Gondola Wedding Dress Reveal

So hive, before I get into whether the mermaid dress from the previous post was a resounding “Yes!” or a horrific “No!” let me talk about the logistics of buying a dress when you live overseas.

I decided to buy my wedding dress at David’s Bridal because it is very easy to buy a dress off-the-rack there. I went to the States in March and knew I had to purchase a dress that fit me well while I was there. In Japan, most brides rent their dresses, so having dress fittings and alterations is unheard of. I would have to find a dress that looked good on my body, buy it, and not gain or lose any weight until October and November. My mother hated the idea of this and tried to come up with another solution, but outside of me flying back to the States two or three times (at $2,000 a plane ticket) within the year, there was no way. I had to find the perfect dress.

So we had sipped champagne and the pressure was on to find the perfect dress. I had tried on three other dress when my consultant asked if I wanted to try on a mermaid dress, a silhouette I had always been hesitant about wearing. I thought that my big boobs and butt would make me look like a sausage wrapped in a too-tight casing, but I had an open mind so I thought, “What the heck?!” The champagne had kicked in by then so I was feeling adventurous. She brought the dress in the dressing room, and as she zipped me up she said that girls with my figure always looked amazing in this dress. I stepped out of the dressing room and she was right!

Without further ado, here is my wedding dress.

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The Dress!

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The back

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The requisite “I found my wedding dress” fist bump

I love the mermaid silhouette. My consultant was right; it was very flattering on my body type. Also, I rarely see the mermaid silhouette in Japan, so this will be a stand-out dress for sure. Everyone gave it a 10. We bought the crystal belt (which is really a headband, but the consultant cleverly turned it into a belt) and the veil. Veil, belt, dress, and garment bag (I highly recommend you buy one) all came out to about $600.

About two weeks later I picked up the dress and went to the tailor to get the train of the dress cut down to about half its length. The dress fit me so perfectly I didn’t need any other alterations. It is October now, and I’m happy to say that I still fit into the dress! I lost about five pounds since I initially tried on the dress, and that has not made any difference.

Were you open minded when you went wedding-dress shopping? Did you try on a dress silhouette that you thought wouldn’t flatter you?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Gondola

Location:
Kyoto
Wedding Date:
December 1969
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    dminserra 13 posts, Newbee @ 10:16 pm

    This dress is amazing!! I love a simple dress and added accessories to make it amazing!!!!!

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    Ree-uh 26 posts, Newbee @ 12:25 am

    Wow! You look lovely and sexy at the same time. Excellent choice.

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:23 am

    You are beautiful! I’m glad it all is working out! I bought my dress used without trying it on and it fit perfectly… and then I didn’t try it on again for 14 months until the day of my wedding, so I know how it can be kind of nerve-wracking if it’s going to look the same or not. :)

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 5:05 am

    I love how you didn’t originally want the mermaid but then it ended up looking fabulous on you! It makes me wonder if I should have given the mermaid a chance (I was against it as well!). You look incredible!! I can’t believe you got everything for $600. What a steal!

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 7:08 am

    You are smashing! Can’t believe what a perfect fit you found! (Also, love the fist bump!)

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:46 am

    aaaaaaaaaaah ma gaaaaaaaaad!!! so pretty!!!!

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    ddstobe2015 402 posts, Helper bee @ 10:22 am

    Girllll that is your dress!! Stunning!! You look so beautiful!

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    futuremrsdino 73 posts, Worker bee @ 1:36 pm

    You look stunning! I’m sure you’ll wow all your guests without a doubt!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:19 am

    Thank you so much everyone. It was a big hit at the wedding! @Mrs. Waterfall: Yes we brought our own champagne. It made dress shopping so much fun.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:17 pm

    You look beautiful, great choice Miss G!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:21 pm

    You look beautiful, that dress fits you like a glove, great choice!

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    msmeow 1656 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:02 am

    You look beautiful, Miss Gondola! :) Congratulations :D

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    Sherry-Lynn 46 posts, Newbee @ 6:29 am

    Beautiful!!! I love the mermaid style. I also really love the scoop neckline! I too bought a mermaid and NON-Sweetheart neckline, which wasn’t easy since most of the dresses out there have a sweetheart style top. Congratulations on finding your perfect dress.

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    lcruz0818 21 posts, Newbee @ 12:54 pm

    Beautiful dress! This dress is very figure flattering :-) . My little sister wore this same exact dress in her wedding in July!

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