Post # 1
Well, before today I was worrying that I’d never find a flattering dress within budget, and now I can’t choose between two dresses.
I am having a small, informal wedding for 26 in a Victorian walled garden this August. Our reception will be and afternoon tea and will be held in a refurbished Victorian glass house.
I am fairly slim (size 8-10) and 5 foot 8 tall. I have a small waist, but carry all my weight on my tummy. My bust is very small, but I have lovely slim shoulders and a nice back. This is all relevant when choosing the dress as one really flatters my waist and décolletage, whilst the other shows more of my back and is a more relaxed style.
The first dress is style 3750 by Sincerity bridal, only I would have the illusion neckline completely removed so that it was a strapless dress. Although the neckline is lovely, it just isn’t flattering on me, whilst a strapless style suits me very well.
The second dress is style 5876 from Stella York. I originally liked this more, but the ladies in the shop advised that it wasn’t quite so flattering on my figure as it covers my whole chest area. It is also much icier in colour, which might suit a winter wedding better? I’d love to have been able to just rule this dress out based on these things, but I tried it on 3 times (going back to the shop after having some lunch) and I just can’t choose. It would also work out £85 less expensive (and both dresses are a smidge over my initial budget) because there is a Stella York designer day coming up in the store.
My Mum and best friend live a long way away and can therefore only see these online pictures. Please can you help me choose bees?!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
It’s hard to judge without seeing them on you!! Personally, I like the second one better. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the first one (strapless), but the second one seems more unusual. Also, though it may be “icier,” I can easily see that in a garden. 😀
Go with your gut!
Post # 4
I think I prefer the second one, though it’s very hard without seeing them on you. If you have a bit of a tummy (though at size 8-10 it would be a tiny tummy!) it would be the better choice.
I don’t like the first one as much without the illusion neckline, it seems less interesting without it, though I completely understand why you would want it removed.
Another reason I like the second one better is because of the open back – would be nice and cooling to wear if it ends up being a hot day (I don’t see it as a winter dress for that reason.)
Is there are reason why it has to be between those two dresses, though? Stella York has some other dresses which are similar to those two that may help you break the deadlock.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
I love this one http://www.essensedesigns.com/stella-york/dresses/detail/5876! The draping is so elegant, and perfect if you have any weight on your tummy, it’ll be hidden. It’s also got a really tasteful amount of sparkle. I think a lovely long lace edged veil would complete the look perfectly for your victorian garden wedding.
The other one is nice, but it’s not as special as the second one. If you take off the illusion neckline its kind of just another lace dress.
Post # 6
It’s fairly unanimously the second dress then? Thank you for your feedback ladies, it is much appreciated! I hate making choices about these kinds of things, and it is so hard to do without my friends and family here to help.
The only reason I was choosing between just these two is because the bridal boutiques local to me don’t stock the full Stella York range. They were the two dresses I liked best in this shop I went to today, but this is the third shop I’ve been in and I didn’t like any that I could afford in the first two shops. My favourite Stella York dress is there first one you pinned @clairebbbear: , but I haven’t found anywhere I could go to try it on.
I’m now thinking maybe I should try and find a stockist who has the full Stella York range. Maybe neither dress is the one….
Really, this should be quite an enjoyable problem, but it is making me feel a bit stressed.
Post # 7
I think you all have really helped me a lot! It has only just occured to me that it is quite silly to pay £80 to have a dress altered to be strapless, when there are lots of dresses that are strapless in the first place.
Also, if the second dress were the right dress then I’d just have bought it today.
I may not like deliberating, but as it is a wedding dress I’m looking to buy I think I just have to keep looking. I obviously haven’t found the right one yet. And if I change my mind then these two dresses will still be there for me to choose.
Thank you for helping me realise this!