I feel like I have really been kicking butt at this wedding planning stuff so far. After our engagement, I looked at two venues and then Sandy hit us hard. Some of the venues we were considering were destroyed. Afterward, we were very behind in planning. I was actually straight up scolded by a venue for not calling a year before our wedding when we had no power. (They actually had the audacity to call back and ask why I didn’t want to work with them. Seriously?) But after the initial hiccup, we picked up at a pretty fast clip. Venue, church, band. Check. Check. Check. But I was veeeeeeeery nervous about the dress.
As you know, I am not super happy about my weight. (Understatement.) I was hoping to not have to try on dresses until I was super comfortable, but turns out because of the months it takes to get the dress, I had no choice. A few of my friends had gotten their dresses at Kleinfeld so my lovely bridesmaid, Kate made my appointment and we planned a trip.
Yes, Kleinfeld is the Say Yes to the Dress store. I had kind of an idea of what I liked, but no idea what might fit my body so I thought the Kleinfeld consultants would be helpful. I knew it would be pricey, and I expected them to be a little pushy. I had about a month before my appointment. I worked out. I weight watchered. I lost 7.2 lbs from January until the appointment on February 10. Not enough, but helpful. I watched a couple episodes of the show to prepare myself for the sale. I told my mom and my friends that I was definitely not buying there and this was just a first look mission. So I gathered my mom, my Aunt Sue (who loooooves the show), my sister in law/ matron of honor, Stacey, and two of my bridesmaids, Kate and Shannon, and off we went.
We arrived at Kleinfeld, and I immediately saw the TLC cameras. Between the cameras and just the size of the shop, I was intimidated and nervous. Why? I don’t really know. I was worried that none of the samples would fit. I was incredibly nervous about the budget. (My mom and I discussed it. She was comfortable with it, but the whole cost of weddings is entirely too much and makes me want to cry.) We waited in the lobby as all the other groups met their consultants. Finally, Dianne from the show walked out and called my name. My Aunt Sue jumped up and exclaimed that she was such a big fan. Dianne had us all laughing right away. Walked us around to a big lounge area with a pedestal and mirrors in the center so the rest of my group would be in the background of filming and could watch a girl actually “say yes.” Thank God, they didn’t film me. It was awkward. I showed Dianne the lace gowns I liked. She basically said, “okay, I see you in something else, but let’s try these first.” This actually meant, “No, no. You are wrong, but I will let you see you are wrong, and then, do what I want.”