Wedding Dresses & Style

Camille S. Interview

posted: 01/17/11
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Camille S. from Say Yes to the Dress interview. See pictures of wedding dress trends.

Q: When and where was your wedding?

A: Ryon and I made a lifetime commitment to each other on July 20, 2007, before our family and friends at Disney's Grand Floridian Wedding Pavilion in Orlando, Fla. The ceremony was scheduled for 7:30 p.m., which coincided with the setting of the sun, creating the most romantic setting for our ceremony. The wedding pavilion is situated on an island branched off from the main grounds. It is connected by a beautiful white bridge, surrounded by palm trees and a mini beach.

Q: How did you meet your fiance?

A: We initially met through a mutual friend at a dinner party, which was very brief. However, we met again through the same friend at another event, and he enticed me with his handsome looks, humorous personality and intellectual conversation that somehow led to me suggesting we meet again. The following weekend, we met up, and the rest is history!

Q: How did he propose?

A: Ryon surprisingly orchestrated a well-executed plan for the formal engagement. We both knew we wanted to get married to each other, but it was just a matter of formality. I know Ryon's first task was to ask my parents for permission and to have my hand in marriage, and then I guess the planning had begun. My best friend decided to have her wedding on New Year's Eve in Guyana. I was asked to be a bridesmaid and accepted. She was the "mutual friend" who had introduced Ryon to me that night at the dinner party. Ryon had also planned on attending the wedding. His grand proposal took place at the 10-second countdown. At the stroke of midnight, he slipped this magnificent ring on my finger and asked me to marry him. Fireworks were flaring in the background, making it the most perfect proposal I could have ever imagined.

Q: What were you looking for in a gown?

A: Since I was having a fairy-tale wedding, I pictured myself wearing a ballroom-style gown accented with tons of beading and sparkle. So, I instantly ruled out slim-fitting gowns. The next step was to have a gown that was somewhat light and breathable so that I wouldn't be overheated due to the destination (Orlando). Plus, it had to shape me perfectly.

Q: Did you know anything about gowns before you had to shop for one?

A: Besides the routine magazine search and the highlighted well-known wedding-dress designers, I didn't know too much about types of materials, beadings, styles and shapes to suit your body, etc. I knew that when I went dress shopping, it was going to be a crash course on wedding dresses 101.

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Camille S. from Say Yes to the Dress interview.

Q: Why did you choose your gown?

A: It met the three most important components that I wanted in a wedding dress. The dress that I chose had one of the most unique and intricate beading designs, which was accented by tons of sparkling beads and crystals; the dress was very light and breathable, because of the material used (tulle); and lastly it shaped me perfectly - it even made me look two sizes slimmer!

In addition to choosing my main wedding dress, I was also interested in looking for another dress to change into during the middle of the night. I made the decision to buy a second dress a whim, but I knew I wanted a dress that was much more snug and slim fitting to end the night in. Obviously, it had to be consistent with the first gown, which had tons of sparkling beads and a beautiful design. Both dresses were absolutely perfect!

Q: Did you stay within your budget?

A: It is very important to set a budget, especially for your wedding dress, but sometimes a budget can be overlooked when you see that perfect dress. I needed to have a reasonable justification for not staying within my budget! My parents offered to purchase my dress, and they gave me a budget to stay within. But, as selfish as this sounds, it truly could have been any price as long as I got the perfect gown for my wedding day. I was the type of bride who got carried away when trying on dresses - hence the second dress! Budget? What budget?

Q: What was the hardest part about shopping for a dress?

A: Dress shopping was most definitely time consuming, but besides my having to keep a focused eye when surrounded and overwhelmed by tons of dresses, it was very enjoyable. Also, you have to consider the opinions of the friends and family you bring dress shopping with you; sometimes you may think a dress looks amazing on you, but it may not. In such cases, you should rely on the opinions of those who mean the most to you. However, the excitement of getting married is about much more than stressing over finding the perfect dress. The perfect dress is out there - it's just a matter of time and finding it. Some brides find it on their first outing, and others find it on their fourth trip.

Q: Did you have any meltdowns?

A: I think my maid of honor had more of a meltdown than I did. I guess dragging her to the fifth boutique in one day could have done that. In all seriousness, I was very calm and collected about the entire wedding-dress shopping process. But hiccups are expected during wedding planning, especially when you have so many people involved and wishes to consider. At times, problems arose, but I knew with patience and calmness, it would all work itself out - which it did!

Q: What tips would you give to brides-to-be?

  • The planning process can easily get you carried away. Remember your fiance in the stressful times. He's your support, comfort, resolution and calmness, and will continue to be there for you throughout your marriage. Why not start now?
  • I would strongly suggest hiring a wedding planner to organize, keep the planning process on track and provide insightful tips overall. If you cannot afford one, remember that the key to a successful wedding is organization. Map out your vision, and organize your ideas, all down to the details of your wedding. And delegate! You cannot do everything yourself!
  • Make sure you have a vision. Know what you want - indecisiveness can create unnecessary expenses, possibly sidetrack your planning process and waste time.
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