@smcopp89: I can relate to your post. Long story short, when I was looking for my gown, I was frustrated that I was having a lot of trouble finding something of high quality that would look good on my plus-sized figure and still fall within my price range. When I finally found a beautiful designer gown in my price range that was 100-percent silk and had beautiful Swarovski crystal beading, I immediately called one of my bridesmaids and asked her to meet me at the bridal salon. I was feeling so much pressure to hurry up and order a gown (it was nine months before my wedding), and my bridesmaid said she liked the gown. Not wanting to risk having something happen — such as the dress being discontinued — I hastily ordered the dress and put down the deposit that evening.
Once my gown arrived, I could tell that the style really was not made for someone with a very large, full bust. Although the dress was ordered in a size large enough to fit me, the neckline and bodice of the dress just really were not conducive to someone with my particular figure. I was concerned and disappointed. However, because I was engaged once before — almost two decades earlier — and had canceled that wedding, I already owned a wedding dress that I had never worn. (It was MUCH too small for me 17 years later, so I couldn’t just decide to wear that one.) I simply could not bear the thought of having TWO, never-worn wedding gowns and spending even MORE money to purchase a third. I also knew that I would not likely be able to find a dress in my size off the rack, and there really was no time at all at that point for me to order another gown.
So, I really just had to embrace the dress and accept it. When I look at some of my wedding pictures, I sometimes feel sad that I did not look the way I had hoped I would look, and I often wish I had purchased a different gown. However, when I feel “dress regret” (because of all of the beautiful gowns I see on TV and on WB), I try to remind myself that a) I found a gorgeous silk dress with beautiful bling and sparkle; b) that dress may really have been the best option for me, since I have no idea if I ever would have found a gown that I liked more and that fit better; c) if I HAD found such a dress, it likely would have cost two to four times what I paid for my gown, and that would not have been a wise (or, depending on how much it cost, even possible) choice for me; and d) I actually do love my gown in my wedding video. The bodice sparkles like crazy!
Finally, when I learned that my dress was discontinued just a couple of weeks after I ordered it, I began to think that maybe it really WAS meant for me afterall! 🙂
I’m sure your gown really is beautiful, and that, once you accessorize it with your shoes, veil/hairstyle/hair ornament, earrings, bracelet, etc., you will be gorgeous and will end up really liking your dress. 🙂
ETA: Now that I see how long this comment actually is, perhaps I should not have bothered saying, “Long story short…” LOL!