Post # 1
I ended up with exactly the opposite of what I thought I wanted. I thought I wanted a lace ball gown, no beading, classic. I ended up with a fitted drop waist A line with a beaded bodice and lace. Exactly the opposite of what I thought of for a Barn wedding. But we are going for a rustic elegance feel for the wedding, so it fits perfectly!
Was your dress what you thought you wanted, or something completely different?
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull
My dress was exactly what I wanted lol
I wanted a lace ballgown, I bought a lace ballgown 😛
In fairness though, I know what suits me and I’ve always wanted a big Wedding Dress. I’d have regretted buying something different to that vision.
Post # 3
I was the same way, the dress I ended up picking was the complete opposite of what I had envisioned! I wanted something very figure flattering so I was thinking of some sort of slinky, mermaid or sheath dress with lots of over the top beading and/or lace. I ended up with a plain strapless ballgown!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I always thought I wanted long lacy sleeves and a corset style top. I dreamed of that since I was a little girl. Think celtic meets victorian. But then I grew up and completely by accident picked something more simple and modern looking:
Post # 5
I pinned my dress before we were married and it was my love dress, I had no idea who made it, what the price was etc.
It was one of the first dresses I tried on and fell in love with it… after 130+ dresses it was the one I bought!
Post # 6
I was set on a lace mermaid with beading and a long train with scalloped lace edges. The dress I got, however, is a total 180 from this. I ended up with a plain ivory mikado ballgown. No lace, no beading, no nothing. The only boxes it did check were strapless and sweetheart neckline haha! But something about it is so elegant and timeless that I knew it was mine.
I’d heard from a lot of people that your dress often ends up being completely different from what you thought you wanted and I guess they were right!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Didn’t have a specific vision in mind at first, which was part of the problem. Had a few hiccups, bought and sold a couple dresses then got it together and created a do’s and don’t’s list. Final will be exactly what I want bc its custom and about five parts of different dresses together. 🤗 Ending up with a light blue mermaid, deep V neck, ivory lace overlay, slightly off shoulder straps, lace upper back, horsehair skirt and side zipper.
Post # 8
I’ve always known that I wanted a very sleek and minimal bridal look. Since I was a child Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s bridal look was my inspiration. I think I stayed true to my vision.
Post # 9
Mostly, yes. I knew I wanted a non-white mermaid with no lace and no beading but a unique skirt. I haven’t gotten it yet but I went with Maggie Soterro Serencia – which has TONS of beading. Getting it in blush and it is absolutely perfect for me. I did not like trying on different styles, especially ballgown when I knew they were not for me! but it was good to get out of my box because I could never have imagined loving so much bling. 🙂
Post # 10
My main goal was to have a dress that showed off my back, my fabulous ass, and my shoulders and I wanted a V neckline. The couple dresses I found that were my inspiration looked only minimally like what I ended up with but my dress highlighted what I wanted and more so I’ll say yes and no.
Post # 11
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
Awww I love this thread- I wish everyone posted posted of their dream dress versus what they got. j9marie :
You nailed the look!!!
I knew I didn’t want a over embellished ballgown or A line. It needed to be drop waist or fit-n-flare with my body shape. I knew I wanted all satin or lace (I know- 2 opposites) because I hate applique style. This was similar to one of the first dresses that I tried on because I wanted a southern, preppy, romantic look (minus the belt). The dress was too uncomfortable- but I realized that I loved the tier/layered look. My friends kept making fun of me for wanting a “flamenco” dress but the movement of the ruffles got me!
This was my #2… I really LOVED this one and it was the exact opposite of what I said I wanted but it fit like a glove and gave me the preppy clean look that I love. It also had oversized buttons in the back and a giant bow. I kept calling the dress Kate as her name.. cause it gave me the Kate Spade vibe. I ALMOST bought her!
And this is my baby! Fit-n-flare, strapless all satin with tiered layers. I knew the overall look I wanted from the beginning (simple enough to add a fun belt) but that “Kate” dress through me for a loop for a few weeks!
Post # 12
Yes and no. My dress is exactly what I always wanted but after going to a few places I actually didn’t think I would find it so I changed my look. Then I found it. Everyone who’s seen it and knows me said it’s exactly what I always wanted. Every detail of it. The intricate back, the French lace, how fitted it is, and not strapless.
Post # 13
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
Those pink Maggie dresses get me every time… they’re always so gorgeous. I’ve seen the less blingy ones a few times and they’re amazing. That one will be stunning!
Post # 14
This is one i had loved. And mine isn’t exactly the same but here’s mine:
Post # 15
Sorry if I’m being silly but did you actually try on that many dresses?!