Post # 17
To be quite honest, I don’t love either dress, but I vastly prefer #1. #2 does nothing for your shape, and it doesn’t even look like the same body from #1 is wearing it! The elongated waist is just not a wonderful fit, and you are obviously a slim bride!
I think you need a few alterations on #1 and something interesting to jazz it up, such as a sash or an interesting necklace.
Post # 18
Dress number 2 looks more bridal, but I do agree with everyone else that the blush one is more flattering and more bohemian. I’m sure accessories would jazz it up to make it more bridal and formal for his family. Get what you want though, it’s your day. 🙂
Post # 19
I find the first one to be a lot more flattering on you, however I’m not sure that it screams “bridal!”
If you want to find something more bridal, I would keep looking because I don’t think #2 does you any justice.
Post # 20
I dont like either sorry, think you can find something esle more flattering
Post # 21
I think you could rock either with the right accesssories. The first one sounds like it fits your vintage theme idea better but the second dress could work as well. How about wearing the second dress for the ceremony and then the first for the reception?! Or even vice versa!
Post # 22
The first dress (with straps) is so much more flattering! I think the ball gown looks “young”, too, whereas the dress with straps is sophisticated and polished. Love it!
Post # 23
The blush v-neck is stunning on you!!
Post # 24
And it always baffle me when people look at a wedding gown, that is obviously a wedding gown, and say it “isn’t bridal enough”. It’s a fancy white dress! Put a pearl statement necklace with that blush v-neck and rock that bridal look!
Post # 25
@Obow: the dress with straps far outshines the other dress. Beautiful!
Post # 26
I think the first one is more flattering, but neither one is OMG great. I think a big part of it is your body language- you don’t look that happy in either dress. Any chance you can keep looking? If you find a sample that fits or shop at an off-the-rack store, you could probably get everything done in time for the wedding.
Post # 27
@Obow: I think they are both wonderful dresses – i think the dresses will also look very different depending on how you choose to accessorize.
I would also factor in your comfort physically – which will you dance in happily – both?
Maybe look at your make-up, decor colour choices and setting atmosphere choices also to get a sense of which dress is most compatible.
If YOU like one more than the other I would go with what YOU like rather than what you feel other people expect you to wear.
Two different stories – a friend told me after her wedding it didn’t feel right because the whole occasion was too formal and it didn’t feel like they were really being themselves.
At my own wedding I felt I couldn’t wear a really wedding-like dress because I am not a formal person, I have never been treated like a ‘pretty’ girl and I kinda felt like in some way I was not allowed to be a princess for the day. In the end though I did choose a dress that could only be worn at a wedding and I loved it – I was the princess on my day.
Which scenario do you think is most likely to apply to you?
Post # 28
In looking at both of these, I kind of agree with many PPs that said #2 wasn’t flattering. I don’t think #1 is very bridal, however, accessories can make or break you with either dress. I would look at a very beautiful long veil (can be made pretty easily for the DIYer in you), add some simple gold beading to the edge of the veil. Get yourself a statement necklace. I think gold would work best with the color, but I don’t know much about your whole wedding, so that’s kind of where I’m going. Wear simple bangle bracelets and maybe find some gold shoes. Give your hair that simple relaxed curl, and pin a few flowers (real or tulle, there are tutorials, even here on the bee) in your hair. I think that will make it bridal enough. With your bohemian, DIY personality, I would avoid a tiara, go for simple accessories that have a really understated wow feature.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 29
The one with straps suits you better!
Post # 30
You ladies are so helpful! The white dress is too large, which is why it probably isn’t as flattering in this particular photo, but so is the blush one, not by as much though. Body language is definitely a factor too. I wasn’t as impressed with the tulle one, especially the fit. That said, I wouldn’t wear it plain – I have a wide array of accessories I’m considering (mostly J. Crew statement peices) and hair flowers that I would use in addition to a waist-length blush veil my future Mother-In-Law got me, and an antique lace wrap.
You are helping to lean me towards the blush one though in that I should wear what I want to wear not what people expect me to wear – thank you for your words of encouragement! Also, I’m not wearing a bra in either, but those stick-on cups that fasten in the middle provide great support and lift so I’d be looking a little perkier in both on the big day 😉
Post # 31
I’m so sorry–I don’t like either of them are you! One is bad on your hips, and the other is bad on your waist!
Which is CRAZY, because your figure is CLEARLY amazing!