Posted by: tammyandphat | February 16, 2011

Dress Shopping!

I am so inspired to keep blogging when I get messages from people telling me that my blog helps them and that they enjoy reading my blog! Sometimes I feel like nobody is reading this but I blog for myself as memories anyways..sort of like a wedding diary..but now I know people read it!

Anyways, I wanted to blog about my wedding dress. When I was shopping for wedding dresses I went to a LOT of places.  I wanted to make sure I got to see a lot of options before I ultimately chose my wedding dress. Plus, you know, I plan to only do this once so might as well take advantage and have fun trying on wedding dresses! So here are the places I checked out:

David’s Bridal. Of course I had to check it out! I made an appointment at the South Coast David’s Bridal but unfortunately, didn’t find anything I fell in love with.

Mon Ami Bridal Salon in Costa Mesa was another place I went to. Okay, this place is WAY over my budget, but I just went for the experience. lol. I went with my sister/Maid of honor Suzanne. I would highly recommend any bride to make an appointment here just for the experience and to be able to try on gorgeous designer dresses. Fun! You even get your own room where your entourage can sit in too! Of course I fell in love with many dresses there, but I was strong! I knew I just couldn’t spend that much!

Bella Wedding Bridal in LA they got really good reviews on Yelp so when Phat and I were in LA to see our photographer I wanted to check them out.

I was open to renting a dress so I checked out the selection at Hollywood Bridal in Westminster, where you could rent dresses. I highly recommend Hollywood Bridal if you are looking to rent a wedding dress.

Amy’s Bridal Shop in Westminster. I drive by this shop all the time when I go to work. I went here and the owner was not really friendly..I wouldn’t recommend this place.  LOL. If you want, you can definitely check it out though. There might be something there for you.

Mariposa in Anaheim and Mary Me Bridal in Orange.  The dresses that I liked here were out of my price was so tempting to go over what I budgeted myself! My sister also tried on some bridesmaids dresses at Mary Me Bridal. They have a good selection of bridesmaid dresses there.

Sooo..I finally found my dress at Jinny’s Bridal in Huntington Beach. I always recommend this place! They’re friendly, they have nice dresses and very reasonable prices. My dress was under my budget and I really loved it. I actually saw a girl wearing it when I came there and thought the dress looked really nice. I was like, DANG! She looks hot! I told my salesperson that I wanted to try that one on. I narrowed it down to three dresses:

The first one, is the Sottero and Midgley Adorae. I saw a lot of girls trying this dress on. I LOVE the top half..but not a big fan of the bubble bottom half. Plus, this dress was just slightly over my budget and I knew hemming would cost a lot..especially with that bubble bottom.  The top half was very flattering though.

The runner up was the Maggie Sottero Melissa Brooch. I kept going back and forth between this one and the one I actually chose. This dress was so classic looking and timeless. I loved the brooch on the back of the dress. This would be the “safe” way to go.

In the end I chose the Maggie Sottero Anniston. I really loved the lace and pearls..and I loved the vintage feel to it.. and I loved the lace up back! I am so happy with my choice. I got the dress in Ivory.

Just a quick tip, if you’re on a budget and you find a dress you just LOVE..write down the model number and designer and google it! There are tons of websites online such as Once Wed where brides post their wedding dresses up for sale. You can buy it off them!

And don’t forget, if you’re on a budget, make sure you remember that you may need to alter your dress too, so remember to add that alteration cost as well! Dresses with more layers will cost more. And of course, the cost depends on a lot of other things too.

Wedding Day <3:


  1. l0swxh Ppl like you get all the brains. I just get to say thanks for he answer.

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