Since it’s now 2 months after my wedding and I’ve had some time to process all the madness (good and bad) that is wedding season and I’m ready to share it with you!
First things first: The dress!!!
I did a previous blog post on this without posting the actual dress so now I can! This dress is so popular now and so is the designer: Grace Loves Lace https://graceloveslace.com.au/ (If you haven’t heard of them do yourself a favour and give the Australian designer a follow for some major daily inspiration!) I legit posted a picture of it on Instagram with the designer tagged and had a lovely bride to be offering to buy it off of me days later! I actually knew I wanted to sell it after because I’m what I would call an anti-hoarder! And it truly brings me joy to think of someone else enjoying it! After selling it to her I’ve had multiple other girls write me asking if I’m thinking of selling it (sorry ladies it’s long gone)! I think the reason for its popularity is girls are moving away from the standard ball gown look in favour of a dress that represent more of their personality. I also think this dress in particular was insanely comfortable compared to many of the more bulky dresses.
I also think girls want to match their venues more so and when barn, vineyard, and country themed weddings are on the rise I can see how your standard poof dress could be on the decline. However, if a ball gown suits you most! If that is YOU! And speak to who you are when it comes to style then it’s the right dress for you regardless of venue! Be True to yourself!
It’s May which means you probably have some weddings scheduled this month or next or every month this summer if you are me! It’s such a fun time to see friends, celebrate love, maybe get out of town, do some dancing, and get dressed up!
However, I think there are a few do’s and don’ts for attending weddings concerning attire. These are loose do’s and don’ts but we have all been to that wedding where a guest broke the cardinal rule: No girl shall wear white except the bride. So, to save you any troubles this season I’m going lay them right out there.
Dress up! Don’t go casual if it is not listed on the invite as casual. It’s actually disrespectful. It’s much better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Match the venue or theme. Vineyard think flowy and long (maybe floral!). Vegas think short and colourful with some sparkle. Black tie think something long and slinky: I like red or black for these occasions. Barn wedding? Maybe more casual and comfortable! An off the shoulder dress with wedges would work wonderfully!
Match your date. But don’t go overboard. Think subtle. Tie, bowtie or handkerchief. Personally, I think shirt is too much.
Stand out. Do your research. Be excited about your outfit! I love colour! I love pattern! There is no need to blend in and be a wallflower (please tell me you know the meaning of that lol). It’s not everyday you get to get this dressed up! Embraced it!
Be comfortable! This is literally my #1 style tip above all else! And to feel beautiful! You just have to manage it in style! Find something that can work for both! Find a dress/pantsuit/outfit that is true to who you are and that you can dance the night away in! If you are uncomfortable you won’t enjoy yourself! If your hemline keeps riding up, your heels are killing you, your bra is peaking out your mind is not going to be on enjoying yourself!
WEAR WHITE. WEAR BEIGE. WEAR OFF WHITE. It’s never okay and it makes it seem like you want to be the bride or the centre of attention!
Wear something you would wear to work, the club (It is a formal event so lets treat it that way), or date night (unless your date nights are significantly fancier than mine). This is the time to splurge on a new outfit that is gorgeous! Or I love the idea of borrowing one from a friend that you have been eyeing! Also vintage stores always have great finds for a more unique look!
Forget the details! Earnings, shoes, and bag are just as important and fun to shop for and to add to your ensemble as the main piece. In fact sometimes I work my way out! I start with statement earrings and find things that would go with them!
So, to be honest the first time I went wedding dress shopping was ONLINE! I had laid eyes on a Grace Loves Lace wedding dress before I was even engaged and it was everything I could ask for in a dress and more (https://graceloveslace.com.au/). I knew I didn’t want poof, frills, sparkles, or TYPICAL. I did know I wanted comfortable, classic, stylish, sexy, slightly boho, and for it to go with my venue which is a vineyard in Niagara on the Lake. Maybe this sounds like a tall order but when I saw MY GLL dress it was everything I had dreamed up in my wedding vision of what I would look like as a bride one day! Grace Loves Lace designs all their wedding dresses with French lace and is handmade in Australia (how amazing and unique for those of us in North America!) But I couldn’t exactly make it to their store (they recently opened one in L.A. too)!
This is why I opted to hit BUY on an online wedding dress instead of going into a tradition-wedding boutique. I actually got all the feels and even called my mom crying and gushing over how lucky I felt to have purchased my DREAM dress! I never once looked back or felt nervous! When you know, you just know! Grace Loves Lace was it for me!
However, just because I got the dream dress does not mean I felt like I got the dream girls day out! When I was home for a few days one of my amazing bridesmaids who loves wedding dress shopping enough to work at Kleinfeld’s suggested I get the real bridal experience of wedding dress shopping! So, my Mama, my besty, and I went to one of the biggest bridal stores in Canada! I have to say this was a nice amount of people to have, as it wasn’t too many opinions (We have all seen those episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’)! Tip: Do your hair and makeup the day you go wedding dress shopping! You want to feel beautiful and to be able to picture the way you will look on your wedding day!
I did inform the girl I already had my dream dress but I was looking for something similar to see what it would look like on and that I also still truly needed a veil. We had an amazing day of trying on dresses, taking pictures, and me feeling spoiled with love and everything bridal! The BEST part was none of the dresses compared to what I feel for my Grace Loves Lace wedding dress, so I was still sure I had purchased the perfect one!