My beautiful wedding dress was off the rack and I am by no means ashamed to admit it. I bought my wedding dress on my first day of looking and it was about the 8th I tried on and second shop I has been to. I didn’t really plan to buy off the rack, the first shop I went to was a boutique for example, but the second was a sample store and that’s where I ended up finding the dress I loved.

I have had mixed reactions. Most people thought it was great or didn’t really have an opinion either day, but a few friends wrinkled their noses a bit. They seemed fixated on the fact that other women would have tried it on before me… What like every other piece of clothing you have bought from a shop you mean?! These pre conceptions are plain silly. So, for any off the rack brides like me, here are some benefits of buying a sample dress as well as some tips for getting it right.

Saving money is obviously a big one. My dress was an Alfred Angelo last season which was reduced to half its original price. The full price of most wedding dresses makes me wince (you’ll only wear it once) but I do understand the price tags with all the material and detailing. So, to buy a sample and save some pennies seems like a great idea to me.

It might be one of a kind! When I found my dress before buying it I went home to think about it and searched the web high and low for the same Alfred Angelo design elsewhere. I would not find it for sale for love nor money anywhere in the world, it must have been a discontinued line. This meant that next to no brides would be wearing it for the 2016 wedding season! For someone who likes to be unique like me this is a big plus and I was keen on being a DIY friendly bride so buying a sample kind of fitted into that theme.

Flexible fittings. When you order your dress in you have the big decision of choosing a size. Yes, you can have it altered but it’s more difficult to take things out than in. I have heard of brides ordering a dress in a smaller size and then panic dieting to try and get into it when they haven’t lost the weight they wanted to. My dress was a size 14 so that was what I got. When I bought it, I was a 12 and by the time I went for my first fitting I was a 10 so I could have it taken in a fair bit. But equally could have had it taken in only a little. Flexibility makes for a calmer bride!

Tips for buying off the rack:

  1. Check the dress thoroughly, a few gems missing here or there is no biggie (my seamstress fixed some of those for me) but stains, foundation marks or major damage could prove difficult and cause you unnecessary stress.
  2. Get a good seamstress who you trust and can fit it properly and repair any small problems. Mine was amazing and transformed the dress. It fitted like a glove.
  3. Do not be ashamed! It does not mean your dress is used, second hand or in any way less ‘yours’. On the other hand you don’t have to tell people if you don’t want to. They’ll never know! And it’s none of their business anyway.
  4. Pick a dress you love and don’t be put off it’s off the rack. If, like me, you didn’t necessarily plan on buying a sample dress but you fall for one then get it! It might be your only chance! And if it’s the one, it’s the one.

Off the rack is fabulous. It doesn’t mean the dress is any less beautiful, stylish or special. I’m so glad I found mine and  wouldn’t change it for the world.

Happy shopping!

 


If you’ve been following my blog or my insta you will probably be sick to death of my wedding photo spam but SORRY there’s more to come! It was my wedding day after all. Today I’m going to write about one of the most magical experiences of my life (apart from the actual wedding of course); our post-wedding location shoot.
You may be aware that we had less than desirable weather for our wedding day – therefore we missed out somewhat on the stunning backdrop of our cliff top villa reception. We decided to get the photographer to take us back to the villa a few days later in all our wedding get up so that we could capture some of the magic.


It was so much fun! I thought I’d be nervous as I’ve never been photographed professionally before, but the photographer put us at ease and just told us to be natural. We literally just wandered round the garden, chatting and laughing and stopped for the odd smooch occasionally! I’m so pleased with how they came out the villa looks stunning.

Now onto the best bit. The photographer asked us if we would be keen to go and shoot at a tidy, secret beach and maybe even go in the sea as he had an underwater camera! I didn’t hesitate. I love the ocean, being a dive master I am a mermaid at heart and how different and exciting to have underwater wedding photographs?? Not many people can say they’ve got those. I did have a quick thought about getting my dress wet, but then I though HELL I’m never going to wear it again! And incidentally it recovered just fine and you wouldn’t even know I went swimming in it!


My dreams of becoming a mermaid are realised!

What do you think?? Would you wear your wedding dress underwater?

 Paul, if you’re reading this, DON’T PANIC! I’m not talking about “The One” in terms of love.  I am, of course, referring to the elusive “The One Wedding Dress”.

For me, it didn’t exist. It doesn’t exist!

It’s difficult to discuss dresses without giving to much away but I’ll just say this:

I have got a dress, which I love, which looks lovely on me, is flattering and is beautiful. I love it.

When I told girls who are already married my reservations about wedding gown shopping they all just gave me a knowing look and mystically whispered, ‘Don’t worry, when you see it, you’ll just know…’ Know what?! When I tried my dress on, there were no tears, no gasps and no instant “OMG this is The One” which I had heard tales of. Maybe I’m just not that sort of person, maybe no one is and it’s all pretend. Who knows? Weddings are weird.

Anyway, I just wanted to put any Bride to Be’s minds at ease in case you are like me and didn’t have that “I just know” moment. Not everyone has it! Choose a dress that you like and you feel comfortable in. As they say; it’s your day!

xox