Diary of a Designer Bride-to-Be : I don't like wedding dresses! {Part 1}

I don’t like wedding dresses.

There, I said it.

Yes, even I'm surprised!

After hours of poring over every single bridal magazine that has ever been printed (hey, I’m a wedding stationer, I’ve subscribed for years!), obsessive pinning and more hours than I care to mention spent on google, I came up with nothing. Nothing I liked much anyway. (Apart from something from Australia which cost $15,000 and to which the spreadsheet (Mr. R) said ‘No’.)

I like the idea of wedding dresses, it’s just that.... they all look too, well…. ‘Bride-y’. Or not ‘Bride-y’ enough. Hard work? Moi?

L-R Carrie Bradshaw in Vivienne Westwood, Princess Diana in Emanuel and Katie Price in Toilet Roll Holder.

L-R Carrie Bradshaw in Vivienne Westwood, Princess Diana in Emanuel and Katie Price in Toilet Roll Holder.

I felt torn between getting something that wasn’t too ‘wedding dress-y’ but that still looked bridal, without going for the completely leftfield I-don’t-give-a-crap-and-I’m-wearing-a-neon-tutu-to-get-married kind of thing (actually that’s not a bad idea).

And the Bride wore..... 2 ply.

And the Bride wore..... 2 ply.

Oh and then there’s my height. On a good day I measure five foot and three-quarters-of-an-inch. I quite often get asked by calling salesmen “Are your Mum or Dad at home?’ when I answer the door (to my OWN house) and I still get ID’d for buying wine at Sainsbury’s – which I wouldn’t mind but I’m 31 now and it’s getting a bit embarrassing.

L-R Short, Normal

L-R Short, Normal

So you’ll forgive my worry that I might look like a little child playing dress up after raiding her mother’s wardrobe and make up stash. Coupled with the fact that the three bridesmaids I’ve chosen are all tall, slim and gorgeous. I will look like their little sister!!

Image via Pinterest.

Image via Pinterest.

Chief Bridesmaid (and the most organised person I know) advised we needed to get on with some bridal appointments sooner rather than later, so I booked a couple of shops and off we popped together with another of the bridesmaids for a day of trying on. (The other bridesmaid lives in Australia and I thought it was a bit much to ask her to come along for the day…!)

Yikes – I was so NERVOUS! And I’m not a nervous kind of person!  

For my first appointment I went to the lovely Rachel Ash in Atherstone - I was made aware of this boutique as a lovely designer friend of mine, Claire Hawkes,  did their beautiful branding and I’d seen it on her website. I thought it might be a good place to start and it certainly was. Rach and Ash were just the loveliest and completely put me at ease… I played dress up for hours so that together we could figure out what kind of shape suited me best.

©Claire Hawkes design for Rachel Ash Bridalwear. Image by Holly Booth Photography.

©Claire Hawkes design for Rachel Ash Bridalwear. Image by Holly Booth Photography.

It felt extremely surreal but in the loveliest kind of way.

Annoyingly we concluded that actually most of the dress shapes suited me which didn’t do much for the decision making. An awkward moment ensued when I donned the most enormous skirted dress I’d ever seen which required the full force of a gym workout to just move around in – I felt like a prize douche bag but the BM’s had tears in their eyes! “Oh but it’s so beautiful! You look like a princess!” Honestly, I expected better from the Chief.

Too much?

Too much?

So, armed with a bit more direction,  the search resumed. But I still don't really like wedding dresses... 

To be continued!

Maybe I should choose this bargainous dress from the House of Liberace aka Oxfam?

Maybe I should choose this bargainous dress from the House of Liberace aka Oxfam?