbroken if you fall in love with a dress that you really can’t afford or you’ll break your budget – I did the latter! It’s also good to remember how you picture the whole wedding coming together i.e. will the dress suit the venue, time of year etc.

The shoes

I paired my wedding dress with light gold peep toe sandals from Linea, House of Fraser. The cross over strap and modest 4 inch heel meant I didn’t have to worry about tripping over or dealing with painful blisters. I wore mine pretty much all day and only kicked them off a lot later on in the evening while on the dance-floor. Because the style of these isn’t over bridal I definitely will wear them again.

Linea from House of Fraser wedding shoes

The lingerie

Because of the low back on my dress, finding lingerie was a real struggle. You’d think that it would be easy to find strapless or backless bridal underwear but no, it seems this is hard to find. I tried on many variations and had to go with an Ultimo strapless body, which let’s say was more practical than pretty and not what I imagine Ben imagined I would be wearing under my dress!






Where is my dress now?

Currently my wedding dress is hung up in our bedroom on show but needs a thorough good clean. I’m hoping to get it boxed soon to keep it as a treasure and to stop the temptation to put it back on and dance around the house. There’s no way that I’m selling it!
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