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My First Time...Wedding Dress Shopping


My palms were sweating, I let out a little squeal when I saw all of the white poufs in the window and I knew I had arrived.

My first stop on my wedding dress shopping tour was Priscilla of Boston in the heart of Manhattan's Times Square. To my chagrin, all Priscilla of Boston stores are closing its doors at the end of the year so all dresses are first come, first serve. There are no more custom orders and you take the dress as is. However, all dresses are 70% off. I'm a sucker for a good sale.

I was super nervous to walk into the salon as I didn't know what to expect. When I stepped through the elevator doors it was clear the dresses had been picked over. The sample sale has been going on for some time now and although there is still a good selection left in this particular salon, this was still my first time and I didn't really know where to start. The girls working in the salon were absolutely no help as they didn't even greet me as I entered. I began sifting through the racks of dresses and finally asked one of them if I just pick out what I want. One girl replied with a simple, "Yup."

The elevator door opened again and out walked my Maid of Honor, she's a pro at everything she does and she always calms my nerves. She quickly took charge and we started pulling all sorts of styles of dresses. Since it was my first time, I wanted to try on all sizes and shapes and my MOH and I quickly had about ten dresses in the dressing room. Without hesitation the zippers came undone, the taffeta was flying everywhere and I was being slipped in and out of one dress after another. You'd think my MOH watched hours of Say Yes to the Dress to practice, but I don't think that was the case.

The first two dresses were total home run's. I fell in love with the mermaid, fit and flare style and confirmed that I am not a puffy princess dress type of girl. I realized that I like a little bit of bling along with subtle unique elements. 

Although I did walk out without a dress, one in particular has left a lasting impression on me. If all signs point to yes, I will most likely put a deposit down on the dress this week. It's super exciting and terrifying.

How did you fair when you first tried on wedding dresses? Was it love at first sight?


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