- 9 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
Long-time lurker, hesitant poster. =) I figured I’d share my dress adventure, especially since I know people like seeing real brides in dresses. The salon I went to was more than happy to let my Maid/Matron of Honor snap pics of each one.
So here goes!
Before I went to my first (and only) salon, I checked out David’s Bridal to try on different styles of dresses. My consultant forced me into a bra that fit horribly (I’m a 34DD, she put me in a 36DD so the cups were huge), so each dress looked huge in the bust and overall made me look frumpy. Very discouraging. I thought I could never be a beautiful bride. Thankfully, I had a different experience at the salon I went to. (Btw, I am still considering DB for bridesmaids dresses, especially because I’ve gotten dresses from there before)
First dress: I thought I wanted a big ballgown with a beaded bodice. I showed my consultant several inspiration pictures, so she pulled this dress. This is Maggie Sottero Zander:
I loved how tiny it made my waist look, but I didn’t like how plain the train was. I did love that it was the first wedding dress that actually looked good on me! I was definitely swayed by that and rated it an 8.5/10. However, looking back, I don’t like it nearly as much. Later, my bridesmaids told me they thought it looked too “prom-y” for me. By the way, this dress comes in two pieces and really benefits from a crinoline.
Second dress: My consultant put me in a second ballgown to see what I thought of a different style. She thought the scalloped bodice would minimize my hips, but I thought it did the opposite. Once again, it was a pretty dress, just not the dress for me. Note: this also needed an underskirt and my bridesmaids also thought it looked too “prom-y” for me. This is Maggie Sottero’s Allison:
Third dress: This dress was pulled by my consultant from a trunk show they were having. It was completely different but she thought it would look nice on me. I obliged and put it on. Bonus: it didn’t need an underskirt or a blingy belt! Here is Sophia Tolli’s Panem:
This dress was soon referred to as the “awesome dress” because it was now the one to beat. I loved how different it was, how skinny it made me feel, the detailing, and how it moved (I later spun it around in circles ^.^) Although, instead of stopping there, we tried on more dresses with different styles to make sure this was “the one”
Fourth dress: Completely different. Very pretty dress, but not for me. This was a funky and fun dress, but all I could think of when I had it on was that I was a rockstar. Picture posing happened accordingly (Maggie Sottero Freida):
The lady with an appointment next to us was IN LOVE with this dress, but I just couldn’t see it for me. The detailing was lovely though.
Fifth dress: Another different dress. This is Maggie Sottero Symphony. I tried it on with the lace overlay, but didn’t like that I couldn’t raise my arms to dance, plus I felt it needed the added belt. Very pretty, but not me.
Sixth dress: In my opinion, this was the quintesential mermaid dress (it sparkles like water on the bottom). I couldn’t track down the designer, but it was very pretty, it just couldn’t compare to my favorite.
Seventh (and final) dress: I tried on Sophia Tolli’s Alma last. It was most similar to the “awesome dress” but I didn’t like the dramatic sweetheart or less romantic train. This dress cemented my decision on dress 3, but it was very lovely and a close second.
I’m curious to hear what other bees think! I know we all have our own opinions, but which dress do you like best?
Also, if you know the designer of the sixth dress (mermaid), I’ll add it.