Dress Shopping in NYC: Part Dos

After a nice time at Designer Loft, I decided to walk a couple of blocks to David’s Bridal to continue on the dress hunt. I arrived without an appointment at around two and waited about half an hour before seeing the inside of a changing room—not so bad. My attendent was from Santo Domingo, and after some quick bonding over our shared Caribbean heritage, she asked me to pick out dresses from the catalog to try on, as many as I wanted. You should never say that to a bride! I went a little crazy and asked to try on about a dozen or so. Some are real contenders, while others are real nightmares. On to pictures…


Dress#1: Was my favorite in catalog pictures, but too matronly on me.


Dress #2: One top contender, but no train and looks like “sweet 16″ dress.


Dress # 3: NOOOOOOOO.


Dress #4: Nice, but tried it on in size 16 and was way too big.


Dress #5: Felt like I was wrapped in toilet paper—not happening.


Dress#6: Apparently Vera is not for me; too serious for a morning wedding.


Dress #7: Does nothing good for my body shape…


…but I ADORED the back!


Dress #8: Another top contender. Liked the shape and the top, but hated the stiff skirt fabric…


…and LOVED that it was a removable skirt!

I left NYC even more set on my wedding-day bridal vision and feeling as if I still hadn’t found “the one.” I liked some of the dresses I tried on, but none of them was my wedding dress…time to keep looking.

Did you ever get frustrated while wedding-gown shopping?


Mrs. Boa Constrictor

July 2
Isabela, Puerto Rico
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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    Showers 403 posts, Helper bee @ 3:23 pm

    Dress 2 does NOT look like a sweet 16 dress, it looks beautiful!

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    therascalqueen 204 posts, Helper bee @ 3:25 pm

    I have to say, I think Dress 1 looks amazing on you! The waist detail is really pretty and it shows off your cleavage but it’s not over-the-top. If you end up back at David’s, try it again!

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    SugerPlum 672 posts, Busy bee @ 3:47 pm

    I love #2 and #8 on you, I think the ball gown shape really suits you!

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    mypinkshoes 11379 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 3:50 pm

    i really liked you in the fuller skirts. looking at your smile on your face, i think you like them too. the convertible one is so cute. too bad i already have my dress.

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    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 4:21 pm

    I actually really love #2. I also though #7 was beautiful too! You look beautiful in all of them!

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    AT, Guest @ 4:24 pm

    #8 made me gasp–love it!

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    sugarpea 5195 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:34 pm

    @Showers: I totally agree! I love dress 2 on you (:

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    Aud1628 540 posts, Busy bee @ 4:39 pm

    For me dress shopping for my wedding dress was more difficult than I though! I went in thinking I was going to love every dress and was actually really disappointed, you don’t realize that what you look in an ad or on the hanger looks completely different on, but luckily I was able to find my dress, it is also very true you know when it’s “the Dress” :)

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    karabee 14 posts, Newbee @ 4:52 pm

    You are going to make a gorgeous bride no matter what style dress you choose!

    Is there any way you can share the DB style numbers of these dresses? I would love to try on some myself! Thanks :)

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    RobynD99 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:03 pm

    I like #2 also!!!

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    Kant 1531 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:20 pm

    Dress #8 is my dress, omg!!! My heart skipped a beat when I scrolled down and saw it. I’ve never seen it on anyone else before and you look beautiful in it!! Did you try it on with a crinoline underneath? I tried mine with DB’s “medium fullness a-line slip” and it made the skirt feel and look way less stiff than it looked without anything under it.

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    pinkfrog 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:37 pm

    I actually initially bought dress 7, with the keyhole back. I ended up exchanging it out, because I also felt like it did nothing for my shape, although the back is gorgeous.

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:03 pm

    Gorgeous gowns! If these were the rejects, I can’t wait to see the winner!

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    Cupcake2012 909 posts, Busy bee @ 6:06 pm

    Wow! You picked some stunning choices, No 2 is my fave though!! They all look great on you!!! Thanks for sharing the pics and can’t wait to see what you end up with as “the one.” Also, I like that you went alone. Seems more peaceful and drama free. I think I may do the same thing.

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 6:35 pm

    That open back is absolutely stunning on you!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:32 pm

    OMG we tried on so many of the same dresses! And I loved the first one and wound up buying it. And my fiance is making fun of me for typing “OMG.” Men.

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    cglaubitz 71 posts, Worker bee @ 8:21 pm

    I think #4 has some real potential based on the look you are going for! Maybe try again with something similar in a size closer to what you need.

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    boaconstrictor 397 posts, Helper bee @ 9:41 pm

    @Showers: It does look a lot like MY Quinceanera dress. It’s a beautiful dress nonetheless just not the one for me.
    @therascalqueen: Too much cleavage, I wouldn’t be comfortable showing that much in church.
    @SugerPlum: I do too! Those were my 2 favorites.
    @mypinkshoes: I love love love the idea of a convertible dress. Let’s see if I can find another one.
    @Miss Doe: Thanks, #2 was wonderful
    @AT: I might have to rethink not buying it. Gasping is totally the reaction I’m looking for!

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    boaconstrictor 397 posts, Helper bee @ 9:56 pm

    @Aud1628: I’m glad you found the one, hope I will too!
    @karabee: Sure thing #1-Style WG3261 #2-Style CWG322 #3-Style PK3285 #4-Style WG9830 #5-Style WG3057 #6-Think it was discontinued #7-Style VW9768 #8-Style KP3265
    @Kant: I didn’t try any crinoline under it. Your a lucky lady it’s a gorgeous dress
    @pinkfrog: Isn’t it! loved that back, to bad it isn’t available in other styles
    @Miss Hawk: You will eventually, I’m getting married in 5 months and still haven’t found it!

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    boaconstrictor 397 posts, Helper bee @ 9:58 pm

    @Cupcake2012: It was totally drama free, did go back with Mami Boa so she could scope out the ones I had already picked as top contenders. That way I got both, the stress-free shopping and the bonding moments
    @Future Army Wife: I’m glad you found the one in such a great dress.
    @cglaubitz: I totally thought that too! But with the second shopping trip I discovered I preferred the fuller skirt over the chiffon A-lines.

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    Rush1986 1043 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:50 am

    LOVE dress 8

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    nicoleccmc, Guest @ 6:29 am

    I love #2 for this lot

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    ohmybears48 2454 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:29 am

    #2 is GORGEOUS on you…

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    jrosado983 11 posts, Newbee @ 6:36 am

    #2 is a beautiful dress :)

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    Mrs. Pumpkin Pie 416 posts, Helper bee @ 6:55 am


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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:39 am

    I really considered #2 for myself, but I realllly wanted a train! It looks amazing on you Boa!

    Oh and I love #8… The removable skirt makes me love it even more! Instant reception dress!

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    delicious 282 posts, Helper bee @ 8:13 am

    I hated dress shopping!!! Dress #2 was one I considered but I’m not into the “princess” look so I decided against it.

    Keep trying out different styles – you never know which one you’ll end up with! Good luck!!! ;D

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    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 12:45 pm

    I love the last dress, but You should reconsider #3 – you look bomb in it!

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    teaspoon 768 posts, Busy bee @ 4:20 pm

    That removable skirt is awesome!!!

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    merenguito 269 posts, Helper bee @ 7:47 pm

    Miss Boa! #2 look like my quinceañera dress too so I know what you mean. I can’t get over #8 haha I loove the removable skirt, especially because your wedding is going to be informal, you can have the long skirt for the church and then be super comfy the rest of the morning! But I can see what you mean about the stiff chiffon skirt .. argh.. You only have 5 months nena!!! You have to pick one soon!

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    lilcshelli 131 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:55 pm

    I actually think dress #2 and 6 both look good on you! I know most people agree on the 2 but I think the 6 has a nice elegant feel to it. I do love that #8 has the removable skirt! What designer/brand is it?

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