(Closed) Ball gown Wedding dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Have you tried them on? I never thought I would want a ball gown until I tried one on and fell in love. 

Post # 3
366 posts
Helper bee

sparklegirl9:  I thought I had to get a ballgown because it was so bridal, so I switched my mermaid gown to a ballgown. HUGE mistake. I totally ignored the obvious and that was that I LOOKED so much better (and felt) in the mermaid than in the ballgown. I am now forfeiting the ballgown. def stick with whatever you feel and look best in 

Post # 4
2626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

I went with a ballgown for 2 reasons:

1. I’m tall so I can pull off the extra volume without being overwhelmed by it

2. I’m REALLY self conscious of my stomach, and don’t want to worry about looking fat after dinner. 

I absolutely love mermaid dresses but they just aren’t for me. You need to try both on though – that’s the only way to be sure! 

Make sure to share pics when you do! 🙂


Post # 5
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I thought I’d need a ball gown to hide my figure because I do carry extra weight around my stomach. However, ball gowns looked awful and bigger than I actually am, and it was so heavy from the several I tried On. Then I tried a mermaid, I felt sexy, confident and like a bride. What dress you choose also depends on your venue/season. I’d recommend going to wedding dress shopping with an open mind, what you think suits you sometimes isnt the silhouette you can look your best in. 

Post # 6
8 posts
  • Wedding: February 2017

I always envisioned myself in a mermaid, trumpet, sheath, or something more fitted anyway, and ended up with a ball gown.  I didnt even want to try on a ball gown and my consultant suggested I should, just to be sure. 

I liked how I looked both in the ball gown and mermaid, but the ball gown won out.  Its totally not what expected to choose though. 


Post # 7
930 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I never wanted a ball gown but I figured an a line or ball gown would be most flattering and forgiving on my body and I have a pretty decent figure as well as being 5’9″. Turns out ball gowns and a lines were least flattering and made me look bigger than I am along with being heavy somewhat cumbersome.  Trumpets and fit and flares looked best on me. I ended up with a fit and flare. 

In the end, choose what you feel the best in and make sure the dress you choose fits elements that are important to you wether that is comfort, fits your venue and so forth. 

Post # 8
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m not wearing a ballgown and have zero regrets about it. A ballgown definitely does not look good on everyone, and I couldn’t wait to get out of the few I tried on. If you’ve tried both on and like the way both look on you, consider what you feel most confident in and go with that. You’ll only regret your decision if you make it because you think it’s what you’re “supposed” to wear, not what you want to wear.

Post # 9
440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

You won’t know how you feel in them until you try them on!!  I loved how sexy I felt in the more fitted mermaid gowns, but I fell in love with an A-line (somewhat more ballgown-ish) dress.  It was so bridal and comfortable wherease some of the mermaids were just terrible to sit and walk in.  

Post # 10
282 posts
Helper bee

never thought i’d get anything NEAR a ballgown..but I did, and loved it! 

Try them on!!

Post # 11
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

sparklegirl9:  pics would be nice. Pic of them on you, even better. I was sure i would get an a-line and I ended up with a mermaid/trumpet. 

Post # 12
930 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

sparklegirl9:  like a previous poster said, pictures would be great if  have any! I came back to include pictures of mine. The first is a modified a line. Second is a drop waist ball gown and third is the fit and flare I picked!

Post # 13
1325 posts
Bumble bee

Contrary to other bees, I tried on a-line and mermaid dresses and knew that they were more flattering on me than a ballgown would have been… But my wedding was my only chance to wear a ballgown and fulfil that dream really and ultimately I thought I’d rather *feel happy* than *look amazing*. So I embraced the poof!

Post # 14
2082 posts
Buzzing bee

truthah:  What a fabulous outlook! And that is a really beautiful dress on you!

Post # 15
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ve always told myself I’d never wear a ballgown because they don’t flatter my figure at all and I really don’t like the princessy type look. It wasn’t until I tried one on that I sort of changed my mind. I honestly don’t think I’d really get one because I’m just too in love with mermaid style gowns…but that particular ballgown I tried on is still an option. You’ll never know until you’ve tried them on….

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