(Closed) Poll: Did you end up with the dress you thought you wanted?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you end up with the dress you thought you wanted?
    Yes, exactly what I thought I want! : (63 votes)
    30 %
    Not really, slightly different : (68 votes)
    33 %
    The exact opposite of what I thought i wanted! : (76 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 47
    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m not really sure how to answer… the dress I ended up with is actually pretty similar to some of my initial ideas of dresses I liked, in that it was a natural waisted ball gown with straps. However when I was going through the process of trying on dresses I became convinced that a natural waist was really unflattering on me. I was sure I wanted something with a dropped waist and maybe just an A line skirt – this one was a really close contender –

    But then this one was the exception to the rule and I loooved it! I think it’s because although it has a belt, actually the skirt comes out quite gradually rather than just puffing out and getting full right from the waist. It’s still pretty close to what I wanted all along though! I never varied in my determination to have straps and not to have a fit and flare.

    Post # 48
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2014



    This is the dress I thought I wanted – I was so excited after trying it on.  But when I got home and statyed to think about it – all the tulle, beading, pizzazz just wasnt me.  So I I switched for the second photo – a feminine yet simple dress.  Sometimes I still look at the first dress and thing “that looks so good!”  but once my dress is altered i know it will too.


    Post # 49
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    I thought I wanted a really simple A-line dress.  I found this online and loved it, I even tried it on but it wasn’t for me.

    I bought a different dress that I thought I wanted.  It was simple but with a little bit of bling on the hips and bust.

    When I was shopping I said absolutely NO lace, and not a mermaid.  Well I had dress regret and this is what I ended up getting.

    I absolutely LOVE my lace dress and we are going to alter it to make it more mermaid than fit and flare.  I can’t believe I went the exact opposite of what I thought I didn’t want. LOL.  Guess they really mean it when they say go dress shopping with an open mind.

    Post # 50
    877 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

    the EXACT dress i thought i wanted (in ivory)

    ‘The One’ :

    Post # 51
    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @fiona8718:  We’re having an early 1940’s (think rationing instead of Hollywood glam) wedding and our venue is the Federal Ballroom in New Orleans. An old securities exchange building built in the 1920s so the decor is a bit art deco looking. I originally contemplated a wedding suit but realized it wasn’t really formal enough for the venue and went with a tea length dress. Now if only I could find cute kitten heels or flats in a size 11 that don’t break the bank!



    Post # 52
    2087 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    this was my first love:

    then this:

    and this is what i chose which i love so much more!

    I am changing the neckline to a sweet heart


    Post # 53
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I had a pretty well-defined idea of what I wanted, but after hearing so many stories about girls buying the opposite of their dream dress, I definitely went shopping with an open mind. I tried on a bunch of different dresses, and the ones similar to what I liked looked nice, but I ended the day feeling pretty confident about a totally different lace trumpet. The next week I made plans to go back to the store and put down a deposit, but before I had a chance I spied a near exact replica of my original dream designer gown in the window of a nearby store. I couldn’t buy the lace gown without at least trying it on! And I’m so glad I did, because it looked fab, fell under budget, and I haven’t had a moment of doubt since 🙂

    Post # 54
    2564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I ended up with my favourite dress from looking at pictures online.  I had a very specific dress in mind, lace, slim A-line to fit and flare, staps.  There were several I tried on that fit the bill, but I ended up with Bernadette which was my favourite before going dress shopping.

    I did try on a tulle ballgown for about 10 seconds before I was like “get it off me!!”

    Post # 55
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I did a complete 180!

    So initially I thought I’d have a very simple, almost non-bridal dress – an empire sheath with no train or something like that. No veil, no poof, absolutely NO bling, nothing of the kind.

    Then I went dress shopping and decided to go for a simple lace mermaid with a boatneck and cap sleeves, this one, paired with a fingertip length veil:

    Here’s what I ended up with, and I LOVE this dress more than anything! Even though it has every single detail I *didn’t* want: sweetheart neckline, dropped waist, layers of crinoline, long train, taffeta fabric, blingy sash… But somehow it all magically came together. 😀 Oh, and did I mention my cathedral length veil?

    Post # 56
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @fiona8718:  Yea I can be! I was nervous because I also bought the sample to get to get a nice discount on it so I could stay within my budget range, but that meant it was like 3 sizes to big! Luckily my FI’s mom knows a lady who used to be a bridal seamstress that will do mine for a great price! Definitely look around!

    Post # 57
    397 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013 - castle green

    originally thought i wanted something like this.


    but ended up changing my mind and im so glad i did! went with a mermaid instead!

    Post # 58
    2487 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012


    I was pretty set on LACE and BALL GOWN – but I still wanted to be open minded so …. here is how it went….

    Starting with the very first dress tried on- we started with the oppisite of what I wanted- it made me more open minded cause I was just so excited to be in a dress that I loved it- super glad I realised thats why I liked it so much and ditched it cause it was everyones favorite- but not right for me at all and looking back on the picture I am like AGH




    had i not been so set on ball gown this would have been it! – sometimes when I feel dress regret- I think about this  dress and wonder! and then came this dress- now… I loved it. It super flattered my waist and I almost thought it was the one – but it was over my budget- so i kept on looking with this as my go back to dress- 6 stores latter I finally caved and went to davids..





    Then came the dress regret! but I fixed it by adding a 2nd crinoline for more POOF! and a lace sleeve! it was perfect! and my wedding was perfect! 


    sorry all the images are so large

    i didn’t get a pearl back. 🙁 we just ran out of time. We actually sewed the sleeve on the morning of ! 

    Post # 59
    2949 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Well when I was little, I wanted this:

    Then, during my time as a Waiting Bee, I decided I wanted something black and slinky like this:

    After the Fiance proposed and I started trying out wedding gowns to see what styles and silhouettes suited me, I fell in love with ballgowns again. However, I was adamant that it would be either black or red.


    I couldn’t decide between a fit and flare silhouette or a ballgown silhouette nor could I decided between red and black so I decided to get two dresses. Yeah I’m one of “those brides” Tongue Out

    My dancing dress is black and has a fit and flare silhouette

    And my wedding gown has been inspired by the Monique Lhuillier gown below. It will have the nude bodice with a lace overlay but mine will have sleeves and a different style skirt. And it will be in red.

    Post # 60
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I wanted a ball gown that flared at the natural waist in a color that wasn’t white/ivory like this:

    Ended up with a fit and flare in you guessed it..ivory:

    Post # 61
    415 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    It seems like a lot of you bees thought you wanted non-mermaid/fit-and-flare/trumpet, but ended up with mermaid/fit-and-flare/trumpet. I guess those cuts end up being really flattering!

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