Ending up with a Dress Completely Different that what you had in mind?! Anyone

posted 4 months ago in Dress
Post # 17
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

emily20 :  Exactly, bahahaha! I am always scouring the clearance bins for my “normal” clothing, so I was like wow no way will I be one of tHOse BRidEs…. Yep, I was. 

Post # 18
23 posts

I wanted a sheath dress OR a ballgown. It’s basically all or nothing in my opinion. I am very petite too, just 5’2 and 40kg. Unfortunately sheath dresses don’t look good on me as I do not have the curves required to “shape” the dress, and I ended up looking straighter than ever. Basically I don’t have the booty to look great from the side. 

I also tried on ballgowns and actually my mom purchased a large ballgown for me. I wouldn’t say it looks bad, I’m planning to wear with 3 inches heels. But the skirt flares out high from the waist and it kind of made my waist look wider than it actually is. It’s a Hayley Paige btw! It doesn’t look like some of their model pictures so I don’t know if it’s just my body or due to the alterations..she only makes smallest size 2 and I had to take it in. 

I am looking for a second dress and think I will reconsider some of the other styles that I’ve not cared for before. My fiancé really likes ballgowns too though as he thinks it’s very bridal. I have considered a trumpet style but no one in my bridal entourage like it, although I think it does flatter short people a lot. Or an A line, which works better than ballgowns. Tread carefully with ballgowns!

Post # 19
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - England

emily20 :  i went completely different to what I expected. It was actually the sale assistant who said I think you should try on this one and she was right! On the other hand my friend knew exactly what she wanted and went for exactly what she thought she would! Just try on lots of styles and enjoy the experience! 

Post # 20
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I wanted deep v & fitted….ended up with a strapless a line. The exact style I had on my absolutely not list. ๐Ÿ˜

Post # 21
2757 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I was in your exact situation OP, I had been stalking wedding dresses online for 6 months before shopping and always heard that you will probably fall in love with something completely different. Well 5 appointments and 80 dresses later, I realized I had known all along exactly what I wanted and bought a dress online I had been eyeing for 9 months at that point. It was absolutely perfect and around $500 from Etsy, one of the best wedding decisions I made to buy my dress online. But I do agree to try things on in person first to make sure you like that style on your body.  emily20 :  

Post # 22
4662 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I wanted a high neck fitted mermaid. I ended up with a plunge neck ball gown.

Post # 23
38 posts

Yes, me!! I went in adamant that I was not going to buy a strapless dress with any beading. I envisioned myself in a simple, satin dress with cap or off the shoulder sleeves. Well…look what I ended up with! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Post # 24
266 posts
Helper bee

I wanted a sheath lace dress with sleeves. I chose a strapless ballgown. 

I’m small chested, but have large hips, so sheath dresses ended up making me look like a twelve year old on my top half, and make me look overweight on the bottom. I just tried on a ballgown to humor the sales assitant, but I loved it, and everything I tried on afterwards was a ballgown! I found it to be a flattering cut – made me look less flat chested, and pulled in around my waist without hugging my hips. 


Post # 27
1086 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

emily20 :  I was convinced I would get A-line or ballgown, with strap as I am an F cup. 

Ended up with the below



I should note – the women at the dress store were wonderful. They knew exactly what would look good on my body and they nailed it! first go! I tried a heap of ballgowns on, but with my massive chest and comparibly smaller lower half, they just made me look massive and frumpy all over. I tried to make it work, but they were right.

Post # 28
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Yes! You are me exactly! I thought I wanted something very clean and form fitting and I wound up with a Hayley Paige ballgown that was beautiful but very detailed… wouldn’t call it ‘clean’ at all. But I loved it! And it it turned out working perfectly for my winter wedding.

Trying things on changed a lot for me. Have fun with it!

Post # 29
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Yes. I thought I wanted something really simple because I’d been to a wedding where a bride wore a dress like that and it looked great on her. I tried on something similar. It looked ok, but nothing special, and it reminded me of a hundred other dresses. Then tried on mermaids which looked awful on my figure.

Ended up with a ballgown completely covered in cream lace and tulle. I had been adamant that I did not want tulle. The only things my dress had, which were in my original vision, were strapless and with a train.

I loved my dress soooooo much! Wish I could wear it again.

Post # 30
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

emily20 :  Well before being engaged I didn’t know anything about wedding dresses, designers, or anything like that but when I started looking I knew I like the designer Stella York. I went in with the mindset that I wanted a tea-length dress (comes just below the knees) because I’m fairly short and clumsy but I ended up with a dress that is a tad bit long with a small train. So I guess you really don’t know until you actually go try them on.

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