On October 1st 2017 I went to the National Wedding Show with Evan, my Mum, my auntie and my mate Roz. As we booked the wedding venue last month I wanted to go to just look around and see the catwalk of all the dresses and suits! Basically just to be nosey and get some ideas for my wedding day even though it’s not until 2020. Evan wasn’t too sure on coming but I insisted he wasn’t going to be watching me try on dresses all day. I genuinely believed that this wouldn’t be the case but on entering the place, there were discounted dresses absolutely everywhere! The first place we walked by had all their dresses reduced to £250. They were all sample dresses and they wanted to get rid of them this weekend for all the new samples they would be receiving soon. For the bants I decided to try one on that caught my eye. I’d never tried on wedding dresses before and I had no intentions of buying one as my wedding was so far away.
(Sorry for the poor quality of these photos, they were taken on my mum’s phone!) I loved the skirt of the first dress but I hated the drop waist. My hips are a lot wider than my waist so this dress didn’t do any favours for me but it was so exciting to try on my first gown! The second one I tried on had a more natural waistline but I was not a fan of the skirt at all plus the waistline still wasn’t right. A woman suggested I purchase both and use the top of one and the bottom of the other as two dresses would have only been £500. I wasn’t that desperate though and continued on to the next place! Even though we arrived about an hour and a half after the place opened, the places that would allow you to try on dresses were rammed. It was honestly chaos, people were grabbing the dresses they wanted to try on and then taking tickets with numbers.
At 12:30 we stood for the catwalk and saw quite a few different dresses, suits and mother of the bride/groom outfits. Just before it begun my mum spotted the pace where we could collect goodie bags so naturally we all took a bag each! It consisted of some face masks, a lindor chocolate ball, a small deodorant, some leaflets, a brochure on honeymoons and a Lancome Paris ‘Teint idole ultra’ foundation in colour 038 Beige. I was hoping this wasn’t the only colour they were giving out cause that would have been awful. I tried out the colour on my hand and it looks too orange on me unfortunately. The catwalk did get a bit boring after I had seen all the designers I wanted to see so we walked away slightly before the end to get around while it wasn’t too busy.
Along with bridal boutiques, there were also entertainment, makeup and decorative stands. We did pop into a photo booth to get a cheeky group photo. I wasn’t too bothered about looking at the makeup or entertainment as I’m going to hire someone else to do my makeup on the day and we also have a DJ included in our venue package. I do really want a photo booth at our wedding though and a photographer of course.
We stopped at a stand for natural petal confetti which is biodegradable and eco-friendly. They do the confetti in so many different colours so it can match the colour scheme of your wedding. We were allowed to choose a few samples so I went with the ones below as I’m not certain on a colour scheme yet.
Moving around the place I tried on a few more dresses…
One of my favourite dresses is pictured below on the mannequin. Roz managed to sneak a picture as the lady was so horrible and wouldn’t let us take a photo of me in it unless I was buying. Throughout the day, people were making judging comments about the fact that my groom was there and I said I didn’t mind as I wasn’t planning to buy. As soon as I said that the staff in most places were horrible and didn’t give me the time of day at all. I even overheard one staff member saying to the other ‘why even bother trying on dresses if you’re not going to buy one’. Urm, I dunno, maybe so I know what style I want!? Even after I mentioned that I didn’t mind Evan being there they were all like ‘most people don’t want to groom to see them in a wedding gown at all!’ Well I’m not most people and I will do what I like with my life thank you very much.
I didn’t think I would like the mermaid style gown but I loved the way it showed of all the right curves and made me feel so comfortable with my body. However, I have always chosen comfort over fashion so the mermaid dresses weren’t the one unfortunately. I wan’t to be able to move on my wedding day and eat as much as I want without having to worry about my bloated tummy! Plus we’re getting married in July so it could be quite warm.
At this point I was starting to feel bad, especially as Evan didn’t really want to go in the first place (plus he had a sore back) and now he was just watching me try on dresses! For lunch we went for a cheeky Wetherspoons and after some painkillers and a few beers, Roz and Evan were having a much better time!
We walked around one last time, tried on some tiaras (including Evan) and I even signed up to be on Say Yes To The Dress UK. This is my absolute favourite program and I was so excited that I could be on it. As we went past the first bridal boutique store as we were leaving the lady recognised me and said that all the dresses were now £150! I could not believe it so I decided to try on some of the dresses that were left. I sent Evan away at this point just cause I had a feeling that I was going to love one.
Now, I’m not going to go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil what the dress looks like for Evan. I basically had this one dress on and the woman used pins to transform it into exactly what I was looking for. All day I had been trying on dresses and I never understood why people get all emotional, I didn’t feel anything all day just ‘ooo this one looks nice’. Well after this dress was all pinned I actually got a bit emotional and had tears in my eyes! There wasn’t anything I would change about it, this was the dress. My mum even got emotional and started crying, called my dad to say that I had found a dress that I loved. When Mum told him how much it was I’m pretty sure my dad cried of happiness! The only issue was that I’m getting married in 2020 but the women were lovely about that and said that I should get it and just put it away until a year before when it comes out for alterations. So I said yes to this stunning Pronovias sample gown which sells for £1250 that had absolutely nothing wrong with it for £150! I don’t think I will change my mind about the dress and even if I do I’m sure I will be able to sell it.
I’ve always said that I didn’t want to buy a second hand gown just because I want my wedding dress to be firstly worn at my wedding. This just goes to show that you can get a new gown for a budget price and you don’t have to sacrifice what you want. This dress may have been worn by a lot of women but for no more than 10 minutes each. It’s everything I wanted and even though my wedding is still a few years away, I’m so glad it’s all coming together.
Thanks for following me on this exciting journey. 🙂
(I also had to decline SYTTD UK which was sad haha)