IF THE DRESS FITS….
Ladies who have been married, or who are engaged are very familiar with the eternal challenge of finding the perfect wedding dress. When I was married, I swear that the poor sales girl was very tired of seeing me before I made my final decision. I made three trips to the bridal shop and tried on over fifty – that’s right! – fifty wedding dresses before I made my final selection.
Surprisingly, my bride had no such problem. Can you believe it? My bride – the one who had no concrete plans, and who’s favorite decision-making answer was “Ummm….I dunno” went to one bridal shop, tried on eight dresses, and made a decision on the spot. She loves, loves, loves her dress. If she could wear it everyday, I bet she would.
Of course, I should have known enough by now to be cautious when anything was too easy. The shenanigans were only just beginning….
Wedding dress sizes are strange things. They can vary according to style, designer, and fabric. Generally, the rule is to try one size bigger and then alter it down if you are ordering online. In a bridal salon, don’t feel discouraged or shocked if the size of the wedding dress is larger than what you would normally wear. Calm your racing heartbeat! It is okay! It’s normal for the sizing to run differently, and it is more important to feel comfortable and beautiful during your special day than to feel like if you take a deep breath your zipper will bust.
Remember that unless you purchase a different dress for your reception, this is the one that you will be wearing for quite a few hours. You will be hugging, posing, sitting, and dancing in this dress. If it is too tight or uncomfortable, you will not be a happy camper.
Although my favorite bride did not have any trouble choosing her dress, she did have trouble with that sizing tag. Instead of going for comfort, she decided that she was going to go on a diet. She chose a dress that left her no room for error at all, and that verged on uncomfortable. It also had a zip-up back instead of the corset style, so there would be no room for error.
Ohhhh boy, this did not bode well. My bride is 5’11”, slim, and fastidious about remaining slim. She goes to great lengths to maintain her gorgeous and graceful figure. Being 5’6” and more round myself, I envy her ability to turn every outfit into something stunning and fit for the catwalk. My bride, however, does not see it that way. She proceeded to strictly limit herself to a low-carb, high protein diet that eliminated anything that even looked tasty to me. Her first fitting went well. I saw a hysterical Facebook post after the next one. Her dress hadn’t fit, and she was devastated. Her resolve to eat less and work out more strengthened, and when I went with her to her next (and final) fitting, her mother and I waited with baited breath, straining to hear any sound coming from the back dressing room. Nothing. The tension grew thick, and then…
She came waltzing through the doors with a large smile and I let out my pent up breath. She looked gorgeous, happy, and absolutely radiant, and nothing could be better, in my mind. It was a great moment, but it was fought for with tooth and nail. There was so much riding on this dress, and it was all my bride thought about. Every meal she had was carefully prepared and rationed so that there was no possibility that she would not fit in her dress. She did this for a whole year!
Here’s some advice from the Mad MOH – don’t do it. It’s not fun, and it can add stress to a process that can already be stressful. Go up a size, have it taken in, and you won’t have to be afraid to have actual salad dressing on your salad.