But there's a big difference now. Before, I always viewed the dresses in an "Ooh, that's pretty!" way, not an "I want to wear that on my wedding day" way. Now, it's like I'm looking at dresses in a whole new light. Suddenly frilly frocks that seemed so cute before are too girly. Sleek figure-hugging gowns that were once so chic are maybe a little too sexy. Nothing is quite right anymore.
And don't even get me started on everyone's worst nightmare: falling victim to a looks-great-now-but-really-it's-horrific fashion trend. I know you know what I'm talking about. Just think back to that moment when viewing old wedding photos where you thought either "Ooh, look at that dress!" as in, "What a beautiful timeless gown!" or "Oh, wow... look at that dress..." as in, "What an unfortunate sign of the times..." Like with pretty much any wedding dress from the 80s, for example.
Even the beautiful and elegant Princess Di fell into the 80s poof trap with that unfortunate Victorian duvet cover she wore as a dress. (I don't care if it was the most envied dress at the time, I still want to cuddle up underneath it and take a nap.)
Then there are the gowns that are timeless, classic, elegant, yet still stylish and on trend. Princess Grace's is a perfect example.
No doubt the Duchess will look just as timeless and elegant in 50 years and Princess Grace does today.
If you've gone through this process, how did you decide what dress was your dress? And if you haven't, what will you look for when you do?