(Closed) Did anyone actually end up with the type of dress they THOUGHT they would buy?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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:

  • strapless,
  • 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. ๐Ÿ™‚



Post # 5
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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! Laughing

Post # 7
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I ended up with essentially the exact dress I envisioned for myself!

Post # 8
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
1037 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe I still can… hehe.

Post # 11
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Not me. Different fabric, different silhouette, and twice the budget I planned for ๐Ÿ™‚ At least it was white though!

Post # 12
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

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
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I wanted lace. Full-lace with a short train. No mermaid.

I got satin, mermaid with a cathedral train. lol

Post # 16
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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.

I wanted:

-Not strapless, classic style and probably lace.

This is what I bought:



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