Dress Shopping Picking out your wedding dress is one of the BIGGEST tasks when it comes to getting married. The choice you make will be thoroughly documented, and you’re going to want it to tick a lot of boxes – it needs to fall within your budget, be comfortable enough to wear all day, and more importantly, make you feel…
Picking out your wedding dress is one of the BIGGEST tasks when it comes to getting married. The choice you make will be thoroughly documented, and you’re going to want it to tick a lot of boxes – it needs to fall within your budget, be comfortable enough to wear all day, and more importantly, make you feel absolutely amazing.
I started my hunt for a dress online. As soon as you’re engaged and begin looking for dresses, you’ll very very quickly realise there are more designers out there than just Vera Wang and Elie Saab. There’s a whole world of bridal designers that you’ve probably never heard of, and this is why a lot of research is a must! I wanted to be prepared when I made appointments to go dress shopping, and only head to the stores that stocked brands I was interested in trying (especially as most boutiques charge a fee for your appointment)
After searching through Pinterest and trawling through bridal websites, I came across a designer from New York whose lookbook I totally fell in love with. Sareh Nouri’s designs were a little different from other dresses I’d seen elsewhere – so feminine, and layered with tulle – there was something ethereal about them. As soon as I spotted that she had dresses with sleeves (something I thought would be a requirement for my own dress), I was sold.
I was relieved to find Sareh Nouri stocked at The Wedding Club in London, who kindly ordered in three of my favourite dresses from her Fall 2015 collection to try at my appointment. I went along with my mum and two bridesmaids, and we had the shop to ourselves as I tried on my dream dresses.
The first was a white, long sleeved tulle number. I felt like a princess. The second was a similar white, long sleeved number. I felt like a princess. The third was the curveball – a blush coloured off-shoulder dress – as soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one. It turned out that I felt far prettier with my chest on show rather than covered up, and something about the colour enticed me. I tried on a couple more dresses from around the store, and I won’t lie, I felt absolutely wonderful in all of them (I was having a total Friends ’The One With All the Wedding Dresses’ moment) but none felt quite as me as that blush Sareh Nouri dress.
It was more expensive than I hoped it would be, which is probably a fairly common thing when it comes to wedding dress shopping – you try them on and fall in love, and then you’re hit with the fact that it’ll set you back more than a couple months of rent. It’s a little gut-wrenching. But I’d left dress shopping rather late (just over 6 months before the wedding) and often that’s the exact amount of time required for your dress to be made-to-measure. Gulp! I had no time for shopping around, plus, I’d fallen in love with the dress. I bit the bullet and put down my deposit.
I know that this process isn’t always an easy one – I helped Reem trek from shop to shop to shop as she tried to find her perfect dress, but my own experience was a total breeze at The Wedding Club and I couldn’t recommend an appointment there enough. Each subsequent visit was such a pleasure as I got to try on my dress for it’s final fittings. Every detail was taken into account to make sure that it fit me perfectly. Swishing around the shop during my fittings had become one of my favourite things to do – I couldn’t quite believe it when I got to take it away with me.
To transport my dress I bought a box from The Emtpy Box Company – they produce beautifully sturdy boxes that can be made to the exact measurements of your airlines hand luggage if you happen to be travelling with your dress. You can also use the box to store the dress after the wedding.
And on the day? Okay, so it wasn’t the most practical dress in the world, but that was exactly why I chose it – when else would I ever get to wear such an impractical, princess dress? Sitting down was interesting, dancing was slightly laboured, and I seemed to have collected an entire ecosystem under my tulle layers after dragging them around outside all afternoon, but none of it mattered to me in the slightest.
I know that my experience won’t be the same as everybody else’s – some of you might choose to buy off-the-peg, or hunt down something vintage and have it altered, but I hope that for anybody going the same route, you’ve managed to find a few tips in there!