Post # 1
I have been engaged for a while now (7 months) our wedding is booked for next December (18 months tomorrow!) And I have been to 5 different boutiques.
Now those of you from England will know, bridal dress shops can be few and far between. So I’ve travelled far and wide to try different styles and designers.
Firstly, I am totally underwhelmed by the whole experience. Sales folk are pushy, the dresses are usually covered in fake tan and the dresses are, well, just ‘meh’
Part of me is putting the dislike down to body issues (I feel like a whale when they try and stuff my (UK) size 12-14 ass into a size 10 gown. I’m trying to slim down but this is definitely not helping the self esteem!
Dresses that I thought I would love, mostly because you bee’s look AMAZING in them (like the Fatima & most of the pronovias range) don’t suit me or I just look like I’m trying to be a bride. I don’t feel like one. And I’m sick of being put in frumpy satin beady affairs!
Anybody else totally down on the experience? Does it get any better? How did others learn yo enjoy it?
Post # 3
I felt the EXACT same way. I think I had gone to 5 places and tried on lots and lots of dresses. Each time I’d find one that was the ‘top’ one of the bunch but never one that I loved. UNTIL monday when I found THE dress. I don’t know how it happened but I finally put on a dress that I couldn’t nitpick and I just knew I loved it. And now I’m obsessed with looking at pics of it (of myself in it–which is shocking b/c I’m not the biggest fan of my body right now and of the model). So you will get there. I think the best thing that I did was not let anyone (fam or the salesperson) convince me to like the dress AND went in knowing that the dresses weren’t going to always fit b/c I’m not the sample size. Also, just have a sense of humor! My mom and I laughed at many dresses that made me look like a flamenco dancer or a caterpillar (that one was hideous). You have awhile before the wedding. Maybe take a break and see if you like the next season of dresses?
Post # 4
@LadyOwens: I can’t speak for the dress shopping in England since I am in the US but I can say I felt the same way…..I thought I’d never find one. I went to about 8 different shops before I found ” the one” Just hang in there b/c I felt the same way!
The good thing is you still hve plenty of time so as pp suggested maybe just take a break for a bit see what the next line of dresses that come out look like….that way you don’t burn yourself out!
Post # 5
Thank you so much. I took a short break of 4 months and headed back out there head high and on my own (family/bridesmaids had too many opinions, all different) and BOOM! I found it!
The feeling as soon as I was in it and it was done up was incredible. I just knew it was the one I was going to walk down the aisle in and make my dad cry.
It was a little over budget, so had to negotitate that with the SO but he could see in my eyes that I was iching to get back to the store, put it on again and get it ordered, so of course he loosened the purse strings a little. I even managed to negotiate a sparkly belt and hair accesory! Go me!
Here she is (pretty large picture – sorry!)! (On the model though… we’re not allowed to take pictures over here)
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
@LadyOwens: congratulations!! It’s gorgeous!! it’s actually very similar to mine so how could I not love it? 😉
Post # 7
@LadyOwens: It’s a beautiful dress! I am sure you will look stunning in it!
Post # 8
@LadyOwens such a beautiful dress! I am in the same place as you were and taking a break from shopping. Hopefully next time I can find a dress I love too. It’s good to see someone in a similar position find “the” dress
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - The Cove Lakeside Resort
good choice! its a beautiful dress! I also bought that dress!
Post # 10
That is a beautiful dress:) congrats!
Post # 11
@LadyOwens: That’s a stunning dress choice! Glad you found your dress! 🙂