One of my favorite TV shows is “Say Yes to the Dress.” I know, I bet you NEVER would have guessed! My husband LOVES to watch this with me too *kidding*. I love seeing how the appointments go: who they bring, what their style is, watching them try on several different dresses, what the Bridal Consultants have to say and so on…Love all the dynamics.
That being said and this may be a shocker to you…I did not ever have a bridal appointment.
I know, right? Crazy!
I was Maid of Honor in a dear friend’s wedding and we were shopping for Bridesmaids Dresses for her upcoming June Wedding. My Wedding wasn’t until November, but she told me to keep an eye out while we were going from dress shop to dress shop. She’s so sweet to let me even look while we were concentrating on her wedding. More or less, I only wanted to see if there were any dresses that caught my eye and were worth coming back for.
On the last stop of our Bridesmaid dress search, I saw a dress that was what I was looking for. My friend, who was also my MOH, encouraged me to try it on…and why not? What would it hurt? I did and I just knew it was the one. People in the store, that I didn’t even know, walked over to tell me that this dress had to be the one.
It was not your typical dress appointment and my own Mother didn’t even get to be there. I do have a very close relationship with my mother and she is one of my best friends so it wasn’t that I didn’t want her to be there. I felt really bad that she wasn’t there to see her only daughter try on her wedding dress for the first time. One thing my mother has been so good about teaching me is independence. Even when it’s hard for her and I, she has always been good about loving me in such a unique way that has grown me into an independent woman. Even when it would be nice and convenient to live close by to my parents, my mom taught me to pursue new challenges, find the best opportunities, and explore new places. I made that decision to get that dress without her seeing it and her approval of the dress, but I knew she would love it.
She may not have been there for my Wedding Dress appointment, but we shared one very special Mother – Daughter moment that very few have… She altered my wedding dress and made my wedding veil. It was only her and I there for the fittings and alterations. She was the only one to see me put on my shoes to make sure my dress was the right length. She was the only one to see me in my dress for the final fitting and one week before the Wedding. She took hours of her time to make alterations and make my veil from scratch. She did such a great job and I am so glad that we were able to share these moments.
I’m a little early, but with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to have a little shout out to my Mother and wish her a wonderful Mother’s Day. I love her so much. I would not be the person I am today, without her. You rock, Mom.
Also, for your entertainment, I learned this little saying for a Mother’s Day skit when I was probably in Elementary School and it just stuck… ”My mother is a seamstress, buttons and bows and she doesn’t even get thanks for all that she sews. “
In the weeks to come, I am to talk more about the Bridal Appointment. This is just my entry way into the succession of posts to come. Please let me know if you have any questions that you would like answered!