(Closed) At a complete loss with dress searching :-(

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

What style are you looking for? What’s your body type? Are you ok with preowned dresses or purchasing dresses online? What’s your wedding going to be like (formal, casual, whimsical)?

The answers to these will help you (and us) narrow the dress search.

Post # 6
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

At some point you just have to take the leap. I think there is an unfortunate amount of pressure put on brides to find the “perfect” dress that makes them cry and smile and the minute you try it on you know it’s the one. And that just doesn’t happen to everyone. It didn’t happen to me. I tried on about 30 dresses. I narrowed it down to 4 that I would have been happy with. Then I picked the one I liked best. I love my dress but it wasn’t a moment of catharsis, it was just the one I liked best. And I wanted to make a decision. So I ordered it and quit thinking about it. This last step is important. Once you’ve made your decision – stick with it!!! Without knowing more about what kind of dress you’re looking for, that’s all the adivce I can really give. There are thousands of dresses out there. And probably a whole bunch that would work for your for your wedding. It’s not like you have to find “the one” you just have to find “a one” that will work for you and your wedding. And you’ll be beautiful. I guarantee.

Post # 7
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Dawn1234:  good tip for finding beautiful affordable gowns: don’t shop specifically for “bridal gowns”. Look up things like prom and quinceneara (sp?) dresses. I don’t know what style specifically you’re looking for,  but if you want a classic fairy tale princess ball gown style definitely look into quinceneara dresses. My wedding gown was labeled as a prom dress. You wouldn’t know the difference. a simple word like “wedding” or “bridal” can add a significant amount of money To the price of your dress. Trust me on this one. 

Post # 10
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

How about some of these? 

Alfred Angelo Belleunder £1,399 (but instead of the “sleeves” maybe wear a bolero/jacket for the church?)

Also Essense of Australia has some stunning gowns for around £460 – £1100

Also, there’s Maggie Sottero, who has pretty silhouettes you might like (£850 – £1500):

Post # 11
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@Dawn1234:  Also, I just read your other thread (about the issues/concerns with the Sottero that first caught your eye).

Do you have an absolute dream dress? That actually might be a good starting point (then you can look for similar, inexpensive dresses in the style that you love).

Post # 12
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

Have you looked at Mark Lesley’s dresses? They have some gorgeous designs and are pretty reasonably priced. Mine as an example is lace, tulle and has a beaded bodice and appliqué’s and was £1045 and I got a £50 discount for a special offer at the bridal store so I ended up paying £995. Anything I have seen that is similar is at least £500-1000 more. 

Post # 13
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013



first if you have a dream dress…post that so we can see wether its in the budget or not ๐Ÿ˜‰


second…we will help you find alternatives ๐Ÿ™‚


and third…you said dress regret, you had a dress before? what did it look like and do you have pictures of it/explain why you regret it now.

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