Ohhhhh, Kevsgirl! I TOTALLY know how you're feeling about the dress!! I can sympathize...
While on one hand you know it's just a dress and you've already spent good money on it..on the other, if you took money out of the equation, you'd probably go with the second dress...right? :-)
Like I said in an earlier posting...I too went through this like three weeks ago. And the first dress I ordered hasn't even come in to the store yet!:-)
I struggled with the decision like it was frickin' Sophie's Choice!:-)
But a good friend of mine, who I have known since grade four (!) told me, after I explained my dilemma, that to her it sounded like I preferred the second dress (which, BTW, is an arm and a leg MORE than my original dress) but that since I'm so practical with things like money (and not wasting it!), this was what I was really having difficulty with...the notion of not using something perfectly good and buying something else instead.
I'm sure you're feeling this same way (or maybe not...:-))...
So, she asked me if money wasn't a factor, which dress would I choose?
I said the second one. She said go for it then, you shouldn't consider price when it's your wedding.
So I did...go for the second one that is:-)
To me Kevsgirl, it sounds like you REALLY like the second one...AND, I think it's a great price actually! You can always sell your first dress online...(oncewed.com, ebay, here on BDW, preownedweddingdresses.com...etc)
I think both dresses are beautiful...but the second one does look like it would be very flattering on...but of course, only YOU know which dress will make you feel like a princess on your day...or queen...or whatever:-)
Wow. Sorry for the long post!
Good luck...and let us know what you decide!!!!