Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
The first time I went shopping, I told them straight up that I didn’t want any of the following:
- No mermaid, fit-and-flare, trumpet, dropped waists, whatever you call it.
- No strapless
- No heavy beading
- No satin
- No pickups, bubble skirts, etc.
- No train longer than a simple sweep train, and no bustle
- No corset backs
I wanted a simple, flowy chiffon dress, empire waist, kind of a bohemian/Grecian hybrid. LIke this, maybe:
Well, after my first experience, I realized that straples was the most flattering on me. And that my bod requires more structure than a flowy chiffon gown.
I came to realize that a structured waist and A-lined skirt would be best on me. I also learned that corset back dresses are WAY more flattering, but I still am not really a fan of how they look from the back.
Anyway, I ended up with this.
It fits my earlier vision in that it’s flowy and fairly simple. No dropped waist, no pickups, no corset back. But it’s strapless, it’s got beading, and it has a long-ass train (which I’ll have chopped off at my fittings).
But it’s much more structured and formal than I expected I’d get. Still, it was what worked best on me.
How did your dress differ from your “vision?”
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I just realized that my dress model totally looks like Kristen Stewart. If she showered.
Post # 4
I had the opposite happen to me. I originally envisioned a 50s-inspired tea-length dress, a-line with a circle skirt, somewhat like this one:
But then I tried on a more 40s-inspired chiffon dress and I loved it.
Post # 5
I am a very indecisive person by nature about anything, wedding related or otherwise. I had a broad vision of types of dresses I liked. I tended towards lace and floaty-ness, no big ball gown. I had a lot of slim fit styles (sheat, mermaid) saved to my inspiration folder, and I did end up buying one. With beading. And hating it. I have since come back around to look for an A-line lace dress with lace and organza. I haven’t found it yet, but I don’t think it’s too far off my original vision (still no big ball gown). If anything, I think the first dress I bought strayed from that!
Post # 6
@ danadelphia: Your final dress choice is beautiful! A nice compromise between what you initially wanted and what works best on you.
Like you, I thought I wanted flowy chiffon but I looked dumpy in those dresses. I was surprised that a “slim A-line” style (not quite mermaid, but tending in that direction) was most flattering, and I’m wearing tafetta which I never would have guessed.
In many pictures, I wasn’t nuts about a corset back but I actually love it on. I thought I wanted straps for sure, but wound up with strapless.
On an unrelated note, people are clamoring to find out about your MOB dress on another thread. Can you post that as its own message? Thanks!
Post # 7
I had envisioned a scoop neck, A-line skirt, no beading, and absolutely no buttons down the back (see my “inner bride” avatar made on theknot.com).
I ended up with a strapless, mermaid style, with some beading on the front, and buttons all the way down the skirt.
So much for resolutions!
Post # 8
I thought I wanted a dressd like this.
I ended up getting this dress.
The first one was beautiful but very heavy and more of the princess look. But the sales lady put me in this dress and it was just perfect!
Post # 9
When I first started looking at wedding gowns online, I fell in love with the Maggie dress Dallas Marie. It’s asymmetric and very romantic with a train.
Well, no store in the state carried it so I went to David’s Bridal and purchased the T9309.
Post # 10
I thought very much the same way as you, I wanted something without a train or with a removable train. I didn’t want strapless because I don’t have much to hold it up, and I didn’t want a lot of beading.
My dress is strapless with a corset hidden inside, a very long train for what I had wanted, and has much more beading than I would’ve thought I’d liked.
And the back….
oops my pictures didn’t post…here’s the link
Post # 11
I guess my current dress isn’t tooo far off what I thought I wanted.
Here’s one of the ones I wanted to try on (and did). I loved it on, but it felt very young, like a princess-y-running-through-fields dress, not the elegant look I was going for.
Here’s another dress I thought I would love. But it ended up just looking like a nightgown on me–it didn’t have enough structure.
Here are two more that I reeeaaally loved and wanted to try on, but they didn’t have them at the salon 🙁
And here’s the dress I actually ended up getting…it’s at least by the same designer as the last two!
Post # 12
I didn’t want anything poofy and princess like, I wanted a sweetheart cut, very romantic style with no beading I wanted an all lace dress. Well it turns out ball gown/ aline looked the best on me and poofy with some beading wasn’t too bad…
this is what I ended up with lol
Post # 13
I didn’t want a wedding dress at all! Oh the power of lace… 🙂
Post # 14
I am super decisive person – with conviction! I got exactly the dress that I was shopping for – sweetheart top, not beads, interesting rouching, A-line.
Post # 15
I pretty much got the same thing that I was originally going for. Simple, tea-length, not satin, not a lot of beading.
I did research for about 5 months before I went dress shopping though!
Post # 16
I was so set on what I wanted too! Ended up with something totally different and am sooo happy with it! (I guess I DON’T know everything!)
I wanted the first pic, ended up with the second