Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dress Shopping

I went dress shopping for my wedding dress a month ago and ended up ordering one that same day. This was probably the one thing about wedding planning I dreaded the most. I'm not a dress person (I am slowly becoming one though) and I didn't think any of that frilly crap would appeal to me. The dress I ended up with is so far on the opposite end of the spectrum that I thought I would be, but I love it. It's hard not to go in and peek at it everyday.

My dress came in last week due to the magic that is David's Bridal so I thought I would post pictures of all the dresses that I tried on. Sort of like an homage to the dress that never was.

The Wedding Shoppe in Troy

I had such great service here, I felt bad I didn't purchase a dress here. Here are a few I tried on there.

I think this is the very first one I tried on. Sparkly boobs!


These next two are more like what I was looking for, but when I tried them on the lace hit in the wrong spots on my hips and weren't very flattering.



I wanted to try on one with sleeves so I put this one on. The sleeves wouldn't stay up, but I kinda liked it better this way.


This was one of my top two and if David's didn't have anything I liked I was leaning toward coming back and getting this one. It was discontinued and it was only $200!


This one was my favorite when I got it out of the magazine, but when I tried it on I was torn. It had the lace that I wanted and it was form fitting giving it a modern look. But the TULLE! So much tulle. The magazine copy showed the dress only from the waist up.


The back:


David's Bridal

I had heard mostly bad things about David's, so I went in a little wary of my sales lady. She ended up being super friendly and helpful and never really pushed anything on me. She did the required DB thing where they bring you a bra, shoes and veil, hoping you would see the whole package and just HAVE to have everything. I showed restraint though and only got the dress. I snagged the veil I tried on later (Thanks Amber!).

I tried this one on because I love blue. I don't love this gown as you can tell from my expression.


This one was pretty humorous. The back of the dress had these wings that came out the sides...They seriously looked like butt flaps. It was like I could finish with the ceremony and just fly away to the reception.


I can't believe I'm going to post such and unflattering photo of me, but I do it for you guys. I LOVED this on the mannequin. It looked so sleek and modern. On me, it looked like a sausage stuffed in a casing. Also, it was a wee bit too low cut for me. I could do a deep v-neck like that to the bar maybe, but to my wedding? Nah.


This was my favorite from the magazine cut outs I had brought. They didn't have a larger size but even if they did I don't think this one would have been the one for me. I just had to tell myself that these form fitting gowns aren't for girls with booty. I probably would have been really self-conscious all night instead of just enjoying myself.


I really liked the top on this one. Made my boobs look HUGE. I wasn't a fan of the bottom and the train was very plain. I did like the color though. So shiny!


Below is the dress I ultimately chose. I actually walked by this when we were pulling dresses and just dismissed it as too froofy. At the end of the day I was starting to give up since I hadn't had that "aha!" moment. My MOH talked me into trying on more dresses and I'm glad I listened to her (Go Leslie!). I heart this dress.

I can't post the photo's here or talk about it more because my FI reads this blog so you'll have to click the following links.



Nicole said...

Hey! Sparkly boobs is my dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its ok, I understand! It is perfect for my obssession for all things sparkly but not you... No biggie!

The dress you chose looks beautimous! Great job!

Yara said...

Awesome choice Maggie

I saw it before on the forum, but just wanted to tell you again how flattering this dress is on you!

Go girl!

Kristal said...

Gorgeous dress Maggie! Absolutely the most flattering of all the you posted. You look amazing in it!

Although I do have to say, I love the dress with all the tulle. ;)

Teresa said...

Maggie, I love it!!! I think out of all them that was a perfect one for you!

Maggie said...

Nicole - I liked it, but it was just to sparkly for me. I looked at your bio, and it looks so great on you! :)

Kristal - That one was growing on me, but I just kept thinking of all the leaves I'd get in it (the ceremony and reception are outside).

Thanks everyone!

Jen said...

I love your final choice :)
PS - TAG, you're it!

Marianne said...

Oh yay. I was going to suggest a sweetheart neckline! Very nice. There was something else I was gonna say but I forgot because I get all goo-goo when I see people in wedding dresses. Haha!

Anonymous said...

Love the final dress. Maybe you can have glitter put on it so it'll be sparkly but it looks perfect now.


Brigid said...

I think your dress is my favortie of all the ladies on the forum. I just adore the train. You are going to look STUNNING on your day.

Maggie said...

Aw, thanks!

Anonymous said...

You are dreamy in the dress you chose. I am in the picking-out process right now and it's not the kind of fun you dream of as a little girl. You renew my belief that I will know when I find THE one.