At the time of writing this post, I’ll be celebrating my 6 month wedding anniversary with my husband. Man, has the time flown by, it seems like only yesterday we were exchanging our vows, now we’re 6 months deep!!
During the process of selecting my wedding dress, I found it difficult to accept the possibility that I could look beautiful as a young woman with a UK dress size of 24/26.
Looking for a bridal dress was actually surprisingly easy. Easy in the sense that I didn’t have a fixed idea on a particular style, I was mainly relying on the feeling that all brides get when they put on the dress and know that it’s “The One”. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous trying on dresses. The vision that constantly came into my head was me looking like the Michelin tyre guy!! I knew that was an exaggeration and I had to do my best to forget that and just try to enjoy my dress fitting.
I had mentally prepared myself that I probably wouldn’t find a wide range of amazing dresses in my size, plus with a budget of less than £1,000, I did feel that it was a big ask. My sister suggested we head to David’s Bridal in Stratford to see what they had to offer. I’d never heard of them before and really lowered my expectations on the styles and range of dresses I would find, as I didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment. Fast forward to the day of my fitting, I expected to only find a maximum of 3 dresses all of which I didn’t love but would have to settle on one as I didn’t have many options.
Imagine my surprise when the store assistant brought me 8 dresses all in my size. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I still had my guard up as I didn’t want to allow myself to dream only to have my hopes dashed. I tried on the first dress and was super apprehensive to look in the mirror. When I did, I was taken aback slightly….“Is this really happening? Am I seriously trying on wedding dresses? Can I actually look good in white?”
After my initial shock, I started to let my guard down and begin to enjoy the process. The first dress wasn’t my style but it did open my horizons as to the type of dress I could wear. I quickly changed into my next dress. I remember putting it on, walking to the mirror and stopping to take a breath.
As I looked at myself up and down in the mirror, I couldn’t believe it…“Is that really me?….I look beautiful, absolutely beautiful.” In that moment, my sister and my best friend started to get emotional, which in turn made me emotional. I couldn’t believe the person looking back at me was me. The dress hugged me in the right places and just made me feel like I was on cloud nine. I tried on all of the other dresses but kept on coming back to the 2nd one. That is when I knew that this was my dress.
As I look at my dress in my wardrobe, I realise now how fortunate I was to have a great first wedding dress fitting experience. I’ve read horror stories about how plus size brides have been left scarred in many a dress fitting. I’ve learnt a lot about myself especially in the area of clothing. I know I can look fabulous, no matter my size and I should be open to experimenting with new styles and colours.
As a special treat for making it to the end of this post, please enjoy my wedding video made by the amazing people at Film_Stripe
Left: Picture of my wedding dress, courtesy of CMPX Simplicity