Hey friends! Here we are and once again it’s Monday. Seriously, I’m ready for a 4/3 (weekday/weekend) split, instead of a 5/2. You know what I mean? Are you with me? How do we go about getting that taken care?
So a lot of y’all know our family has a big event at the end of next month. Wow! I can’t believe it’s almost here. Our son is getting married Memorial Day weekend, which means I’ve been on the hunt for a Mother of the Groom dress. I thought today I’d share my experience with you and a few tips I learned along the way.
I’d walked through Nordstrom shortly after the engagement just to see what was available. I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for and saw a couple of dresses that fell into that category.
My original thought was I’d go with a short dress, but I was waiting to follow Erin’s moms lead. I already had in my head that I wanted something neutral and then I kept having people tell me this funny little tidbit. They’d say, “You know what the grooms mother is supposed to do? Wear beige and keep your mouth shut!” Sweet, I was already a step ahead. I was looking for beige and doing my very best to keep my mouth shut. (And if you know me, then you also know this was an exercise in self restraint…lol)
I’ve gotta’ be honest with you. I really thought this would be a breeze. I’d order a bunch of dresses from Nordstrom, which I did, and they’d all be wonderful (LOL) and I’d just pick one.
Well, I ordered 8 dresses from Nordstrom and one was the front-runner but was going to take some major alterations, so I decided to continue the hunt, but held on to it as a back up. Now can you believe I don’t have a single picture of me in that dress or any of the others I ordered? I’m not sure how that happened, but it sure did. #bloggerfail
Anyway I’m going to share a lot of the other dresses I tried on with you. A lot of them are not flattering and so you have to know that this me being vulnerable and keeping it totally real with y’all. Let me just say, if you’ve got a child getting married in the not too distant future, start that dress hunt NOW. It was way more difficult than I thought it would be.
My plan was to stick to something nice and neutral. Easier said than done.
When Katie was home for spring break and Elizabeth was here we got serious about finding a dress.
The next four dresses are just some I tried at the first bridal shop we visited here in California. The girl who helped us was super sweet, but she didn’t have a clue about my style so
most all of the ones she brought me to try were big “NO’s”.
So up to this point, it’s looking like I’m going to have to have this dress from Nordstrom basically remade.
I guess you could say Katie’s little sickness that precipitated my unexpected last minute trip to Nashville was a blessing, because it gave me another opportunity to look for a dress.
This one was at Macy’s and I did actually buy it as yet another back up…but the next day I found “the dress”, so I was able to return it.
The day before I was leaving to come home we went to the best bridal shop. The White Room. Several people had recommended it and so I took their advice. Boy-o-boy was I ever glad I did. The girl who helped us was just as sweet as could be and was able to get a sense for me, my style and what I wanted.
So here’s what I can tell you I’ve learned. Finding the “perfect dress” is like finding the “perfect man”.
1 – It doesn’t exist…LOL
2 – You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. Same goes for dresses. You’re going to try on a lot of NO’s before you find the YES!
3 – Find one that meets your criteria and you feel good in. You don’t want to spend the day feeling uncomfortable or frumpy.
4 – You know your body type. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for a certain style or say no to a dress they show you. This is hard for me. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but you will be wearing this dress all day, it will be in pictures FOREVER and you have to be the lead decision maker on this one.
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I can’t wait to share with y’all the dress I ended up choosing. I do occasionally wonder if I picked the right one, and then I go back and look at the pictures and I’m reassured.
Happy Monday friends and here’s to young love and being the Mother of the Groom! Love that boy of mine!
For a look at the wedding and the dress I chose, go to this post. 🙂