Post # 1
Ok Bees I need your opinions PLEASE!
My wedding is not until next year, however this morning I was causally looking at dresses online before work and I think I found THE dress! It is everything I love about dresses all rolled into one. White white, flowers, corset back, fitted through the top. Love love love this dress! Ok so here is where the dilemma comes in.
The dress is Maggie Sottero, and I’ve loved seeing all of the dresses bees have chosen by her. I think they’re all gorgeous. Now, we are paying for everything and my modest budget doesn’t come close to $1000.
Miraculously, I have found a sample sale selling the dress for half the price. Awesome right!? Not so fast…the problem is I have never tried the dress on. I went to Maggie’s site and called all bridal stores that sell her dresses within 50 miles of me, and not one has the dress.
Would you buy a dress you have never tried on if you could get it in your budget and would otherwise not be able to afford?
Also, with the wedding being over a year away, I do not want to have dress regret.
And, I haven’t formally tried dresses on, so would I be sad missing the dress trying on experience?
I am so torn! Not once have I seen a dress that I became so obsessed over!!! Do I bite the bullet and take my chances, or do I walk away hoping later on, closer to the wedding, I find something else I love!?
BTW I added a pic of the dress, since I know if I was reading this I would be itching to see it!
Post # 3
you really really should try on dresses. the experience is worth it and you never can tell what the dress looks like until you have it on. 🙂
Post # 4
Personally I wouldn’t do it and here is why. I found THE dress too and put it on and it was in no way flattering on me at all. I went into the bridal shop and said “I don’t like strapless, I don’t like mermaid or trumpet, and I want lace” and what dress looked the best on me? The strapless trumpet without lace.
I guess my point is you just don’t know till you try it on and get a feel for it. If you do go for it, just don’t try on any other dresses and just stick with it
Post # 5
I say go and try on some dresses. If you don’t love anything you try on then get the dress online and hope it’s perfect. If it’s not you can always sell it right back again. But at least you’ll have some experience in what wedding dresses look like on you. Try the same silhouette, the same fabric, etc. so you know you really like that style.
Post # 6
Hmmm… I know that used Maggie dresses generally sell really well on the Classifieds here, so if you bought it and it didn’t work out, I don’t think you’d have a huge problem selling it to another bride for what you paid for it.
Could you maybe try on some dresses with similar features and silhouettes to make sure it would be flattering? That way you could get the “trying on dresses” experience and feel more confident about your purchase!
Post # 7
It’s a goregous dress, and if your wedding is a year away, it’s not too early to start looking (some dresses take 6-9 months to come in and you will usually need alterations). You could A) Go try on dresses, knowing you might miss out on this one, but at least you could try other styles and not miss out on the experience; B) Buy this sample and if it doesn’t work or you find something else, sell it.
For what it’s worth, I bought my dress in Nov 2010 and my wedding is Oct 2011. It was the sample and I took it home that day. I have had some dress regret, but I think I am finally at the place where I am happy I have my dress and got such a great deal.
If you do get this dress: STOP LOOKING. You will always find something else you like, and that could be trouble.
Post # 8
I’m kind of doing the same thing XD I haven’t been dress shopping officially but I stumble across a $200 gown on etsy that I fell in love with, so I’m ordering it.
I say go for it. If you don’t, you’ll probably always have this dress in the back of your mind when you’re shopping. And if you don’t love it afterall, you could always try to sell it (I’m sure another bride would love to buy it at half price)
What I would recomend though is that you go to a dress store to find out what size you wear in bridal, I’ve heard they run really different from your normal dress size.
Edit: I also agree with everyone else that you should try on some similar, and some different, gowns in person
Post # 9
You should at least go try on something similar so that you know if it looks good on you. Like others, I thought I knew what I wanted, but ended up with something way different.
Post # 10
Thanks ladies!!! It’s always nice to get your subjective opinions. My brain is spinning with images of this dress and I can’t think straight! ha. A few of the stores I called said they have similiar dresses, so I think it would be a good idea to try on some Maggie’s or similiar styles to see how they look on me, and if it does look good hope that the sample dress is still available.
But that brings me to another question…
I live 5 hours away from any friends or family, so who can I count on to tell me if I look good or not?! Obviously if I think it looks good that’s important, but it’s always nice to have someone with you to give their opinion..and can I really count on the workers at the salon to give me an honest opinion?!
Post # 11
I personally wouldnt do it, but if you are going to compair everything to that dress, and regret not getting it when you could have.. then I would take the chance!
Post # 12
@FunfettiCupcakes: I have no way of knowing if this is possible, so bear with me.
Would you be able to send pictures on your phone to someone you trust? Or… this is a big IF… see if any of the bridal stores have wireless so you could hook up to Skype and have your friends and family there virtually! If I owned a bridal shop I would totally have everything set up for that… but I don’t so I’m not sure if that’s something that people do.
Post # 13
Yep. Sorry but everyone is right. It’s a known fact that a verrrry high percentage of us brides don’t end up buying the dress we cut out of magazines or print off websites bc they don’t look the same on us as they do on those pencil thin models.
Post # 14
Update: I went to a shop and tried on some dresses in this shape. Of the dresses I tried on, there were 2 that I liked. Both ended up to be Maggie Sottero, and both were modified sweetheart with rouching, fitted on top. So in the end I decided to just order the sample because I think I will regret it later.
And..I found out why no store has the dress. It’s brand new for Spring 11, so I’m happy to be getting a brand new style dress for half the price! And they had just gotten it into the shop so I don’t think it has even been tried on. Should be here next week! Hopefully I love it. If not, I guess I will try to sell and recoupe my losses!