Post # 17
Lol I thought all those backgrounds looked familiar and then I noticed you were in Omaha. Nice to see someone else here. 🙂
I really feel like the second dress is the best but I’m completely biased towards fitted lace dresses. The watters dress is beautiful but I don’t think it looks as good on you as the first two. Of course, if it’s the dress that speaks to you then that’s all you should listen to. I had a couple of false positives in my dress search but I could never put down the cash until I put on my dress and then I felt done looking completely.
I completely feel you on the price thing, unless it was completely beyond budget I didn’t want to pass up my dress but at the same time the difference between my final top two was about 2k. I ended up going with the more expensive one because it was my dream dress but got it secondhand (but new with tags) for almost 1k less than buying it new which made it a little easier to deal with the price gap.
Post # 18
I really like #3 on you, and I’m not surprised you love it because the quality is obvious.
But my problem with it is that it looks good on you now, unaltered. And since you said you are 5 foot 1, I’m assuming that you’re standing on a block in that photo and quite a lot of the bottom of that skirt is going to be coming off.
If I try and imagine what it would look like the actual length it would be when you wear it (by my highly scientific method of putting my hand over the bottom of the dress on the screen) it doesn’t look as good.
Ballgowns don’t generally suit petite women because they break up the line of the dress and make them look shorter. That is not something you want if you’re also convinced that you’re fat – god knows why – you’re freaking gorgeous!- since one of the ways you can make yourself look slimmer is by lengthening the line of your dress. I’d therefore be nervous about spending that much on a dress that might not be as flattering as you think it is.
The first two are more A-line, which is probably a better choice for you given your height and ridiculous insecurities. I like the first one too but the boobs are so much out on display in it that I think your groom is going to be busy fighting off all the other guys at hte reception!
So ultimately, I’m leaning towards 2.
Post # 19
The Watters Odette is BEAUTIFUL!
Post # 20
@angelinthesnowxo: I like the second one best. It hugs in all the right places. The first one I don’t know, but I can’t really see how it fits on the whole front of you. Number three is a nice dress, but I agree it makes you look boxy. Number two looks really good on your large bust.
Thanks for posting. You have a shape similiar to mine, gives me a little bit more confidence that I can pull of a strapless with my 38D bust.
Post # 21
Oooh I totally gasped when I saw the 3rd one. In a good way.
Post # 23
Number 2 is beautiful On you! I love the bodice on number 3 but there is something going on with the flow at the bottoM maybe its the tiers. either one would be lovely on you:)
Post # 24
My favorite is 2 (with a different belt). I personally don’t like the hem on 3 but it sounds like your dress.
Post # 25
@peonyinparis: I actually did try on something that was more fitted (I think it was maybe a little more of a trumpet style) in a similar fabric to the Watters at that same bridal boutique. I liked that dress and thought it fit pretty nicely, but it didn’t really wow me or my mom.
I’ve definitely been trying to keep that initial emotional reaction in mind as I think about which one to choose as well. I honestly didn’t think I’d have “the moment” with any dress, so when I did, it completely caught me off guard! I do think that must mean something, though.
@Ribbit: I’ve only seen one other Bee from Omaha on these boards, and that was when I first started posting. It’s nice to see another!
You’re lucky that you were able to get your dress brand new yet secondhand for a great price … That’s awesome! Which dress did you choose, if you don’t mind me asking?
It’s interesting that you mentioned having a couple of false positives during your dress search because I honestly kept waiting to have a similar moment with another gown after that initial emotional response over the Watters. But … Nothing. I was given some accessories to try with the Watters, so I thought maybe that was it, but I’ve tried accessories with other gowns and still felt nothing. I wanted so badly to feel that way about one of those lace dresses, but I just didn’t. I like looking at the pictures of me in them, though, because I really do think they’re flattering. Unfortunately, that’s making this whole thing much more difficult! Haha.
Post # 26
@clairebbbear: I actually wasn’t standing on a pedestal when trying on the Watters gown! (I was, however, standing on one when I had on the two lace gowns.) That was one thing I liked about it, I think … I was standing in socks only on a small stage (you can see the end of the stage in the picture of the back of the dress), and it wasn’t overwhelmingly large on my frame. I was really surprised by this considering I’m so short!
When I asked about alterations, the consultant (also the owner of the bridal shop) told me they’d detach the skirt from the bodice and cut from there so I wouldn’t lose any of the lace detailing or unique sections in the hem … So that shouldn’t be a problem. I told every consultant that I’m planning to wear flats on the day of the wedding as well, so these dresses will definitely be cut off quite a bit!
Thank you for your kind comments. It’s difficult to look at yourself differently when you’ve seen yourself a certain way for so long. I hope one day to have a little more self-confidence, but who knows.
I do agree that a ballgown type dress can sometimes not be as flattering on shorter girls. I believe the consultant said the Watters was just considered an A-line (though I could be remembering this incorrectly), though. It’s a little more flowy with the layers at the bottom, so I think it gives an illusion of being more of a ballgown without actually being a ballgown. I worried about how flattering it might be after looking at these pictures more and more, and I still feel uncertain. I definitely agree that the two lace gowns lengthen my torso and give a more slimming effect … Though at the same time, I feel like the belt on the Watters dress cinches in my waist a bit and defines it a little more.
@goodasitgets: Thank you!
Post # 27
@thumpurr: I think the first dress fits pretty much like the second (sorry I didn’t post a picture to show the entire front of that dress!).
I keep seeing the description of “boxy” to describe the Watters dress, and that makes me a little worried that I’d be making the wrong choice if I bought it. I definitely don’t want to look that way on my wedding day! That makes it so difficult, though, because I really do love that dress (and felt amazing in it). Hmmm … Things to consider, I suppose!
You can wear a strapless dress with a large bust. One thing I noticed about the majority of the gowns I tried on was the fact that so many have built-in bras and a lot of structure. I didn’t want to be tugging my dress up all night, but I definitely wouldn’t have to worry about that with any dress I choose (once I get it altered to fit correctly, of course). Everything stays in place very nicely, so it’s a huge relief!
@Bebealways: Awww thank you so much! I’m glad that dress actually makes people who don’t even know me react in that way. It’s harder to tell when my mom and best friend are the ones telling me things like that … They both know me really well of course, so it’s hard to tell if they’re reacting to it that way because it actually looks good or because they think it suits my personality or simply because they’re excited to see me in a wedding dress! Haha.
Post # 28
I can see why you’re having a hard time deciding, they’re all beautiful! I voted for #2, #3 is amazing but that’s a big price difference. If you can afford it though, get the dress you felt happiest in…#3 : )
Post # 29
@weddingbound: That dress seems to be a little ahead of the other two in the poll (at least right now). I do really like a lot of things about the Pronovias, but I’m still not 100% sold on it. Thanks for your input!
@Birdi: I was actually a little concerned about the tiers at the bottom of the Watters. I kept asking my mom if she thought my fiance would like it, or if he would think it was too weird. She said she was confident he’d like it (the only thing he’s really been vocal about is no ruffles because he thinks they look like frosting or whipped cream). I’m also taking my future mother-in-law shopping with my mom and I today to see the Watters dress. I want her honest opinion … If she thinks he would hate it, I’d have to go with one of the lace dresses.
It’s hard to commit to the Watters for some reason (despite having “the moment” with it), but I think I’ll ultimately have to decide what sort of look I’m going for on my wedding day, which dress fits my personality best, which dress will be comfortable enough to wear for several hours, and which dress my fiance will like most.
@LGenz: I know that the Watters dress is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Haha. I even thought about that as I was writing up the initial post. But, as you said, it may be the right dress for me based on the way it made me feel (not to mention the fact that it incorporates all of the things I was looking for in a wedding gown). I do think it’s interesting to see different tastes when I’m on the Bee, though. It’s kind of cool to see someone in a gown you’d never in a million years choose for yourself, especially if you think the girl in the picture can really pull it off. (I’ve seen that so many times on these boards!)
If I did go with the La Sposa, I’d most likely use the belt that’s in the picture. I tried on probably 5-6 belts with that dress, but none of them looked that great (except for that one). I’m not a super blingy kind of girl (which may be obvious based on the reaction I had to the very simple Watters dress), so the belt on the La Sposa was perfect … The lace blended in with the rest of the dress and gave just a hint of sparkle. I don’t think you can really see the sparkle in the picture that well, but it’s there!
Post # 30
I looked at the pics without reading anything first. Without reading about your feelings, I like #2 the best. After reading what your feelings are, I think you should go with #3!!!
Post # 31
@angelinthesnowxo: I think you should follow your heart…you seem to love dress 3:) it’s gorgeous!! You have a great figure and will no doubt rock this one!!