Post # 1
Hi bees! I am wondering how you all feel about wedding dresses that seem to be everywhere. They are obviously popular for a reason, but would you personally consider wearing one? I am considering wearing Melissa Sweet Lia, but I seem to see the dress in every wedding magazine, in people’s photos, being sold used or preowned.
Some others that seem to be quite popular:
- Melissa Sweet Dora
- Amsale Tyler
- Pronovias Diamante
- Monique Luo (David’s Bridal) all lace gown
- Monique Lhuillier Calista/Fabiana/Scarlet
- Alvina Valenta 9702
- many Jim Hjelm and Maggie Sottero dresses
If you DID wear a popular gown, how was it? Did you feel spectacular and didn’t think twice about the fact that it was worn by lots of previous brides? I’m not sure how I feel because a part of me wants to be “unique” and “special”, but another part is like “get what you love and work it like there’s no tomorrow!”
Post # 3
if you love it, wear it and put your personal spin on it. years from now, the bridal mags, etc will fade from memory – folks will just remember you / your wedding.
Post # 4
I’m actually in the same predicament that you are. I’m leaning toward getting the Marisa 726 (knock-off of the Lia) even though soooo many other brides have worn it and it’s so popular. But, the way I look at it, most of the people that will come to your wedding won’t have ever seen the dress and, in the end, it should be about how you feel in the dress.
Post # 5
I have had the same thought. I purchased a dress from David’s Bridal. Ultimately it’s my dream dress though. And even though my Moh keeps showing me pics of OTHER brides in MY dress…it doesn’t matter. And how many people at your wedding will say, Oh I have seen SOO many brides in that dress. Most likely NONE. They will say how beautiful you look in YOUR dress 🙂
Post # 6
I first found my dress via pictures of other brides rocking it. Although it’s not nearly as ubiquitous as the Lia, it’s popular enough. It’s the “Starlet” by Elizabeth Fillmore.
I’m just going to try to look better in it than all the rest
Post # 7
If you absolutley love it, get it!
Post # 8
Wear whatever you love that looks stunning on you. Really when it comes down to it, your guests don’t keep up with what everyone else in the world who is getting married is planning so your wedding will be stunning to your family and friends. They don’t know what’s popular and what isn’t, nor should it matter. I honestly wouldn’t worry about what other brides are wearing, difficult as that may be.
Post # 9
Thanks for input bees! Sounds like most of you are saying go for whatever I love, regardless of how common it is. It’s true, most people will not have been scouring over wedding magazines, blogs, boards, etc like we have been! I just want something that is classy and classic, so that I don’t have a “what was I thinking!!” moment when I look back on wedding photos 10, 20 years from now, LOL! 🙂
Post # 10
its not the particular dress i would purposefully stay away from….it’s the style.
the typical satin and beaded ballgown, the a-line with sash….just the everyday look that everyone seems to wear. i’m trying to find a dress with an element, at least one simple element that separates it from everything else.
some of those looks are so staid and overdone.
Post # 11
Personally, I think if you love the dress, who cares if it’s popular with other brides. I think because we all spend a lot of time with this stuff, the dresses might be familiar to us. However, the average wedding guest will not have seen the same dresses that we have and might not have any idea what’s “popular” and what’s not. I’d say just go with whatever you love and look great in!
Post # 12
I wouldn’t worry too much about the popularity of a dress. I mean, as long as your best friend didn’t just wear it or something and still, in that case, if it was your dream dress you could talk to her and work it out.
Post # 13
I don’t think it matters who else has worn it or seen it already. If you love the dress and it fits you wonderfully, then go for it!
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
I think the important thing to keep in mind is that virtually none of your wedding guests will be up-to-date on popular wedding dresses, color schemes, trends, etc. Those of us with wedding fever who read all the blogs and magazines all know what the popular things are right now, but 95% of your guests will have no idea. If you love it, wear it! Nobody’s going to look at you and think, “ugh, Melissa Sweet’s Lia again?!”
Post # 15
Haha @carrie.a.s.b! That’s very true… I doubt any guests will be able to name the dress! I must admit that before I started this whole wedding planning craze, I couldn’t tell one wedding dress from another! I tried to remember what my cousin’s dress looked like (she got married just a few years ago), and all I could remember was that it was white!! LOL! I can’t even remember if it was strapless, or had sleeves/ spaghetti straps! I’m just thinking too much, but that’s what we brides-to-be do right??!! 😉
Post # 16
Honestly, I bought my dress because I loved how it looked on ME. I had no idea who the designer was nor did I know how popular the dress was until I found WB. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled on a thread asking who else was wearing Maggie Sottero’s Sabelle. LOL.
I look at pictures of other real brides who have or will be wearing the dress and although they all look beautiful, I don’t really care (I don’t mean that in a harsh way at all). When I dream about the dress, it’s me I picture wearing it and nobody else.
On a bit of a sidenote: of all the weddings I’ve been to this year, I say a silent prayer to the dress gods whenever I see the bride wearing a dress that isn’t mine!