(Closed) Dress Regret – after going to a couture shop with a friend :(

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@nicolaflower:  Your dress is gorgeous! One word of advice- don’t ever trust pictures taken inside a bridal salon. The lighting in salons is unique to the industry (like jewelry store lighting). Add non-pro photography to that, and the pictures don’t look anything like what you’ll really look like on your wedding day.

I would go back when the store isn’t crazy busy, and make sure it’s laced up exactly right. Try to get near some windows with natural lighting. Wear makeup, do you hair, and snap a few more pics.

Don’t worry! Your dress is beautiful. πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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1087 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think your dress is gorgeous. And I agree, bridal salon photos aren’t the best to judge by (most of mine look horrible).

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Your dress is stunning! I’ve seen a few brides on here with the same style and it looks really beautiful on! It’s a very flattering shape.

I can understand your desire to go couture, especially after you had such an awful experience at your own shop, but it is a massive investment for a dress that you’re only going to wear once!

Maybe you could go and buy a really nice piece of designer clothing that makes you feel amazing… You could get a really beautiful dress or jacket or something for WAY less than the difference between your wedding dress and a couture gown, and you get to wear it again (I’m wearing my stunning new handpainted silk dress for our rehearsal dinner, and I’m sure I’ll be able to pull it out for plenty of events in the future). And you’ll have a dress that makes you look amazing on your wedding day AND a beautiful luxurious something to wear that can make you feel special more often.

I’m sure you’ll look beautiful whatever you choose to do πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I also think you may have dress regret over spending so much for a couture dress? Yes, the experience is nice and I’m sure the dress would be gorgeous but your dress is STUNNING. And maybe you’d regret not getting the one your Dad and brother really loved you in? If you are like me you’ll feel kind of guilty for indulging. I’m with the other poster about buying something you normally wouldn’t like a designer dress or such and will be able to wear again.

Your dress is one of the prettiest I’ve seen on Weddingbee in some time. I hope you later post pics of yourself in it or your Couture dress if you do go that route. Only you know what untimately will feel best to you. I’m just too frugal to do it but to you it may feel like a wonderfu treat.

Pics, Pics, Pics…lol πŸ™‚

 

Post # 7
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MayaBean:  Ditto on the hair and makeup. It makes a huge difference.

Post # 8
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4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

your dress is beautiful! i love that your dad and brother loved it, the fact that they are willing to go with you is pretty special. i think you should go back and get some better pictures. i wouldnt bother worryng that a much more expensive dress suits your taste.

Post # 9
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230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree with the above comments.  Your dress is beautiful, and in-store pictures don’t usually turn out well.  Go back again and try it on in a better frame of mind.  I think in the end you’d feel worse if you spent so much money on a couture dress.  The dress is super important, but once the day is done, the thought of a $6000 dress will eat away at you (unless you can easily splash out that much without blinking).

Post # 10
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1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Keep the dress, buy amazing shoes. Once you have the dress altered for you (to your precise measurements) and a professional photog in good lighting, you won’t believe the difference.  You’ll be on your feet all day though, and there really is a quality and comfort difference in $20 and $200 shoes. 

The way I saw it was this- I got a cheap-ish DB dress, because I’m only going to wear it one day for a few hours while I’m *a bride*.  Brides are by definition beautiful, and no one will remember the dress or even probably differentiate it from nine million other strapless lace wedding dresses except me, it’s flattering, and while it might not be coture, once it’s fit to me, it’ll be flattering.  I got expensive (not exorbitant, but $250, 10x what I’d usually spend on shoes) Badgley Mischka shoes, because I will wear them until they fall apart, cobble them back together, and wear them til they fall apart again.  And they were still much cheaper than splurging on a wedding dress would’ve been. πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Your dress is beautiful , but if you can afford a 4+ k go for it!!

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