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Shoes!

Today is a big wedding milestone day! I got my shoes and picked up my wedding dress.

I was really inspired by this post over on The Budget Savvy Bride. I really feel like this bride’s style is close to mine. Elegant, but fun. I immediately fell in love with her shoes and she was kind enough to let me know where she purchased them and that they were still available.

I jumped onto DSW.com and purchased the shoes right away.

Peeptoes are my favorite style of shoe. I think it gives that perfect glimpse of toe cleavage and is super flattering. I will definitely move into flip-flops as the night progresses, but as you can probably tell from our engagement photos, shoes are a major part of my wardrobe.

Picking up my wedding dress was a lot less eventful this time. This dress fits perfectly (despite the cookie diet I’ve been on lately) and is not missing any eye hooks.  I really do love my wedding gown and can’t wait for Travis to see me in it!

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Dress Update

Yesterday, I headed down to Alfred Angelo to pick up my dress. It took about 2 1/2 months for it to be made and shipped.

In my mind I had built up trying my wedding dress on like it was going to be magical. Like I would walk into the store and there would be my dress. The train flowing across the floor, the beautiful fabric glowing as an aura of light shined from above.

Huh. Dis-a-ppointment.

The store lady brings my dress out. It is wrapped in a normal looking plastic garment bag. It is surrounded with tissue paper and has been wrapped around itself so it would ship better (I’m assuming). It comes out of the bag and it is a wrinkly, gorgeous mess. Like really wrinkly. No, really.

The store lady leaves me with Sylvia (my future sister in law) who helps me into the dress.

Two initial thoughts:

A) It is heavier than I remembered.

B) I’m still completely in love with it.

Then we got to play with my veil. Yes, I overpaid and got suckered in, but the veil really tops it off.

After copious amounts of brainstorming hair styles with Sylvia, fidgeting with the veil and getting the oohs and ahhs from the bridal store ladies, it was time to take the dress off. Back in the dressing room, Sylvia noticed that there was something funky with the built-in corset.

The culprit

The culprit

On one side there were 11 eye hooks and on the other side there were 12. I didn’t think much of it. To be honest, I was secretly hoping that they would give me a discount for the minor mess up. When we showed the ladies in the store they were outraged and insisted that the dress be sent back and possibly even remade.

To me that kind of seems silly, but the ladies were insistent. My dress got zipped back in it’s bag and is being sent back to the factory or wherever they mass produce Alfred Angelo dresses.

At least I got to try it on.

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The Quest for the Dress

In my mind I had built up buying my wedding gown as an event that would last for weeks. Something that I would stress over, going from shop to shop, dragging my girlfriends and bridesmaids along with me. In reality, I knew the dress I wanted the first time I saw it. For CS, I visited the dress three times!

A couple of weeks ago I finally felt like it was time to start dress shopping. I’m down seven pounds, about half the weight I had wanted to lose before dress shopping, but to be completely honest I’m a little over punishing myself for every pound I don’t get off. I’m all about goal setting, but it finally struck me that I was gauging how the dress shopping process would go based on how many pounds I had dropped. I am the type of person that is overly hard on myself. I always have been. It’s not my best trait, but it’s a part of me. I guess the struggle comes from wanting to be successful and perfect. Overachiever? Party of one.

So a month or so ago I made the appointment at Alfred Angelo and headed down to the store with my lovely bridesmaids Lexie and Sarah. The dress that I fell in love with back in January had been moved to one of the models at the front of the store and I quickly let the sales girls know that it was the dress I had been stalking for 6 months.

My “bridal consultant” gave me a slip and a strapless bra and then brought in piles of dresses. I’m a lucky girl because the first dress I tried on was the one. I’ve been in love with it and secretly wishing that it would be the right dress for months now. And it was. I’m not going to give any more details about the dress because my betrothed reads this blog, but if you’re interested email me and I will send you a photo.

So even though I knew that dress was the one, I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to try on wedding dresses. When was I going to have this chance again?

Here’s a quick glimmer of the dresses that I tried on.

**Disclaimer – Many of these dresses were way too small and thus not attractive. Come on bridal industry lets think about getting some dresses that are in a wider variety of sizes. Also, apparently, I didn’t think washing my hair, putting in my contacts or applying an appropriate amount of makeup was important that day. Ooops!

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Of course, I am still hoping to drop more pounds before the wedding, and I was a little apprehensive about buying the gown until the bridal salespeople told me that the gowns can be taken down three sizes! Woo-hoo!

Overall, the experience at Alfred Angelo was great. I got a deal on my dress and got suckered into buying the veil and slip, but they gave me a 15% discount and $300 off my dress. I’m a sucker for sales.

Here’s me and the girls after I signed the dotted line:

At Alfred Angelo after purchasing my wedding dress

At Alfred Angelo after purchasing my wedding dress (FYI - we didn't plan the pink coordination)

The way it works at Alfred Angelo is you put half down when you order and pay the other half when the dress arrives. My dress is supposed to be in next month and I can’t wait to try on a dress that is actually in my size (not too small or too big like the sample dresses).

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Alfred Angelo – Reno – Part Deux

My friend Carrie is getting married in July and I am one of her bridesmaids. This week she came into town to wrap up some wedding business including picking out and purchasing the bridesmaid dresses.

Earlier in the week I tried on a couple of dresses with (or should I say for?) Carrie at Alfred Angelo. She ended up liking this dress:

Alfred Angelo Style 7041 in Spice

Alfred Angelo Style 7041 in Spice

But for good measure she asked all of the bridesmaids to come to Alfred Angelo today to do a final try-on before purchasing. The gown is beautiful and is very flattering on all of the girls. I was relieved about that. As the largest of the bridesmaids I was envisioning spaghetti straps and sparkles and something all around scary. Can you tell I’ve had a few bad experiences shopping for bridesmaid dresses?

A quick note about the Alfred Angelo shopping experience here in Reno. The store is clean and there are plenty of staff to help in the shopping experience. The staff is friendly, although I would say that the manager could be a little nicer. I’ve now had two experiences with her on two separate occasions and didn’t get the same nice vibe that I got from the other staff.

I would recommend making an appointment so you are ensured that you get great service. Also, if you can go during the week the store is less busy and you are less likely to have to share the store with another group. They do have a great selection of bridesmaid dresses and they are reasonably priced (mine was $160 with tax). They also have a large selection of bridal gowns in a variety of different styles and sizes. I will be making a trip back when The Quest for the Dress begins so I will be sure to fill you in on that experience as well.

Anyway, I didn’t make the bridal fair last night. I was so exhausted from the week that all I wanted to do was come home and enjoy a nice, stiff drink. Which is exactly what I did thanks to the fiance who played bartender and served some fantastic mojitos.

This weekend is filled with obligations (both work and personal) and I can hardly wait to get out of town for a few days. Viva la Mexico! (Is that even right? I took French in college).

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