Post # 1
Bees, I am having MAJOR dress regret. I’ve been looking at others’ dresses and I feel like mine is just not bridal-y enough. I went the simple route, one because of the price, two because we are getting married outside, and three because I’m an older bride and a lot of other gowns I tried on seemed too youthful to me.
I am absoutely NOT buying another dress. And, I have stopped looking at others. I’m hoping that I can do something with this one to make it more…formal? Bridelike?
It is a really pretty dress. The rouching has a spray of sparkles across it. It is a flowy material. It is going to need major alterations, but it does look nice on. I am not sure if I could put a veil with it, if jewelry would help…just not sure what to do to accessorize.
Thanks for any advice!
Post # 3
Perhaps you could have someone add some more sparkles? Maybe some lace to the bottom edge? What about a ribbon at the top along the bust line?Maybe a flower/brooch at the waist where the sparkles start?
I would take it to someone who does alterations, or even makes dresses custom, and see what they would be willing to do. The above are just a few examples of alterations that I thought of off the top of my head.
Remember – with a simpler dress, you can dress it up with chunky jewelry or a blinging veil/headpiece. You might try it on with some jewelry, and the effect might change drastically.
Post # 4
Well if your dress isn’t bridal-y enough, then mine isn’t far behind. The only thing my dress has that yours doesn’t is a train.
I think adding a veil would be a great way to make your “wedding day look” more bridal-y. In fact, you can simulate a train by wearing a cathedral veil like this:
Post # 5
What jewelry/veils/other accessories are you planning on wearing? How will your hair be done? I think with those things you will look lovely in that dress and it is plenty bridal.
Post # 6
Have no regrets. Remember the reason you purchased your dress in the first place. All these tv shows on dresses and mags can drive a bride crazy making us second guess already made decisions. Glad to hear you stopped looking at dresses. Look at the parts you love about your dress. Remember how happy you were after you found it. Find some jewelry you like. The great part about a simple dress is you can add sparkly necklace, and earrings, if you want.
Good luck, and remember (as I try to remind myself), it is about getting married to your man, not the actual dress, or any of this other stuff.
Post # 7
Thanks, girls. I have no plans for jewelry or even hair yet. I think I want to wear my hair half up/down, but that is all that is decided at this point.
Appreciate the support! Good idea, adding something to the top bottom…not sure about a long veil, but I could try it and see!
Post # 8
i love your dress..i am doing a beach wedding and am looking at dresses very similar to that..As you are walking down the aisle no one is going to be looking at the “dress” they are going to be looking at you marrying the love of your life.
Post # 9
I think your dress is beautiful and would be perfect for an outdoor wedding. I think a dress covered in glitter and beading would be more at home in a formal indoor setting. I like the veil idea, get a cathedral veil with some rhinestone detailing and I bet that will complete your look 🙂
Post # 10
Maybe a flower at the side where the ruching is . . . Honestly, I can’t think of a whole lot you should do. I think the dress is lovely and looks bridal enough! Seriously, just pick your accessories and such and I bet you’ll feel like the look is complete!
Post # 11
i think it’s very bridal! don’t doubt yourself
Post # 12
Oh noooo, Menobride. I am sad you’re second-guessing your lovely dress. You’ve got time to switch it up to something more bridal if you really must, but I second those who suggest wearing a cathedral veil for the ceremony and maybe playing it up with some dramatic jewelry and/or hair accessories for a fancier look.
I’ve had moments of wanting something more formal (like you, I chose an ‘informal’ style with no train and simple details), but at the end of the day I’m happy that I’ll be comfortable and feel like myself at my wedding without having to drag around a heavy, uncomfortable dress.
And, when you’re all dressed on your day with the hair and the makeup and the bouquet, with your Fiance gazing lovingly at you, I guarantee you will feel 100% like a bride!
Post # 13
I’m going to echo the other commenters who’ve said your dress is gorgeous – it is! A veil would look more “bridal” if you want to wear one. Also I think the dress style leaves room for a really sparkly necklace and maybe some dangling earrings?? You can definitely dress it up some, but I love your dress as is.
Post # 14
if it counts for anything, i think your dress is gorgeous! you could def playup your accessories and hair. its a great canvas!!!
Post # 15
I’m wearing almost the exact same dress, but the one with no beads or sparkles! I loooove it though.
i think the benefit is that you can wear pretty much any accessories you want…you don’t have to worry about competing with the dress. So I’d look for a necklace or earrings that you love — I’m doing a two strand pearl necklace with a vintage flower clasp and sticking with simple earrings, but there are soo many options.
your dress is beautiful though, and you will totally look very bridal at your wedding.
Post # 16
Your dress is very nice! I am an older first time bride and I, too, felt some things were just too young for me….. I so know what you mean. So here’s my scenario…I purchsed a gorgeous dress, I was just “wowed” by it. In love with it. Then I go for the fitting (five weeks out)and it’s all wrong. It’s too much. I feel unbearbaly uncomfortable. The dress belongs to the girl I wish I was…the reality is that the dress is wearing me. It’s not even an over the top dress, it’s just soo not me. (I ran to Davids and got another cheaper dress, love it, three weeks to go–) I hated to do it but I decided that more than how I look, if I don’t feel good-what’s the point! So, I say this, how do you feel in the dress??? People will notice how you feel more than the details of the dress!! Would you tell your best friend to wear a dress she dosen’t feel good in?