Post # 1
I feel like everyone on here says they ended up with a dress that was totally different from what they initially thought they would like–and I know I did the same! My final dress was way more “flashy” (even though no beadwork) and dramatic than I thought it would be. I thought plain (and cheap!) dress and awesomely dramatic (and more expensive) jewelry. To be totally honest, I was starting out focused on a hot pink strapless Jenny Peckham mini-dress. LOL I ended up with a mermaid dress with straps (the only one with strap that I even dared try on!), and LAYERS of chiffon & possibly even a petticoat!
What about you? What was going to be “your dress” before you went shopping, and what did it end up being??
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I thought I wanted something with lace, like the ubiqituous Monique Lhuillier gowns. I tried some on and they just didn’t do it for me. On a whim, I tried on a giant Herrera ballgown and instantly fell in love with the shape. It was so not what I was expecting!
Post # 4
I kind of got the dress I wanted – but you’re totally right: it did cost much more than I wanted to spend before!!!
My dress was supposed to be:
- with a voluminous ball gown,
- I didn’t want any lace and pearls, but draped material
- I didn’t want to spend more than 800 €
I ended up with all I wanted – even more: it’s a Dupioni silk gown with Swarowski crystal accents and really looks amazing – the material is gorgous!
BUT it did cost 1400 € which I could at least negotiate to 1099 €, because it was from the last season. 🙂
Post # 5
No, not at all!
My dress was supposed to be less formal, more flowy, maybe not even a wedding dress.
I ended up with a mermaid wedding dress with beading and lace!
Post # 6
I really thought my dress would be lace. I tried on what felt like 100 dresses and none of them looked right. The lady helping me brought in an off the shoulder dress that looked like an Alfred Angelo dress I had in ripped out of a magazine. I put it on and it took me a few moments to step out of the dressing room because I was so worried it wouldn’t look right. It took me less than 1 minute to realize it was the one!
Post # 7
I ended up with essentially the exact dress I envisioned for myself!
Post # 8
no! i really didn’t know what would look good on me, and the dress that i thought was my dream dress look totally blah on me! i don’t even remember seeing my dress on the hanger before i tried it on–my consultant really knew what she was doing by having me try it 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
I am pretty decisive when it comes to clothing choices, and I ended up with exactly what I went in looking for!
Post # 10
I had no idea what I was looking for, other than “not poofy”. I didn’t know that I would like sweetheart necklines and I didn’t know what trumpet styles even were, and that was what I fell in love with. I should have tried on at least one poofy, princess ball gown- just for kicks. 🙂 Maybe I still can… hehe.
Post # 11
Not me. Different fabric, different silhouette, and twice the budget I planned for 🙂 At least it was white though!
Post # 12
Nope. Wanted: sleek lace overlay trumpet with illusion halter and fly a way pleating all around
Got: gigantic and PLAIN ball gown
Worried it might be too plain, people keep telling me no but…
Post # 13
I was getting worried before I started dress shopping because I pretty much hated every single dress photo I had looked at in magazines and online. So no, I had no photos in hand when I went shopping and no idea how to answer the saleswoman’s questions about what I was interested in. I had a vague idea that I might like something with a corset and lace-up back and full skirt, but not too poofy/ballgowny. I am so glad I just went into a lot of stores and let the saleswomen put a few dresses on me that they knew were just simply stunning and in my price range. I ended up with something I would describe as totally unique, and I don’t know how I ever would have gotten it in the dressing room, let alone on my body, if I’d had a specific idea in mind of what I wanted. I feel unbelievably lucky.
Post # 14
I wanted a lace, v-neck gown, with a narrow a-line shape under $1500 … not for lack of trying, but I could barely find any v-neck gowns where I am, but I still love my dress (this girl will just have to sport a bolero.
I ended up with a lace, ivory, strapless, narrow a-line dress with subtle ruching and beading, but it was about $2000
So not exactly the same, but not far from what I wanted either.
Mine is Maggie Sottero’s Vienna: http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?style=A3021
Post # 15
I wanted lace. Full-lace with a short train. No mermaid.
I got satin, mermaid with a cathedral train. lol
Post # 16
I knew what I wanted from the begining and that is pretty much what I ended up with! My Maid/Matron of Honor and Mom were surprised that I didn’t change my mind, but I knew what I wanted.
-Not strapless, classic style and probably lace.
This is what I bought: