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#joytothewaldens: dress shopping

#joytothewaldens: dress shopping

As most of you know, I'm getting married (!!!) on November 3rd. To help document the planning process, I'm starting a series where I can ramble about all things wedding.

Wedding planning has been a journey. Has it been a fun journey? Let's be real. It's mostly time-sucking and overwhelming. In between pretending not to scream when a catering company quotes me $16k to feed my guests (not joking) and following up on an unanswered email for the 5th time, there are glimmers of magic.

Speaking of, I kidnapped my bridesmaids, mom, and future mother-in-law for a full day of telling me how pretty I am, AKA wedding dress shopping. We piled into a car and road tripped down to San Diego for the day. It was one of the most fun parts of this process yet.

Our first stop was The Dress Theory. Holy moly. The space itself is just stunning, and is made even better by the gorgeous gowns. I've followed The Dress Theory on Instagram for years, and was a little nervous going in. Megan was our dress expert and made me feel so comfortable right away. The champagne helped, too.

I tried on about five dresses, and fell full on in love with one. BUT, it didn't check any of my boxes so I was caught off guard by how much I loved it. I knew there was a chance of this happening, but I didn't expect to like a dress SO different. It's hard to describe without showing you guys, but man, it's not something I expected to love as much as I did.


After trying on every accessory in the store, we bade adieu to Dress Theory and went to lunch (I try to always go to Cafe 21 whenever I'm in SD, it's so good!). After lunch, we found the cutest coffee & flower shop combo called Communal Coffee & Native Poppy. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area!

Next stop was BHLDN in Carlsbad. I have been obsessed with BHLDN dresses since Anthropologie started the line, and swore I would wear this tea-length dress for a very long time. My style has changed a bit so I'm going for something slightly different nowadays, but nonetheless, BHLDN always kills it.

My BHLDN experience was wonderful, and I think I might have found THE dress there. I can't stop thinking about it, and all I wanna do is put it back on. I think that's how you know, right? Even though I'm pretty obsessed, I still want to try one more dress shop. Three has been the magic number for me in all this wedding planning stuff, but I don't want to give myself too many options or else I'll never make a decision.

Wedding dress shopping was so much fun, and I'm so grateful that my ladies came with me. They made me feel like a movie star. We shared tears, laughs, and excited shrieks all day long. Most bridal shops recommend keeping your party small, but I can't imagine not having all six of them there. If you have reservations about bringing literally everyone and their mom with you, keep it simple! It's a time for you to figure out what YOU want and what YOU feel most beautiful in. My best advice is to go in to dress shopping with a relaxed and open mind. All my married friends picked a dress that they would have never tried on if it wasn't for their salesperson recommending it. Those people really know their stuff, trust them.


If you ever wanna talk wedding stuff, shoot me an email or DM! I'll take any and all advice you got. Cheers!  

#joytothewaldens: save the dates.

#joytothewaldens: save the dates.