(Closed) Did you have dress regret?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you experience dress reget and if so, what was the end result?

    Yes, and ended up getting a new dress.

    Yes, I stuck with my original choice and ended up liking it.

    Yes, I stuck with the original dress and still didn't like it!

    Nope, no dress regret!

  • Post # 3
    10450 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Yep. Changed dresses, best decision ever!

    Post # 4
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Yes! I went and tried on dresses and when I went to look I had one dress in mind. I tried on a bunch of other dresses that day and ended up with a dress that I thought I loved. The dress that i had in mind had straps that were very uncomfortable. When I got home and looked at pictures didn’t love my dress anymore. I went back to the bridal shop and they were amazing! They worked with me to get the dress that I loved. Casablanca is very customizable and they are making my dress without the uncomfortable straps! In the end, I ended up with the very first dress that I picked out. I think I was really caught up in the emotion of the day and just picked a dress that everyone else loved. I am sooo in love with my dress. 

    I originally bought Casablanca 2077 but the dress of my dreams was Casablanca 2091. 

    Post # 6
    1263 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I had dress regret. I ended up losing my deposit on a dress, because I just couldn’t bring myself to love it. I ended up buying the second dress I had tried on 6 months before. And I don’t regret my decision to change at all!

    (The lost deposit still stinks though lol)

    Post # 7
    1478 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    No dress regret and trying not to have it … I cant afford it 

    Post # 8
    337 posts
    Helper bee

    Yup, had regret and switched. It wasn’t too bad because my first dress was 299 and the second was a 50% off sample at 500 that my mom ended up paying for 🙂


    Old dress:


    New dress during alterations:

    Post # 9
    1652 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    No, I was very thorough and took my time choosing. My mum helped. I would chose my dress over and over again.

    Post # 10
    1748 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I did momentarily, but made the choice not to obsess over it- it just wasn’t the end of the world to me. When I went to my first fitting I made the choice to try on some other sashes to see if it changed my view of my gown (it came with a belt and it was my main area of doubt) and now I’m in love with my dress. I knew that I had fallen in love with the gown for a reason and even when I was regretting or doubting it, when I’d go into another bridal store to look at veils or accessories and I’d browse through gowns, I’d pick the exact same style and silhouette.

    Post # 11
    793 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    No dress regret here! I have seen other dresses that I sometimes wonder how the would look on me, but I still love my dress! So excited to wear it in 70 days!! :]

    Post # 12
    1511 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I just ordered my dress in January (it hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m not expecting it for at least another month or two), and so far I’m happy to say I haven’t regretted my decision.

    I still enjoy looking at dresses on the Bee, but I know I made the right choice for me.  I can’t wait until I can wear it in November!  Laughing

    Post # 13
    8469 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    No. I loved my dress. However at my first fitting I wanted to die because it was huge on me and since it was a mermaid, you couldn’t see how it was supposed to really fit. But three fittings later, it was pretty much perfect. 

    Post # 14
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I had dress regret TWICE!!!  The first time I was alone (well, with my brother’s gf) when I tried on the first dress I purchased. The boutique had the MOST reasonable prices I’ve seen since I started dress shopping and I guess I got too excited about that. Then I felt pressured into putting a deposit down that day. When I went back with my mom I could tell that she didn’t like it. I started second guessing the dress. I mean the dress was beautiful but I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding and this dress was heavy with beading all over and a cathedral train– more appropriate for a church wedding. I went ahead and bought the dress but I knew I didn’t want to wear it.

    So then comes the wonderful world of buying your dress online. I purchased my second dress online (I did have my mom’s approval of the dress this time!) from ebay. The dress came and looked NOTHING like the pic. I was very disappointed.

    The final dress we found at DB. I didn’t look there in the first place because I didn’t think they would have what I originally wanted. I came out of that shop all smiles with a dress that I would have never pictured myself wearing on my wedding day in a million years (my mom picked it out). I love it and couldn’t be happier. I would do it all over again if it led me to getting the dress I loved.

    Post # 15
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I hated my dress. I cried when I first put it on and I was distraught that I couldn’t get a new dress. 

    I only had a 4 month engagement. I went to a small bridal store with a friend. I wasn’t really seeing anything I liked (tried on a ballgown that I couldn’t even walk out of the dressing room in), but she found a beautiful lace dress from Casablanca that had a built up top. Up until that point I had been trying on tulle ballgowns but my mom and sister didn’t like them on me. She found this dress and it was really classy and the top was already built up with lace and she told me I should consider it since I would need to build up the top with sleeves on any dress and this would make it easier since it would already be there. I couldn’t try it on since it was a size 4 and it wasn’t the ballgown shape I loved. The owner of the dress shop told me that Casablanca could do custom changes and the dress was ordered with a ballgown skirt and sleeves. I saw a sketch from the designer before I made the order. To be honest, I didn’t understand the scope of Casablanca’s custom abilities. Like I didn’t realize they literally will custom anything! If I had, I wouldn’t have originally looked at an already built up dress because it wouldn’t have mattered.

    When the dress came in it looked nothing like it was supposed to. The neckline was too low, the sleeves were awful, boxy and not long like I anticipated (I wanted a scalloped edge sitting on my wrist) and the skirt was barely poofy. I wanted a ballgown and meanwhile my sister’s dress was poofier than mine! I had a full blown panic attack. I went back with some friends and the dress shop gave me a fuller crinoline that worked. I still regretted not just getting a tulle poof like I had wanted, but it was better. The sleeves were fixed because I convinced the seamstress to cut the sleeves to 3/4 length and blend the pieces that were being taken off to the neckline to raise it. It ended up working out beautifully (though they told me they couldn’t do it initially) and it was even better than before. In the end, I got a veil that worked well and I do like the dress in some pictures. I don’t like it in every picture and I wish I would’ve gotten something a bit more poofier – I don’t know. I know this is much more flattering, but I still have a hard time letting go of this “bridal dream” I had. I know I’ll look back and be happy I wore something classic.. but still…

    ETA: Did I mention my mom and sister LOVED it? At least I pleased someone. Looking at this picture, I do see it looked more like the sketch after I tweaked it up.


    Post # 16
    2223 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I had dress regret but ended up keeping it. In the end I think I had seen too many things and wouldn’t have been happy with anything (Darn you wedding bee!). I initially wanted a full gown (like my whole life!!) but as I saw more pictures of brides in mermaids… I got jealous and wanted that instead. Ultimately it wasn’t an option financially and I did have a beautiful dress. 🙂 I just can’t help thinking I look a little short in it…


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