How did you know that this is THE dress?

posted 1 month ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Yes, keep looking! I didn’t have that reaction immediately, but I kept try on dresses and eventually found the one. I went to 7 different dress shops over a period of 5 months. Over that time, I narrowed my preferences and really found what I was looking for and eventually I found one that I just couldn’t get out of my head after I tried it on. The final dress I got after trying on at least 30 dresses is just so amazing–it was absolutely worth taking the time to find what I wanted! Don’t give up–your dress is out there!

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think I’m the weirdo. It looking through pictures online, there was only one dress that said “I’m your wedding dress” to me. Others were pretty, but that picture was always THE dress for me. So I was petrified that I wouldn’t like it on or that I’d look horrible in it. So I tried on 10-15 dresses in varying styles before I tried on THE dress. And it was perfect. Absolutely perfect. Very me and just perfect. But I realize that is not the usual process 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2020 - Clarksville, VA

I’m the same. I’ve looked at dresses online for months and I came across one I loved. I mean I saw plenty I loved for a bit, but this one stood out. I tried on several others just in case, but I knew it was my dress before I put it on.

Glasgowbound :  

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Same. I also found my dress online, and I immediately knew it was my dress. I had been fretting about finding a dress because I hate 99% of bridal wear. I have looked at pics online but not tried on any dresses IRL. I thought I’d have to design and custom order my dress from scratch. I couldn’t fathom going to a bridal store because like I said, I dislike almost everything bridalwear. I don’t like strapless, don’t like trains or mermaids, don’t like tulle, not a fan of lace or beading. I knew I wanted a simple, elegant, longsleeved dress that was unique. I found it randomly on farfetch eveningwear, and it went on sale for black friday, so i snapped it up right away. It was perfect.

 

coffeebean87 :  

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

medrp :  I didn’t. I liked my dress a lot. But I never had the “moment” so many describe. In fact, I had doubts about it until my wedding day. And then when I put it on after I had my hair and makeup all done, I loved it. It was definitely my dress. It was perfect and it was “me.” Everyone else thought so too. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I fell in love with my dress online, too! I looked at countless gowns but kept coming back to the same one. It was the first dress I tried on and I loved it. Just to be sure, I tried on several other gowns at my appointment but my original pick ended up being the winner!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I was the opposite of PP in that I hated every dress online and honestly never thought I would find one.  Then I went and tried on A LOT of dresses. And when I tried mine on, as she was pulling it up, I thought I was going to hate it. It had too much lace and was too busy. But once it was on I looked in the mirror and that was it. The first thought that popped in my head was “I’m going to get married in this dress”. Don’t get me wrong, I tried on about a dozen more after that because I was sure that wasn’t it, but every time I put it on, I just knew! And I loved it! I still want to just wear it around the house! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Fireman’s Pavillion

I tried on a number of dresses, knew I was drawn to the print, but not the mostly pink color. Tried it on, because what the hell why not. Once, I had it on, I felt like a more beautiful, confident version of myself. I stepped away not wanting to make a rash decision, but every dress I tried on after didn’t give me the same feeling. I returned the next week, was like yup still feel awesome, and bought it. No crying, laughing, or other overwhelming emotions, just a genuine I feel great and yeah I’d happily walk down the aisle in this.

Not everyone has that big tearful moment hoorah, but you should feel great wearing your wedding dress. Some people don’t care what they wear, but it seems to mean a great deal to you. Keep looking till you find something that makes you feel confident. 

 

Happy shopping bee

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I put my dress on and didnt want to take it off it was so beautiful. I  didnt cry right away but then there was a moment we werent sure if we could buy it as it was over budget and I stared to cry because I knew I would never love another dress as much.

Post # 11
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774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I didn’t have an immediate rection, but I knew it was 100% the one when my Mum started crying.

I pick it up tomorrow! woo!!

Post # 12
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100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

I knew I loved it, but I went to a couple other shops and tried on more.  I went back and when I tried it on again, I could see his face as I walked down the aisle in that dress.  Picturing him waiting for me brought tears to my eyes and that’s when I knew.    

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

medrp :  I think from what I’ve read on this board, some people have that moment and some don’t. When I saw myself in the dress (and it wasn’t even one that I had picked), I was just like “wow this really suits me well” and I got the same response from multiple people. I went dress shopping 2 more times and tried on other dresses but I kept going back to this one.

It wasn’t 100% what I wanted and had imagined but I think it suited my body type a lot better than the dresses I liked and it was only $400 AND had the option to order it without a train (which I would have had to spend extra to remove) AND it came with lace sleeves attached (which were $70 by itself) so it was a no Brainer from the cost perspective. But if money had not been a concern, then I might have found something I liked in a higher price range but I didn’t really see anything that might look as good on me as this one did.

ETA – There were a couple others I might have been okay with but when I had shown the pictures online to my fiancé (before I went dress shopping), he said he wasn’t a big fan of those.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

medrp :  From some of the responses, it looks like people end up liking dresses that the originally didn’t like so my advice would be to keep an open mind and be willing to try on dresses suggested to you even if you think you may not like it. I really didn’t like the way my dress looked when it was brought to me and as I mentioned before, it wasn’t one of my picks. But when I tried it on, it was the opposite! 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - North Carolina

medrp :  I actually tried my dress on 3 different occasions (and visited 7 different shops in total) before deciding it was the one I wanted to get. There were others that made it into my “final 4”, but after I spent some time thinking about each of them and what I did and didn’t like about each, reviewing the photos I’d taken in the stores, and looking up other customer photos in each of the dresses, I decided it was the one that most felt like me.

Any of the other dresses would have been fine if I couldn’t get this one for some reason, though.

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