Post # 1
One thing I have noticed a lot among my own friends/family and on various wedding boards/forums is that a lot of brides go into their dress shopping experience with an idea of what they want, or an idea of what they *don’t* but then end up buying something they totally wouldn’t have expected themselves to love. I find that so interesting!
I had an idea in my mind of what I want and it is based off of both my body type and what I feel comfortable in, as well as the atmosphere of the wedding (beach and casual). I want something relatively casual but pretty, with an open flowy wrap-style skirt that is ankle length and opens around the knees. Ideally I’d like it to havee a top that allows me to wear a normal bra, and nothing super heavy since it’ll be hot and humid.
Part of me feels like I should just get my preconceived ideas out of my head but on the other hand I don’t want to end up trying on and falling in love with something that won’t be as comfortable lol
Post # 2
I envisioned wearing something simple – a sheath dress with spaghetti straps. I ended up falling in love with a strapless lace and beaded fit and flare dress after the bridal consultant suggested I try on different styles.
Post # 3
most of my friends and family went the complete opposite of what they thought they wanted. which was so much fun to see. i ended up with EXACTLY what i envisioned for myself. i was actually shocked i was able to find a dress that was so close to my dreams. for a second i didnt think it was going to happen. it was the 8th dress i tried on. didnt look special on the hanger at all but when i put it on i knew right away. thats one thing, dont ever turn something away because it looks weird on the hanger. always try it on!
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2018 - UK
I wanted a tea-length dress, with short sleeved and either a colourful or sparkly belt. I ended up with a full length dress with a large train, long sleeves, totally different from what I envisioned, and from what everyone expected me to wear.
Im a great example of why you should try on lots of different styles of dress. Mine was one I never would have considered, the lady in the shop convinced me to try it, and she was absolutely right
Post # 5
I was convinced I wanted sheath, fall to the floor, barely train, straps, low back and instead I walked out with a tight, mermaid, large train, sweetheart neckline!
Post # 6
So far in my dress shopping adventures I have liked what I have envisioned, simple sheath dresses. I have been tempted by one all over lace gown but only for a minute. I think I will end up with what I have in mind. Eventually 🙂
I am going to follow this thread to see if I stick this, ha!
Post # 7
I wanted a super fitted deep V. I got an a-line with a sweetheart neckline..
However, I should mention the runner-up was what I originally wanted but it just did not fit my venue or the season.
Post # 8
Price was a big factor for me, so that limited a ton of styles. I tried on a few different types but mostly stuck to what I was picturing. I wish I had spent a little more time enjoying the shopping experience, but mostly I found it awkward and stressful.
Post # 9
My situation was odd. I’m very petite and short, but nevertheless I imagined myself in a ballgown. I knew I wanted lace with floral or some sort of applique, and ivory. But the second I put the ballgown on I was like “N O P E” and turned straight to fit-and-flare. The dress I ended up getting was identical to what I wanted (still with lace, appliques, and ivory), but only after I turned away the ballgown XD
Post # 10
I went in wanting a sheath/fit-n-flare dress, non-strapless (preferably with cap sleeves), sweetheart neckline (perhaps with a lace overlay), and a bold lace pattern. I was ambivalent on the style of back (fabric vs open vs illusion) and the train length.
I ended up picking a fit-n-flare dress with a bold lace pattern as planned, but instead of cap sleeves it has more like lace straps. The lace is overlaid on a neckline that is like a cross between a sweetheart and a v-neck. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have wanted a neckline so low, but the lace provides extra coverage and is a unique and distinctive pattern, so I was sold.
I also loved the illusion back and the chapel length train, even though I wasn’t looking for them specifically.
The runner up did have cap sleeves as I originally wanted, and it was my favorite up until I tried on the dress above, at which point the first dress started seeming too safe and less special to me.
Post # 11
I wanted: boat neck, long sleeves, fitted with a low back. A bit Megan Markle except I bought my dress before her wedding.
I got: swishy ballgown, low cut, no sleeves. Did have a low back.
I didn’t want lace. I didn’t get lace. Basically that and the low back were the only similarity. Oh and it was a shade of white.
Wanted: BHLDN Bacall. Got: Hayley Paige Decklyn
Post # 12
I ended up with a dress very similar to what I envisioned- A-line, vintage-inspired, lace with cap sleeves- with one exception. All the dresses I pinned had very low backs, but when I tried those one with my spanx it was like muffin top central. My dress had a sheer/lace back with covered buttons and was beautiful 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2019 - City, State
sboom : Mine IS by the designer that I knew I wanted, Stella York, however it is not at all made like I initially thought I wanted it to be. I tried on one like what I pictured myself in (a short, ankle length dress since I’m short) but it actually didn’t work out! You never know until you go try them on I guess.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
sboom : I was hell-bent on colored sheath with a closed back with heavy detail (to hide my tattoos) with a sweep train. I’m 40+ and this is my 2nd marriage, so I just didn’t see myself in a poofy dress. Also, I am super busty so i was ADAMANT about not having a strapless dress.
However, I tried on dozens of dresses, even things I thought I would hate, just to be safe. I didn’t like anything I tried on, until I put on – you guess it – a strapless with a poofy skirt.
It’s a peach blush color with a drop waist and a textured skirt. It looks SO much better on me than anything else I tried. I put on every shape wedding gowns come in, and just happened that what looked and felt best in was exactly what i thought I didnt want.
Try to be open minded. Let your consultant suggest dresses for you. They often have a good idea of what will look good on a particular body style. Even if you think it isn’t what you envisioned, it never hurts to try, and you might end up being surprised in a good way.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2019 - City, State
kittycatcat : sounds almost exactly like my story, I was going for a similar type dress as well and ended up with a totally different dress which the stylist convinced me to try on lol