Post # 1
Sorry if you’re seeing this post twice. The first one I did, I wrote on my iPad and accidentally submitted before I was done with the poll. I deleted it, so hopefully it’s gone!
I see a lot of ladies who say they bought a dress totally opposite of what they envisioned. Like they thought they wanted a satin ballgown, but instead ended up with a lace mermaid. I also know that there are lot of people who have an extremely clear vision and end up with exactly what they thought they would. I would say that I fall under the latter category moreso than the former. I have seen literally thousands of dresses online, but there is only one that makes me want to try it on. It’s a lace mermaid, which is exactly what I envisioned for myself before I found it online.
So I’m just wondering, what was your experience? Did you have a clear vision and stick with it, or did you surprise yourself by doing something different?
Post # 2
I had my ‘perfect’ dress picked out actually before I was engaged. It was a satin ballgown (very heavy) with color accents. The color part was key, I had to have color. I fell in love with, and ended up with a lacy gown with layers of tulle, very romantic and far better suited to a summer wedding. Oh and that color that I had to have, my gown is pure white, not a stich of color. Instead I’m having color with my accessories.
Post # 3
futureladyharvey: I had a vision of a red mermaid dress i saw one i loved on the internet and fell in love with it and i was 100% gonna get it….but then i went dress shopping with my mam and i ended up with an Alfred Angelo Disney gown in ivory trumpet shaped and it was gorgeous.
I quickly realised after buying it however that as beautiful as the dress was it was not what i wanted to wear on my wedding day so after much crying to the FI about it coz i felt guilty that my mam had bought me a dress i didn’t want i ended up with what i currently have and i couldn’t be happier. It’s a tea length ivory dress with slight sweetheart kneckline a tulle skirt with a polka dot overlay it is just so much more ‘me’
Post # 4
I almost bought the dress I thought would be THE dress. Same designer, very similar style, but a little more “me” and not overdone.
Post # 5
I voted “other.” I never really had anything in mind for my dress. Growing up, I didn’t think I’d get married so it was always the farthest thing from my mind. I knew next to nothing about weddings, and certainly nothing about wedding dresses. Anyway, FI proposed and I had to pick a dress!
When I looked online, I really thought I’d like a lace a-line.. something simple and romantic. I did try one on, and also tried on dresses of all varieties and styles just to see what was out there. The one I picked was like nothing I’d seen before, but it spoke to me (cheesy, I know).
It’s certainly different, but I love it and somehow it’s perfect for me. My friends were all surprised when I showed it to them, and said they had a different vision in mind. It’s funny that everyone had a vision of my wedding except for me!
Online model pic:
Post # 6
I bought my dress yesterday. I had been staring at this dress for over a year, nearly every day, so I knew I wanted it so badly. I actually had two dream wedding dresses, very similar ones, and when I got engaged I called every single bridal salon in my country. Dress 1 was nowhere to be found, not a single store carried it. Dress 2 was only available in one store in the entire country. So I knew I had to go there and try it on. And it was perfect. Better than I had hoped for.
So yes, I bought exactly what I had envisioned.
Post # 7
I was equally in love with two styles – tulle ballgown with lace and fit-and-flare with a corset back. I got lucky and got both. I did envision myself with an illusion neckline, and my ballgown has one, so that worked out.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
sfp: That dress is almost identical to the dress I very nearly bought – gorgeous!
I didn’t have a fixed idea of exactly what I wanted in a dress but I had a good idea of the silhouettes likely to work best on me (A-line, fit and flare or possibly trumpet) and was pretty keen on the idea of lace. I ended up narrowing it down to two; one almost identical to sfp’s dress above, but with a sparkly very narrow belt, and then the one I bought today (ignore the stupid expression on my face and the fact you can see my bra straps!):
So I pretty much did end up with a dress in line with my original thoughts!
Post # 9
When I got engaged and started looking at dresses I thought I wanted a lace mermaid. I printed some dresses (a bunch of lace mermaids) out and brought that with me dress shopping so I could try on all those dresses. For fun I tried on some ballgowns and a-lines, just to see how they looked. Turns out that lace mermaids did NOT work with my body (I’m short, so the dresses didn’t look right). However, I loved a-lines and ballgowns! I had to abandon my plan and just walk around the store and pull dresses to try on. I ended up with (some) lace still, but a very different silhouette:
Post # 10
shoebox: i LOVE your dress! what designer is it?
Post # 11
nicoleylo: thanks! it’s Ivoire Paris KittyChen
Post # 12
shoebox: it’s stunning!
KiwiDerbyBride: I think the one you chose is really pretty too!
Post # 13
i always knew i would want a ballgown and i was going to get long sleeves but i surprised myself by buying a strapless ballgown.
Post # 14
futureladyharvey: when I started looking these were my “requirements” lol
Had to be: Lace, sheath/mermaids but not structured/too fitted, keyhole back, no “bling” or embellishment/beading/etc, really wanted a flower belt or some sort of cute sash preferably with a bow at the back, NOT strapless, and maybe some volume at the bottom (tulle, organza).
I actually ended up getting something pretty similar to my vision, still lace but it is a super fitted/structured mermaid (boning) and no keyhole but a really beautiful and detailed illusion neckline. It also has a bit of sparkle and VERY subtle beading throughout (you almost can’t tell in pics, just has some shimmer) so not the simple lace I had originally wanted. the bottom part is tulle and a little more “intense” than I wanted too lol but it was just so much more special feeling than all the other super simple lace dresses I had tried on. I love it!
Post # 15
futureladyharvey: I really wanted a something drapey, and I thought it was going to involve chiffon and be a sheath dress… walked out with a lacey A-line with a chapel train! I realized that what I wanted wasn’t really a great fit for my venue and the dress I picked out went really well and I love it! Plus it was a sample sale, that is probably also what made me change my mind 🙂