- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
I didn’t think choosing a dress would be this difficult. I mean, I know it’s a big decision but still … It’s a dress.
I have tried on around 28 dresses at 4 bridal shops. There have been a lot of strong contenders, but after talking with my mom more tonight, I’ve narrowed it down to a top 3.
I was a little apprehensive about posting these on the Bee as I am extremely self-conscious. I’m sure most of you experienced sample dresses that didn’t fit properly (for me, some were extremely tight in the bust while others were pretty large everywhere), so please try to ignore any back/armpit fat. I’d like to think that will not be there once I order a gown that fits my body. (Oh, and I’m also working to lose a significant amount of weight. I’ve already dropped 8 lbs! Woohoo!)
Anyway, sorry for the huge introduction. I’m just … Nervous, I guess.
Okay, so I’ll post the pictures and explain why it made the top 3. I need to make a decision this week (my mom is leaving town Saturday afternoon), so please tell me what you think (and please read the short descriptions so you can better understand my mindset and hesitation).
Thanks! Again, I apologize for rambling!
Dress #1: Pronovias Dagen
I tried this dress on at the first bridal shop. I love lace gowns, and I thought the sweetheart neckline was flattering (despite the fact that the sample was way too small for my 36D chest!). It’s very elegant and classic, but I’m not sure if it has the wow factor I’m searching for. I would likely change the belt (though I’m not sure what I would choose at this point), and I would have it sewn into the gown so there would be no ribbon hanging down in the back. It is the cheapest of the 3 dresses.
Dress #2: La Sposa Maya
I tried this dress on today. I loved the unique neckline, the lace detailing around the bottom, and the unique look of the second layer of the gown (I don’t think you can see it very well in the pictures, but there are tiny vertical stripes). I do like the belt that was paired with this gown, so that would likely be the same. It’s a little more dramatic than the first, but I still didn’t get “the feeling” when I had it on. It’s a little more expensive than the first dress.
Dress #3: Watters Odette
I tried this dress on at the second bridal shop I visited. This dress is very different from the other two, and actually very different from most dresses I’ve seen floating around the boards here (though I did see it recently on one other Bee). I love that it incorporates everything I wanted in a wedding dress: it’s very romantic and flowy, has some lace detailing, has some beading (but isn’t over the top), has just enough drama, and has some nice texture with the sash that was added. If I purchase this gown, I will also purchase this sash.
Something important to note: When I put this gown on, I didn’t want to take it off. I tried it on again at the end of my appointment, and have already scheduled a second appointment tomorrow evening to show it to my future mother-in-law. When I put on the dress for the second time, I started crying. My mom started crying. I felt like a bride in this dress. I haven’t really felt that way in anything else. I also felt beautiful. (And, let me tell you, I never feel beautiful! Like, never in my entire life.) And I felt this way despite the fact that the dress was too tight in the bust.
My mom said it looked like it was made for me. My best friend (and man of honor!) said the same thing when I texted him the pictures.
This dress is about $1000 more than the La Sposa and about $1300 more than the Pronovias. I’m trying not to let cost sway my decision too much, but it is something to consider.
Sorry again for the extremely long post. I just feel so confused because I feel like I really like all of the dresses, but only had “the moment” with the Watters.