Thanks everyone for the support! I actually had an appointment yesterday, and shocker of all things, found and purchased by dress!
But, to help others with their searches, I thought I’d share the good, bad and ugly of the photos I did take of dresses (I only took pics of about half of everything I tried on).
So, first, the David’s experience. Unfortunately, I only took photos of two dresses, both strapless. Wish I had photographed more of them.
Here’s reject number 1:
And David’s reject #2:
They were both the chiffon I wanted, but just not right. Plus, I really was (and still am not) in love with strapless dresses. You’ll see more of why in the next set of pictures.
I went to Angelus Bridal in Pompano Beach, about an hour away from me. Oddly, there are few bridal salons in my area, and when searching online for particular brands, most varieties I liked routinely were most available in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. So down I went.
I must say, the experience from the minute I walked in was night-and-day. My assistant (Jennifer) was waiting when I walked in the door, allowed me to browse whatever I wanted, looked very closely at the pictures I had brought, and told me I could try on as many gowns as I wanted…..”what? Huh? Really? WOW!” I liked her already. When I spied a bridesmaid dress that I liked, another person came over to help, and they had no issue whatsoever with the idea that I might offer only a tiny commission on a simpler dress. They picked multiple bridesmaid gowns in my preference to try on in addition to the dresses already being pulled. Yay!
Strangely, the David’s I went to (and maybe all of them, for all I know) had no mirrors in the fitting rooms (Which were also TINY)….seriously? What’s up with that? Who wants to parade out half naked (because most of the gowns are too small) in front of everybody and their father (yep, loads of menfolk out there hanging around…ack)…..Angelus, big rooms with mirrors. We fit three of us and 6+ dresses, no issue. Anyway, for immediate rejects, I was able to take a look, and get right back out of the gown without having to leave the room.
A downside was that they carried fewer gowns than I hoped, and apparently none in a plus size. I suppose I should have asked when I made the appointment. Most of the gowns were in @ a size 12, to offer the most “fitability” to the most ppl possible. I had read somewhere, and it appeared to be true, that the gowns all have the labels cut out, and I had to ask what the maker of each dress was. Since I’m such a control freak and have been memorizing gowns that I love for months, I often recognized the dresses, anyway. Everything I tried on was Mori Lee or Allure, but I can’t offer model names/numbers, except for my final purchase.
So, here’s the rejects, with comments of what I remember:
Reject 1: Again, chiffon, but strapless….the pic may be too small to see, but the mirror reflection explains my aversion. I addition to the dreaded back fat, there’s some SERIOUS boob shelf going on. Ick Ick Ick.
Next, reject #2….this one I -almost- smiled, even. It’s beautiful for the right bride, but just too formal for my beachy plans. It was a very heavy satin, and I did feel attractive for the first time.
Reject #3: The next one came much closer with the floaty chiffon bottom, with no baubles, or “stuff”…..I’m sausaged into it (I think it was an 8). In real life, it’s an assymetrical waist, and, if it was to be “the one”, I’d have added a strap and criss-crossed them in back (My left hand, I’m trying to pull the waist down to get the idea of the dropped waist…didn’t work much, eh?):
And, finally, the winner.
First, here’s the original model photo, which was on my short list all along, but I thought, “No way that’ll look good on me. That nice flat front at the tummy? NO WAY”….
Apparently, there was another woman in the salon who was also a chiffon fan, so a lot of the samples were in the room with her. While standing there hemming and hawing over the last dress, she pulled this. My head actually snapped over looking at it. And, even without putting it on, I immediately said “That’s IT”. Then started getting terrified that I’d look horrific in it. So, back to the fitting room we went. Before I even turned around to look at myself, my friend started crying. Apparently, this was good…….so……here I am:
Even through the blur, you can see me smiling!
Must have been chatting when my friend snapped the photo….I think I was an Italian in another life, I talk with my hands so much. 🙂
And, I loathe posting this because the dress was so small on me, but, if it will be helpful to another bee, here’s the back:
Oh, and price: $500. Yeah, I’ll take it! The most expensive price I saw on any dress was @$1300, though I didn’t really go near the dresses with all the bling-ruffles-etc. etc.
The dress is due to arrive in January, and I will request that the zipper be changed to a lace up. Apparently, they do the lace-up to the butt, then they’ll keep a bit of zipper and the rest of the buttons the rest of the way down. They said they charge $75 to do that.
Since it’s halter, I’m considering taking the “sleeves”, make them longer and criss-cross them in back. One, gives the dress that teeny bit of interest, and two, I have acne scars from years ago that I prefer to hide (as well as the assumed body issues already…).
As for sizing, they measured me twice, and told me I was in-between sizes 20 and 22. They decided to go with the 22 to be sure. I’m a street size 16, and sometime wear misses sizes and sometimes have to go up to Womens.
Oh, and the first pic of my “wish list” earlier in the thread, the didn’t carry. I have to say, (of my admittedly minimal shopping experience), I do find it a little odd that for a slightly-destination-wedding area, there seem to be few “beach” style dresses available for trying on. I know the current trend for strapless dresses with lots of bling makes it hard to carry much else, but these dresses are considerably less expensive to keep in stock, and take up a heck of a lot less space!
So, there’s my experience. I’m still in shock how quickly it went, but apparently, you really do know!
And, if any brides are in the South Florida area, Jennifer at Angelus really was wonderful to deal with!