Post # 1
Yesterday was my first foray into the world of bridal gowns. Oh boy. We decided to go to Davids since they seem to have a decent assortment of shapes and styles. A few things I learned:
– Many dresses are NOT comfortable!! Between the corset of the long bra crushing your ribs, the corsets of the dresses, the boning, the belts, the weight of the material… these babies aren’t for the faint of heart (sure, some are light and airy but the ones I tried on were torture!). In two of them I could barely breathe, all I could focus on was how uncomfortable I was, and I didn’t even think about attempting to sit down. I’m pretty sure that’s the sign of the WRONG dress, no?
– I look ridiculous in styles with pick ups, big frou frou skirts… anything that says “princess” makes me look absurd.
– I LOVE POCKETS!!!! They give me something to do with my hands that doesn’t include putting them on my hips, which my mother HATES. She says I look like a linebacker when I do it haha (She’s the nicest woman in the world, I just have really broad shoulders/ribs, plus I’m a little thick)
– I thought I wanted fitted, almost mermaid. I have serious curves and thought I’d look alright, but the two styles I tried on made me look not so good. Granted there were other things I didnt like about the dresses, so maybe thats what threw me off.
What kind of things surprised YOU about dress shopping?
One of my favorites of the day:
Looks a LOT different on me… thinking my boobs look WAY too big:
Post # 3
I was surprised at how different dresses looked ON me vs. how I thought they looked. I think it’s worth the time and effort to try on different silhouettes. Wedding dresses seem to be different than regular dresses in how they ended up fitting.
Also – you don’t have to buy your final dress from there, but pick a salon that lets you take pictures (even if you just delete them right away). Seeing a picture of me in a dress was really helpful in my decision making (vs. thinking it looked good in the mirror).
Post # 4
If the dresses were truly uncomfortable, it might have been just because of sizing issues. Not only tightness but boning etc hitting you in the wrong place.
What I found was not so much uncomfortable dresses, but heavy dresses. I went in thinking I didn’t want a train, and it took about two dresses tried on to confirm that opinion. It took a lot longer to confirm for myself that I didn’t want a floor length dress at all – I was so torn between what I should do and shouldn’t do and what I thought people might and might not expect of me.
I agree that a lot of the dresses looked totally different on me than on the model – mostly due to my height, I think. There was just so much less space for the dress to flow into before it hit the ground.
The other thing that became really clear when I tried dresses on was that the straight across necklines that look so sleek and modern generally look super lousy with me. Same with backs – any back that did not dip down relatively low made me look like a linebacker since I have so much shoulder and a lot of upper body muscle.
Post # 5
Actually when I went and tried on dresses for the first and only time (also at Davids) I was shocked by how crazy unconformable and difficult to move in they were! I thought wow does every bride feel like they are wrapped in duck tape that weighs 50 pounds!!!? The dress that I plan on buying in June, was not only the best looking but the most comfy 🙂