Wedding Dress Shopping: A Magical Experience?

Wedding dress shopping should be a fun and exciting experience, right?

I have to say, when I went shopping for my own wedding dress in 2019, I was very apprehensive. I had no clue of what style I wanted and I thought the bridal consultants would get really annoyed with me or I would not be able to find my dream dress.

I initially booked myself in with three different boutiques with one of them booked for two weeks after the first two.

I’ll never forget my first experience with the owner at Mi Amor in Sutton Coldfield because she made me feel beautiful in every single dress I tried on, and I’m sure I tried about fifteen of them! She listened to everything that I wanted and didn’t want and she complimented me on parts of my body that I feel really self-conscious about; she even asked me if I do squats… I don’t! I’ve just got a big bum! Ha!!

Simple Mi Amor's Logo - boutique for wedding dress shopping

The owner of the boutique really was a delight and I did see one dress that I liked but I wanted to visit the other boutiques before settling on one of the first dresses I’d tried on.

A few hours after visiting Mi Amor, I was still buzzing about wedding dress shopping and feeling really confident with how I would look and feel on my wedding day. I then went to my next boutique and, to say I came back down to earth with a bump would be an understatement. My experience was just awful – I entered the boutique and I was told to rummage through the dresses myself; that was fine but it was the comment that came next that made me want to burst into tears and wear a sack on my wedding day instead.

I picked up a dress from the rack and said, “I think I might like this one” before the store owner replied with, “No! You need to get a dress from that rack… it’s the one for plus-sized girls”. As you can imagine, I was mortified!! And my Mom was fuming too. How and Why I didn’t just walk out then, I don’t know, but I did try one dress on and the dress was horrific: I looked like Miss Havisham!

Needless to say, I didn’t get my dress from there but I did attend my next appointment at the final boutique feeling extremely apprehensive about how I would be treated. I thought that, perhaps, wedding dress shopping just wasn’t for me!

Well, let me tell you… within the first minute, any apprehensions were completely blown away at Wedding Belles of Four Oaks. All of the ladies who work at this stunning boutique made me and my bridal party feel so welcome, they made me feel beautiful and I found my dream wedding dress!!

Floral Wedding Belles of Four Oaks Logo - boutique for wedding dress shopping

There were so many extra little touches during my private booking that made it feel like such a special experience, such as popping the champagne when I finally said “Yes to the dress!”, taking my picture with my bridal party and having all of the ladies from the shop pop in and compliment how I looked in my dress. I felt like a princess in my dress and I really can’t wait to wear it on my wedding day.

This boutique really is in a league of its own. Since the start of the pandemic, the ladies from the boutique have checked in with their brides to make sure they are coping with wedding postponements and cancellations. Not only that but they have even sent little gifts in the post to provide a little bit of positivity. Last week, brides-to-be received a parcel; inside was a Wedding Belles makeup bag filled with little treats to have a little bit of self-care. How thoughtful is that!!

Inside my Wedding Belles makeup bag was a chocolate bar, face mask, teabag and a glass charm

I really cannot recommend this wedding dress boutique highly enough! They are just wonderful and they have so many dress styles that you will certainly find the one for you.

What experiences of wedding dress shopping have you had? Do you have some boutiques to recommend from your area? If so, share them in the comments below.

If you’re looking for some ideas of how to celebrate your postponed wedding date, check out my blog post: 8 Ways to Celebrate Your Postponed Wedding

Loulabella xoxo

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