My Wedding Dress Details

Here with a highly requested post, all the details behind my dress!

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I kid you not, I wish you could see the dates of when you saved a pin, because maybe like 5 or 6 years ago I saved this one pin of a dress that I liked and the very first dress I tried on looked identical to that pin and that was the exact dress I bought haha! No turmoil or sleepless nights about what to buy, it was actually the easiest part of my entire wedding planning process!

 This was the original pin I had saved in maybe... 2015? for a dress style that I loved. Isn't it funny I ended up getting something so similar?  Image via: https://bellethemagazine.com/2015/05/wedding-dresses-by-berta-bridal-fall-2015.html

This was the original pin I had saved in maybe... 2015? for a dress style that I loved. Isn't it funny I ended up getting something so similar?

Image via: https://bellethemagazine.com/2015/05/wedding-dresses-by-berta-bridal-fall-2015.html

I guess I lied, I did go to one store in Syracuse because we were up there checking out a wedding venue so we stopped in. I tried on 4-5 dresses there, but I don't think I could even let myself love anything because I already had my appointment scheduled at Angela's Bridal so I was really excited for that.

I found Angela's Bridal through a friend who went there with her sister to try on wedding dresses. I fell in love with the store on Snapchat because it's so beautiful. It's actually an old bank that they have transformed into a bridal store. It's absolutely breathtaking when you walk in. They carry a range of designers from Mikaella Bridal to Hayley Paige, Paloma Blanca, Pronovias and others! 

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As I mentioned above, when I got to Angela's I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. I was paired with Nora, who I fell in love with, before the appointment she asked me a lot of questions to get a full understanding of what I was looking for. This included what my budget was, what style I liked, anything I knew I did not want to see, my overall style, etc. I really appreciated the fact that these questions kept us on task. I'm not the kind of person who likes to try on 20 different things or see things that are outside my budget (I mean, why tempt yourself?). 

I showed Nora my original Pinterest picture and told her that this one photo had really spoken to me for a long time, I told her I loved the dress that Kim wore when she married Kanye and that I knew I wanted sleeves. With that, she was off! She pulled 5-6 dresses for me and I bought the first one I tried on!

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I put this little like shrug with sleeves on underneath the dress straps to get a better idea of what the dress would look like with sleeves.

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The style I ended up purchasing was by Mikaella Bridal. 

Tips for trying on dresses:

  1. Get fully ready for your appointment. Full makeup and have your hair down and curled (maybe? If that's your style).  This will give you a better idea of what it will look like the day of and you can really picture it!
  2. Bring a small group. Honestly I'd say 3-4 max. Too many opinions can get overwhelming. Keep it small and intimate so you don't feel pressure to choose something you might not love.
    Who came with me? My mom, my MOH, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law and my best friend!
  3. Have an idea of what you want going in to the appointment, but keep an open mind. What you love in your mind might end up being totally different on your body!
  4. Have a cocktail! Relax and enjoy the process, this is the fun part! 

The nice thing about getting your dress at Angela's is they store it for you. This may seem random to mention, but I know a lot of other stores have you come pick up your dress as soon as it comes in which means you have to store it for a few months before you begin your alterations. This also means your dress has to be going from the store to the car, car to the house, house to the car for alterations, etc. which is only increasing the chances for something to go wrong. Not to mention you do have to store your dress when it comes in which means finding a spot your fiancé won't see it! 

We knew we weren't done just because we had purchased the dress, because we needed to add sleeves to it to make it my dream dress. Although this process went great for me, I'm not sure I would recommend this to someone else. Dresses that have thin straps aren't meant for sleeves and adding sleeves does increase the price tag of your dress once you begin alterations. We ended up adding a strap across my back to keep the dress on my shoulders because the weight of the sleeves just kept pulling them down. The strap was barely noticeable and a great suggestion because I was planning to wear my hair down for the day of so it completely covered it.

Obviously, this can be done and I was SO happy with my dress. But I think in the long run if you buy what you LOVE and make minor edits you'll end up spending less money. I am so grateful to the team at Angela's Bridal for taking on this challenge with open arms to help create my dream dress.

Some behind the scenes shots of the alterations!

 One sleeve on and ready to go!

One sleeve on and ready to go!

 I can hear myself saying "See? This isn't Kardashian tight on my stomach." haha I'm such a dork!

I can hear myself saying "See? This isn't Kardashian tight on my stomach." haha I'm such a dork!

 The back with one sleeve on.

The back with one sleeve on.

 Adding the strap across the back to make the sleeves secure on my shoulders. We ended up switching this one out for a nude lace fabric.

Adding the strap across the back to make the sleeves secure on my shoulders. We ended up switching this one out for a nude lace fabric.

Even if you don't do something as extreme to your dress as adding sleeves, the alterations process can be overwhelming. Make sure you have money set aside for your alterations otherwise this can be an unexpected expense when you go to pick your dress up. Keep in mind that at your first dress fitting your dress will look completely different than it did when you last tried it on. When you try it on the in the store it's pinned perfectly to your body so the fit is amazing. When you put your actual dress on it looks completely different and if you ordered it in a bigger size than you normally wear it can be a big shock when you look in the mirror! I was so surprised, haha! Typically you'll have 2-3 alteration appointments and in that time they will, of course, get the dress to the perfect fit. Just be very open and honest about exactly what you like and don't like about the fit, they will be able to fix anything. I had a "Kim Kardashian" style in my mind so I wanted that thing TIGHT which is not the norm for many seamstresses. She definitely thought I was crazy, but in the end I was so happy with the dress the final product so it was worth it to me! Nora was once again such a help through this process.

Wondering how I kept my boobs up? Yeah... duct tape. Haha! 

The final fitting and pick up! 

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The only other advice I'll give is at your last fitting or at pick up, whenever you try the dress on for the last time, walk, sit and dance in that thing. When I was in the the store looking in the mirror my bustle was good to go, but when we did the bustle before the reception it came undone immediately. As soon as I would take a few steps, dance or sit down for dinner it would come undone. By the end of the night I ended up just picking up the train and tucking it into the back of my dress just so I could dance without having to hold it. This in no way had a negative impact on my experience at the reception, but it could have been avoided if I tested it a little more at the fitting.

 I wasn't kidding about my bustle haha, here it is tucked right into the back of my dress haha! Luckily this was an option though!

I wasn't kidding about my bustle haha, here it is tucked right into the back of my dress haha! Luckily this was an option though!

If you looking for a wedding dress I absolutely recommend the team at Angela's Bridal. I'm so grateful for my experience with them! 

 

WeddingFrancesca Baio