The Pursuit of Style

In booking our trip to NYC next weekend, I got so wrapped up in being obsessed with this hotel, thinking about how much I want to see this exhibit, and how I can’t wait to have brunch here, I almost forgot that the purpose of the trip is really for a kind of major life moment: finding my wedding dress.

Cue colossal freakout because I have no idea what I want. I know what I don’t want, and maybe that’s as good a place as any to start. Needless to say, I spent some time this weekend with Vogue Weddings, a few magazines and this beautiful new wedding binder. Fingers crossed.

I loved hearing about your wedding planning experiences last time, so if you’ve gone down the aisle, let’s hear about the dress! Floor’s also open for gushing about your dream gown–or maybe you’re like me and have absolutely no idea?

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

5 thoughts on “BITS & PIECES

  1. How exciting! I cannot wait to see how your whole wedding comes together; I know it will be the epitome of class.

    It’s a shame that Priscilla of Boston is no longer. I can picture you in one of their gowns… But I’m sure whatever you choose will be gorgeous!

  2. Try on EVERYTHING. You will never know which one you’ll love until you put it on. Also..make sure to have a good meal ahead of time. It is a) exhausting physically pulling all those layers over your head MULTIPLE times and b) it is a mental marathon. I ended up with a Christos gown that I just looooved. Very soft, romantic, feminine..but no beads. Just lace and tulle. I can’t wait to see what you pick!!! It will be timeless and gorgeous I’m sure.

  3. I was one of those that had this one image of my wedding in my head. Every time I thought of our big day, the same image came to mind over and over. And while I loved SO MANY dress styles (lace, backless, dropwaist, etc), I ended up going with the one I was wearing in my mental picture. Simple and classic. I still love it over 5 years later. Vineyard Collection, style ‘Jane’. It was also quite affordable which was a nice surprise. I wore cobalt blue bow stilettos (a great idea at the time but probably caused me a lifetime of foot pain). Thanks for letting me take a trip down memory lane! Have so much fun finding your perfect gown.

  4. I went to a cute little shop in Danvers, MA called Bella Sera and had a fantastic experience! I wanted something simple and elegant with lace- almost vintage looking. I tried on 4 dresses and with the last one, I knew! It really does just hit you! And then it gets really REAL!

    Be sure to bring people who love you and respect your opinion but will give you honest advice if you ask. And have fun!!

  5. How exciting!

    My advice would be to think about specific details you definitely know you’d like and go from there. For instance, I have a love of tulle so I knew my perfect gown would include it in some way. I knew I wanted strapless. I also knew I wanted it to be special (not boring) but not over the top. Try to narrow it down to one favorite silhouette. That will help so much, and it’s probably the most important decision regarding the dress.

    I tried on a lot of dresses and didn’t think there was such a thing as “the one” for me, but I was wrong and ended up finding my dream dress. If you can figure out what you want, you can find it!

    Good luck, and remember to have fun!

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