No Sleep Til’ Union: The Dress
I love my bridal gown. Wedding dress. Whatever. I love it. It’s so simple. There’s not a lot of dazzle, or flair. I am the kind of person that even I expected to see walk down the aisle in something that was all bedazzled and huge. It’s not though. Its a simple, mermaid style dress. Its elegant, and understated, and totally outside of what I thought I would be in. ( 4th Roomy made me stop typing so he could dictate my thoughts to me: “my husband is so wonderful, so loving and caring, that I want to jump on him right now. His mere presence arouses me to the point of insanity. If only we could lie around all day and make more babies I would be content.”)
He’s right about the more babies part, but let me get back to my dress. When I started dress shopping, I totally thought I wanted a ball gown. I wanted to look like a Princess. Duh. When I started trying on dresses, the princess style gowns were beautiful, but they really drowned me in their heaviness and fullness. I sweat like a whore. In a church. I pour sweat in situations that make me nervous, or where I am dancing, or even just doing something small. I couldn’t be stuck in an extra 25 lbs of dress at my wedding. The day I was trying on dresses, I had pretty much narrowed down to the dress that I thought was the one. And I was tired of trying on dresses. I don’t know exactly when I got tired of trying on clothes in my life, but it happened, I believe, sometime around the twins second birthday. I would rather be sleeping than shopping, and remember when I mentioned how much I sweat? Yea well, pulling clothes on and off in a 4×4 box gets hot. And exhausting.
Anyhow, I had tried on about 5 dresses, and laid about 5 more on top of my very fat body…because if you aren’t a size 2-8, no one tells you how depressing wedding dress shopping is. Dresses come in TRUE sizes. You have no clue how much stores have fooled you with Vanity Sizing until you attempt to be fitted for a wedding gown. I fit 12’s in DVF dresses. My bridal gown was ordered in a size 18. And that was ONE SIZE TOO SMALL. I ordered it with the knowledge that my fat ass had to LOSE weight to fit into an 18. Smh. They tell you that its totally normal. Women who wear 12’s and 14’s have to order 18’s all the time. Yea, imagine how much better and not fat that made me feel, but I digress. I was feeling overwhelmed, and kind of just decided to settle down between one ball gown style dress and another mermaid shaped gown. My whole family that was there that day said the mermaid silhouette was best for my shape, but something kept drawing me back to this ball gown I had tried, even though it was heavy and sweaty, the entire bottom looked as if it was filled with cream colored waves atop the ocean that was the dress.
Torn between the two, and wanting to put more options on my ACTUAL body, I did the unthinkable. Traveled to the PLUS SIZED ROOM! *insert ominous music* The thing about plus sized gowns, which each sales person I worked with warned me, was that they were cut differently than normal gowns. Uhm, ya think? They’re larger, right? So my fat ass can…ya know? FIT? But no. They meant differently for real. They are wider in the waist, so, with an hourglass shape like mine, I needed to be mindful that ordering one would mean that I had to look for not too much rouching or detail in the middle, because inevitably a lot would have to be cut off. Whatever, though. I just wanted to see more dresses on my body. So I headed to the section with the plus sized bridal gowns. And it was a disaster. BUT…on the way out of the room…there sat my dress, on a mannequin. My Maid of Honor Crystal, and bridesmaid Ashley…or 2/3 of our R&B friendship supergroup CAC… found it. It wasn’t a plus sized dress, it was I think a size 14. It just looked larger on the mannequin so they put it in front of the room to fool all the big girls like me. But then I put it on…
That was all she wrote. The shape was gorgeous. It made my boobs looks AMAZING. Size flew out of my head and through the window. Who cares what size it was? The dress was fabulous. Its by Allure Bridals and I really love them because on their FB Fan page, they post all the pics from their brides in their gowns. I cannot wait to submit. I wish I could put up pictures of my first fitting. Let me tell you, diet, exercise and slight starvation paid off. I am smaller and it fits me like a glove. The train is gorgeous, and my mom is paying a bunch of money to have it bustled into a dance floor dazzler for the reception. And here’s the best part. Even after the bustier, the spanx, the slip, the gown itself and the bustling…IT IS UNDER $1200. I cannot wait to show you all tons of pictures of me in it in 28 daysTags: allure, Allure Bridals, Bridal Gown, bridals, bride, dress, dress shopping, gown, wedding, wedding dress, wedding gown