(Closed) How do you know when you found "The Dress"

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
14659 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

EEk, I definitely would not pay $150 to just try on a dress.  I decided mine was the one when I kept going back to it and liked it more than anything else I tried on.  I didn’t have  ‘oh my god this is the one’ crying excited moment though.  It was my favorite of the day, then I never went back to try on anything else.

Post # 4
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

I gasped when I saw mine! And wouldn’t let go…

Post # 6
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I didn’t really have the crying moment, I just realized after a while that every dress I was trying on was being compared to “the dress.” I figured that was a good sign that I should get that one. I agree with not paying $150 just to try on a dress. I would see if you can find another boutique that has it available, even if you had to travel a bit it would probably still be cheaper than the $150 try on fee!


Post # 7
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I didn’t have that OMG crying moment but I didn get a feeling when I saw my dress and I didn’t want to take it off. I had gone to 5 different bridal stores and tried on probably 30-40 dresses and this was the last dress I tried on and I just knew. The fact that I didn’t want to look at another bridal gown was my clue that this was the one, I just fell in love. I found my dress in NY where I am living now but ordered it from a store in CA. They didn’t carry the dress either (but carried the designer) so I paid the $100 so I could show my mom in person, but only because I KNEW it was THE ONE I don’t think I would do that if I didn’t know, unless $150 isn’t a big deal to you? 

Post # 8
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@GlamMeup:  It really depends what kind of girl you are.

Sure, some girls get all weepy and ‘just know’ it’s the right dress, but I can’t see that ever happening to me.

I think there are many dresses out there that would look good on me, and if I found one within my price range that made me look good, I’d probably buy it. I love to shop but hate trying things on. I would bring along people like my mom and sister to let me know if it really looks good or not. I don’t see myself hunting high and low for the perfect dress.

I’d suggest you bring a brutally honest friend/family member along to narrow the search to a type that flatters your body the most. From there I’d look for one that you love. I don’t understand the girls who try on 100+ dresses. You’ll be wearing it for like 4 hours lol.

Engagement rings on the other hand I can try try try, research online, research some more, etc. But I plan on wearing it daily for the next 30+ years sooo way more important to me than a dress.

All I’m saying is that it’s ok to not get that feeling – it is TV after all – just find something that looks good and is in budget.. not sure what else you’re really hoping for.

Post # 9
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I also did not have the OMG, this is my dress moment. When I found mine I had two appointments and two different boutiques. At the first one I found a dress and the moment was: I love this dress and I feel like a bride it in.

I then went to the second store and found another dress I loved. 

The final decision came down to the fact that I felt more bridal in the 1st dress and it was significantly cheaper.

And after all is said and done I love it! And even with the other dress in the back of my mind I have not had any dress regret!

Good luck on the search! I my only regret is that the dress searching is over πŸ™ LOL I just loved playing dress up!

Post # 10
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I didn’t cry or jump up and down, but as soon as the consultant showed it to me I was like Ohhhhh I love it. It just looked beautiful. After I put it on, I was like I LOVE IT. I tried a few on after, but it really was clear that nothing else compared to it. So I went with it.

Post # 11
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Encore Bride here…

What they say is true…

YOU’LL KNOW IT when it happens… ya just won’t want to take it off, or go home without it.

It is clear to me, you haven’t found THE DRESS as of yet.

And I would not pay $ 150 to order in a dress “to see”… that is BS… you can go out to a ton of places and try things on for FREE…

Honestly there are soooo many different Wedding Dresses, that not every store can carry every single one… and every store “specializes” in different lines consequently.

Just keep looking… it’ll happen.

And then you’ll back here on WBee… absolutely over the moon and gushing !!

Hope this helps,


Post # 12
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I fell in love with a Maggie Sottero dress I found online and called around to a bunch of places. Every single place told me they didn’t carry it and left it at that. Only one place said they didn’t have it, but they could order in the model. They didn’t charge me a dime for ordering it in, either.


Actually, when I saw the dress on the hanger, I felt AWFUL because it looked ugly. I felt so bad that they had ordered it in and I was going to hate it. I decided to try it on, anyway. It was a size 6 when I was a size 12 at the time. It was ivory and white when I wanted all white (the ivory chiffon just looked kind of dirty to me).

BUT, I fell in love with the shape and design. It is the ONLY dress I ever tried on, and we ordered it that day πŸ™‚ That fiance and I broke up before the dress ever came in, and my mom hid it away from me, and even told me she was going to try to cancel the order. Now, like 5 years later, I finally got to see and try on my dress, and it’s even better than I remembered πŸ™‚ 


I would just say to continue calling shops and see who would be willing to order it in for you without charging you for it!

Post # 13
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Well I didn’t think that I would know when I found my dress, but it was very obvious when my Maid/Matron of Honor looked away for a short second and then next time she looked at me I had my hands covering my face and I was in tears.

I did the same thing when I took my mom back to look at my dress and then again when I tried my dress on when it came in.. That’s how you know.


You just know, its a feeling that you have never felt before.. It’s amazing…

Post # 16
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had the OMG moment…but it didn’t come until I had made up my mind that I was getting the dress.  I’m one of those brides that researches in volume so I would say I tried on about 70+ dresses.  It got to a point where my Fiance thought I had commitment issues!  But I kept coming back to my dress…despite none of my BMs liking it as much as I wanted them too.  I kept comparing every dress to that dress (it was probably ~#40 that I tried on) and all my BMs kept asking me what exactly it was that I liked about it.  It was when I realized that I had no idea “what exactly” it was that I realized I was in love with it.  When you love something, it doesn’t need to make sense…it just does.  And there aren’t words to describe it…it’s just a feeling.  For my last dress appointment, I went to try it on again by myself so I can be the one making the decisions and I just couldn’t imagine walking down the aisle in anything else.  When I told my dress consultant that this was the one, that’s when I got that overwhelming feeling of Wow and I started tearing up.  She ran to get me a box of tissue and by the time she came back, I was in full blown happy tears and then SHE started crying.  It was an awesome moment =)

From what it sounds like, you’ve just seen a couple of pretty dresses and haven’t found The One yet.  It’ll happen though and it’ll be amazing.  You’ve got a good amount of time so good luck!

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