@calgarybride2015 I agree. I think that's why I narrowed it down so quickly as well. I didn't refuse to try things that didn't fit me, but I always sided with the designs that the sample gown fit. It is very hard to visualize how things will look if they're 3 sizes too big or too small. No matter how much clipping they do.
@perianjay don't be discouraged. I know it's a bummer and that's always in the back of your head, but you had no control whatsoever on that second dress. As for the first dress, trust me, I got mine thinking "I'll totally fit in it by the time the wedding rolls around" and it didn't happen either. I think when we're so far away from our wedding date we really underestimate the amount of stress this wedding involves. We think "oh yeah, I can totally do that" only to find ourselves overwhelmed with everything and trying to fit in the dress being just another stressor.
Talk about wedding stress, I had a dream last night that I went to pick up my dress from alterations and now it was above my knee, and it had a floral pattern! hahah . Not only that, but the lace that the dress has at the hem had been moved up to the "new hem" so it was basically a short dress with this huge lace bottom that took over the entire skirt hahah. I was crying in the dream because I had no more time to get a new dress and my lovely dress was ruined. Then thankfully I woke up and remembered that on the fitting appointment they just hemmed it to my height haha.