Happy MLK Jr. Day and thank you for all of your kind comments on my sister’s engagement story! I promised to share parts of the wedding planning process, so I thought I’d fill you in on the latest wedding development: bridesmaid dress shopping.I’m back at UNC now for my spring semester, but over Christmas break, Marissa and I went shopping for bridesmaid dresses in Raleigh. We wanted to also shop for her wedding dress over the break, but she realized it wouldn’t make sense to buy a dress in Raleigh and then have to keep coming back to Raleigh for alterations when she’s living in Baltimore.
So, sadly she had to shop for her dress in Baltimore on her own before the break, sending us live text updates and pictures the whole time so my mom and I could be there in spirit. She found a beautiful dress at a boutique there.Then, when Marissa was in Raleigh, we headed to David’s Bridal one morning after the gym to check out their selection of bridesmaid dresses. Although she’d purchased her wedding dress at a local spot, Marissa decided to pick bridesmaid dresses from a chain like David’s Bridal so her bridesmaids could easily try on and purchase their dresses at a location near them since her five bridesmaids currently live all over the East Coast.
Since I’d never shopped at a place like this before, I didn’t know how things work. Basically, they only have a few of each dress and style and size in stock, so you try on the style of dress you want, and then may have to also separately try other dresses on for color and size.
First, we had to pick a color. Marissa was really open to my suggestions and input, and we both really liked this mint green color, which is perfect for her planned spring wedding date in late May. And if the fit looks funny, that’s because it was– this dress was about 16 sizes too big so it’s majorly pinned in the back.
Next, we had to decide on the dress style. These were the two favorites and as you can see, they were pretty similar, with just slightly different bodices and a ruffle/no ruffle. Neither one of us had extremely strong opinions, but I did prefer no ruffle. The simpler, the better, right?
After I tried just a few dresses on, Marissa and I settled on the cobalt blue dress’s style (no ruffle) in the mint green color. It was hard to visualize exactly what the combination would look like, so I was excited to try on the real deal later. I paid for it at the store (and bridesmaid dresses just so happened to be $30 off if you purchased them before the New Year- score!) and arranged for it to be shipped to me in Chapel Hill.
The woman who helped me order the dress said I’d receive it in 6-8 weeks and I prepared myself for a long wait, so imagine my surprise when I picked up a package from the campus package center on Friday and found my dress inside, just two weeks later! I quickly tried it on and snapped an excited + blurry mirror selfie to send to my sister, mom, and cousin who’s also a bridesmaid. I love it!Now, all I have to do is get it altered to take a couple of inches off the bottom. Getting a dress hemmed is definitely a first for me since I’m 5’7,” but it’s pretty long, especially since we’ll be wearing flats instead of heels at her outdoor wedding. So, just like that, bridesmaid dresses: ✔️
I got to meet up with Marissa and her fiancée, Alex, on Saturday for lunch one last time before they drive back to Baltimore for their spring semester at Johns Hopkins. We met at a Chipotle halfway between UNC’s campus and my parent’s house. They treated me to lunch, hand-delivered a save-the-date (featuring a photo from their engagement), AND brought homemade brownies. How sweet are they?I can’t express how thrilled I am for my sister to have found a guy who loves her so well and makes her so happy. Alex already acts like a big brother in the best possible way, and I’m excited for him to join our family. I cannot WAIT for May 28th!
Hope you have a great MLK Jr. Day and I’ll be back soon with other life posts and some new recipes for you!