When she was planning her wedding, I was living 1000 miles west of her. Even though I was part of the bridal party, I was unable to make it to both her bridal shower and her bachelorette party since I was so far away and didn't have a lot of vacation time from work and one of the events coincided with FI's graduation from graduate school. She understood completely, although she did wish I could have been there for the activities.
Now that I am planning my wedding and she has done hers, she knows what I am going through, and is trying to be as accommodating as possible. BM A and her husband work crazy schedules and have a lot going on in their lives (including just buying a new house!), so I knew that getting them to visit for a weekend was going to be a difficult task. We originally planned a weekend for October, then that fell through with our schedule. The weekend in November we planned after that fell through on both ends, so then we tentatively scheduled a weekend in early December. And after thinking it wasn't going to work out, BM A rescheduled some things she had planned and devoted herself to me for the weekend. I am so glad that I have a friend that cares so much about my planning, especially since she just finished doing all of hers. So finally, after some finagling about the time and place to meet, we met at a little bridal shop in Connecticut, and FI drove back to the house with BM A's husband.
The trip was primarily to get BM A to try on dresses in the same color and fabric that my MOH chose. We found a few that could be contenders and tried them on. Now, while I didn't care if my MOH and my BM chose the same dress, I wasn't expecting them to, so when the dress that my MOH chose didn't look right on my BM, I was fine with it.
BM A thinks that she found a dress, but since it didn't fit well, it was very hard to tell whether or not it was really the one. We didn't end up getting any pictures of BM A in the dress, but here is the one that we think is it. We don't need to order until the spring, so hopefully we can get together again to dress shop.
Watters Bridesmaid Dress 7111 / Personal Picture *Not in this color
After looking at the dresses for her, we decided to pull some dresses to try on for me. They carried a lot of different designers, including Watters, and more specifically, the dress that I tried on by myself a few weeks ago.
I tried on only dresses from the Watters collection, as that seems to be the designer that fits me the best. The first one I tried on was suggested by the consultant because of the way that it sparkles, but I thought that it was too much for what I was looking for, and would have been better for a more formal wedding.
Watters "Mackay" / Personal Picture
Next was an a-line with some light detailing on the skirt and a lace-like top. Since lace is a no-no, this one was tried on quickly, and taken off quickly too. Don't get me wrong, I really think this dress is pretty, but it's not me, and the tucks in the skirt just don't fall in the right spots for me.
Watters "Napa" / Personal Picture
I knew that lace was not something that I wanted in a wedding dress, but both the consultant and BM A wanted me to try on lace since not all lace is the same. I obliged, and really liked the seamless bodice of this dress, instead of having a defined waistband, but thought it was missing something, so we added a belt and I liked it better. But, it was lace, and even though it was different from some of the other lace I tried on, I still didn't really care for it.
Watters "Devenport" with unknown belt / Personal Picture
We saved the best for last, the one I tried on by myself. I wanted to get someone else's opinion on this dress, and I thought that BM A would give me the truth. She said that it looked beautiful, but that it was unexpected, and may be too conservative, but that if it was what I loved, that it would look perfect. Here is the picture from my first time trying on this dress by myself, just as a reminder.
Watters "Sterling" / Personal Picture
We also decided that the waistband was in fact too thick, and that it would look much better if it were thinner. I asked the consultant if she thought that it would be possible to make the waistband thinner, and she said that the designer wouldn't do that, but alterations could. So, the head of alterations came up and we tried to figure out what the dress would look like with a smaller waistband, and I absolutely love it!
Watters "Sterling" with a smaller waistband / Personal Picture
So, what do you guys think about the smaller waistband? Also, please keep in mind that this dress was a size 14, and was way too big in the bust, which is why it makes me look really broad. Thoughts?