(Closed) What makes a dress your wedding dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Maybe its when you find your style and personality in an extravigant, special dress you can only wear once

Post # 4
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m over 50… so in my lifetime I’ve owned / worn a ton of clothes.

I would have to say that what sets a Wedding Dress apart, is certainly the pure luxury of it… be it a gown that is simple or elaborate, it has to do with the luxury of the fabrics, the cut, the style, perhaps the craftsmanship & handiwork … it just isn’t your average dress

Then of course there is the “signficance” of the dress… it is the one you’ll wear on one of the most important days in your life.

One you probably won’t wear ever again (only a few of us ever put it on for a Vow Renewal)

As an Encore Bride, I do have to say, that there is indeed the moment that you put on THE ONE… you KNOW it the second it happens.  There really and truly is a particular awe (or aaaah) that it inspires (and perhaps a few tears)

If you haven’t found that in a dress yet… then you haven’t found THE ONE

Don’t be a Bride-2-B with “Dress Regret”… wait and find / buy the dress that makes you feel all that and sooo much more.  It will happen.


Post # 6
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think I would feel bridal without a train. It doesn’t have to be long, but it does have to be there. I also wouldn’t feel like I was wearing a wedding dress if it wasn’t floor length. I know plenty of brides wear dresses without trains or that are short and thats fine for them. It just wouldn’t feel special enough to be a wedding gown for me.

Post # 7
2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I did pageants when I was younger and have had several formal occasions as an adult and for me I wanted a dress that did not feel like it could be worn for either of those.  I wanted a dress that expressed how exuberant and extravagantly in love i felt.  So for me I wanted something that had a significant bridal feel – so for me I went with two very elaborate princess ballgowns that honestly would be out of place anywhere but on a bride.

The litmus test though.  We are doing a rock the frock shoot for our 1 year anniversary and I have lost weight and am afraid my dress might be a size or 2 too big for me.  I looked to see if there was a different dress that I wanted and NOPE my dress is my dress – if I have to pay to have it taken in again so be it or if it is a bit big in pictures I can live with that too.

You develop a bizarre but very emotional attachment to THE dress.  Hard to explain.  But it becomes very personal.


Post # 8
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@asscherlover:  +1 

I told my consultant that a train was a must. 

Also I think I knew it was my dress when I realized it was everything I wanted in a dress – classy, a little glitzy, a little ethereal (yay organza!), in my price range (important! haha I wouldn’t try on any that weren’t), and then of course, as soon as she pulled the laces in on the corset and I saw what I looked like, I couldn’t throw my money at her fast enough. 

Post # 9
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Looks great on me, liked the style of it, it seemed right for the feel of our wedding, and within my price range. And then I tried on a whole bunch more and didn’t like it as well as mine.

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