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Aug 18, 2010

Wedding Gown Shopping with Friends

This weekend I went wedding gown shopping with my best friend that's getting married. I'm planning her wedding for her, which is tough given she's on a really tight budget. Even with that, I know it will work out. We're both thrifty and crafty so between us we'll pull something off that's fun.

We had some trouble early on. She's quite a busty girl and almost every dress is strapless. I feared for her since I'm sure she wouldn't want that on her wedding day.

Really, you shouldn't have boobs hanging out everywhere.   Very classless on your wedding day,  and I've seen some brides still do it.

Coco, by Maggie Sottero
The first few were duds. I felt like everything looked kind of frumpy on her. Then we found her material, she needed something with shine like a satin.

Finally, she put on a dress that I tried on first. It looked great on her. It slimmed her out, however she was all boobs. We agreed she needed halter style straps added.

So, why did we go look at dresses so early on?

We thought this one looked like the winner
Next week we're going to the running of the brides to check out gowns.  She had no idea what would look good on her, what size she needed or even what she liked.  This was our try-on day where we would figure out what we liked, the price ranges and what looked good on us before the madness of the running of the brides.

Don't know what the heck the running of the brides is?  It started in Boston's Filene's Basement many years ago.  It's a twice a year event in Boston and it also happens in other areas of the country once a year.  These are sample dresses from high end designers all over the world.   Prices range from $199- $699 for gowns, but the price tags on the originals still exist (think $10k +) so you're getting a steal and a half on these gowns. (You just have to be willing to beat other brides down for a

When those doors open, the anxious women (some have camped out all night) run in as fast as they can and grab all the dresses they can hold.

Wish us luck on our endeavors. We'll be posting our photos and videos of the madness.


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