The dress you got vs. the dress you dreamed of

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I was looking for a flattering neckline/straps, mostly. It was tough since strapless was/is all the rage. Basically in every salon I walked in, I’d just pull almost ALL of the strapped/sleeved dresses into my fitting room, lol.

What I wanted (ended up not being flattering on short little ol me):

What I got:

(Sorry, that’s the best pic I have on this computer) 

Post # 4
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

The Claire Pettibone Chantilly was always my dream dress cause it’s just insanely gorgeous.  It’s also like 7 thousand insane dollars – NOT gonna happen.

My dress is obviously nowhere as lux and amazing, but I loved wearing it.  It had a fairly similar shape but without the mermaid flair at the bottom.  It also was literally a tiny fraction of the cost – $120!  I don’t have the best dress photos uploaded…

Post # 5
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This dress blew me away  (in Ivory)

Ariel Gown


I LOVE drama when it comes to dresses, but I didn’t trust the source because they don’t have great reviews overall. They sell this dress for $413, and it’s supposedly valued at $1,600 but meanwhile there is no designer listed for the dress . I also didn’t want to deal with getting a replica custom made.

So I purchased a Maggie Sottero dress instead for $100 bucks more (sample sale) – it’s valued at $1100 – I love it, especially on me



Post # 6
1193 posts
Bumble bee

I always knew I wanted straps for my own comfort and modesty. But so many dresses are strapless. My dream dress was this Lazaro (which was strapless and out of my budget):



I ended up getting this Enzoani, which is way different than the Lazaro, but I love it all the same. I also think my FI will like this one more – he doesn’t like “pouf” too much.

Post # 7
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lolot:  I was eyeing your dream dress too..but ya I would never pay that much! no thank you! lol

Post # 8
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@aggie2010:  That dress looks very sparkly and pretty and you look great in it!

With the exception of Pettibone and Packham photos, most all of the professional models in wedding dresses look bloody stupid. I don’t know why exactly, but their silly poses always take away the focus on the dress. It bugs me.  That is my rant for the day!

Post # 9
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The first is the dress I fell in love with online. Nothing else compared for me. 



This is the dress I got! Same dress!!!!!!!!!!! I got the one I dreamed of – nothing else compared 🙂 

Post # 10
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This is the one that I was in love with in my head. Pronovias Puebla


I did end up getting a Pronovias gown, much to my surprise. I went with Pronovias Uri.

Post # 11
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I was in love with the Maggie Sottero Oakley and really wanted to try it on…


…but none of the bridal shops in my area had a sample. I ended up getting Casablanca’s 2110 and fell completely in love with it!

Post # 12
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

What I *THOUGHT* was my dream when I first saw it on David Tutera:

What I got and am more in love with than I could have imagined.  When I went dress shopping, I didn’t even persue the David Tutera b/c we are having a rustic, country wedding and I started getting really into lacey looks:

Post # 13
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i knew from the start that i wanted strapless, and simple. that was it. i fell in LOVE with a dress from David’s Bridal after seeing it on their website. and then i put it on my body and i looked HUGE in it. things changed quickly for me! i went a completely different direction in order to flatter my curves, and make me feel a bit more delicate.


and after a disappointing day at David’s Bridal, i tried a new store…and fell in love with the mori lee 5108 – this is what i chose! i love it so much 🙂

Post # 14
2150 posts
Buzzing bee

@vip0802:  I have a similar style dress that you’re looking for.

It was out of my price range, so I tried to find something similar that was also cheaper. No luck. All I could think about was “the dress”. So, I bought it. Because its a BHLDN gown, the resale value is great. I’ll have no trouble getting back at least half of what I paid for it. It fits me PERFECTLY, with the exception of the length of the skirt and straps- which is my fault because I’m fairly short, ha.

I tried on a few dresses at David’s that were similar fabric and silhouette just to make sure the style looked okay on me. Then, I took the plunge and ordered the dress online (BHLDN only has a handful of stores, none that were close to me). 

Good Luck!

Post # 15
47 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

I pretty much knew exactly what I wanted, and I had looked at hundreds of dresses online before I found my Alfred Angelo dress. I went to a store, tried it on, and that was that. Didn’t try on any other dresses.

But I’m someone that doesn’t second-guess often, and my style is pretty much simple.

Post # 16
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I dreamed of this Dolly Couture dress. 


But the fact that i couldnt try it on before a non refundable purchase was made stopped me from committing. 


I ended up with this dress, which My mom and I found while shopping at a local salon. I know nothing about it. 



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