I am not going to lie: as I sit at my desk — strewn with organizational notebooks and folders, pen-pots, (empty) bullet journals and calendars and do your work Eire stuff — I am left with only one thought. Nothing to do with work, or blogging, of course. It pulsates, like a wound, or a beacon, or if you live in San Francisco, like a Golden Gate Bridge foghorn.
That’s right. We’re now in full-on Wedding Planning season here at the Wolf & Stag household, and if any of you have been in these beige-nude shoes before, you’ll know. It’s bloody all-encompassing, isn’t it? Like a little seed has been planted in your brain, both exhilarating and dreadfully irritating, and no matter how you try to distract yourself with work-friends-life, it’s always there, nagging. Needing.
Or, as Stag likes to refer to it as, ‘The continuous state of being in Life Admin mode.”
I should caveat and say: when I say ‘wedding planning,’ I distinctly refer to two humble parts of a wedding. The venue (out of necessity). And the dress. Because #fashunblogger, after all.
In fact, the dress was quite literally the very first thing I started looking at. Even before Stag proposed (yep, nearly two years after being married, sigh), I began squirrelling away pins of beautiful dresses, stashed in my Secret-No-So-Secret Wedding Board of Shame. Come on: we all have one of those.
Lace and tulle, sequins and silk, ivory and blush — my brain is undulated with finding ‘the one.’ The dream wedding dress. Are you supposed to just ‘know’? Or does the feeling grow, beginning as a distant flirtation, budding into something a little more serious, blossoming into a deep and irrevocable love?
Honestly? Much like engagement ring shopping — finding ‘the one’ human in Stag was much, much easier than finding my ‘the one’ wedding dress.
Step one, of course, is a bit of research. There are a few wedding dress ateliers that, in their romantic and boho offering, make my heart sing. And although their hand-crafted, gorgeous gowns require something of a recent lottery win to purchase — sigh, haven’t won just yet — a woman can dream.
So, if your wedding budget is more splash than, well, non-existent (like me) — or even if you just want to learn some beautiful, independent wedding dress brands — then look no further than my guide below.
If Money Were No Object: My Dream Wedding Dress Guide
You can find all of these beautiful dress images and so very much more on my Pinterest.
For Bohemian Perfection: Dreamers & Lovers
For Romantic Draping: Boa & Luca
For Fairytale Whimsy: Odylyne the Ceremony
For Minimal Elegance: Cherry Williams London
For Modern Lace & Beachy Vibes:
Grace Loves Grace
For Something Unique: Costarellos
Others I Love
What’s your favorite from my picks above? Do you love these dresses as much as I do (or not — I’d love to hear!). Married gals: where was your dream wedding dress from?