(Closed) Dress criteria, list yours!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you end up with what you dreamed about or something totally different?
    I ended up with the exact dress I had been dreaming about! : (15 votes)
    16 %
    I bought something close to what I had been planning, but slightly different. : (29 votes)
    32 %
    My dress has a few elements I had dreamed about, but that's it. : (16 votes)
    17 %
    My dress is nothing like what I had imagined. : (32 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
    2556 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Nothing that makes me look like a bridal cupcake.. 😉

    not heavy

    not a huge ballgown

    no corset back

    no spaghetti straps

    no long sleeves


    strapless or halter


    little bit of sparkle or bling

    bow or sash

    floor length (or very, very short train)

    Post # 4
    9548 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    What I thought I wanted:

    • No shiny fabric
    • Straps!
    • Full skirt (A-line or ballgown)
    • Criss-cross back
    • No train
    • No bling
    • Simple
    • Casual (if a weddding gown can be casual?)
    • Comfortable

    I actually still love this dress but I couldn’t try it on and I didn’t have the nerve to buy something I couldn’t try on..

    What I actually got:

    • No shiny fabric
    • Straps
    • A-line in front, pleated ballgown in back
    • See through lace back
    • Train will be cut off
    • Very very minimal sequins
    • Intricate lace on top
    • More formal than I originally wanted
    • Comfortable

    So pretty similar. But it was not an easy process to find. Try walking into a salon and asking for non shiny fabric, straps, a full skirt and no bling. Then watch them stare at you blankly.

    Post # 5
    1511 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @beautifulmama28:  I ordered my dress in January, and I had some idea of what I wanted prior to actually going to a bridal salon.  I looked at each of the salons I was planning to visit to check out which designers they carried and then spent hours (pathetic, I know!) looking through each designer’s website and pinning pictures of dresses I thought I might want to try on.

    Anyway, here are some of the details I liked prior to dress shopping:

    – Lace

    – Strapless or one strap

    – 3D details

    – Floral details

    – Ruffles

    – Romantic

    – Flowy

    – Ivory or champagne color


    Here are a few things I wasn’t that interested in:

    – Little to no bling

    – No mermaid (I was willing to try some on, but I figured they weren’t “me”)

    – No satin, taffeta, etc.


    I actually tried on several of the gowns I’d pinned (some were unavailable), and ended up choosing one that I’d originally liked based solely on pictures online.  When I tried it on, I thought it was even more amazing than the pictures on the designer’s website.  And, to make it even better, it had a lot of the elements I was looking for in a wedding dress!

    My dress had the following:

    – Some lace

    – Strapless

    – Ivory color

    – Subtle ruffles (more like layers than actual “ruffles”)

    – Romantic

    – Flowy

    And with the addition of my belt/sash it also had:

    – Floral details

    – 3D details

    – Subtle bling


    I guess I knew what I liked!  Smile

    Post # 6
    565 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

    What I expected: Ball gown, LOTS of sparkle, sweetheart neckline

    What I got: Ball gown, minimal sparkle, dipped neckline, on the more simple side

    What I was going to get:


    What I actually got:


    Post # 7
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    My dress was nothing like I imagined. I was for form fitting and was really leaning towards the Maggie Sottero Anniston. Instead, I got a drop waist ballgown with pickups, bling and a sheer corset bodice. 

    Post # 8
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I was actually open to almost anything, except mermaid, lace and Pnina Tornai (I hate her super blingy, see-through corsets)… I ended up with a Pnina ball gown and couldn’t be happier!

    Post # 10
    632 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    What I wanted

    • Lace
    • Sweetheart neckline
    • Buttons down the back
    • Mermaid or Trumpet
    • Ivory

    What I got

    • Ruffles
    • Fit & Flare (according to designer)
    • Sweatheart neckline
    • Corset Back
    • Diamond White


    It just goes to show, be open in what you try!

    Post # 12
    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @beautifulmama28:  We have the same wedding date!  I definitely bought a dress that was different than what I thought I wanted.  (the dress chose me instead of me choosing the dress!)

    What I wanted:

    Lace and possibly an illusion neckline


    cap sleeves v-neck

    No beading, crystals, big designs, appliques, etc.

    No corset back

    inexpensive (I figured all brides look beautiful, so I didn’t want to put a lot of money into my dress.  I figured I’d rather put more money toward the reception.)

    My Dress:

    No Lace


    Buttons down the back

    Limited beading and crystals (under the bust all the way around)

    Deep v neck and back

    Shiny ivory taffeta

    Original price – $2,300. (which I consider higher end).  I ended up paying just over $1,000 off the rack and discounted, but I’ll need alterations and a bustle – so much for my inexpensive dress plans.


    Post # 13
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I wanted either a short fun funky dress or a retro simple swing. I even up with short and funky

    Post # 15
    471 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    What I thought I wanted:



    Possibly straps

    Buttons down the back


    What I got:



    Drop waist

    Buttons 🙂

    At least I had one thing I knew I wanted – the rest was totally off but the moment I had the dress on I knew it was THE ONE!

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