You sound JUST like me 2 months ago! Dead serious! Only difference is I had bought a dress a year ago and after I bought it kept doubting it...the reason I doubted it was because I bought that "beach wedding" type dress...and honestly Jaime, YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED Hun!!! This is your wedding day and you need to feel like a BRIDE! don't shop for what people say is for a beach wedding, look for what makes you feel like a bride! I ended up returning my first dress and buying a Vera off the rack at David's bridal. SAME thing that your sister did by making you try on the dress off the mannequin is what my future sister in law did to me because I had been eyeing the dress up. She said they it on for fun.......I LOVED IT! I didn't cry the first time, I was just so HAPPY and loved the way it was poofy at the bottom and just made me feel like a bride...I tried others but couldn't wait to get that dress back on. Jaime after I left I couldn't wait to go back and buy it. The next day I tried it on for my future MIL and she cried, I just danced around the store in it with a huge smile on my face. And then when they went to do the bustle and I was ALONE with just me, my dress and the seamstress that was doing my bustle, I cried. It's my dress. I can see me getting married in it and I finally looked at myself as a bride. Jaime as I type this I get goosebumps and tears in my eyes with the excitement of my upcoming day. You WILL find a dress that does that to you. You might not cry right away, but do this.....a dress that you think YOU love, walk away with it on, ask for time alone, and process it, imagine your day.....and see what happens....you need that because you are a beautiful girl and your family will tell you that every dress is beautiful on you. Don't let them make YOUR decision. Oh and btw...I ended up spending $900 MORE on my new dress....and honey I sure didn't want to spend that much but this dress is SO WORTH EVERY PENNY for the way I feel about it.....one last thing since I seemed to write a whole story here. That dress you posted a pic of, it looks gorgeous on you. But listen to your gutt. You still have time. Shop around. Go to Davids Bridal. Just shop til you find it. And please take my advice on "some alone time" with a dress you find and love. Good luck sweetie and keep us posted!!! I'll be waiting!! PS my dress doubt post is in here too so you can see the dress I went from and then ended up buying
Thanks. That definitely helps. I've only tried on maybe 8 dresses. I may have mentioned it in my original post (I don't remember) but when i tried this dress on I was surprised because it totally wasn't what I was looking for. I went for more of a chiffon or silky sheath. My sister and I happened to see the other one on a mannequin and she was like, "just try it on for fun" and I was all whatever about it, but ended up really liking it, perhaps even loving it at the time. The sheaths were nice too but they didn't make me feel like I was getting married. When I tried the other one on, I felt more like a bride even though I wasn't going for too much of a wedding-y look, if that makes any sense.
I think you are also right that the wedding planning stuff is getting me down and it really is making it hard for me to be excited about any of this, which makes me feel bad. Part of me is super excited about the wedding, but it's hard because our families are not excited about our plans at all and pretty much told us that it's just an inconvenience. Oh well. There was a time when I was really excited about the dress, so I almost wish I didn't try it on again under all this extra stress stuff going on. I tried posting a picture in the post above, if you want to see the dress I'm talking about.
I am going to take your advice and go to David's to try on some more dresses. I think it will give me a better sense of what I actually do and do not like.
Thanks again for your help. i really appreciate it!