The Dress

I mentioned earlier in the week that I had drugged myself on the way to shop for wedding dresses.

I made a quick stop over at my Mother-in-law’s (to be) to pick her up and to pass out.

And while I drooled all over the bedspread slept, my mother and mother-in-law gabbed about me… and getting my rest.

Those toads would’ve let me sleep!

That’s what mother’s do.. they think about your health instead of the important things.


Good thing my body knows value I put on shopping and woke me up.

My appointment was with The Brides Project. A volunteer run boutique where the dresses are donated from stores all over Canada and from Brides who have worn their dresses, enjoyed them, and sent them for another Bride to love.

Money from the sales goes to The Canadian Cancer Society.

Every Dollar.

We were greeted by “D,” a quirky, warm, hilarious volunteer who gave us a quick run down of the rules, took our coats, and made us feel welcome right away.

We followed her up the stairs of the old house and into our room.

It was filled with a mountain of dresses… different colours, textures, lengths, and styles.

A whole rack my size.

Where were my spanks and where was the change room?


There’s no change room!

I soon discovered that wedding dress shopping means throwing my body into the sausage casing IN FRONT of people, my mother hiking up the back for me, and using my mother-in-law (to be) for balance while I step into a dress

It was D who came in, after we’d been there for an hour and a half, and pulled tulle, lace, and bling from the racks.

She danced around me with swirls of white, puffs of feathers, and compliments about my skin.

I saw white light.

And then there in the mirror was my reflection.

I was wearing THE DRESS.

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63 Responses to The Dress
  1. Lindsay
    February 8, 2012 | 7:37 am

    EEEEeee!!!! so very exciting Leighann!! 🙂
    I had never even heard of this place! When (read:if) we decide to get married, remind me about this place mmkay?
    I’m so glad you found some happiness on this day – I know you were worried about it…

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:19 pm

      What do you mean IF you guys decide to married????
      YOU ARE!

  2. Alison@Mama Wants This
    February 8, 2012 | 8:10 am

    So exciting!!! I love the whole concept of The Brides’ Project.

    Can’t wait to see YOU in it!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:16 pm

      Thank you Alison. I loved the experience, even more knowing that they money raised went somewhere great.

  3. Stephanie
    February 8, 2012 | 8:43 am

    What a fabulous concept!! And I am so happy you found the one 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:14 pm

      Thanks Stephanie!
      The concept is fantastic and I’m so glad I chose to go there.

  4. Brianne
    February 8, 2012 | 8:43 am

    This is the most amazing idea ever! I would
    Have driven to Canada to participate! Also these cliffhangers are killing me!!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:14 pm

      Sorry Brianne,
      Can’t show it until after the wedding.

  5. Mark
    February 8, 2012 | 8:55 am

    I love the cliff-hanger ending! Now I’m biting my nails(actually I’m typing) waiting for part 2!
    Congrats on finding “THE” dress!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:13 pm

      Thanks Mark.
      I love seeing your comments again.
      Much love!

  6. Jenn@Fox in the City
    February 8, 2012 | 9:09 am

    Ahhh, I am happy that you found your dress.

    What a great idea . . . I have never heard of The Brides’ Project before but now I am going to look into it. For not being much of a fashionista, I did love my gown from my 1st wedding. It was Me but now it is sitting in a box not doing much of anything and I could easily help someone else by donating it. Off to find out more.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:12 pm

      Look into it… it’s fantastic and when a dress is donated the Bride puts a letter with it to wish the girl buying it luck.
      I got a letter with mine!
      I’m saving it for a special day before the wedding to read it.

  7. Julie
    February 8, 2012 | 9:18 am

    That’s a pretty cool concept for a dress shop.

    The donation part, not the dressing out in the open. Geez, that’s like one of my worst nightmares!

    And you’re a total tease with these pics.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:11 pm

      Sorry kitten.
      You will see the dress, I promise.
      After the wedding.

  8. Lady Estrogen
    February 8, 2012 | 9:20 am

    It is a fabulous idea!! Love it.
    I think the wedding dress experience was the beginning of losing my dignity… which then spiraled downward with the twins. lol

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:11 pm

      Oh yes.. dignity GONE when you have a child.
      Or two.

  9. imperfectmomma
    February 8, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Such a cool store. Isnt that moment awesome when you find the dress? I didnt know it, but when I stepped out of the dressing room to see it in the mirror, my wedding song came on. I stopped and stared and knew. I didnt cry or anything…I just knew. And I so cannot wait to see you in the dress!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:10 pm

      I didn’t cry when I found mine either.
      But I did get very excited.
      And I didn’t want to take it off.

  10. Paulette
    February 8, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Smiles here! Wish I could be witty but nothing worthy of saying is coming out. Usually, that’s a bad thing but today it’s totally 100% awesome! This post just simply made me smile. Happy for you! =)

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:08 pm

      You comment is perfection Paulette!
      They always are xo

      • Paulette
        February 9, 2012 | 9:58 am

        Now I have that insane smile going! =)

      • Paulette
        February 9, 2012 | 9:59 am

        Aww *blush* Now I am smiling like an insane person. Wait, that may be almost daily occurrence for me. =P

  11. Julie @DutchBeingMe
    February 8, 2012 | 10:16 am

    I love the idea of this place – so awesome that you can get a dress there… and all the proceeds go to Breast Cancer awareness/research. If there’s not one in my area – I might just have to start up my own non-profit business! Awesome!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:07 pm

      It is such a great place. So welcoming and the experience is like no other!

  12. Jordan
    February 8, 2012 | 10:28 am

    I cant wait to see it!!!! So exciting. Once you have the dress you want everything else to speed along so you can wear it down the aisle! I can’t wait!!!!!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:06 pm

      You’re right!
      I so can’t wait now for the rest to all fall into place.

  13. MommaKiss
    February 8, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Big news, girl!! Not to mention, the shop’s concept? Brilliant!! no dressing room may freak me out, but I’d handle it :p

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 9:06 pm

      I know! Great cause right?!
      The naked part? Not so much.

  14. Jackie
    February 8, 2012 | 11:29 am

    That is such a great idea and a great cause!

    Alright… so what does this perfect dress look like???

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:40 pm

      I loved shopping there knowing that my money was going to such a great place.
      The dress is fantastic and I will post pictures after the wedding.. I PROMISE

  15. Kristin
    February 8, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Yay! That’s a great idea, maybe I’ll send my dress.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:36 pm

      Isn’t it a wonderful concept. It made shopping that much better!

  16. Amber
    February 8, 2012 | 1:09 pm


    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:35 pm

      Thanks doodle! xoxoxoxoxo

  17. Life As Wife
    February 8, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    So glad you found the dress, NyQuil and all!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:35 pm

      Sometimes you need a little medication to get you through.
      Or a lot.

  18. Not a Perfect Mom
    February 8, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    I’m so excited to see you in it!!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:34 pm

      OH, there will be tons of pictures after the big day!

  19. JamieAnne
    February 8, 2012 | 4:31 pm


    I’m super glad you found your dress!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:33 pm

      Thank you! Me too.. I love it and want to wear it forever.

  20. Carri
    February 8, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    Yay!!! I’m sure you look beautiful in it!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 8, 2012 | 8:31 pm

      I rocked it.
      I want to wear it every day!

  21. Nic
    February 8, 2012 | 9:51 pm

    The look on your face was priceless!!! It is 100% the dress! You looked gorgeous and fabulous 🙂 xoxo
    I’m so honoured to have been there with you!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:54 pm

      thank you Nic!
      Glad you could be there…
      It SO is the dress!

  22. Rach (DonutsMama)
    February 8, 2012 | 10:41 pm

    I CANNOT wait to see how gorgeous you’re gonna look in that dress!!! Eeek!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:52 pm

      Oh you are so sweet!!!
      I adore it and I can’t wait to wear it!

  23. Emily
    February 8, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    Congrats on your wedding. I thought finding the dress was the most stressful part if getting married, so I was super happy when I found mine.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:52 pm

      I think, so far, that the invites are the most stressful.. and I haven’t even started them yet!

  24. Jessica
    February 9, 2012 | 2:01 am

    Can’t wait to see the dress when you get to wear it down the aisle!

    And what a great boutique to recycle dresses and donate money. But why no dressing room? That seems strange to me.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:50 pm

      It’s in an old victorian room for dressing rooms. 🙁

  25. Barbara
    February 9, 2012 | 9:06 am

    Congrats on finding your dress! What an amazing place for such a great charity!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:49 pm

      It really is an amazing place.

  26. Kimberly
    February 9, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    Sausage casing?
    When I was trying on dresses the store lady person helped me get in them. She said to me “OMG I have the same underwear as you. They’re cute aren’t they?”

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 9, 2012 | 3:40 pm

      I’m not cool with sales people complimenting my unders.
      They should pretend they don’t see them.

  27. Galit Breen
    February 10, 2012 | 12:29 am

    Oh YAY! I absolutely LOVE this, the place, your words, and OMG so soon! You in the dress!! xo

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 11, 2012 | 5:36 pm

      SO SOON me in the dress!

  28. Miss Marina Star
    February 10, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    I’m glad you survived (and maybe even enjoyed) being tugged and stuffed and dressed, but I am even more thrilled that you found the perfect dress. I cannot wait to see your wedding pictures!

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 11, 2012 | 5:28 pm

      I loved every second of it and I really didn’t think that I would, I was so worried that I would be depressed and sad.
      It was awesome.

  29. The Brides' Project
    February 12, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    We are absolutely thrilled that you had a good experience shopping with us! Thank you for writing about it.

    Our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful wedding,

    The Brides’ Project

  30. Teresa
    February 13, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Squuuuuueeee! I am so excited for you! I was married in a $12 dress and at the town hall.

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 14, 2012 | 9:46 pm

      Do you still have the dress? Have you blogged about this? I want to read about it!

      • Teresa
        February 14, 2012 | 9:49 pm

        I don’t think I wrote about it. It’s not a good memory…

        • multitaskingmumma
          February 14, 2012 | 10:01 pm

          I’m sorry about that.

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