Post # 1
My wedding is now 7 weeks away, and I’m feeling a bit unsure about which dress to wear. I wanted to keep costs down and try to get a bargain, though regretting that now and slightly wishing I had gone for a dream dress. I’m not very confident in my appearance, and a bit terrified of walking down the aisle.
I initially bought a really simple department store dress that I loved the shape of. I was generally really happy with it, and decided just to get buttons added down the back. I took it to a store for alterations where the tailor said “oh, that’s your wedding dress? where did you get that from?” and started laughing. It really knocked my confidence in the dress. I added buttons myself in the end (which I really like), then started having dress doubts.
I went to a wedding dress sample sale at a chain boutique (probably equivalent of David’s Bridal) and ended up buying another dress. Again, I really like the shape, but I have a couple of concerns. I think it looks slightly worn (due to be dry-cleaned next week), and I’m worried it looks a bit traditional for my personal taste (though the format of the wedding is traditional: catholic church followed by classic reception venue). I’ve also realised the dress is remarkably similar to that of one of my friends a few years ago after seeing her wedding photos again. She says she doesn’t mind at all, but feels a bit strange.
Oh also for the 2nd I may add these appliques on the shoulder, see detail photo.
Any advice about which dress looks better is much appreciated, thank you!
Apologies if the photos are huge…
Dress 1 (would be with an ivory rather than gold belt):
Post # 3
What a horrible person to have laughed at your dress! It is BEAUTIFUL and very bridal. You look fantastic in both, though. Don’t let anyone else bring you doubt. Go with the one that makes you happier! Or wear one for the ceremony and one for the reception since they both look so good!
Post # 4
sharkini: ok, I don’t want to throw you off since your wedding is so soon, and you look good in both dresses:-) but. Number two is just sooo pretty on you. From the neckline to the ruching, it works!
Post # 5
the lace dress is the one. get the right belt and move it up so it doesn’t cut you off in a weird place and its perfect.
Post # 6
I prefer number 2 it has a great shape with the ruching and I am a sucker for off-the-shoulder straps 😀
But I don’t think you could go wrong either way…
Post # 7
Number one is fine, not laughable (rude tailor!), but number two is stunning on you, and i like the appliques. Don’t stress!
Post # 8
Both dresses are beautiful! What kind of venue do you have? Dress one seems more like an outdoor wedding, while two would be great for an indoor event.
Post # 9
Oh my goodness, I’m going mad…the title of the post was supposed to be ‘2 high street dresses’ not ‘high stress dresses’ – a freudian slip I think! 😉
Thank you so much, you are all incredibly kind and helpful!
@goldengardenia it’s all indoors, it’s a church ceremony followed by a reception at a stately home type venue not far from London. Thank you for your advice.
Post # 10
I think the lace one is lovely. the other is simply not unique or interesting to look at, IMO. Don’t let a stuck up jerk get you down!
Post # 11
I actually love your first dress!
Post # 12
Dress 2! Reminds me of Emmas dress in the movie Bride Wars, its beautiful
And screw whoever laughed at your dress. How rude!
Post # 13
Dress 2 is beautiful on you, so dreamy.
Post # 14
sharkini: Dress 2! I recognise dress 2, what designer is it? You look lovely in it.
Post # 15
I really love your second dress. Looks amazing on u! Not that I don’t like the first, I do, but second is better In My Humble Opinion.