I was a sufferer of severe dress envy! Not sure if other bridal buds/brides-to-be have suffered from the same condition but let me tell you that it is not fun!
I bought my dress at Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides event in July, three weeks after I got engaged. It was the perfect dress for my original idea of a New Year’s Eve wedding. I spotted it from across the room and when I tried it on, I knew I could not leave without it. The dress fit like a glove. Seriously, it was like it was made for me. I felt beautiful, just like a princess. For the sale price of $250, I left with it in my hands without a second thought.
Here is a picture of me trying it on at the store –
Soon after the dress envy set in. Anytime I saw dresses on wedding blogs or watched television shows like “Say Yes to the Dress,” I felt sad that I never got the real “dress trying on experience” in a bridal salon. When I felt sad, I would run upstairs to throw it on and feel beautiful again. Unfortunately, it was only a temporary fix.
After a lot of thinking and talking it over with friends and family, I made the decision once and for all to visit a bridal store to get the “dress trying on experience” I was yearning for. I felt like if I didn’t go, I would regret it forever as a part of the wedding planning process.
When my mom visited for Thanksgiving, I dragged her and my twin sister to Alfred Angelo. The original intent was to try on bridesmaid dresses but once there, I could not resist the sea of white bridal gowns. The sales associate I was working with was amazing! After telling her the story of my dress envy, she let me try a few on. After I put the first one on, I knew I wasn’t leaving without it! I was floating on Cloud 9 and felt like a bride for the first time in my life. The dress was perfect for our art deco/vintage/old Hollywood feel we want at our wedding. It is so Marilyn Monroe! Even though I liked my original dress and felt beautiful in it, I felt as though I was playing dress up. With the Alfred Angelo dress, I am a bride. Once the birdcage veil was added, I could not get my credit card out fast enough!
So what’s the cure for dress envy? Giving in and getting a new dress. If you are a bride who questions the dress, I highly recommend trying on others. The experience will either make you feel more confident in your original choice so you won’t be asking “what if?” or it will make you come to the realization that this is the most important day of your life as a young woman and only the most perfect dress will do so you absolutely will not settle! Even though it may not be for every bride, making the quick adjustment in the wedding budget to accommodate the new wedding dress was worth it to me to cure the bad case of dress envy I felt!