Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Getting Hitched! {Amy & Clark}

With only 5 months to go until our wedding, I had to get the search started pronto for the perfect gown to wear down the aisle! To be honest, I didn't have a favorite designer, I was skeptical about the neckline and skirt type I would prefer {to do a ballgown or not? who knew!}, and I just really had not a clue about which fabric I would feel most glamorous in. All I knew is that I wanted to have fun doing it!

We set out on a bright sunny day in late September, just a week into my engagement, to find "THE Gown." With my dear mum and maid of honor, Stephanie, in tow, we were off on our way with several appointments set up at several different bridal salons in the Greater DC area. I had to have 'the full experience' I thought to myself as I set up appointments back to back...

30 + gowns later and an entire day full of silk, lace, buttons, zippers, taffeta and appliqued flowers, we had become pros at getting in and out of these fabulously couture pieces of artwork! It did become clear to me as the day went on that I am definitely a "romantic" type of bride.

We have always had a very close relationship with Hitched Bridal Salon in Georgetown and send clients to them constantly knowing they will be taken care of. But I have to say, I had the best experience with them searching for my own gown! They are a team full of fabulous women and they will certainly make sure you find the gown that best suits your style. Leigh Ann knew right away the gown that would work for me... first one I tried one that day... and it's the one I ordered! Now, how is that for understanding their clients hopes and dreams?!

Must Haves when searching for a gown:
1) Make appointments - showing up unannounced can mean that you won't have one-on-one time with a consultant and may not be able to try on gowns.
2) Wear an outfit that easy to get in and out of. And not to mention, do your hair & make up - it will make you feel better when you slip into couture if you bring the best of yourself. Definitely wear a strapless bra as well, unless you are looking to be fully exposed in front of people you don't know!
3) Bring snacks & bottled water if you have back-to-back appointments - it's easy to get grumpy with your mum & maid of honor if you are hungry and drained. Not that I am speaking from experience...
4) Ask before taking photos as many of the salons have policy against this.

My favorite designer of all turned out to be Ulla-Maija, like many of our brides. Check out their collections at Hitched and online. The one I fell head over my Manolos for... well, you will just have to wait for Wedding Day to find out!

Amy Lorraine