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Wedding Dress - did you love yours?

 I've been wedding dress shopping twice in the last month, with my niece and today with my sister.
It has got me thinking, would pick the same dress again? .... To be completely honest, Robbie Williams picked my dress! I believe if he comes on the radio then it is a sign that it is the right decision and it just so happened that I put this dress on and he came on the radio!
I originally wanted a low key wedding, I didn't want a fancy dress. However, my mum said that we should maybe do the wedding dress shopping properly just for experience and my idea of a £250 dress quickly jumped to over £1100 all because Robbie Williams sent me the sign! My wonderful mum bought my dress for me! We had a low budget wedding and the big dress was not part of it! I did win £1000 worth of bridesmaid dresses though! They were beautiful! All made to measure and my nieces looked amazing!
My dress was a Maggie Sottero design and I got it from Belle & Bouquet in Lincolnshire, it was like wedding dress boutique that you see in films. The lady who served us was just incredible, she was a mature lady with hair perfectly set and she wore a fitted jacket and pencil skirt with low heels.
She guided us through the hallway into this large mirrored room with a sea of ivory and white dresses twinkling in the sunlight and they all seemed to be saying "TRY ME ON".
 I was absolutely adamant before I went in that a proper wedding dress was not for me! We weren't having a big church wedding! It would be silly for me to have a big dress ...... or would it?...... I thought maybe just trying a few dresses on would convince me enough that a big dress wasn't for me!
I went into the dressing room with the lovely lady, I tried on a dress which was far too big for me and felt a little smug that I knew that a big dress wasn't for me and that I had just been taken in with all of the sparkles initially! THEN she got these big metal peg/clips and waved her magic wand and BOOM! I felt like the princess that I didn't want to be.....but I loved it!
My sisters and mum's reaction didn't help matters as they all loved the dresses that I tried on!
After trying a few more dresses on I went back to the first dress, (there was another I loved and I think people expected me to have a lace dress but our other friend was getting married and I knew she had a lace dress and our wedding was a month apart so wanted something completely different).
That is when Robbie Williams came on the radio and confirmed that it was the dress for me!
I did find it a little hard to pick a dress without my partner being with me as he knows me so well, I love his opinion. So picking the most important dress of my life without him being there to say he liked it too seemed really strange and I did worry if I had made the right decision.
That was 2012 ....... fast forward to 2017
Oh wow, there are so many beautiful dresses!
I have looked at so many stunning dresses in the bridal shops over the past month and LOVE so many different designs. I don't think I would go for my dress again. I was a little conscious all day about it being strapless and by the end of the night I was struggling to breathe and had big bruises on my hips but at the time the dress was just right!
My niece has got it right, she has found a dress that is so classy and elegant but fits her personality and she looks so happy and comfortable! The dress is perfect and she looks incredible!
My sister is finding it a little harder to find something that she really likes. She looked lovely in every dress she tried on but she just can't find one and know 100% that it is the right dress for her.
Seeing all of the dresses in Sugar & Spice in Lincoln today gave me a little dress envy! I think I want to do it all over again! I love the tea length dresses, the lace dresses with a warmer cream/gold/caramel colour underneath.
I love the lace details with elegant sparkles and the dresses that have the pretty belted detail in the middle. In fact I think I found about 20 dresses that I wanted to try on myself! Ha!
So that has got me thinking, would you pick the same dress again?
How did you know it was the right dress for you?


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