So sorry for our little blog glitch yesterday-- we accidentally had a couple posts go up at the wrong time! Hopefully today's installment of Hitched @ Hitched, featuring our bride Ileana's first dress shopping experience, will make up for it! Take it away, Ileana!
Ileana: Of course when you work at a bridal salon and are recently engaged, you're bound to get asked one particular question over and over again-- "Have you picked out your dress yet??" So for the record, my answer is no, but I have tried them on!
I've been working at Hitched for almost two years now and have definitely tried on my fair share of gowns [many long before I was engaged]. Who wouldn't want to slip on the form fitting Anna Maier "Joan" dress or the flirty "Chateau" gown by Lela Rose? I can honestly say that I think my decision will be particulatly hard because I want a little bit of EVERYTHING! I want a ball gown to walk down the aisle in, a fitted gown for the reception, a short dress for the after party-- and at this point, why not throw an A-line silhouette in there just for fun!?
I had the pleasure of trying on gowns at Hitched over the weekend with a nice clan-- my mom, sister, two future sister-in-laws, cousin, and a good family friend. I am the first one in my family out of the 19 cousins, to have a "traditional wedding". No pressure or anything.
The fabulous Katie [who is a consultant at Hitched] came especially to help me try on the gowns so that I could have the true gown shopping experience. As soon as we arrived at Hitched, each member of my group began suggesting dresses they wanted to see on me. I secretly had chosen 5 dresses I wanted to show them but it was actually great that I tried on more than just those I'd picked out. Some of the gowns my crew had chosen ended up being among my favorites!
Believe it or not, I was actually quite nervous to try on dresses in front of everyone! Like many of our brides, I had it in my head that there would be some sort of expectation for a certain look or style, but my group was super relaxed and open minded which allowed me to enjoy the process even more. Lace, poofy ball gowns, sleeves, strapless, fitted, and sparkly [my mom's favorite since she is a jeweler] were all thrown in the mix. In the end I was thrilled to find that the gown I loved the most was also the one my family loved. Win-win for everyone!
One of the perks of working at Hitched is that I get to attend the bridal markets each year. The whole Hitched staff heads off in a few weeks to choose the gowns for next season, and with my wedding about a year away, I can’t wait to see what fabulous gowns our wonderful designers show on the runway! And it's nice to know that I have 3 fantastic front runners at the moment, no matter what.