Bride-to-Be Blogger Leslie: Shopping for The Dress With Mom!

Last week held a big moment for me in terms of wedding planning: My mom came up to Philadelphia for the day and we decided to spend some time searching for a wedding dress! I always knew that my first experience trying on wedding dresses, I wanted to share alone with my mom. I believe that’s a special experience between and mother and a daughter and I am glad we got to share it together!

I talked to some friends and decided we would start our search at Priscilla of Boston in Suburban Square in Admore. I know some friends who got dresses there and they had great experiences. Plus, another special part of starting my search there was that my mom  got her dress from Priscilla of Boston 30 + years ago! I knew it would be a great place to start since her dress was beautiful.

We walked in the doors and immediately stepped into a sea of white. My mom and I got straight to work going through dresses and picking out some things to try on. I had an idea of what I wanted and what I didn’t want, but I decided to have an open mind and try a little bit of everything. There were so many dresses to choose from! It was hard to pick a few to start with, but my mom and our consultant helped me pick out 8 different dresses to try on. It was very surreal stepping into the dressing room to try on the gowns. It made the upcoming wedding way more real for me.

I kept an open mind trying on all the different dresses. I wanted to give everything a chance, but I sort of knew what I wanted, which was helpful in the end. When I have an image of something in my head, it’s hard to get rid of it when I know its what I want—this was true in my wedding dress shopping experience as well.

I ended up falling in love with a gorgeous gown. It is everything I pictured and knew I wanted from the start. It’s a perfect dress—but I am having trouble committing. I only just started looking and I want to check out another store or two before I make my choice.

Any other “Say Yes To The Dress” fans out there? I love when Randy says that it’s harder to commit to the dress than the man! It’s seriously so true!

Either way, it is officially less than a year before the wedding and I need to pick a dress. The word on the street is that it can take up to nine months after you order the dress for you to actually get to see your dress, and then another month or two (or more!) for alterations .It’s such a process! It freaks me out that I won’t be able to see the dress for another 9 months or so after ordering. That scares me a bit.

My mom and I have plans to do some more dress shopping again very soon.

Does anyone have any other wedding dress shop suggestions I should check out? I honestly don’t even know where to go next.

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