Thursday, March 18, 2010

Prints and dresses

I went to Target this week and I fell in love with this:
Not so much these but they are really cute!
This smelled FANTASTIC and it was really cute:
I didn't technically see this but isn't it great?
Liberty of London has launched a line with Target and it is just pure happiness. Honestly, I was in a good mood just from all of the cute prints plastered everywhere. I even had an extended conversation about the prints with the lady in front of me in the check out line. We shared our admiration of the colors and shapes. I recommend a trip to see all the cute stuff before it sells out.

Something that didn't make me as happy was the experience of wedding dress shopping last night. I think there were a couple of factors that made it less than ideal. Prepare yourself for the list:
  1. I have been sewing since I was a kid. I have been consistently making costumes since 2003 so I have an idea of how clothes go together. As a consequence, I have a hard time looking at a dress because all I can see now is ALTERATIONS! I tried on a really pretty dress last night but all I could focus on was the fact that in order to fix the shoulder seams, the sleeves would have to be completely taken out and reset. Plus the hem could be a nightmare if I want to get rid of the train.
  2. Pushy saleswomen. I know it is your job but if I say, "I don't want a dress with a poofy skirt" or "I really hate trains" that doesn't mean my secret ambition is to wear a dress with a gigantic skirt and a massive train. I don't want to look like a mushroom or one of those cakes where the cake is a skirt and there is a Barbie shoved in the middle.
  3. Polyester. I'm getting married in August, I don't want to suffocate in synthetic fabrics.
  4. Beading. I really don't like a lot of beading. Or any for that matter. It's not my favorite.
  5. What do I like? Well, this dress, with short sleeves, made out of silk dupioni.
It's an option but we are going to go shopping on Saturday to try to find something. Does anyone know of a fantastic shop?

Comments are strongly encouraged!



Candice J said...

Fantasy Bridal on 45th and Redwood in Taylorsville. My experience was wonderful and if you're upfront with what you want, they are more than willing to only show you what you want. Now hopefully they won't prove me wrong. :)

But the pictured one is beautiful!!

Scarlet said...

I have no suggestions on where to go for dresses. I went to David's Bridal when I bought mine, and looking back, I hated the experiance. I did find a dress I loked, but it was one among a million just like it in variuos sizes. Ugh!
It wasn't until I had purchased the dress and had it sent for alterations that I went to Rachel's house and she decided to bust out her wedding album... and guess what! same dress. I went home and cried. Once the alterations are being done there are no returns and no refunds. there went $1000 of my hard earned money.
Don't get me wrong, I liked my dress, but once I saw that it was the same as Rachel's I grew to hate it in the 2 months before my wedding... There are a lot of things about my wedding that I would change if I could just go back in time and tell myself to put my foot down and demand better... The flowers were ugly. The Relief Society room was nice, but it wasn't Castlebrook. My brides maids were flops. My photographer was a conceited ass.... so many things.
Make sure that in planning your wedding you get exactly what you want, and don't settle for "it's close". But you have more planning time from now to August. I had 3 months... (well, more like 2)
I do know a fantastic photographer who does wedding packages. She was one of my companions. Michelle Salley Photography - She lives in Salt Lake. You can check her out here:
and Whimsy Floral does beautiful flower arrangements.

Amanda L said...

Two comments: I'm dying to go see that Liberty of London stuff. This being 30 miles from Target with sick kids bit is working against me.

Secondly, I do not technically know of a dress place. However, I do know the man who runs these two websites, and they apparently at least boil down your options:

Good luck or happy sewing! (wouldn't it be cool to make your own fabulous wedding gown...)

Jarom and Amber said...

I love the dress in the picture and what you described- sounds beautiful! I got my dress at Kathleen's in Kaysville.. and I really loved the experience (no pushy sales lady for me).

Jes said...

I'm sad I missed meeting you. But I'll for sure be there in August. (This is Jessie, the non-Beardall Beardall.)

I realize this may be too late but I'd like to put in a good word for A Bride Beautiful on 3300 or 3900 South and 800ish East. (It's been a while.) I'm excited to see what you picked!