There comes a time in a bride-to-be’s wedding planning that she must decide to make the ultimate commitment. That is to decide what to wear on the day, whether that be a white dress, sarong, or jeans, a person still needs to figure out what they are wearing when committing to someone they love.
I for one made the fabulous decision to make my own wedding dress, I believed my previous years (high school and one year of uni) in fashion design would see me take this challenge on. Oh if I could only go back and shake past Liv at that moment but alas I ventured on in my pursuit of my wedding dress. I started by grabbing my old dressmakers mannequin from home, that had lost the ability to resize (mistake number 1). Of course I need only the finest materials for my big day, I ordered those online to save money (mistake number 2). Then I set the materials, pins, tape and dress makers doll up and left it about a week before the wedding.
Honestly, I would love to say that the wedding planning was so crazy that the dress was neglected and I didn’t have time. Unfortunately, I am known to procrastinate on important matters from homework to tax time, I avoid those responsibilities to the last hour. So, there I was a week out from the wedding, materials in hand and sewing machine covered in dust. Over lunch with my Nan a week away, she offhandedly mentioned about my dress and if I needed a backup she would be willing to look with me. Bless her, I should always take her advice, it’s never failed me in the past (mistake number 3).
Instead I charged ahead and got to sewing, I sewed my seams, I pinned haphazardly on the dressmakers doll and reassured myself that everything would be perfect. I had this vision of a beautiful off-white lace long sleeve dress, these were all the dresses I had pinned many times over. I remember standing back in my study, material strewn over the floor and just mere days before the wedding I knew then that despite my best efforts it looked just hideous. Like Lisa Simpson with the Florida dress up costume; homemade but would definitely win best amateur effort. It was not something I would want to be seen in on a bad outfit day let along the day I would marry the love of my life.
So without a appropriate dress to wear on the day I was tasked with the next hurdle of finding one like right then and there. I certainly tested my googling ability with hunting down wedding dress shops with off the rack dress, but they also needed to fit my plus-size frame. Who knew you needed to order your dress like 9 months in advance? Certainly not me, I was of course going to make mine (cringe).
I found this gorgeous looking dress online, from Plus Size Perfection Bridal in Melbourne and from all that I could gather online they may be my one hope. I was pretty embarrassed at this point, I had told so many people confidently that I would be making my dress myself. I hesitantly called the boutique, told them my predicament and was met with warm reassurance that they would be able to help me. They also told me that they helped a bride get her wedding dress on the day of, quite a feat.
I sped off down to Melbourne, I went myself because at this point only Anthony had seen my masterpiece and agreed that alternatives needed to be found. I arrived with minimal fuss and the ladies whisked me in the store with a selection of gorgeous dresses, I flipped through as the assistant grabbed another out the back. What she brought out was about to head to a trunk show an hour from my arrival, I knew it was the one when she hooked in on the rack. I told her that I probably wouldn’t end up trying any others on as I knew that was the one I wanted to wear.
As soon as I stepped out of my dressing room I looked around feeling like a princess to see two women shed a tear, I of course am a sympathy crier (I was already a little teary) and easily made the decision to take the dress home. It was the best decision I could have made to drive down there when I did, otherwise I may been wearing a makeshift white toga instead of the lace gown you see below. I will forever be thankful to the ladies who helped me in my hour of need, they made me feel so at ease and if I didn’t find the dress so easily I think they would have made me try all of them on just to make sure I was happy. It only took about 15 minutes from my first steps in and out to get my dress, it was the easiest shopping I’ve done and I now look back on my dress adventure laughing at just how perfectly it ended up.
Wedding Photography by Aviana Adren Photography
Staying by Zass and Co
Wedding Dress from Plus Size Perfection Bridal
Hair and makeup Pure Edge Hair and Makeup