I LOVED my adorae!
My husbands close cousin got married at the El Dorado Maroma about 8 months before we got married and I knew my dress was VERY similar... but I didnt want to not wear the adorae because it resembled anotehr family members dress. At first I was a little worried people would compare them, but I dont think anyone even noticed other than his cousin, who couldnt even attend the wedding. I felt so beautiful on our wedding day that I am glad I didnt sacrifice the dress of my dreams just because there might be some comparison. If you feel like the new dress will make you feel as fantastic as the adorae, then keep it, but dont sacrifice your vision and feeling just because of the similarity!
In my opinion, the dress that you ended up buying looks just as similar to your friend's dress as the adorae does...
So... I went shopping with my MOH, tried on a bunch of dresses, and fell in love with the Adorae:
Which, I found out after I got back on here yesterday, is the SAME dress as Nikki! So funny... what are the odds?
BUT apparantly the odds are pretty good... because I just looked at pics of my friends dress that she just got in for her September wedding (that I'm a BM in, and she'll be in mine) and she has almost the SAME dress
This dress above is hers... ugh. So... because of the way girls are, I had to change my dress. All of us girls have been friends forever, so we have the same wedding party and everything, and it just wouldn't be okay for me to keep with something so similar...
I went to another store, tried on every dress I could find that was similar but different, and couldn't find anything that compared.
I had seen online that David's Bridal had a similar dress, so I ended up trying it on, and my friends all said that it was different enough from my friends dress, and I finally felt almost as happy as I was with the Adorae... so, I ended up buying this dress. I'm hoping I'm going to get over the Adorae and that I'll love this one... ugh. The good news is that this was on sale for only $499 and the adorae was more than double that!! () So lets just hope I learn to love it.
This is the one I ended up with! I'm going to have my seamstress remove the bling on this one and replace it with a sash with more like the one on the Adorae with much more bling. I'm also going to ditch the bow and replace that with a brooch with some more bling.
I do think they're similar, and I think I will love it, but it's a bit frustrating that I had to compromise on my wedding dress! Plus, if I'm going to pick a dress that is so similar, I felt like I might as well have gotten the one I wanted, but my bridesmaids all said this dress is very different (which is what is so sad!) that there's no way she'll be upset or even think that it's like her dress.
ARGH... but at least I have my dress!! Phew!!