My brilliantly funny friend Steph is The Wardrobe Angel. She has a thriving fashion business and has even been on TV. But this year she has stepped into unknown territory. She has become a bride to be and now has the task of going wedding dress shopping. I asked Steph to write a couple of blog articles for me about how she felt etc not just because she was in an unusual position for herself but also because this was an experience that every bride to be shared. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this funny and insightful start to Steph’s wedding dress search.
Shopping for my weddings dress part one…
This is already hilarious for me. Much as I love clothes I have never dreamt of my dream wedding dress. You read that correctly. I have dreamt of Mulberry handbags and mid heeled court shoes, of wardrobes with magnificent sliding doors and clothes all neatly organise inside. I have dreamt of holidays in Ibiza, the ultimate red lipstick and of the perfect brew and the accompanying wheat free biscuit. But I have never dreamt of my dream wedding dress.
I’m a stylist and image consultant and love clothes, but this wedding dress malarkey is a whole new, terrifying, other worldly ball game for me. Here are some wedding dress shaped facts about The Wardrobe Angel:
- I have never tried on a wedding dress before. NEVER. NEVER EVER.
- I fell out with maxi dresses last year and have never worn a floor length gown so I don’t know if I’ll like that wedding dress material swishing around me.
- I think I have wedding dress blindness – I bought a bridal magazine and after a few pages of flipping through I couldn’t tell the difference between one dress and the next.
- I’m scared of the weight of the dress; I’m hardly a body builder and carrying around all that tulle and lace for a whole day seems out of my bodily reach.
We’ve set the date, booked the church and the venue and now there is this HUGE gaping hole in the organisation of our wedding – my missing dress. And time is ticking. I get married in under 9 months. I rang the very wonderful Natalie Willingham to book her as my make-up artist on the day and she gave me some very sound advice,
“You’ve never tried on a wedding dress before and they are a different breed of clothing altogether so when you enter the shop take off your stylist hat and be guided by the shop assistants.”
Except here we are – the first day of wedding dress shopping is tomorrow. I don’t know what pants to wear, I am plucked, waxed and shaved within an inch of my life and I have NO IDEA what to try on first. I don’t know what I like. I can feel a huge panic rise in my chest and it does not subside. My Mum is clearly loving this and I am trying my very best to go through the motions but I NO IDEA what I am doing.
And I am TERRIFIED.
For more updates on The Wardrobe Angel finding her wedding dress follow her blog: