Post # 1
Sorry if this is a bit lengthy, I kind of want to vent/brag about my shopping experience so if you just want to vote in the poll scroll to the pictures!
After much deliberation, I finally bought a wedding dress! I originally didn’t even want one (couldn’t justify the cost) but my mom expressed that it was important and really wanted the dress shopping experience so we went shopping! I ended up having a terrible experience at two different designer boutiques in my area and ultimately said “f*** it” and wanted to go home. One salon flat out refused to bring out dresses in my budget and my consultant at the other salon would not listen to anything I was telling them. I knew that I absolutely did NOT want lace and she just kept bringing out lace dress after lace dress. My mom seen one that she thought I would really like and suggested it to the consultant and she said it wouldn’t be worth it to pull it because the sample isn’t anywhere close to my size. I felt completely defeated but on the way out of town my mom suggested a last minute trip to David’s Bridal before heading home “just to look.” I didn’t expect to find anything but I was pleasantly surprised! My consultant was amazing and asked me exactly what I wanted before pulling out any dresses. She ended up coming back with six samples, all of which were in my size or one size up/down, and none of them had any lace. Despite not being anywhere close to my body type herself, she knew exactly which silhouettes and fabrics would be the most flattering for my body.
I ended up falling in love with the very first dress that I tried on and it fits me like a glove. The only alterations that I will need is a hem because I am so short so I was able to purchase the sample and take my dress home that day!
During the appointment, my consultant had me try on several different belts and sashes and I ended up ordering this one but in rose gold:
It’s very dainty and adds just a bit of sparkle, which I like, but after looking at the photos that my Maid/Matron of Honor sent me I feel like my dress doesn’t really need it. I know a lot of people suggest little belts for plus size brides to help cinch in the waist but I feel like my dress does that on its own so I browsed the DB website for something that I could exchange it for and I came across this veil:
So now I’m seriously considering exchanging the belt for the veil (above) and pairing it with this comb that I found on Etsy:
I don’t plan on wearing much jewelry, maybe a pair of dainty yellow gold and peal earrings but no necklace or bracelets.
Do you prefer the veil/comb combo or the belt? If you have any other suggestions or think a different veil would look better with my dress please let me know in the comments!
*I have no idea why the text is so big but I’m on my phone and it won’t let me change it ☹️
Post # 2
That veil is gorgeous! I prefer the veil/comb combo to the belt. Your dress has such beautifully detailed folds that I wouldn’t draw away from that, even with a more subtle belt.
Post # 3
I definitely agree with you that you’re better of nixing the belt. Because the bodice of the dress is bandage-style and extends down at an angle those two details are competiting to my eye. I don’t think it’s serving the function that you want it to, and the scale seems way off based on the thickness of the bands in the top. It just looks too small. I like the accessories you’re considering exchanging it for.
Post # 4
The veil and comb for sure! The way the fabric is pleated for the top is super flattering all on its own, the belt cuts it off in an odd spot because it is straight across where the dress itself angles up. That comb is great!
Post # 5
Your dress is lovely and looks great on you. It definitely does not need the belt (you can barely see it) but the other accessories look fab!
I’m considering cancelling an appointment because my Future Sister-In-Law went there and all the dresses they pulled were waaay over budget. She did buy her dress there but I just hate the sly tactics. They were also super rude on the phone. I told them my date (September) and they curtly told me their dresses take 6 months plus to come in (which I did have an inkling about). I asked if it was a problem and the phrase was repeated verbatim. So I asked if it would be worth me going elsewhere and I got the same word for word reply. Not a single other salon has had a problem AT ALL with my timeline. And I can hardly move my wedding… I think some salons are too big for their boots… if I went to any other store where dresses are that expensive I would be treated like a queen rather than an inconvenience.
Post # 6
Agree with the PPs! Definitely exchange the belt- the dress on its own is SUCH a flattering cut and the belt sort of muddies the waters a bit.
Love the veil/comb combo- and if you want to ditch the veil at some point during the reception you’ll still have the comb!
Post # 7
Yeah the belt definitely doesn’t work as it cuts right across the rouching. And the dress is already flattering on its own. Exchange for sure!
Post # 8
Definitely the veil/comb combo! I don’t think that belt goes with the dress. I’m not normally a veil type of person, but that one is goooorgeous, and the comb is legit stunning!
Post # 9
No belt . At All. Most dresses don’t look better for them and yours with its elegant ruching and draping most certainly doesn’t. I fear it is just an upsell , the idea that a belt cinches/defines a waist for larger women. It simply doesnt – or rather it does, but not in a good way , unless you are markedly hourglass anyway . The veil and comb are lovely . As is the dress. I love a Grecian goddess look.