Post # 1
27 dresses….minimum. I have been engaged for 14 months now, and my wedding to Mr. SparklingJules is not for another 10 months. This past summer, I started getting serious about our wedding and began planning. Well, of course the first thing I wanted to do was find my perfet wedding dress! So my Maid/Matron of Honor and mama headed out wedding dress hunting. Ugh…not so easy! We spent about 3 hours in David’s Bridal and I must have tried on every strapless gown in the store, and even entertained some gowns that were quite different. I found one I semi-liked, but nothing that made my heart race.
Disappointed, another bridesmaid and I visited another bridal shop a few weeks later. And again, I had no luck.
I had given up on wedding dress hunting temporarily, and decided I had plenty of time before our wedding, and put all of my attention into school. I commute 45 minutes to the college I attend, so on the last day of finals I decided to stop by the little bridal shop in town, since I wasn’t going to be back for 6 weeks. Alone, I tried on about ten gowns and found two that I like (heart was racing a little bit, finally!) I’m heading back out there this week with my Maid/Matron of Honor to try on the two gowns I liked,but the more I look at them online, the more I’m not so sure.
You see, I’m a perfectionist all the way and even though I know perfection doesn’t exist, I try to achieve it. I have been with Mr. SparklingJules for six years (since I was 18) and I want our wedding day to be amazing! I want his jaw to drop when he sees me and I know what I’m looking for in a dress. Strapless, sweetheart neckline, beautiful beading that sparkles, A-line and not too poofy, with a detailed train, nothing too plain but nothing too busy either. Am I being too picky here?
So many people I have met found their wedding dress so easily! One of my bridesmaids got engaged on Tuesday last week, and she bought her wedding gown two days ago!! I must admit, I am quite discouraged that I have tried on so many dresses and just can’t seem to find The One.
How many dresses did you try on before you found the perfect dress?
Post # 3
My suggestion for you is… keep on browsing wedding gowns online till you find the one you want! That’s how I did it…. I thought I wanted a medieval gown, then I ended up with a lacey Pronovias. The most important thing is not what you like, but how the dress you are going to buy will fit on your body and in your style. If I had gone ahead with the Medieval dress that I liked so much (because of its simplicity) it wouldn’t have been me… because I’m not a simple person 😉
My best wishes!
Post # 4
i tried on three. i was being very picky and wanted a very unusual dress, i just happened to go into the right store and there it was.
what about having something custom made? you seem to know exactly what you want.
Post # 5
Thanks, girls. I keep looking online, and I will find ones I think I like, and when I try them on I don’t like them! Maybe I am just being too picky, hehe. I would LOVE to have one custom made, but our budget isn’t cut out for that! We’re trying to do our entire wedding for $10,000 or less (we got super lucky, and because we’re getting married on a Monday, we don’t have to pay anything but the cost of food for our venue! That is saving us a lot of moolah!)
I’ve checked out Mori Lee, Casablanca, David’s and Alfred Angelo. Any other good suggestions for websites?
How did you know when you found your dress??
Post # 6
Try on 2 dresses of your mother’s choice, 2 dresses your Maid/Matron of Honor likes for you, and 2 of your choice at the next shop. I was set on a plain, simple, minimal detail dress with a little poof, nothing ridiculous, and no train. I wouldn’t even look at anything different. Our theme for our wedding was stylish minimalist My dress was to be the same. Of course, my mother broke the rules at the first shop and began grabbing the laciest, beadiest dresses she could find. Ugh! Mom. No. Stick to the rules. Simple. Eventually I gave in. I told her I would be willing to try on just 2 dresses that she chose regardless. My wedding dress was a Pronovias vintage style, lacey, beady mermaid with a small train. It was the second dress my mother picked. A mother always knows best. 🙂 It was absolutely gorgeous, complimented endlessly to this day and most importantly, 100% NOT what I would’ve ever picked.
Sometimes you have to think outside of the box….
Post # 7
Maggie Sottero definitely should be a contender and their price range is great.. if you’re looking for something more couture, check out bravobride.com and preowned wedding dress (as well as the classified’s section here)… i’d definitely try the dress you’re eyeing out in the store to make sure you like it on your body before ordering it online though.
Post # 8
You CAN get a custom dress for less then the thousands many stores charge! I got my gorgeous dress on etsy for less then $400 and it is being made custom to my measurements and the shop is doing the extras for me like putting in the bustle (I get to pick which one I want!) and changing the neckline for me! Check out etsy (I got my dress at Cici Bridal on etsy, but there are many more gorgeous dresses out there besides theirs!).
Good luck with the search!
Post # 9
Don’t worry, you will find THE dress! I tried on so many dresses I lost count and I went to about 7 different bridal stores, a couple of them more than once. I started looking in May then I took a break and when I went back, I found my dress! (and I’m picking it up on Tuesday!).
Also, you can’t always judge a dress by the website picture. I actually don’t like my dresses pic on the website but when I put it on it looks great! It’s also a good idea to take a picture of yourself in the dresses you’re considering if the shop allows so you can see how you look. That helped me decide between two dresses.
Post # 10
i knew when i found my dress when after i left the bridal store, i went home searched for my dress online and i couldn’t find it, because it was a 2009 dress. i went to bed and woke up at 4 am and immediately though, omg what if my dress was a dress that the saleswoman said was discontinued? i knew right then that i had to buy that dress. i didn’t even get to try my dress on for my mom before i bought it because she lived 6 hrs away.
have you looked at cosmobella by dimitrios? that’s who my dress is by and they have some gorgeous gowns. i went to a place that let my bridesmaid and i look around the store and pick gowns that we liked. i would probably still be looking for my dress had i gone to another store where they picked dresses for me. my first dress shopping experience was like that, she kept pulling all these princessy gowns, when i showed her pictures that were not princessy at all! i tried on about 30 gowns before i realized that i had found the one.
oh, the cosmobella line is pretty much all under $1,000. i bought mine for $800. maggie sottero destination gowns are under $800.
Post # 11
Thanks, girls! Remember how I mentioned I was going back out there this week to try on a dress I (thought) I really liked?? Well, I did….and…..I bought it!!! I can officially say I have found The One! It was a long, grueling process, but I am so happy and relieved that it is over! Now, I just can’t wait for it to come in!! Ideas are finally being generated for this wedding, and I think it’s all because I found my dress!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Post # 13
I do have some pics!! I will load them on when my man isn’t around!
Post # 15
My dress was the fourth dress I tried on. I had previously gone into our one and only bridal shop in our city with my Maid/Matron of Honor and knew we werent going to find any there, but we just went to find a style.. because litterally you can search the internet, post it note it in a magazine but until you try it on, you will never know what style. All I knew was that I didnt want it to be white. (I look horrible in white)
2 months later, 2nd store I walked into 4th dress… that was it. Search over…
I think you will find it. I think its okay to be picky sometimes!