(Closed) I showed my fiance my wedding dress :o uh oh..

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Weeeelllllllllllll, I hate to say it, annmpoi, but I think you may just have set yourself up for this one.  I think your Fiance was trying his hardest to say the right thing in an emotionally loaded situation.  

Plus keep in mind that men describe things differently than women do.  He would probably not bust out and compliment the bead work or empire waist or the train or anything.  Saying something looks like a "nightgown" may have been the only thing that came into his head at that point.  

I’m SURE you look beautiful, and I’m SURE that your fiance will love how you look in this beautiful "nightgown" lol on your wedding day! 

Post # 4
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Your dress is really pretty! Hindsight’s 20/20 so all you can do is damage control now I guess. Don’t necessarily go through the hassle of changing dresses based on his first impression. Things look a lot different all gussied up.

Post # 5
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008


I absolutely love that dress!  It looks so romantic and feminine and flowy and sparkly– sounds perfect for an August wedding.  Can you share with us the designer and style number?  I may need to check this dress out myself!  🙂

I definitely think you set yourself up here to be disappointed in your FI’s reaction.  Having him look at 50 dresses I’m sure was overkill to his male brain- it’s really hard to differentiate between all these dresses when most of them just look like a white blur to most men.  I showed my Fiance tons of dresses, and he kept asking me ‘what are all these CRINKLES??’ (ruching) and saying ‘that looks just like the net curtains at my mom’s house’ (any lace dress or dress with embroidered tulle).  I ended up buying a ‘net curtain’ dress, but I’m sure he’ll think I look gorgeous.  🙂

There are just differences in the way we describe things.  For example, my brother would be really disappointed to know that I think his car is ‘so feminine and curvy’ when he thinks he has a ‘hot and sexy’ sports car. Ha!

Post # 6
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I think your dress is beautiful!  Guys don’t always know what they’re saying especially in dresses.   The way the dress looks in the picture isn’t necessarily how it will look on you.  And whatever dress he thought he liked… what if that doesn’t look good on you? Do you love the dress?  If you do, keep it.  He will love you in it.  Maybe tell him, your final decision is a secret.  That way he won’t know if you’ll be showing up in that dress or another. 

If you don’t like the dress anymore, it’s worth it to see what can be done.  If you can swing buying a new dress, the dress wasn’t that expensive to begin with, etc., why not invest more to feel really better on your wedding day?  It’s your decision.

But I have to say again, I really do like the dress, and think it’s great for summer.

Post # 7
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that dress is gorgeous!! Keep in mind that he didn’t see the dress on you and possibly was just looking for comments to make about the dresses you were showing him.

I don’t think it looks like a nightgown. However, this does serve as a gentle reminder to other bees that you might set yourself up in an uncomfortable situation if you show your fiance pics of the dress prior to the big day. 

Post # 8
108 posts
Blushing bee

Awww, the dress is so beautiful.  (and I really do mean it!)  Don’t worry about his male comment when he saw the dress on a random, uninspiring model.  Instead, focus on how your mother looked at you during dress shopping.  That special look he’ll give you on the big day has nothing to do with a piece of clothing— it’s more likely a culmination of you being at your most gorgeous and the gravity of the day.  Still, whatever you decide has to be right for you— if the budget permits and you’re dead-set against the dress, do what makes you happy.  Just remember your day won’t be defined by a garment! 🙂    

Post # 9
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That dress is beautiful!!! Am sure you will look amazing! Go with your first hunch.. you tried it on and obviously felt amazing in it so much so you bought it! It will be great and he’ll think you look fantastic. I say after the wedding is over show him what a real nightgown look like … lol lol

Post # 10
193 posts
Blushing bee

Oh, it’s gorgeous! I’m sorry you ended up in this situation, but if I were you I would just stick with the dress and turn this whole fiasco into a cute story for the kids. Like jhphi said, sometimes men can’t appreciate the finer details of gown design; all that matters to him is that you’re the one wearing it!

It’s absolutely stunning. Who designed it?

Post # 11
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think he was just trying to say something interesting as a reaction for you. He couldn’t figure out which one was yours, and so when you gave him a bunch of dresses you told him weren’t yours, he tried to come up with an appropriate response that showed he knew they were not good enough for you and that’s why you didn’t pick them. Except that one of them was your dress! Open mouth, insert foot. Except he couldn’t have known.

Don’t worry, your fiance is going to love you in your dress. Keep the one you have and the one you love. It’s all going to be fine. 

Post # 12
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I agree with the above comments.  Guys will make such off-hand comments about clothes because they really have no idea what to say.

Like you, I showed my fiance a collection of dresses that happened to have mine in it.  He liked them all, but when we got to mine he said he thought the train was too outlandish.  Well, the train is outlandish, but it works on me and I’m 100% confident that he’s going to love it when he sees it on me.

Trust you instincts and stick with you plan.  Brush off the comment and know he’s going to love your dress because you wouldn’t have picked it unless it looks fabulous on you!

Post # 13
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I agree…in a guy’s world, saying something looks like a nightgown might not even be a negative thing.  And when you have it on, I’m sure it’ll be totally different for him.  Keep in mind, now that he knows he probably feels terrible also. 

You will look lovely, and if you had such a strong reaction, I wouldn’t change it.  Also, b/c the dress is goh-geous.  But if it’s really important to you that he not have seen it (which I’m guessing it’s not since you were willing to "show" it to him with others), then maybe reconsider a new one.  Otherwise, unless he’s like a total fashionista he probably doesn’t even have the faintest sense of how it will look in person.  Seriously, my Fiance totally wanted to shop with me (I have no idea why, he *hates* shopping)…and I indulged him at one store (knowing I wouldn’t get anything).  He had absolutely no sense of what would look good on me based on how it looked on the hanger or in pictures etc.

Post # 14
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It is a beautiful dress.

And as others have said, a nightgown in a man’s world is not a bad thing. He’ll probably want to punch every man that looks twice at you at the wedding, which could get his testosterone flowing, which is a good thing.

Men have the memory of cows while women have the memory of elephants. A year from now, he is not going to have a clue that was even the same dress he saw. First, it will be on you at your wedding and he is going to be out of his mind happy. Plus, you will have touches of personal accessories that will make it very YOU.



Post # 15
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It’s a beautiful dress.
I made the mistake of showing my fiance before I bought the dress.  We were flipping through a ton of pics and when I got to mine, he didn’t realize it and said it looked horrible.  I started bawling and then he tried to retract the statement, but the damage was done.  I hadn’t bought the dress yet, so i was able to pick something else out. I refuse to show him this one.

Good luck.

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