Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Last Tuesday's wedding dress hunt

Although my wedding registration and ceremony with banquet has come and gone, it seems that I will be knee deep in wedding planning, if not, at least getting my hands 'dirty' helping out with friends' wedding. Organised Miss Lawyer's hen night and assisted in her wedding. Miss G's nuptials in June. Not sure if I'll be asked to help with anything. Miss Cutesie's registration in October and who knows who else...

And because I am currently awaiting some kind soul to employ a hard working employee me, it would appear to many that I have abundant of time on my hands. Well, appearances can be deceiving. Suffice to say, despite almost two years out of the work force, I have a lot of time at hand, but I am never bored. In fact, time seems to flitter past so fast that I find it hard to account for it!

I admit that after my stint in audit, this is a welcome reprieve. However, being out of a job for awhile, I do feel sort of aimless and poorish. My dilemma lies in my varied interests and what I would like to pursue or feel I should do. Well, I shall leave that post for another day.

Besides, retail therapy beckons and hence, my need for a job to fund my shopping cravings. Last week, I bought an AUD14.95 knee length dress from Temt - upper waist in white with the below in red - for Miss G's wedding in the middle of the year. Which reminds me, I've got to lose weight for her wedding. LOL. I failed to lose my desired weight for my own wedding, so, here's hoping that for hers, I'd fare better!
Anyways, back to unemployment and lots of perceived free time. I did mentioned umpteen times before how I have this tendency to ramble from one topic to another at a drop of a head. Wait. Or was it hat? Right.. it's hat, if I am right. Well, this is definitely one of those times.

LOL. Anyways, Sal has her off days usually on weekday and since I am not working, we hang out. Off late, she's been really into her wedding planning. So, we decided to head out to Southland area to have a look at a few bridal gowns last Tuesday.

We drove past Spurling Cheltenham near Southland Mall and went to this small shop called Be A Star which housed a variety of dresses; wedding and evening ones. Perhaps it's her petite frame, all the dresses Sal tried on suited her really well. It's just a matter of deciding what style she's going for.

Dress #1 The lacy mermaid

The lacy mermaid cut had a vintage and sexy feel... it also showcased her figure! Overall, I'd say my number one pick. However, this is IF you're not looking for a puffy, princessy gown.

Dress #2 The champagne satin

First glance, it was just alright but as the minutes passed, it started to grow on me. This one was more of an elegant ball gown look what with the main material being satin.

Dress #3 The tulle Puff

On picture, it actually looks quite good. This is a tulle puffed out gown. It has a longer bodice somehow making her look shorter when she's off the pedestal. Over here, she actually looks tall and beautiful as she was standing on the high pedestal hidden underneath the volumnous skirt!

Dress #4 Strappy gown

I like the bottom part of the gown but we both didn't like the straps on her. I reckon she looks better with a sweetheart neckline to show case her bosom and petite frame.

Dress #5 Soft tulle one shouldered dress

This one had a softer tulle. Hence, not as stiff and puffy as the picture before. This one however, is a one shouldered dress. But the lady of the shop mentioned that it can be removed or made to be sweetheart neckline. For this try out, we stuffed the straps in.

Dress #6 Romantic flowers and lace
This dress looked really dreamy with romantic feel. However, it was just too much going on with the flowers and lace all over the skirt. I think the designer should put either half or 1/3 the amount of lace and flowers at the skirt portion.

All in all, I think trying on gown after gown (which I never had the chance to do as I just bought mine off online) can be a real headache especially when all the gowns start to look and feel the same and you simply forget how you look in the first dress, or the second one, or the third and so on... what with the no photography policy.
I was happily snapping photo after photo for Sal as reference, to jog her memory and to help her decide which she thinks look best on her when at the end of the dress try out, the lady in charge of the shop told me I wasn't allowed to take any photos.
Hence, we didn't take any at Spurling's after our lunch 'cos I reckon policy is the same at most bridal shops then. I get the reason behind it but I think it's a real pain for bride-to-bes to crack their brains racking up the memory of how they look in each dresses.
All in all, it was a nice experience going bridal dress hunting. I only wished I could go for Miss G's and Miss Bubbly's when her time comes. That's the thing of moving across countries and leaving one's friends behind, one also gets left behind in everything else. ;(
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Nath said...

love the back for #1, I still prefer #5 over #3

goingkookies said...

Nath : overall, we actually liked #5 too. suited her the best.. since she wanted a more puffy princessy look...

but personal favourite for me would be the lace.. #1. ;p

for me, i know i can't carry off that one.. bear in mind, all the dresses hemline have yet to be brought it, hence, tend to make her look shorter and a tad too long...

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