I know all of us look forward to wearing the white dress on our special day, but I have to say that wearing a white dress for a debutante ball is just as fun! Both sister and I have been presented in numerous events over the past years. Since my years as a debutante are over, it was sister's turn to take the spotlight. The event was held at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, where you have never seen Christmas decorations like these! Every time I attend this event, it puts me in the Christmas spirit (as if I didn't have enough of that already).
Sister's dress has the modern wedding cake look. She changes the look up a little bit every time she wears it with a different sash/ribbon. The first time she wore it, she had a white sash, knotted in the front with a beautiful pearl and diamond broach (on loan from grandmother). The second time she change up her look by using a different broach and choosing some different jewelry. This time, she accented her dress with a champange colored ribbon that was tied in a bow in the back. You can truly make one dress look so different by changing up little parts of it.
LPW was not as creative with her dress. I found one that compliments my pear shape without making me look like a double-wide (thank goodness... I was worried about that!). This is not my exact dress but it is close to the design. My mom wanted us to find a dress that didn't look too "weddingy." Try finding a wedding dress that doesn't look like it belongs in a wedding... I dare you! We looked forever to find something that pleased mom, sister, and me!
If you are looking for a deb dress or a wedding dress and you live in the South... GO TO BRINKLEY, ARKANSAS. Random... I know! Low's Bridal Shop is infamous. I went there during their semi-annual sale and got my dress for a fraction of what it was originally priced. Their selection is amazing. You can try on at least 200 dresses in your size. I can assure you... we were there for hours!
Being a debutante was truly special for me. I loved it more and more, every time that I did it! Sister and I are lucky that we were choosen by wonderful organizations to represent them. We were even luckier to be blessed with great escorts (that part is almost more important than the dress). They have to be photogenic for the pictures, have great dancing skills, not get too intoxicated so that they embarrass you, and most of all they must be a gentleman (especially to be able to talk to all the parents). Good gracious... thinking about it, we were lucky to find anyone that fit that description!
Happy Debutante Season to you all and feel free to share your experiences with being presented!