(Closed) What were your dress deal breakers?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
1209 posts
Bumble bee

No ballgown and no strapless. My consultant was awesome and picked some great dresses for me to try on, even though those were the only parameters I gave her!

Post # 18
1647 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Saria213: No ball gowns, no bling, no corset back, and no pick ups.

Post # 19
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

No polyester, chiffon, sequins, or straight necklines. Also didn’t want halters, one shoulder, or corset designs.

Post # 20
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Ooo I like this post.


flowers at all, fabric or sequinny



Had to


eleborate spraklies


looks good on my tiny titties


Post # 21
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


Sleeves of any length

Too revealing

Too much bling/shiny

Too heavy

Post # 22
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

No strapless


no sparkly


no poofiness


nothing anyone would use the word “princess” when describing it 


no satin


no ruching


no pickups

no feathers

no bows

no flowers




Post # 23
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

No ballgowns, no satin or shiny fabric, absolutely no rhinestones or sequins, nothing “matronly.”

Post # 24
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

No strapless was my main thing. Nothing against strapless…I just wear strapless dresses all the time so it felt too normal for me.

No satin

No corset

Post # 25
389 posts
Helper bee

From the beginning I knew I wanted a dress with lace overlay and lace sleeves and a length and style that would show my shoes. I have a 1/2 sleeve tattoo and although I have seen beautiful brides with tattoos showing I personally wanted less attention on mine. Anything that didn’t meet that criteria was immediately disqualified.

Post # 26
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My list started out small and then grew and grew with every dress I tried on lol.

The simple start:

No satin

No heavy fabrics or anything that would wrinkle super-duper easily.

No pickups

No all-lace dresses

No mermaid…I wanted to be able to walk and move around

No sheer corset top type of dresses

No sheaths or trumpet dresses…I wanted poof and fluff! 🙂

Post # 27
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania

It had to be from the early 1860s, But with these requirements….

-no giant pagoda sleeves

-no flounces across the bustline (my boobs and shoulders are huge enough already)

-no evening bodices

-no giant lace flounces


it had to have:

– ivory colour

– pointed waist

– a place to show off my embroidery skills (ie: a chemisette, undersleeves, cuffs, collar) 


Post # 28
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

🙁 my dress has pick ups and that is everyones HELL NO. Mine was no mermaid, or too much bling. I also did not want any taffeta.. But I settled on taffeta. 

Here is my baby

Post # 29
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014


No taffeta

No pick ups

No frills on the skirt – I mean no literal frills, not ‘no embelishments’ which would be a weird thing to dislike in a wedding dress. 

Nothing with tons of bling – I don’t mind beading but tons of sequins and Pnina Tornai style decoration is most definitely not my thing

No satin 

No big tulle skirts 

No mermaids – I love them but they don’t flatter me at all

No sweetheart neckline – again, I love them but I’m self conscious about my arms and I don’t want to send my wedding day stressing about whether my arms look fat

No huge ball gowns

Post # 30
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Saria213:  No taffeta, no pick-ups, no natural waist, nothing too heavy, nothing REALLY poofy, nothing too revealing, no HUGE flowers, and nothing see through!

Post # 31
2513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015


No ballgowns.  I’m really tall and I feel like visually I’d take up a lot of room in a big pouffy ballgown.

No strapless dresses or anything that made me look like I should be on a starting line in the NFL.  (A serious concern.  I was a competitive swimmer and I never lost my shoulders.) 

No pick ups.  I really don’t like them. 

Nothing sheer or see thru. 

Nothing that looks like it belongs in the bedroom (nightie style, lingerie look)

No butt bows. 

No giant train (I will trip.) 



** The drop waist really works for someone built like me (slim through the mid-section and hip).  It plays up a great area that would be hidden in other dresses.  It also helps that I’m shorter through the torso than through the leg, so it puts me back into proportion a bit.  It definitely is not a look that works on everyone though. 

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