(Closed) Any mermaid/fit and flare brides regret not having a princess ball gown?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you?
    Yes, even though mermaids look better on me : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Yes, but I look fabulous in both : (11 votes)
    25 %
    Yes and I ended up getting a second dress! : (2 votes)
    5 %
    No, I still felt like a princess : (10 votes)
    23 %
    No, I'm not a fan of ball gowns : (17 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 4
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    1004 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I have both lol

    I bought a fit anf flare style first….over a year ago, it is now currently for sale because my dream has always been ball gown, but I tried denying it because we are not having a huge wedding and I was worried about appropriateness….

     

    between that and changing our venue from a backyard to a church, I decided why not get what I’ve always wanted. I don’t know that I will ever get another chance to wear a big poofy ball gown, so…WHY NOT lol I liked my first one, but didn’t love it like the dress I’m wearing now.

    Post # 5
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    8471 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    No way!  I am not a ball gown/princessey type person.  My mermaid fit my personality to a T.

    Post # 6
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    4436 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I love my super fitted mermaid! No regrets- never really wanted a ball gown. I’m kind of small and felt the ball gowns swallowed me up, plus our Maui Destination Wedding didn’t really call for a ball gown, imho:)

    Post # 7
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    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I bought a mermaid/trumphet dress and although I tried on a few ballgowns and thought i looked beautiful…at the end of the day I am petite 5 feet gal and the dresses were too much fabric for me…in may…in florida…and i love to dance lol so part of me felt aw man this is the one day I can wear something big! but i love my dress and feel so bridal and confident…so Im still happy….its one day you are going to wear a fabulous expensive dress, who cares where it ‘flares’ from!Tongue Out

    Post # 8
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    1735 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I tried on two ballgowns to appease my mother and it was immediately obvious that ballgowns were just not compatible with my figure, haha. The way they poofed out from the waist made me look very top AND bottom heavy. And I just could not deal with all that fabric in the skirt. When I started trying more fitted dresses I knew right away that I’d never regret not wearing a ballgown. My curves like to be shown off, not swallowed up!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My mermaid was perfect for my wedding, my style, my body, and my personality (and my DH). But I DO regret not trying a princess ballgown on…. Ever since my wedding I’ve been tempted to walk into a bridal salon with just my engagement ring on to play dress up in one. I feel like I missed my chance to see what it would look like to be a pretty pretty princess, but I would never have gotten married in anything else and I love my dress more than anything I could have imagined.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Honestly, I’m one of those brides who would wear a zillion different dresses if I could. I started out set on a ball gown, I’m a traditionalist and wanted to feel like a proper bride. Then Fiance and I decided on a Bali destination wedding, so a heavy ball gown was out of the question. I ended up going for trumpet/soft mermaid with a dramatic train and cathedral veil. I also bought a ball gown (moderately voluminous and quite lightweight) as a possible reception dress. We’re having one main wedding and three receptions so I’m hoping I’ll get to wear it at one of them!

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I love pretty much all silhouettes so I was torn as well but in the end I went with mermaid because it felt more womanly. I adore ballgowns and always thought I’d go with one but part of me felt “off” in them, like I was playing dress-ups. If I had the time over again, I can’t be positive what I would choose though!

    Here was my frontrunner ballgown.. a gorgeous blush tulle creation

     

    and my actual dress

     

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I do catch myself thinking that in my next life, I’m going to be a ballgown bride! 🙂  But I really did love my fit and flare wedding gown. 🙂

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Cyri:  i agree with you! I also felt like I was playing dress up in the ball gown type dresses I was trying on…I felt more like a woman and bride in a mermaid 🙂

    Post # 15
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    488 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Ballgowns were just not flattering on me. I have curves and it made me feel like I was playing dress up. I nixed them the first place I went to, but grabbed one to try on for the hell of it a couple days ago and still didn’t like it. I wish I did because it would open up options but I am pretty happy with my mermaid choice!

    Post # 16
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    1004 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @minipenguin:  it is complicated…I never would have guessed it either! lol

     

    My dress doesn’t even technically fit my venue, but again…I cna’t get over my cinderella dreams ha! I agree with one of the PP…I could probably rock any gown any day at any given time, I think it really comes down to what you really really want.

    Technically according to venue/tradition/and appropriateness I should be wearing anything but what I am, but….end of the day, eh…I don’t care lol my wedding, i wanna feel like a princess. Plus I’m tall so the gown I picked its big but looks amazing on me <3

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