I would love to see what dresses you are considering. Please post pics and links!
This is what I will be wearing. I don't have a link because it is a sample gown that I purchased from a local bridal shop. It is a Justing Alexander 8137.
gorgeous dress!!! dress envy!
Here's mine! Having organza "sleeves" draped on, so it will be off-the-shoulder, not strapless.
Both are beautiful! I am going dress shopping for the first time next weekend. I have the added challenge of being only 5'1"...as well as being "older".
I might just end up with a white bridesmaid dress...going for a somewhat simple look.
I'm not quite 40 but I want to play too! And mature well...when I told the consultant my age she did say this was age appropriate...not that I care!
For me, age 56 (David's Bridal 5268):
For my wife, age 41, an Emme Bridal, style unknown:
@noritake22, here is a link for you.
Thanks everyone, your dresses are beautiful! I hope more people will share!
I turned 50 the day after the wedding. Here's my dress!
@Bluespurrs - I've seen a couple of your photos in other posts and not had a chance to post... I just wanted to let you know that I think your dress was absolutely lovely!
I knew I wanted something with sleeves, something that was a bias cut and had a 1930's vintage-y glam feel to it. I tried on a lot of vintage-inspired dresses from this place: http://www.unique-vintage.com which gave me a good sense of that looked good on me versus what I THOUGHT would look good on me.
I ended up going with the J Crew Cecelia dress. It was more expensive ($395) than some of the dresses I had my eye on (one as low as $80!) but you get what you pay for too. The quality of the fabric is outstanding and it makes a difference.
I bought the Champagne dress on eBay originally but decided I the Ivory looked better with my skintone. So now I have the champagne dress for sale for $225 if anyone's interested...
This is a pic of the dress I will wear...I will be 49 this year and will feel amazing on that day wearing this dress....after trying on about 10 dresses I knew I was hopeless....then my fiance picked this one....it was the 1 for us!!! We both cried....Needless to say...it came home with us that day!! Thanks honey....I love u!!!
@ fallingsnow: Yeah! Another Venus Bride! I'm wearing VN6603 (the online photos aren't very good and I don't have a photo of me in it yet). It feels like the perfect solution for a 40-something who wants to feel beautiful and look bridal without going over-the-top.
I love everyone's dress choices, BTW. Such a range and all so lovely!
I'll be 44 in July-I'm weraring Maggie's Karena Royale ♥
@menobride, I feel your pain..I'm 4'9". It is a challenge for sure!
@ soon2beMrsGP: WOW! You look fantastic (and about 30 too, by the way). Your dress is AMAZING. I had such bad memories of ugly lace 80s and 90s wedding dresses that I didn't consider lace for mine. Wish I had! It's so pretty and romantic. Just perfect!
What's your headpiece? I've been looking for one like it. -Jade
P.S. 5'2" here. Lots of teeny 40-somethings.
I'll be three months shy of 40 but figure I'm close enough.....here's my dress:
@ soon2beMrsGP: everytime I see your dress I feel less unsure about mine (MS Grace - it's kinda similarish) and wish I had seen yours first. You look amazing!
I'm not 40 yet...but in my upper 30s so it must count! Definately a mature bride compared to all my friends who all got married by 26!
When I was shopping, my one mandate was nothing princessy, ballerina, or ball gown style. And no mermaid. Straight or A-line, even a full A-line like many pics above.
I picked an ivory, asymetrical full A-line, lace over soemthing but no beading or crystals (can use a bit of glitz but its still pretty!).
Good luck. And if you disagree with everything I said- good for you and wear what you want!
@jadeblue-lol, thanks!! I hadn't even really considered lace-I didn't pick out 1 lace dress from my online shopping, but I fell in love with it the moment I tried it on :) And the headband is one that the consultant put on me. It has 1 row of large crystals/rhinestones and was $150. I did not purchase it-I figured I could find something a lot cheaper!
@shaema-I love the Rhiannon!! That was one of my faves but I never found it to try it on-love it :)
@sweetkischa-aww sweet but dont feel unsure about yours-you picked it for a reason! I feel the same way sometimes when I see other dresses though too. I actually contemplated cancelling my order a day or 2 after I ordered it to look at a few other Maggies but I made myself be strong and stick with my 1st choice :)
Here's mine on the ad model...just bought it Saturday!
Beautiful choices ladies!! I will be 49 OUCH!! When I walk down the aisle. These are the gowns i really love -- the first one - two salons wouldnt even find it for me thay said I couldnt wear it (size 22) The second is at an online only store (so I am a little leary) But I really LOVE IT!!!
We got married in Feb, but are having our wedding in July.....I'll be 45 in August (still think I'm 25, though). :) My daughters picked out this dress. I swore I didn't want the "comforter" bottom, but because of the material this dress is made of, when I tried it on (it was the last one I tried), I absolutely loved it!
Hope you find "THE" dress! :)
Couldn't figure out how to get the pic from the website to here, but here's the link:
48 here, my dress is at the seamstresses for hemming and shortening the sleeves. I was going to wear ivory but its so similar to white and Id have had to order it. Im not taking any chances with not having it on time . I bought a dress and sent it back, tried on dozens before choosing mine.At first I tried on trumpet styles with lots of bling but then one day I saw this on a manneuquin and just had to try it on. Its satin, off the shoulder with a corset back. Its simple yet elegant. This is my 2nd marriage and his first. I was marriued the first time before a judge and never thought Id have a real wedding. But I finally foud my soulmate and Ive never been happier.
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I'll be almost 50 when I marry next Spring, and I've chosen Sophia Tolli's "Vaughn" as my gown. I've attached pictures of it on the model here. What do you think?
lisalew5472, I absolutely love your dress. Gorgeous and so classy.
@lisalew: I LOVE LOVE LOVE that dress.
Thanks! I really love some of the dress choices here. This is such a fun board!
aww Just cause your 50 doesn't mean you cant flaunt it :)
@lisalew5472: That is so beautiful! I am 25 and I would love to wear that!!
I am 40 and I feel so much more sexy and fab than I did at 25! Here's my dress!
I'm going to be 38. DAMN I CANT BELIEVE I JUST WROTE THAT ! LOL ! Here's my dress...
I am 40, will be 41 when we get married. I didn't want to wear white so I went with red. This was the first dress I tried on, nothing that I thought I had wanted. I kept going back to it, and decided it was "the one"
I am 41. I went from wanting something simple, to buying something with lace, back to simple, but with a little bling.
I am late 30's. I preferred non strapless with a lower back, and only looked at straight styles. I love what I found:
I am 38, about to be 39, and I will be very near 40 when we marry in March 2011. I haven't decided on a dress yet. I would like to say that my age hasn't factored in at all but I would be lying. I have noticed I won't consider EXTREME pouf anymore and, unlike when I was 20 something and buying a dress for my first wedding (actual wedding never happened, got married in the courthouse), I am not at all interested in sequins and sparkles and all. But still, I like the semi-princessy thing.
I am focused on two dresses right now, but all that may change when I actually go try some one. Here are the 2 top contestants (and number 1 is something I would have chosen in my 20s had I known about it, I've always loved a vintage feel):
I'm 34, but I think my dress fits with the style of a lot of the dresses in this post.
I didn't go big and poofy...I felt silly in them. (not my style) I went with Mori Lee # 2304. It can be ordered in 3 different lengths so I didn't even have to have it hemmed. Actually the only alterations I did was add more bling. I sewed on about 1000 more (tiny) beads....yes I was a crazy bride.
I'm (gulp) 42, will be 43 when we get married in December. I bought this dress almost 3 years ago - it was a sample marked down over 50% - it's an Ines di Santo. FH was with me too. We just got engaged in March, so I've had this dress for a while. Our wedding is NYE and I think the dress is perfect for a NYE wedding.
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I was 40 and this was my dress! So many beautiful dresses ladies!
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