- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
So I’ve been out dress shopping a few times and I bought a dress at the third shop I visited. After paying the full $1800 total, I’m feeling major dress regret and wondering if I made a mistake. The first place I went was DB and I wasn’t impressed with what they had. The second place, I tried on a dress I thought I would hate and fell in love, but the $2000 price tag meant I had to keep looking.
So I tried another shop, found a dress that I really liked, could be ordered in my size (aka super short) and everything just lined up. So I bought it. Now I’m wondering if I should have shopped around, bought the first one from a previous bride or what.
I also found a third dress on the classifieds that seems to have the best of both dresses, but I can’t try it on. I don’t have the money for a second dress and I think I’m having price regret as much as dress regret. I’m wishing that I hadn’t paid so much for something I didn’t absolutely love when I could have found something cheaper online. But the risk of buying something I can’t try on or return scares me, especially since I’m only 5’2″ and very petite.
My first love, the Enzoani Dabra:
What I loved about this was the floatiness of the tulle on the bottom and I was worried that when it was ordered in my size and hemmed, there would be too much top and not enough of the bottom and fabric. I wished that it had a bit more lace detailing on the bottom half of the dress and I didn’t really like the belt, but I loved the simplicity of the lace without the extra beadwork.
My safe and logical purchase (I don’t know the designer):
This had a little bit of everything, the lace applique, the sparkle of the sequins, the gorgeous train, etc. It had a little bit of the movement I was looking for, but not nearly as much as the first one. I felt safer with this because they could make it petite for my height and I wouldn’t have to pay for a hem. I think I got impatient and wanted to make a decision, plus they were offering a 10% discount if I bought then so I felt a little pressured to get it. I really like this dress but I don’t LOVE love it.
Sidenote: I am going to have my shoulders covered the entire time no matter what dress I wear and they had a bolero that matched the dress almost perfectly for sale 50% off, which also contributed to my decision.
My third option:
This looks like it would be the best of both worlds with the floatiness of the first dress plus the detail and delicacy of the second, but I don’t know if I can risk buying a dress I can’t afford that I haven’t seen in person or tried on and don’t know if it will fit me! But I also don’t know if I can just go with the dress that I don’t fully love and not look back and wish I had changed things.
If I was confident that I could get enough money from selling the first dress, I might be more willing to take the risk for a cheaper pre-owned dress but I’m just so afraid I’m going to end up spending even more when I’ve already completely blown my dress budget.
Any advice welcome, thanks!