Post # 1
I saw a thread from 4 years ago about this, and I wanted to make an updated one and see how shopping has gone with brides now!
To be honest, I never had an exact image in my mind of what I wanted my wedding dress to look like. All I knew was it needed to have:
-NO satin or taffeta
-No sweet heart or V neck
-No lace-up or buttons
-Maybe a hint of color
-Unique and/or one of a kind
I think the feel I was always wanting for my wedding was like the wedding in Mama Mia (with Amanda Seyfreid and Meryl Streep). I wanted something comfortable that I could feel beautiful and elegant in while still keeping a bohemian vibe.
I never went dress shopping, I actually only looked online for ideas. I had looked on almost every single designer wedding dress site, and everything just seemed to blend together. I didn’t like the “trend” dresses since it seems like everyone had them. Then after about 30 pages on bridepower.com (Vows) I found the PERFECT gown, turned to my mom and said, “OMG that’s the most perfect, magical, wonderful dress I’ve ever seen in my entire life!” Sure enough, we ordered it the next day after I had called the store to ask about the dress/details etc. It was a style from two years ago and was incredibly unique, and even came with the coordinating cape in the price. I knew it was unique enough, bohemian enough, but still elegant and would wow everyone when I came down the aisle.
This is the gown I bought and I cannot wait to wear next year for my lakeside/bohemian wedding! 🙂 I’m thinking either a floral halo, or a crystal/floral halo for my headpiece since I don’t need a veil with the cape!
This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by Lakeside003.
Post # 2
I originally wanted:
2. illusion neckline
3. No beading
4. A-line or trumpet
I actually ended up getting an empire waist tulle ball gown with beading. I NEVER pictured that, but I love it! I’ll post another pic of it from my PC later 🙂
Post # 3
I wanted a full lace, keyhole back, A line – silver or champagne.
I got ivory, a huge ruffle skirt, rouched dropped waist halter dress. It is *nothing* like I thought I wanted.
The dresses I had fallen in love with only looked ‘meh’ on. They weren’t anything special and because I have broad shoulders (the everlasting take away from being a competitive swimmer for 10 years) they needed a lot of alterations. To get the shoulders to fit and the keyhole to work I’d have to go way up in size and alter down to my waist and hips.
The dress I bought? It fit perfectly. I need the halter strap shortened by about an inch. That’s it. Everywhere else fits exactly.
Post # 4
TheLadyA : I cannot wait ot see a picture! Especally since you said it’s an empire tulle ball gown with beading! (Ha, I guess you know what style I love personally!)
sostobe: Please share a photo! I love seeing brides in their gowns!!! 🙂
Post # 5
I thought I wanted a ball gown with a lace bodice and lace appliqués on the skirt. I picked an organza trumpet dress with a fabulous ruffled skirt and train. I only tried it on for a laugh, but fell in love with it! with hindsight, it’s a much better choice for me because it shows off my figure and is young and playful. The traditional gowns didn’t get me excited, even though I love them on other people.
Post # 6
Before I started shopping I was convinced I would have tulle in my dress and always envisioned a fit and flare silhouette with some beading/bling and lace details. Every dress I tried on I would pick a part one of the details, either didn’t like the type of lace, beading, the placement of it..etc. I ended up with a pretty minimalist A-line dress with a tiered skirt – not an ounce of lace and only minimal beading on the belt. I tried it on and cried! It felt classic and I was so surprised to fall in love with it.
picture for reference
Post # 7
I ordered a dress which I thought I wanted. I had it envisioned in my head for months how it would look. It just didn’t translate to my body and I had major dress regret. I ended up ordering a strapless beaded organza dress (I said I would never get strapless). My orignal look was lace with straps and a keyhole back.
Post # 8
I was going for BIG skirt with lots of layers, bling etc. as here
And i ended up with this.
i love my dress but its funny to see how they are different
Post # 9
Vision: blingy satin pleated large ball gown by pnina tornai (so sad about the price but I still went to nyc to try it on because I couldn’t get past the dress)
Actual: blingy tulle large ball gown (the only dress I liked on myself in regards to the way it fit & made me look..loved the tulle & the price)
Post # 10
crisy003: Here are some grainy pics that i snapped at home myself!! You’ve already seen it lol.
Another thing I can add to my original list was that I didn’t want a white dress but ivory…not what I ended up getting!! hahah!
Here is the train, another thing that I wasn’t interested in because bustles are a hassle….but I love it! It’s not as fluffed up as it will be, but you get the general idea!!
I can’t wait to complete the look, get it altered, and wear it!!
Post # 11
I originally wanted a super simple no sparkle keyhole lace dress…probly a line or sheath but I did NOT want something fitted as I am pretty self conscious!
Luckily my consultant knee what would look good on me better than I did myself!! I ended up still getting lace, but with an illusion neckline, some very subtle beading/sparkle (which u can’t rly see in the picture) and structured/fitted. Not sure if it’s fit n flare or mermaid, but either way I said I’d get neither and actually kind of always hated dresses like that lol but I’m in love with it!
Post # 12
Here’s the back 🙂 not keyhole but I love it !
Post # 13
I didn’t really go into shopping with a huge list of yes and nos, but I stuck to what little I was certain on.
Did not want:
A very low back
A very long train
Lots of glitter/sequins/razzle dazzle
This is what I ended up with: An a-line, full lace dress, with a strapless sweetheart necklace, and sprinkles of sequins/beads/pearls.
Post # 14
I originally wanted something lightweight and simple. Like a sundress. I wanted a more casual dress. I tried one on that matched what I thought I wanted, and it ranked about a 9 of 10. I wound up with a heavier lace and beaded dress from David’s Bridal. It was short enough and light enough that it would work for our outdoor wedding and my (then) FI loved it. Funny how different my vision and my actual dress turned out.
Post # 15
TheLadyA : I can’t wait to see your completed look either, I still love your dress! It’s super similar to mine with the skirt, but super elegant and formal! Have you thought of what style bustle you like? I haven’t had a whole ton of luck with ideas for mine yet, the empire waist makes it so tricky! Do you know what kind of accessories you’re interested in?? Or like your wedding theme/colors/ideas/inspiration and what not??
I’m thinking Toms Wedges for me a crochet flats for the BM’s and possibly Toms for the groomsmen as well, since it will be lakeside and bohemian/outdoorsy and what not. Loving the idea of a crystal floral halo or something too!