I’m a newlywed! (I just love saying that!) Well, at least a newlywed for the next week, as my husband and I will be celebrating our year anniversary. It’s a nostalgic time for me and I find myself looking back at how it all came along. It started with a dress…literally. After announcing our engagement, my sisters immediately booked flights to help me find my wedding dress. Before their arrival I looked through dozens of dresses online and I liked a lot of dresses, but my heart fell in love with one in particular. This dress just so happened to be a Monique Lhuillier gown. I was obsessed with it because it was unique and a definite show stopper. But like all good things, it came with a catch- a whopping $10,000 price tag! Needless to say, that was several times over my budget. I was sad…cried, kicked and screamed at my future husband for not letting me have “my dress.” Well, let me re-
phrase that, he would have allowed me the dress but I’d have to give up the wedding location, venue and go minimal on everything else. Ladies and Gents, I compromised. Just like in all good relationships. I gave up “the dress” for a dress I liked and look good in. Once my sisters were in town we found several dresses. It was actually hard to pick one because I look pretty in almost everyone (thank you gym!) The dress I went with showed off my figure, was not overpowering (I wore the dress, not the other way around) and reasonably priced. My sisters loved it and for a moment I almost forgot about the Monique Lhuillier gown. Now don’t get me wrong, I did think about that dress again (several times in fact) during that nine months of planning, but looking back, not getting the gown was a smart decision. I married my soul mate, celebrated our wedding with 100 of our closest friends and family, our pictures were perfection and I DID feel beautiful in my chosen gown.
All this talk about gowns, it drives me wild to think that I could have ever contemplated spending $10,000 on a dress. That’s just insane! It’s true what everyone says, you only wear it once and by the end of the night the dress was trashed. Brides-to-be get caught up in the moment and forget that there is life after the “I do’s.” I thank God that I didn’t throw too much of a fit and got my way. I’m glad my husband reiterated that he would be marrying me- not a dress.
But what about those Brides who want a designer gown? That’s where Vera Wang comes into play. This past season Vera Wang introduced a line at David’s Bridal. Her collection is $1500 and under. A steal in the bridal world! Had this option been available a year ago I would have proudly walked into David’s Bridal, tried on one of those gowns and worn it down the aisle. So yes, it may have started with a dress, but it was our love and dedication for each other that made our wedding everlasting.