Wedding Wednesday: Saying Yes to the Dress

There have been and will be a lot a tough decisions to make when it comes to wedding planning but saying yes to the dress wasn’t one of them!

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Last Saturday my mom, sister and I drove up to Madeline’s Daughter in Portsmouth to begin (and end!) dress shopping.

I chose this salon for my first wedding dress shopping experience because a close friend said she had the best experience there. Most, if not all, of their inventory is on their website and I was able to save numerous pictures on my iPad of styles I liked for my consultant to see.

When we arrived, the three of us were ushered into a private dressing where I changed into some extremely attractive under garments (not attractive at all) and spoke with my consultant about how the appointment would work. I showed her all of the styles I was drawn to and she went back into the magical land of wedding dresses and pulled 5 for me to try on.

She asked which one I was drawn to first but I had no idea. My sister however knew which one she wanted to see me in and pointed to it. And the fun began, I tried on the first dress, that my sister chose, and was laced up and clipped in and turned towards the mirror.

I loved it. I knew right then it was my dress. I looked at my mom, who was crying which further solidified that this was in fact, my dress.

I stilled tried on more dresses but none lived up to that first dress. After about an hour of trying dresses on and comparing them to the first dress, I decided to put the first dress back on. My mom cried again and I said this was for sure my dress.


I tried on a couple veils, my consultant took my measurements and we placed the order for my WEDDING DRESS! And in six months it will come in. Everything was so easy and my mom, sister and I had the best time.

After this the three of us went to lunch to celebrate!


Wedding Wednesday: 6 Traditions I’m Skipping

Growing up I was never the girl that endlessly dreamed of my wedding day. I was more worried about the next cheerleading competition or eating ALL.THE.PIZZA at All You Can Eat Night at Papa Ginos (seriously though, I ate ALLLLL I could and it was awesome!). Now that I’m engaged, I’m singing a new tune. I think about wedding planning all the time!

I never thought I’d be a super traditional bride but the more I think about the big day, the more I see myself on the traditional side. But not all tradition is for me, there are a few things that SL and I will pass on.

  • A Raunchy Bachelorette

I’ll pass on inflatable penises and penis straws and penis necklaces…I’m 30 for God’s sake! Being a bachelorette party pro, I’ve had my fair share of crazy, penis-filled, drunken nights on party busses but its just not my style. I would be more than happy with dinner out (or in!) with my best bitches.

  • Not Seeing Each Other Before the Wedding

I love wedding cocktail hours so I surely don’t want to miss my own! SL and I have decided to take pictures before the ceremony in order to be present for our cocktail hour and have time to spend with our guests before the real partying starts.

  • The Bridal March

It’s just not me. This song screams church wedding to me and since SL and I aren’t getting married in a church, I don’t feel bad about skipping over this traditional song in favor of one that’s more suited to our personalities.

  • Receiving Line

Is this still a tradition? I think I’ve only seen one in a couple weddings. Our wedding will be almost 200 people and having a receiving line would legit take FOREVER. I’d rather chat with everyone during cocktail hour, cocktails in hand!

  • The Bouquet and Garter Toss

My bouquet will without a doubt be gorgeous and I want to keep it…in tact. And I don’t want SL going up my dress in front of my family. I will never live it down.

  • Anniversary Cake

Something just weirds me out about freezing cake and eating it a year later. Ehh, I’ll pass. Maybe SL and I will go out for dessert or ice cream on our one year anniversary. I’m sure we’d both enjoy that much more than freezer-burnt cake.

There are of course a few traditions I am not passing over…the white dress, a veil and of course, the honeymoon!!

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