The dress! Oh, the dress! Yes, the dress has been the bane of my life for the past few months, preventing me from looking forward to the wedding at all, and causing Al no little offence when I continually talk about wanting to cancel the whole thing and continue living my life in unwedded joy.
It would probably have helped if I’d even been into a bridal shop to try some dresses on. But thanks to my need to get something eco-friendly, I was aware that there was no point in trying on dresses I knew I couldn’t buy. But, of course, then I had no idea what would suit me.
Eventually, it was this very site that came to my aid.
Browsing through the eco-friendly/organic category on Bridalwave, I came across Orla’s post about Tasty Vintage’s lovely bridal gowns. The next thing I knew, I’d fallen in love with a 50s lace sleeved number that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face
Unfortunately, it was already sold, but Harriet, owner of Tasty Vintage, assured me that she had plenty more like it in my size. Since she’s based up in Lincolnshire, she offered to send me some photos of the dresses to look at.
In the meantime, I finally got my act together and headed round some London vintage shops. Initially, I tried What the Butler Wore and Radio Days Vintage in Waterloo. My friend found a great dress that she’s going to wear to my wedding, but there wasn’t a wedding dress that was right for me in either of them.
After a tip off from a vintage-loving friend, we got on a bus up to Islington to try Annie’s in Camden Passage. I tried on some truly beautiful vintage dresses, which fitted me really nicely thanks to my old fashioned lady frame, but none of them was quite right. In the end, it was Cloud Cuckooland across the street from Annie’s that had the dress for me. Inside the tiny store was one 1950s bridal gown with netting galore and plenty of nice little details.
And the best part about it? It was only £128!
I’m still waiting for Harriet to send me photos of her other 50s dresses, but in the meantime, I’ve got something that I will be more than happy to wear if I can’t find the perfect one. So maybe now I can actually start enjoying the idea of a wedding day instead of dreading it!
[Photo from Barbara Rich’s Flickr stream.]
Coming soon! The invitations, the honeymoon, the cake and all manner of other weddingy type things.