- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
I have been so inspired by those of you who have shared your dress journeys that I thought I would share mine.
After 3 days of dress shopping last Fall and approximately 50 gowns, I purchased the following dress out of sheer frustration. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the gown – it just isn’t me and I purchased it because it “photographed well and didn’t highlight any of the less flattering areas of my figure”. In my mind I had wanted something modern, architectural, elegant, and somewhat unique. The dress below isn’t any of these things but, it was in my price point, the material was beautiful and I didn’t look “bad” in it. After 50 dresses I assumed that I just wasn’t a bride capable of feeling that emotional response you hear of brides having when they finally find “the one”.
A week after I purchased the gown I started researching ways to modify the dress to make into something I would love. The more I researched for ideas, the more unhappy I became. So, after 2 ½ months of stressing/obsessing over my decision, I resolved to start looking again – knowing I’d lose my entire deposit (50% of dress price) if I cancelled the order.
I wasn’t confident that I’d find something new but, I upped my price point to see if I could get a better cut/fit and scheduled appointments with 9 bridal shops within 2 hours of my home. I had several dresses I really liked and while I hadn’t had an emotional response to them, I knew I liked them WAY more than the one I had purchased so I put up a poll here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-me-pick-a-dress-round-2-pic-heavy to get everyone’s impressions of the dresses.
By the time of my final shopping appointment, I had an idea of what I was going to do but figured I’d keep the appointment just on the unlikely chance that something else caught my attention… Boy did it ever. When I put this dress on, my eyes started to tear up and I had that emotional response I truly believed would never happen. The dress is EVERYTHING I said I wanted: Modern, architectural, romantic, and unusual. I am in LOVE and can’t wait to wear it! My advice to anyone who starts to lose hope, keep looking. Don’t purchase out of frustration and don’t settle for less than absolute love. Ladies, may I present my dress (please excuse the loose fit – the dress is not pinned in the photos and is a size too large):