I think all those are amazing choices. Out of the ones you tried I like #1 and 2 the best
Be careful with JJ house. I was looking at a wedding gowns nightmare website and they were on their "avoid" list I believe, but i'm not sure if it was on the avoid list or the good list. I tried to go back and find the website to make sure but I couldn't find it. I think there's actually a thread on here where brides recommend online retailers. That might be a good place to start. For me, I just felt more comfortable trying the dresses on before buying one, but a friend got hers online and she was happy with it .
We seem to be pretty similar in size so I'm sure you can find a sample gown on sale that will fit you , just like I did.
Thanks @TinkerSofi. Yeah I think my favorites are #1 & #3. I will definately be using JJsHouse as an ultimate last resort if I really can't find anything. I don't like the idea of wearing a bridesmaids dress as I want the full bridal experiance. I'm not really a "simple" person. I love sparkle and flow and all that beautiful stuff that you get with wedding dresses. I've read some reviews from JJsHouse and its been very mixed. The only thing that draws me to it is the fact that my mum bought her mother of the bride dress there and its seriously gorgeous!
I'm going to Ethos in Edmonton on Sunday as they are having a closing clearance with up to 80% off dresses. I'm hoping I can find something sparkly and just amazing for really cheap! I asked if they had dress #3 there on sale and they said yes!! But only problem is its a size 10 and I feel like it would be expensive to be taken in to my size.
OMG I love you in all three of those dresses!
I wonder if David's would have something similar but at a more decent price point!
I think I looked into JJ's House but was nervous to order online from another country. Def. do some research on here too because there are a lot of thread about online ordering. Your mom's came from this one too right?
I know it's very common for bridal stores NOT to allow you to take pics. I think more say no, than allow you too. kind of annoying I agree, but I guess I can see their side too.
Thanks so much @calgarybride2015! I've been checking out David's this week as my appointment is on the 3rd there. I've made a list of the dresses I love but only problem is whats online and whats in store are generally different and different prices. Also when we went for bridesmaids dresses with style numbers writted down, they didnt pull any for them and I even asked! So my hopes aren't high. But I'm feeling hopeful about being able to find a dress I love in my price range again.
Yeah it was strange, this store even said no phones allowed. The woman there I feel like was Polish or Russian or something and a very stern woman. My sister was too scared to even sneak a photo with her phone haha.
I LOVE the first dress. Love love!!
I am sorry to hear about your dress shopping experience. They should not be rude to you. Every bride is different and they should feel lucky that you even came there! My budget was $1500 MAX and I told the consultant not to give me anything over that.
I am SURE that you can find something in that price point!! It will work out xoxo
Thanks @Smellsey! That was the last dress I tried on and it was $1400 + $450 alterations (the bottom is really complicated and each little piece had to be hemmed individually and I wanted a sweetheart neckline put in). Just way too out of my budget unfortunately I just can't justify spending this much on a dress that I'm going to wear once. I wish I had been on the ball and told the consultant right off the get go that I didn't want to spend any more than $1000, but unfortunately I got caught up in the moment. At the same time i'm glad it happened because I was able to find the style I liked and know I know what I'm looking for, whereas I wasn't sure going into it. I'm feeling more hopeful now that I've been looking around online and what not.
For some reason, when I'm on my work computer I can't quote other people. But I haven't run in to any problems (yet) with dress shop employees letting me take pictures. I think I saw a sign once, but it wasn't enforced. I guess each place is different. But I was *definitely* stopped from taking pictures at Spence Diamonds. So I just got sneaky about it. I think pictures in this day and age really help people make their decisions! I guess the theory is that you will find the dress online for cheaper. That I can understand.
Strange @JoannaBanana. Yeah it was a really weird place and they wouldn't even let you take your phone out. I told my sister to sneak a picture for me and she was too scared the lady would take her phone away haha. The lady was a stern older lady. Kind of intimidating so I don't blame her for not wanting to be sneaky haha. Its funny though becuase the first store let us take pictures and what I thought was my first pick from the day ended up being my 3rd after seeing the pictures. Just goes to show that you need to think about it and not make a decision on the spot. With that being said, I'm going to Ethos in Edmonton on Sunday for a closing clearance with up to 80% off and I know I will have to be decisive (something I'm not good at) and walk out with a dress if I want a good deal. Fingers crossed that they will have something in my price point that is absolutely goregeous with lots of sparkle haha.