- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
Hi Bees! Well, it just figures my very first post here would revolve around dress doubts. That’s just so me, unfortunately! I’m a July 2014 bride and have been reading Weddingbee for a while, but I only became a member recently after buying my dress and starting to doubt my decision. I knew I had to come here for opinions!
So, I bought my dress at this great store called Off the Rack. The name pretty much explains the concept. They sell samples off the rack at awesome prices! I tried on $2000-3000 gowns that were priced between $600-1200. It was so much fun shopping there and I really loved several dresses! That said, my mom and my aunt were with me, and with their help, I picked this lovely Stella York number:
And on me!:
Sorry for the terrible pictures!
As you can see, I’m on the curvy side. I wear a size 18 gown and I definitely found this one to be the most slimming of the dresses I tried on. I loved how I looked in it.
That said, I don’t 100% love the dress. I really never saw myself wearing such a simple gown, and I neverrrrr thought I would wear a trumpet silhouette (or a fit and flare or mermaid). I always pictured myself wearing a gown with lots of lace and beading, and a longer train than this has. Also, I kind of thought I’d want a longer veil! So really, this gown just doesn’t fit at all what I went into the whole thing thinking of getting. However, it was a great price, I liked how I looked in it (skinnier!) and my mom and my aunt LOVED it. I kind of made a rash decision, I think, and now I keep feeling like I might regret it.
I can’t return or exchange the dress. I guess I’d have to sell it or maybe see if I could garner enough sympathy in person that they’d let me exchange it, but I doubt it.
The sash I’m wearing in the pictures is obviously not the sash that came with the dress, nor is it the sash I will be wearing. I plan to have the applique from the sash that came with the dress (seen on the model, except mine came with the caramel colored ribbon instead) put onto a blush colored ribbon. I may even buy a “blingier” sash to wear instead.. not sure.
But I can’t help but think I want something more like this:
Sophia Tolli’s Primrose. Love!
I really love all the lace and sparkle this gown has, and it has a blush skirt! I adore blush gowns. I also love lace overlays and when there is sparkly lace trim along the bottom of the skirt. My dress has none of this.
I guess I’m just at a loss as to what to do. I know I would feel pretty enough on my wedding day in this dress, especially with the right sash, necklace, and earrings, with a crinoline (which I think it needs, and I may even do a blush pink one), and with my hair and makeup all done. But I don’t think it’s the best dress I could have gotten, even in my somewhat-limited budget of $1200 or so. I feel like part of me will be sad not to be wearing something that makes a bit more of a statement.
Should I try on other dresses? Sell this one and forget it? Maybe consider trying to find a pretty, but affordable, ceremony dress and keep this for the reception? Just suck it up and wear this because it’s good enough? I just don’t know!
Thanks for taking the time to read my rambling! I really need the help! 🙂