- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2013
when i started dress shopping i had one goal in mind. to find a dress that would complement my figure more than any other factors – i am definitely chunkier waist up… which sucks for most of wedding dresses :/
i’m not a big fan of lace, and when i tried a mermaid dress for the first time, i absolutely hated it as it made me look really big, especially in the tummy area. so i didn’t like it and i avoided mermaid dresses for most of my dress trials… what i had in mind was simple a-line dress/ball gown which will complement my figure.
after trying on +100 gowns at 9 different bridal boutiques (and along the way i almost impulsely purchased two very different styles of wedding dresses), what i learned along my journey was that a gorgeous dress that everyone seems to love may not look good on me (at all). so knowing what style of dress would work well for me was essential. my preferences also changed along the way as i tried on more gowns too.
gown #1 that i almost purchased on wedding dress shopping day 1: allure bridals
- love the simplicity of it’s design and the fact that it has lots of sparkles on top. my fiance loved this dress (he only saw this picture).
- after deciding to wait and try other gowns, i went back to this boutique later to finalize my decisions. when i tried this on again, it make me look very chunky on the top, and consequently made me look bigger than i am.
- i think the price was around 2400 CAD
gown #2: a dress that had crazy slimming effects. but i’m not a big fan of ruffles in the skirts.
- there were so many dresses similar to this one which seemed very popular.
dress #3: maggie adorae. amazing dress, i almost bought this too.
- made me feel like a princess, despite it being mermaid/trumpet! from this dress on i started trying on mermaids.
- this dress is amazing in a way that it flatters curves. VERY slimming too!
- wasn’t sure if it would look too hot for a summer wedding… so i came home empty handed.
- i think this was $1400 ish
dress #4: no idea what the dress is called
- princess cut dress, very light-weight (great for my summer wedding)
- was super slimming, with the top folded diagonally and how roses/crystals were placed.
- was around $800?-900. bargain!
- very flattering for my body i thought, and i felt comfortable. but i was looking for something much more simple in design… and just wasn’t completely sure.
- i might have picked this this if my venue was less formal or if it was smaller wedding.
THE DRESS: private label by g limited version 12072
- mermaid gown with sweetheart neckline, embroidery and swarovski crystals
- i loved how the bottom flares out.
- thought it was appropriate for my venue (formal/banquet) and i felt pretty comfortable in it so i decided to wear it through my reception too
- bonus: i will be spending $0 on alteration. dress comes with lace back and the height was perfect too.
- love the overall look of simplicity yet the delicate details up close!
- sparkles are increadibly gorgeous, and despite knowing how this much sparkle in a dress can make me look ~5 pounds heavier than a plain dress, i decided to go for it as it just felt right.
- and i will have to get onto wedding workout plan to pull this dress nicely for my big day. pretty good excuse to finally force myself to get in shape i think.
i ended up choosing a gown that i couldn’t picture myself in initially.. and i love it! xx