The Dress Fits!

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I've been documenting the final days before my wedding on April 25 (less than two weeks now!), and I have a lot to report in this post. Last Friday was my final wedding gown fitting at the Reem Acra salon here in NYC. I won't go into much detail about the dress in case my resourceful fiance finds his way onto this blog—except to say that it is beyond stunning and I couldn't be more excited to wear it. Which probably sounds like the usual gushing, but it's actually a big deal since after I first made the purchase (by far the biggest fashion splurge of my lifetime) almost a year ago, I confess, I had dress doubts. To understand my second-guessing, you have to know that I have chronic indecision. I stress over what to order at restaurants (and have been known to furiously flag down waiters to change my entree). I spent hours in Ikea picking out basic bookshelves and a coffee table for our apartment (black or dark brown? a perfect match or close complement?). Even registering was agony, despite the fact that—as my fiance repeatedly and exasperatedly pointed out???nothing was set in stone. So it's not surprising that The Dress Decision was a difficult one for me. I must have tried on 40-plus gowns all around town to make sure I tested every style imaginable. And I fell in love with a handful. I kept waiting to have that moment of clarity that many brides describe and some of you may have experienced—standing in front of the mirror and knowing this dress was it. Instead I felt like a million bucks in so many I couldn't choose. When I finally forced myself to pull the trigger on the clear front-runner (it perfectly suits the outdoor setting of our wedding), I fretted that I'd been overly influenced by my 'maids and mom rather than following my gut. What it took to put my mind at ease was a stealth solo trip back to the Reem salon (thank you Heidi and Holly for not calling me crazy!) to try the dress on one final time. After that, I never looked back. And nine months and four fittings later, I am 100% sure I made the right choice. Now if only I could decide on a good gift for our ring bearers!—Elaine Stuart, Senior Associate Features/Travel Editor, Modern Bride Magazine

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