Monday, February 28, 2011

The wedding dress

Is it shocking to post my wedding dress on the blog?  Not for me.  Shaun has seen me in it, and it's no secret to any of my friends and family that I was going for a retro 50s-style dress.  I ordered the Edmonton in Ivory from Dolly Couture, and I'm thrilled with the dress!  After a scary initial try-on where I wasn't able to zip it, I'm happy to say after a month of hard gym work it is now a bit loose.  Forgive the grainy, nighttime, super-zoomed pics...here it is:
As you can see, I have yet to figure out how to use my camera timer and tripod....but who cares, you get the idea!  The shoes are Bordello by Pleaser Violette 06.  Unfortunately, they only carry whole sizes and the 8's I got from Endless were falling off my feet.  
I'm not sure if I love them, so the jury is still out on returning them and getting a 7 in this same pair (they are quite comfy despite being too big), or a competely different pair.  I do love the retro look and fun toe detail - plus they are only a 3.5 inch heel, lower than most evening shoes. 
What do you think?  Would you ever order a wedding dress online without trying it on first?

55 comments:

Michelle said...

LOVE it gorgeous girl! One step closer to the alter!

I would totally return the shoes and get something that fits perfectly. I bought these hot Steve Madden shoes for our wedding, then realized the morning of that they weren't going to be super comfy all day and at the last minute I borrowed a pair from my BFF.

Pine Tree Home said...

How beautiful and totally you. Glad to hear you are keeping your wedding at you like it, not what others want. I really like the red shoes, but there are others out there if these really don't fit. You can always get some red velvet slippers to sink your feet into as well.

ashley (redonk runner) said...

you're adorable! i love the retro look! and yes. i would. since i did order my dress from Nordstrom, but i had a great return policy so i wasn't worried. {i really really wanted a short dress but the hubs hated the idea so i figured i cared about what he thought on our wedding day! :)

Mary said...

GORGEOUS. I love the shoes, too, but I'm on team find some that fit--you don't want to be worrying about them falling off or pinching while you're celebrating.

Ashley said...

Looking good! The shoes are great too, but I'd go for comfort so the fit is a bit of a bummer.

Lisa said...

You look hot :-) I'd return the shoes and buy something that fits. And I like thought of red shoes--my sister did that at her wedding, wish I had thought of it for mine!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I'm definitely not keeping the too-big shoes, but I'm just not sure whether to get the smaller size of these same ones, or find something else fabulous!

Mrs. 5C said...

I am in love love love with this dress on you!!! I'm a total sucker for 50's dresses... especially for weddings! I'm so excited for you!! :)

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

You are A-dorable. Cute as a button!

Kelly

kristi.w. said...

Yep, I ordered my dress online without ever seeing it in person. I lucked out - it fit perfectly! No alterations needed. your dress is so you! Looks great. :)

justine @ you're so martha said...

you look great! and i love the red shoes. my heels were comfy, until i wore them while doing pics, through the ceremony and the start of the reception. i took them off immediately after the first dance. soooooo, while i recommend comfy shoes, if you do decide to keep these that aren't that your size, you'll probably be taking them off anyway (bring flip flops or ballets flats).

Ugomma N. said...

OMG.....SOOOOOO CUTE!!! Ok since I'm such a girl and a fan of your blog, may I make a hair suggestion? As soon as I saw this dress i immediately thought....50s style updo! Check these out:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3373/3234381449_b19173f76e.jpg

http://www.ruffledblog.com/Images/posts/vintage-glam-hair-hairdo-updo-fingerwave-30s3.jpg

...just a thought, but love the dress!

Meg said...

I am a sucker for retro. You are pure perfection! Are you going to do a birdcage veil?

I think the shoes are adorable, but the real question is, how comfy will they be one size down? You'll be exchanging vows, taking photos and then dancing the night away, so you'll really need soft and supportive heels to get you through all that standing. If they're the perfect width and padding, I'd say go for the smaller size! They're totally gorgeous.

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Love the 50's style dress and the shoes are perfect.

Lauren said...

So cute! Love the red shoes! I wore purple shoes on my wedding! :)

Mary @ stylefyles said...

that dress TOTALLY rocks and you look so at home in it! Obvs I don't know you IRL but it seems to suit your personality!

Love it!

meryl rose said...

I LOVE YOUR DRESS! It fits your (from what I can tell from blog stalking you) personality so well!

The shoes: I know endless has a great return policy, so I say get the 7's, but still shop around (keep them in the box so they don't get scuffed). Endless has a pretty long return policy right? You can keep browsing as long as you want! :) What a perfect excuse for longer shoe shopping :)

The Brick Cottage said...

awesome dress! I ordered my wedding dress online (unfortunately I did't get to wear that dress but that's another story) and my husband saw me several times in it before we got married.

Olivia @ Swan White Curtain said...

That looks gorgeous on you! How fun. :o)

I L-O-V-E those shoes. I am such a sucker for bright colored shoes with a crisp, white dress!

DomesticJenny said...

That dress is fantastic! I vote to go for the shoes, they are great!

Melissa at HOUSEography said...

So pretty! The shoes are adorable too. Love them! Buying a wedding dress online without seeing it is kind of like buying furniture without sitting on it. I do the latter all the time but I think you were even braver to try the former!

Miss Em said...

Sara, as a bride-to-be myself, I have a request: please post more wedding posts! You look adorable in the dress and I have to say, ordering online...maybe not so uncommon anymore. I'm currently awaiting dress #2 in the mail (I of course made sure I could return them without restocking fees before ordering).

My dress woes are endless but it still pleases me to no end that you found your dress! Congratulations!

-Emily

Maggie @ Okay, now what? said...

You look fantastic and so comfortable. I love the dress. My advice is to make sure that your shoes fit comfortably. That is key.

ally4747 said...

Seriously, I know we would be wine drinking buddies if we lived in the same town lol... Dolly Couture, has been a fave of mine for about a year now. So glad you are posting wedding style...LOVE the dress. Can't wait to see more! Congrats on the the gym progress too!

Ally

Breanne said...

Oh my goodness, so beautiful! Excellent choice. I'm envious of the ease in which you found it! I tried on every dress in my state, and didn't enjoy it because I was so worried I wasn't going to find a dress!

I love the shoes, and there's probably no harm in exchanging them for 7's first right? Just to see? Then if they still don't fit, keep on looking!

Ann said...

Fabulous dress!

-Kasey said...

You look great in that dress! It's so fun and those shoes are just wow... im drooling over them!

Holyoke Home said...

Gorgeous girl!!!!

Lisa said...

cute cute cute!!

LindzWhite said...

you will be such a beautiful bride!! :)

Alexson said...

I love the shoes! When shoes are just a little too big, you can buy a pad to put at the heel to make them feel more snug.

Pretty, pretty!

Vonda said...

Oh Sara, It's lovely. And I love the shoes! I didn't order my dress online - I wanted to do the more traditional going shopping with Mom, but I looked at enough of them online! And I order ALOT more clothes online than getting them from the mall!
I know you're getting excited. I can't wait to see pics of the big day!

KillerKaro said...

LOVE you in the dress!! I actually bought my wedding shoes (orange ed hardy flats) offline without trying them on. They were great for the ceremony, but I took them off for the reception because I hadn't had a chance to "break them in" yet.

Jamie Lee said...

You look so pretty, Sara! I love the whole look. The red shoes are great. A pair that fits will be gorgeous!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Looks SO great! I love the styling and the length is perfect.

I wouldn't worry about the shoes - I feel like you can definitely find another pair that are just as cute that fit and are comfy and fabulous!!

Good work on the gym stuff :-)

Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess said...

Oh, I totally bought my dress online without trying it first... though it was $300 from J Crew. :-)

Kati @ so happy home said...

Not only did I order a dress online, I ordered a final sale sample from England. Bummer was that when I received it, though it fit, it was the WRONG dress! They let me return it, lucky me. Ended up with the dress I thought I had ordered, but not at the last-one-left, clearance price.

Regarding the shoes, bigger isn't necessarily a bad thing. Your feet will swell as you mingle, dance and host the day/night away. You might be very happy you have bigger shoes by the end of the day. Congratulations, and good luck finding the right shoes for you!

theultimate said...

Oh my gosh... I LOVE those shoes!! They are so adorable and look so awesome on you! =] I wore green shoes in my wedding and I definitely have a thing for colored shoes now.

Chelsea said...

That dress is gorgeous! And those shoes... oh, those shoes! Like the cherry on top. Love it!

~Chelsea

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

You look gorgeous, so exciting! I love the idea of fun, sassy shoes - wish I'd done that!

MeredithDuck said...

Gorgeous dress, love the shoes!

I bought my dress online from JCrew when they were just getting in to wedding dresses. It was a very simple knee length, sleeveless dress (we had a very laid back ceremony) and its the only dress I tried on. Loved it, and the price ($100!).

Mrs. Chic said...

Very Pretty!

I found my dress online and the store was nearby - so I tired it on and fell inlove :) Plus my gf's all cried so I knew it was the one!!

I love your choice in shoes :) I also went with color!! Mine were purple, but I also bought a red pair too - lol - I ended up wearing the purple! Congrats on your upcoming weeding

Cindy @The Flipping Couple said...

It's beautiful!!! What a fun find. And I'm loving the shoes. Hope you can snag a pair that fits.

Oonafey said...

Oh my god! You look gorgeous- that dress is to die for. Seriously so pretty. I love the retro look and the length is perfect! I don't know if I could commit to a dress without trying it on first... I have a hard time commiting to throw pillows without seeing them first!

Hasina said...

Oh la la! You look amazing, Sara! Your dress is fab!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Yay! I love it all!!

I bought my dress online without trying on any wedding dresses ever... and there was a no refund policy. Thankfully it worked out :).

carrie @ brick city love said...

You are totally adorable. I wish I wore a short dress for my wedding and kept things less formal.

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

freaking amazing. all of it!

lemondropdreams said...

Love the dress and shoes! If you return the shoes you should consider blue...it could be your "something blue"!

Amanda- Hip House Girl said...

You are one hott mama. Psst- my dress is short too! I've been waiting for some wedding talk from you! I love the shoes- I'd say to get those ones in a smaller size. And YIKES if 3.5" is short... I'm in need of some serious heel-walking practice.

Melanie said...

Dress is super cute, but I have to say IM IN LOVE with those shoes. Don't you dare get a different pair!

Callista said...

I worked in boutique shoe stores for a few years, and when shoes are too big, that's when they cause the most problems, and they blister. If you have to choose between shoes that are too big or too small, you always want to err on the side of too small. That being said, consider loading your size 8s up with pads. These are what I would recommend. But these would be tres helpful too. If you have a local shoe store that will let you come in and play around with the different pads and see what works best for you, that would be your best bet.

Hope that helps!

HannahGirl said...

SUCH a stunning dress, wow!! I love it :) And you look amazing in it!

Millie V said...

The dress looks great. I bought mine online without trying it on... it looked horrible.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I LOVE IT! You look so pretty in it and those shoes are amazing! I can't wait to see you all dolled up on the big day!