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Two-Dress Bride?

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#1 plumsugar

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    Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:27 PM

    I’ve been rethinking my dress…and I hate myself for it

    My wedding is in two months (!) and I bought an Essence Couture (Essence of Australia) dress in July of ’07 for a little over the $1K mark. I was looking for something strapless and A-Line made of huggable fabric and I pretty much found that in this dress. The detailing was very different too: aurora swavroski crystals throughout the bodice and a giant beaded starburst – no specific flavor lol- on one side.

    It was a dreamy blur when I put down my deposit. Then… the first fitting happened.
    They whip out my dress from the garment bag and I instantly love the way it looks and feels. When they helped me into it and secured all the buttons, I still loved it…but…not so much anymore. The asymmetrical waistline was sort of awkward looking, it was heavy as f**k lol, and my body sort of got lost in it. It didn’t necessarily scream Cabo beach bride to me either. So I assumed all this anxiety was simply because the alterations hadn’t been done yet.

    Fast forward a month and a half later. My second fitting is March 10th and…
    I’ve been looking at different dresses online! The biggest “bride that already bought her dress” faux-pas! Needless to say, my anxiety has gotten the best of me and I am no longer sure if the Essence dress is THE DRESS. I’m blaming it on the fact that I was never the type to pick out my clothes the night before for the next day (or 10 months earlier at that lol)!

    So I window internet browse and browse…and I run across a Jessica Mcclintock dress for $350.00. Well, returning merchandise is my second biggest vice (the first is obviously shopping for something I already have lol), so I purchase it. It arrives today and what happens? I love it! It’s a sleek halter dress made of pretty satin & lace fabric with very little fancy-pants detailing. Plus it hugs me in all the right places (needs to be fitted a little more) and its ultra light.

    I rationalize that I still have my second fitting to go to in two weeks and I might end up loving the alterations on what was originally “the one”. But I still wanted your opinions on which dress you prefer on me better. I hate that I’m so indecisive, but what I’m wearing has been the one thing I’m paranoid about and I just don’t get why it’s driving me so nuts!

    I appreciate all your honest opinions on either dress!

    Dress 1:
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    Dress 2:
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    ***Related Side Note: I feel like the woman modeling the original dress is having my very same issues...and im guessing it was altered to her size for the picture...
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    #2 cheese_diva

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      Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:33 PM

      oh.. I actually prefer dress #1. BUT I say wait until your second fitting and if you still love the 2nd dress better, take it in for alterations.

      Good luck on your decision!
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      #3 pryzeless

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        Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:38 PM

        I do like the first one better. I think it is so pretty but what is important is what you like. I would wait to see your second fitting and see how it goes. You are no the first to buy a second dress. You can always sell one.

        #4 Bride010101

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          Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:39 PM

          I actually like dress #1 as well. I love the assymetric line... and slight v in the back. If it's really heavy though - that could be a concern... although from what previous brides has said we are going to be hot no matter what.

          I say see how you feel after your 2nd fitting. If your still feeling iffy and your heart tells you to go with the second than go with it. You can always try and sell the one you don't go with.

          #5 h&a

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            Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:18 PM

            I also vote for dress 1 - it's what you love, though, that matters and what you're going to feel most special in... but I do think dress 1 looks gorgeous on you and I love the style of it.

            #6 TATrisha


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            Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:25 PM

            I like the first dress better. I don't think you get lost in it at all. BUT, being a two dress bride myself, you must feel YOUR best on your wedding day.


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            #7 Spazz

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              Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:29 PM

              Oh, that's a toughie, I really like both of them on you. I never thought I'd be a 2-dress bride, but I did the same thing as you...lol! Let us know what you decide!

              #8 plumsugar

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                Posted 25 February 2008 - 11:47 PM

                Ladies, thank you so much for your honest opinion!
                ((I am also sooo happy that I'm not the only 2 dress bride lol!))

                I'll definatley wait until my second fitting before making a final decision...and if I end up with the former, then the latter can actually be returned to J.M. woohoo!

                #9 BarefootBride

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                  Posted 25 February 2008 - 11:50 PM

                  Im so upset... Im at work and the filters wont let me see your pictures!!! OMG!!! This really gets to me especially when there is such an important thread like yours! I will let you know when I get home. I say go with what makes you feel good. Im a second dress gal!

                  #10 Saraha

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                    Posted 25 February 2008 - 11:51 PM

                    I love both of them, especially number one! but the important thing is what you love. Its your day to feel beautiful!! So obviously go with what you feel the prettiest in and either or you will look amazing.

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