Finding My Dress Part 2!

First things first:



Image via Rotten Tomatoes

Around May I decided I needed to get serious about my dress search. I made appointments at three different salons. The first was Pronovias in NYC. I loved their lace dresses and I had heard that it was the best quality of lace I could get in my price range. This was probably the fanciest salon I visited. The dress samples were also the nicest. They weren’t ripped or stained—they were beautiful! Here are some highlights from that trip.


A very flattering fit


It’s hard to see but there is a bow at the top of the train. I loved the back of this dress.


But wasn’t too crazy about the front.

Spoiler alert! I didn’t chose any of these dresses. And you didn’t see any pictures of lace dresses, did you? I tried on a couple but they weren’t worth photographing. They were beautiful dresses, but none of them were “the one.” So I moved on! Next I went to the famous Kleinfeid.

It was a very pleasant experience. I had one of the first appointments of the day, which was probably the best choice. I heard it gets crazier as the day goes on. My consultant was very sweet and she introduced me to a designer I had never heard of…


Image via Marisa Bridal / Photography by Phindy Studios

I tried to do some research on this designer, but they don’t really have a website. Well, they do have a website where you can find retailers, but the only photos of their dresses are ones that real brides have submitted. You can’t find the style number of a dress, or even a picture of the dress in some cases. In my research I read that they cut costs by not advertising…which kind of makes sense. Their prices are great and the dresses are gorgeous. I tried on two Marisas that I loved! Of course they don’t allow pictures at Kleinfeld, and since it’s hard to find pictures of Marisa dresses, I have no pictures to represent this trip. But I did find out about a new awesome designer!

My next appointment was at Bridal Reflections. This was a very nice salon, but there were some weird things that happened. My consultant was showing me dresses that were way out of my price range…then when I finally told her this she said that I had written that my budget was $12,000! She wasn’t very nice about it and seemed rather annoyed. I told her my actual budget and added, “Why would I have written an amount I couldn’t afford?” She then told me they didn’t have many dresses in my budget in their store. So this trip was kind of a bust, BUT I did get to get some shots of me in two of my favorite dresses thus far that I had tried on at previous salons. The Marisa dress I had discovered at Kleinfeld and the Paloma Blanca I tried on at RK Bridal.

Sorry for the cell phone pictures:


The Marisa dress. They pinned the top to show I could make it a sweetheart neckline if I wanted.


Closeup of the Paloma Blanca


Full shot of the Paloma. I felt pretty in this dress…

At this point in the search I decided I wanted to go back to RK Bridal because they had both of the above dresses and the Watters dress I liked. I was hoping I would be able to narrow it down to at least my top two…

How many salons did you visit? Did you find yourself drifting back to the same dress at different salons?

All photos personal unless otherwise stated


Mrs. Castle

NYC/Southern California
Wedding Date:
April 2012
Thank You, Finally
I'm Going out with My Boots On
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    luv2puppies 145 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:03 am

    You look lovely in both lacey dresses!!! I had never heard of the designer Marisa before I went to this one salon. The lady never asked for my budget requirement but all the Maggie Sottero dresses I tried on were in my budget. Then she tells me about this one Marisa dress and asks if I want to try it on. I said sure, why not. I put it on and it was fantastic!!! Then I looked at the price tag and was like WHOA! I could have spent that much but didn’t want to and ended up taking it off but I did think about the dress for a few days afterwards. I was also bummed that Marisa didn’t have the usual website to view the dresses. Can’t wait to see which dress you’re going to wear!!!

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    porcupine 633 posts, Busy bee @ 11:09 am

    You were made to wear wedding dresses! They all look so good on you. Can’t wait to see what you picked.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:22 am

    I looooove the Paloma, but I’m biased since I was a Paloma bride 😉

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    eternalhearts 83 posts, Worker bee @ 11:22 am

    OMG, I hope you picked the Paloma! I’m so excited.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:29 am

    I love the first dress! I know you didn’t get it but it looks lovely on you! :)

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    woodpecker 270 posts, Helper bee @ 11:34 am

    I am jealous you look so good in the samples! I felt like a little kid in the awkward way all the samples fit. I also tried on that Marisa dress! I was a little weirded out by their website, but then I looked on the WB Boards and saw how many bees are wearing Marisa!

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    Lauren, Guest @ 12:45 pm

    I am in love with the first one! Do you happen to know the name of it?

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    CarolineM 291 posts, Helper bee @ 12:53 pm

    I’m a Marisa bride! They wouldn’t let me take the pictures until they ran the credit card, craziness. I did end up tracking down a picture of my dress while I was waiting though. I pick it up from alterations next Saturday! Good luck!!

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    madger 181 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:23 pm

    I only went to one, RK Bridal, and ended up buying the second dress I tried on!

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    coyote 1963 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:23 pm

    Wow, you look so good in ALL of these! I kept going back and forth too. I think we visited four or five places before I finally made a decision.

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    farmergirl 133 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:48 pm

    I’m a Marisa bride! I ended up with a lace one of hers, with straps and a v-neck. I love it. It is a little frustrating to not be able to see pictures on the internet, though! I can’t wait to see which one you choose!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:56 pm

    @Lauren: I think it was called the Paola… I couldn’t find a picture of it because it seems, and I might not be correct, each year they use the same dress name but update or change the dress. So I could only find pictures of what appears to be the “new” Paola

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:41 pm

    Paloma dresses were super comfortable! I tried two different gowns at different salons, one of which I’d previously ruled out because of a bad fit.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:06 pm

    The last Paloma is stunning.

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    msliveoak 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:25 am

    The Paloma looks great on you! So far, I have noticed myself gravitating toward the same dress style/silhouette/color/fabric at every store I visit! I figure that means I’m finally figuring out what I like :)

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