I have been searching high and low for dresses for my two adult bridesmaids but am still open to colour choices.  As it’s a spring wedding something in a soft colour with a knee or tea length would look lovely.

I love this Ivy dress in nude by Fever London

Nude Ivy dress Fever London


The Other Dress

I can’t believe I nearly passed up what was to be the best shopping experience of my life!  I truly felt like a princess and loved every minute of trying on the gorgeous gowns.  By the end of a frantic three day search I had (for sure this time) found the dress….

So after my mum consoled me of my original dress disaster I set to work with my stack of bridal magazines, searching for ideas.  I absolutely loved Jenny Packham, Eli Saab, and Claire Pettibone but these were all out of my price range.

The other dress (now named) was embellished, satin, white and too over the top for me.  So I set out to look for something simple and elegant.  My first stop was Suzanne James in Cardiff where I tried on a beautiful ivory lace fishtail by Pronovias, which was stunning but not for me.

I searched through all of the bridal shops in the centre of Cardiff trying on various styles and found a beautiful selection in Timeless Elegance where I fell in love with two dresses.  The first was from the Agnes Bridal Platinum Collection and the second La SposaSugar.  Neither were simple and plain like I was looking for, but both were spectacular with embellished crystals and delicately covered with lace elements.

Agnes Bridal dress 10649  La Sposa Sugar Dress

I went back the next day to try them both on again, and decide which one to pick, but noticed a shop I had missed opposite Cardiff Castle called Perfection Bridal.  I went in hoping to rule it out immediately and go back and pick from my two dresses, but inside there it was, my dress.  It was nothing like the other two, and was simple and elegant.  As soon as I put it on, my mum and I couldn’t agree more that this was the one for me.

Bride to be

I’m Liz, an excited bride to be in love with all things pretty!  I got engaged in October 2009 and jumped straight into the planning, most importantly – looking for THE dress.

I may have jumped a little too fast, and in a crazy spontaneous moment purchased my dream dress. ONLINE!  This was a huge risk having never seen the dress in person, and knowing that it was a little too small (or a lot – I hate to admit!)  When the dress arrived it was absolutely beautiful and I was thrilled.  I had a go at squeezing into the white satin sparkly number but knew that I had a long way to go.

8 Months later and a lot of pounds lighter I slipped into the dress, and with my mum’s help, laced up the back.  This should have been a pinnacle moment, the kind where your mum sheds a tear in awe at her beautiful daughter, but it was me that was crying.  I hated the dress.

So, moral of the story is… the dress will ultimately be one of the most important parts of the day, so don’t skimp on it and definitely don’t rush it.  Go to the bridal shops and try on as many dresses as you can and find the style that defines you.  So with 5 months to go before the wedding I had a big task ahead and was cutting it fine!