Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Review: Katharina's Bridal Boutique

I have just returned from the most amazing wedding dress shopping experience I've ever had.

First, let me just say that I was a little anxious to go dress shopping again after my last trip to an establishment on the Island. The lady helping me at the dress shop would only pull dresses that she thought would fit or be big and seemed in an awful rush to shoo me out the door. Unfortunately, the few dresses that fit me well enough that I could try them on seemed to be the wrong kind of old fashioned and a little on the homely side... nothing like I had envisioned myself trying on. I left feeling like finding a dress would be like wrapping a whale in taffeta and tulle and sending it down the aisle.

So yes, I was more than a little nervous walking in to Katharina's Bridal Boutique, but I decided to keep an open mind. I was greeted at the door by Kim, one of their wedding consultants. Her warm and welcoming personality made me feel instantly like I was shopping with an old friend. We walked up to the racks of dresses and I mentioned a few of the characteristics I thought I'd like in a dress. Right away she pulled one off the rack, and I instantly said "that won't fit". Kim then told me something I hadn't heard before; forget about the size of the dress, that's just a number. She told me to try it on and, even though it might not fit, I could see if I liked the look of it. And try on dresses I did!

With help from my soon to be mother-in-law and sister-in-law Doreen and Josie, we picked out a number of dresses I wouldn't have even considered trying on because of the size at the other shop. While I was trying them on, Kim made me feel so confident, telling me which were her favorite dresses, telling me stories and making me feel special. She told me what worked and what didn't; a kind of honesty that seems to be rare.

Because of Kim, Doreen and Josie, I found a dress I fell in love with. I wouldn't have tried it on anywhere else, but it looked stunning. I even got to meet Katharina, who came out and told me the best part: They only sell 3 dresses of one particular style a year. This was the best news I'd heard all day; after all, what bride wants to see her dream dress on 10 other brides on Facebook by the end of the season? I left the boutique with loads of information and even a booklet with a picture of the dress I love in it - even though they only get a few booklets and are supposed to stay in store (thanks, Katharina!).

To wrap it up, the ladies at Katharina's Bridal Boutique made me feel so positive about the whole experience. They were amazingly friendly and outgoing, knowledgeable and made the whole thing so memorable. I can't believe they've been open for a year, and I've just heard about them this week. Thanks, guys!

Info on Katharina's Bridal Boutique:
Facebook group: Katharina's Bridal Boutique
Address: 12 Cedar Street, Summerside PEI
To book an appointment: (902) 724 - 3222

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wedding Nightmares.

For some reason, I've had 3 wedding related dreams this week, and none have been good.

The first dream happened on Friday night. Jacob and I decided that morning to get married that day in some tropical location, and didn't have time to invite all of our friends and family. Doreen and my grandmother were furious, and I remember thinking how much more special it would have been if we would have done everything right.

A few nights ago in my dream, no matter how hard I tried, I could not gather every bridesmaid and groomsmen in one place for long enough to hold the ceremony. It was extremely frustrating.

Last night I dreamed that we had gone all through the ceremony, but I didn't remember any of it. I was sitting in the kitchen of my grandparent's house, and I asked my uncle Doug (who's going to marry us) what time the wedding started, and he said that it already happened. He then diagnosed me with wedding amnesia, and Jacob was so mad that he ran away and cancelled the reception.

I thought these nightmares were supposed to start a little closer to the actual date, not a year and a half before!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Just a quick post to jot down an idea so I won't forget it:

Pictures of our parents on their wedding days in old looking frames.
It would add a lot to the guestbook table and add to the vintage feel.