Post # 1
i am a little post happy today – a friend of mine just got engaged and she’s been sending me dresses…all of which are drop-waist ball gown silhouettes. she asked me today if my actual dress was anything like the dress i had picked out before i actually tried them on and chose mine…and i was explaining how quickly what i liked changed as i tried on dresses over my appointments. i originally liked an empire waist a-line dress with a full skirt that was all over large and heavy floral lace. it was so pretty the first time i saw it…and i couldn’t wait to try it on. i was certain this dress/style was for ME!
and then i put it on…and a couple others of the same style…and realized that it did not do my curvy and busty figure justice.
and then my consultant brought me a mermaid. we fell in love 🙂
just wondering what everyone else’s experiences were. i was so surprised how off i was! it just goes to show that you never know until you start trying things on!
Post # 2
blankenshiptobe: I fell in love with lace A lines with key hole backs before dress shopping, or the sheer/lace overlay with champagne or gold underneath… I loved those.
I tried them on. I looked like I should be auditioning as an offensive lineman for the NFL. Seriously. Not a good bridal look.
I ended up in something I never would have tried on. We were at a sample sale after a dismal experience at a store. My mum pulled my dress off the rack and wanted me to try it on ‘for a laugh’. My sister was in full defensive mode and didn’t want to put me in anything that would make me feel worse – so she was totally against it. But I humoured my mum.
Once I came out in it no one laughed for a second, then EVERYONE laughed. It’s my dress. It was made for me. I tried a few others on after, then put it back on and I knew it was for sure. So we bought it and took it home that day.
It’s a dropped waist, with a ruffled skirt, halter style, puts the girls on display. It is totally unlike anything I wanted and I love it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
blankenshiptobe: My dress was NOTHING like what I went in looking for and truth be told I didn’t really like it when the attendant gave it to be but once I put it on and walked out everyone started crying. On the hanger not so good on the body amazing!!! I went to a bridal shop 2 hours away from my home because they were the only ones who had “my dress” that I wanted and I tried it on half way through my session and hated it on me.
This is the dress I ended up getting Mori Lee 2105
Post # 4
sostobe: what a great story. i love the ruffles!!! i love the keyhole backs too…but i they are way too delicate for my figure. they look beautiful on the right body 🙂
my consultant at my 2nd appointment (the one who put me in my mermaid) told me the moment i explained to her i wanted: no lace, no silk, no bling, no sequins, no beading…that she already knew the dress for me but was saving it for last…and sure enough, it was the one i chose! i hugged her 20 times before i left that store!
Post # 5
blankenshiptobe: My wedding dress was actually pretty much spot on from what I originally wanted. It’s mermaid style and very minimal. The dress actually turned out to be my dream dress with sparkly ivory lace overlay and a champagne coloured bottom layer. It’s got a long train with buttons on the back all the way down to the train. I didn’t even realise it’s a designer gown from Mark Lesley and I got it in a sample sale for half price! I can’t wait to wear it for the wedding next year :).
Post # 6
blankenshiptobe: I originally wanted long and flowy. I looked like I had a flour sack on. Then I moved to mermaid. I looked like a tube of sausage, no curves whatsoever. Then, by chance I tried on a few drop waist ballgowns-fell in love! And so the opposite of what I thought I wanted. I’m happy though, I feel gorgeous in my dress, and I think FI will love the traditional look of my dress.
Post # 7
blankenshiptobe: I wanted a tea length lace dress with 3/4 lace sleeves, but was having the WORST time finding that anywhere. None of the salons carried anything like that and I was too afraid to have it custom made. I went shopping with my mom and sisters and fell in love with an A-line Allure dress.
Post # 8
blankenshiptobe: I had such a similar experience! I thought I wanted an A-line dress to show off my slim waist but cover up my not-so-slim thighs, but when I tried them on they made me feel so short and wide. Then I tried on a mermaid/trumpet dress I like online but didn’t think would fit me and fell in love 🙂
Post # 9
I definitely got the same dress shape. Sometimes you just know what you like and what works with your body type best.
I wasn’t at all surprised that after trying on all dress styles I still went with the same shape as my normal everyday dresses.
I also have seemed to notice that pear-shaped brides tend to be kind of afraid of showing of their bootay (lol at least from what I can tell) but then they try on a mermaid and look damn good.
Post # 10
I ended up with a full A-line. I thought I was going to go with a slimmer fit. I tried on fit and flare dresses, and they looked great. Mine just seemed to work with my body shape the best.
Post # 11
I ended up with a slim A-line, but I thought I wanted a sheath dress.Even now when I look at dresses on here I love all of the sheaths and all of the fit and flares, but my dress just made me feel amazing.
Post # 12
Absolutely not! I was thinking about Greek style, something flowy, with straps and without corset. Turned out, in Greek style I looked like I’m pregnant and trying to hide it, and all dresses without boned bodice just didn’t do well. Ended up with something close to ballgown, but used the smallest petticoat not to look like cupcake, more like A-line.
Post # 13
Not at all!! I wanted something like this tulle flowy dress (here is me trying it on…)
But went for this lace mermaid!
I loved the feel of the first one, i felt like a flowing fairy princess, but it wasn’t as flattering on me as I thought it would be. I think my dress suits my body more, and will surprise people as I had told a lot of people I wanted a long flowing gown!
Post # 14
The dress that I was desperate to find was Watters Sterling. It was THE ONE. I was sure. Then it was Watters San Francisco. Similar, just sheer-er, narrower straps. Then I was hung up on Essence of Australia D1617. Then Naomi Neoh’s Clementine. All without trying a single dress on.
Then the first time I tried on dresses, I was by myself after ordeeing a bridesmaid dress and it was on a whim. One of them was Maggie Sottero’s Quinlynn. I wasn’t totally sold, I think because of the flower appliqué. The girl told me it could be easily removed. But I just left. The wedding was still almost 2 years away, so I figured leave it.
This August I was back in the shop having the bridesmaid dress from that day altered and I happened to browse through a rack of samples for sale. And there it was. It came home with me. It’s an almost perfect blend of elements from the 4 dresses I loved.
Post # 15
Yes and no. I envisioned myself in a gown with a trumpet silhouette. Then I tried on the first version of the Sleeping Beauty gown by Alfred Angelo and fell in love with drop waist ballgowns. So my main dress is a ballgown but my reception dress has trumpet silhouette.