Love & Spirituality

I bought my wedding dress before I was engaged

Most people say it’s bad luck for the groom to see the wedding dress before the big day so I really hope that’s not true!

One day I was having brunch with two of my best friends and we decided to have a look at some dress shops. We went into a nice boutique and among the formal gowns I saw THE dress. It was Eileen Kirby and it was what I had always imagined my wedding dress to be. It didn’t take a lot of encouragement for me to try it on and when I did it fit perfectly. I looked at the others with the biggest smile on my face and we decided I should get it. I asked the lady who worked there if I could put it on lay-by, she said sure then asked when the wedding was. I had to admit I wasn’t engaged ‘but I do have a boyfriend’ I said sounding desperate as they come. The look on her face was priceless, she told me the dress needed to be paid off and collected within 6 weeks. I assured her that I definitely would be coming back to get the dress.

Wedding Dress

Four weeks later I went with my friends from work to collect the dress. They all oohed and aahed about how lovely it was. A few giggles about when I was going to wear it but I just knew I would be getting married one day and this was the dress I would be married in. I was so excited to have it and carefully laid it down in the boot of my car. On the way home from work I was going to drop it off at my parents house but it was really stormy and traffic was bad, I didn’t want to have an accident with my beloved dress in the back so I decided to drive straight home and worry about it in the morning.

The next morning my boyfriend called me at 5am, he had just left the house to go to work so I woke up in a daze. He said the boot of my car was open and water was pouring inside but he closed it. Nothing wakes you up in the morning like your boyfriend discovering a secret wedding dress! So my heart started beating really really fast and I asked him what was in the boot. He said ‘Some white dress in a plastic bag’. I said it must be my grandmothers clothes (it did have a vintage look to it). He didn’t even question me! Phew I was off the hook. Haha my secret wedding dress was still a secret!

I immediately ran outside to get the dress, luckily the plastic cover (not bag) had protected it so it was only slightly damp. I got ready for work and on the way dropped the dress off at my parents house. I hung it up in their stairwell to dry. My parents were pretty much like WTF are you doing with a wedding dress and mum was really concerned I was setting myself up for disappointment. I was really defensive ‘he already has the ring!’ but looking back now buying a wedding dress before a proposal was pretty ambitious, even for me.

I went to work and as I sat at my desk, my boyfriend called again and I started to panic. Basically he was ringing to make sure that I was at work because he was worried my car battery could be flat from the boot light being on all night. Phew he had no idea.

Luckily the dress was fine, he proposed a year later, the wedding shoes I had bought (6 months before I got the dress) matched, we got married and so far happily ever after!

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    Gaby

    June 13, 2016

    Wow! What a story!!! ? Sounds like something I would do if I found THE dress too actually haha. Did he ever find out about the dress after you got married?

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      emmadavies05

      June 13, 2016

      Well after he proposed he was asking me how much I thought was reasonable to spend on a dress so I admitted that I’d bought it a year ago and he didn’t need to worry about the cost. He didn’t believe me at first because he thought it was crazy! He realised I wasn’t joking and made that noise from the movie psycho.

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    Louise

    October 6, 2016

    What a story!! I wouldn’t have even thought of going to look at dresses before I was engaged, even though I knew my husband would be proposing to me at some point! It’s a gorgeous dress and when you find the one, I suppose it has to be done! #SharingTheBlogLove

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      Emma

      October 8, 2016

      I hadn’t thought about buying a dress either, it wasn’t even a wedding dress shop, just a normal boutique but when you know.. you know!

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    Aww this is adorable and very brave! It is a gorgeous dress and I guess when you find the one you find the one and you can’t give it up! And as it was all bought and paid for, it will have been one less cost to worry about in the run up to the wedding! #SharingtheBlogLove

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      Emma

      October 8, 2016

      Exactly! My husband asked me how much I wanted to budget for the wedding dress when we were engaged so I fessed up then that we didn’t have to worry about it!

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    October 6, 2016

    Aww, I love this story! When you find the one you know! I love that your boot just sprung open for him to find it though – typical man to just overlook it! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove
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      Emma

      October 8, 2016

      I’m so lucky he didn’t realise what it was!

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    Laura - dear bear and beany

    October 8, 2016

    I love this! It’s pretty much the most important dress you are ever going to wear and you find it, you just know! Thank goodness men are pretty unobservant on these things and a dress is a dress to them! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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      Emma

      October 9, 2016

      Yes lucky he never asked where the dress was after that!

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    Emma Island Living 365

    October 14, 2016

    Wowzers! I don’t know whether to be in awe or slightly scared – haha. Either way it paid off and that dress is stunning! #`fridayFrolics
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    I guess when you know, you know! Did you ever tell him? Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

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    Silly Mummy

    October 20, 2016

    It is lovely! I think it would be maybe a little strange if you had been actually deliberately out looking for wedding dresses when not getting married, but I do see the logic when you found your ideal dress by accident – you’d probably have regretted it if never been able to find a perfect dress again!

    Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you next time.

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      Emma

      October 21, 2016

      Haha yes my thoughts exactly! My husband was still a bit creeped out when I told him though!

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