(Closed) Short dress gals – did you still feel like a bride??

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think your figure looks amazing in the mermaid dress.

If you love the idea of tea length, then go with tea length. I think once the veil and accessories are all put together, you will feel like a bride.

Also, have you thought about a hi-low hem? Could be the best of both worlds:

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MamaHusky3: I’m sure hi-low hems can be bustled (and I think many don’t even have a train).

Like this one:

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I love the mermaid dress on you as well. If you have any questions about wearing a short dress, I would keep looking until you find that dress that’s perfect for you. “Feeling like a bride” is one of the most important elements of the dress, you may regret your decision later if you buy the short one and feel like it’s just a pretty party dress.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I was worried that I would feel like a bride in my short dress, but once I put on a veil those feelings went away completely. A long fancy dress just isn’t me, so short was the perfect way to go.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@artbee: I love your dress! The lace cutouts are so beautiful.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Question – what time of day and where (indoor, outdoors) wiil you be getting married?  Also, will you have any attendants, and what are they going to be wearing?  I’d say go with the shorter dress if it’s what you love, but if you’re getting married in a pretty formal setting (church, after 6PM, sit down reception with a meal, possibly dancing) I’d have to say to go with soemthing like the mermaid dress – you can ask them to hem it a little nigher than floor-skimming if part of your desire is for a manageable dress.  Also, your bridesmaids should ahve dreses that are as long as, or shorter than yous – if you ahve floor length, they can weat floor/ankle/tea and so on, if you go with tea, they should be tea or knee, etc.  It’s look a bit off otherwise. 

All in all – pick a dress that goes with YOU – we had a friend just get married, and even though we all agreed the first dress she tried on was so much HER – she looked so much more comfortable and happier in the 3rd dress she tried on – so she picked it, even though she’d stated she sisn’t want a “traditional” wedding gown, that’s what she got, it was beautiful and she was beautiful and it was a great wedding.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m wondering if it was the fact that it was a short dress that made you feel less like a bride, or the fact that THIS short dress didn’t give you that “bride” feeling. 

Don’t get me wrong- you look cute in the short dress…. but it just looks like a white cocktail dress. 

I have seen short wedding dresses that have so much more “oomph” to them… probably b/c of the fullness of the skirt. 

The short Justin Alexander and Maggie Sottero dresses I tried on automatically comes to mind for me… 

 

However, in your time crunch, I think that Justin Alexander and Maggie Sottero dresses might be hard to get, unless the store will sell you a sample. 

I did find 2 pretty, short dresses that I really like and that seem to be affordable. One is from Alfred Angelo, and the other is from BHLDN 

http://www.alfredangelo.com/Collections/ProductDisplay.aspx?productID=2c8db862-4159-4949-b7d9-475ea5321014&categoryID=0e31c488-fe4f-40ce-bd20-f8bc6fc75f04&pg=1&colorId1=

http://www.bhldn.com/the%2Dshop%5Fgowns/fondant%2Dtea%2Ddress

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

@artbee: That’s so pretty – can I ask where you found it?

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The first dress you have on looks so lovely on you!!!!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I worried about this as well, and ended up spending months and months trying on tons of dresses.  Most salons had very few short options, so I was mostly trying on long dresses, trying to see if I could find something that felt like me as a bride as opposed to me dressed up as somebody else.

It never happened.  I had the same reaction you did the first time I tried on a short dress – I felt fun and vibrant and like myself wearing something special rather than in costume and weighed down by fabric.  I think for me it was more about feeling like I was missing out on my one chance to wear a long wedding dress rather than not feelign like a bride, but after trying on dozens of long dresses I realized I was never going to get that sort of excitement out of one of them.

I have seen friends get married in short brown dresses and long pink ones… you certainly don’t need a long white dress to be a bride.  I am sure that whatever you are wearing, as you walk down the aisle to get married you will feel it!  I think you can keep trying on both if you want, but it sounds like it’s really a matter of finding the right shorter dress for you. 

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