@ButterflyButterfly I understand…
So I have a petite frame, I am a size 2 and still curvy, so I thought Iwas going to have SUCH a hard time deciding on dresses, bc they all would fit me great…
That was NOT the case, I was like you and was very very picky about my dress. I don’t like lace, don’t like mermaids, and didn’t want it to look cheap or take away from me as a bride (didn’t want it to be too blingy or have to much detail)
Here is what I did, first i went to a place that is as inexpensive as davids bridal, because I was like YOU know what?! I am not spending more than a 1,000 on dress. I tried on 30 gowns and NONE of them I liked, bc they were less expensive, they didn’t fit me the way a couture or designer gown would.
Then I went to boutique bridal shops where dresses range from $1,500 to $10,000.00! I found some AMAZING ones, well just 2 out of like 60 that I tried on but they were like $3,000 and I didn’t want to pay that.
I finally heard about a very bridal large store where I am from having a HUGE Sample sale, they carried nice dresses ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 and they also carried gowns under $1,000. I ended up getting at $3,600 pronovias dress for $1,300 b.c it was a sample gown and I had to get it altered! I HIGHLY recommend getting a sample gown, so you can the expensive gorgeous looking dress but not for the price.
I hate to say it but after i bought my dress I could tell a HUGE difference in a pronovias gown compared to a davids bridal or less expensive wedding dress. The material was nicer, it was better made, it just looked overall much nicer.
If I were you and if i could go back I would look up a bunch of designer lines, from 2013, 2012 and 2014… Like pronovias, casablanca, monique L, vera wang, maggie sottero etc. and see if you like any of those dresses.
Then call around to the bridal stores in your area and ask them if
A. They are having a sample sale anytime soon or if they have sample dresses for sale
B. If they carry the gown you are looking for:)
Hope this helps:) I have seen many Davids Bridals gown look very nice on and not cheap at all, it just depends on what you want:) If you want a simple gown with little detail, you can get a great davids bridal gown that looks expensive, nice, well made.
But if you want a lot of detail or a unique dress I would do the A. & B. choices I listed above.
I hope this helps:)
I wish someone had told me all that in the beginning, it would of saved me a bunch of time!:)