The Most Important Part of a Wedding is”¦

…the dress!!! (Okay, in reality, it’s probably the love between the bride and groom. But let’s assume that’s taken care of.)

Shopping for my dress has by far been my favorite part of planning. As soon as I got engaged, I started a Pinterest board dedicated solely to wedding gowns. I’ve always said, “I want a skirt so big that no one can stand within three feet of me.” So”¦ obviously I’m a fan of ball gowns. Here are the few first dresses that I pinned.

Demetrios B154. I love the poufy skirt!

Demetrios 527. Love the texture of the skirt.

With these dresses in mind, I just so happened to be out shopping with my mom a few days after getting engaged when we drove by a David’s Bridal. Out of the blue, I said, “Why don’t we stop in and see if I can try on dresses?” I was pretty sure that I didn’t want to buy a dress at David’s, but I almost felt like I had to go at some point. They have so many dresses that you can get a pretty good idea of what you like.

Side story: I think the consultants at David’s Bridal are very nice. Before I got engaged (so far before that I hadn’t even met my fiance yet), I was in a David’s with my mom trying on a bridesmaid dress. I saw a gorgeous wedding gown, and even though I was clearly not a bride, they let me try it on! I even got to get up on the pedestal and twirl around. And my mom cried. It was awesome. So, even though I didn’t particularly want a David’s Bridal dress, I didn’t nix them altogether when I went shopping for real.

Back to the present (which is actually the past”¦whoa). I told my consultant that I liked ball gowns and skirts with texture. She brought back several dresses for me to try. Yay! (I swear, I could try on dresses all day. It’s so much fun.) The first had a rosette skirt with a beautiful train.


I thought this gown was beautiful. But”¦ it didn’t move enough for me. I have this tendency to dance literally anytime there is music playing. I can’t listen to my iPod while I’m walking to class, because it takes all of my willpower not to be dancing the entire time. And so, I will be dancing a lot at my wedding. I want my dress to dance, too! It’s got to move a little.

The next gown had more movement.


But”¦ it’s just not flattering. I really thought this dress would look good. But, it didn’t do anything for me. On to the next dress!



I love the drama of this skirt. But”¦the bodice isn’t too flattering (yes, it’s too small and yes, you can see my underwear, but even with that fixed”¦not flattering). Of course I save my favorite for last.


It’s kind of dangerous to be looking back on these photos. I forgot how much I loved this dress. It’s so gorgeous. The only thing holding me back from getting this dress is that it doesn’t have a sweetheart neckline. I don’t even know if they could alter this neckline, but if they could”¦I might have purchased this dress. It’s got movement. It’s got drama. It fits me well. But of course, I was not about to buy a dress at the first place I went. I needed to try more!!

Though (spoiler alert!) I didn’t buy any of these dresses, in the end I had a great experience at David’s Bridal. I would definitely recommend them to any bride, even those who want a designer look. The White by Vera Wang line is incredible. And now there’s a Melissa Sweet collection that didn’t even exist when I was dress shopping. You might be surprised by how much you like the David’s dresses.

Did you buy one of the first dresses you tried on? Or did you want to keep shopping?


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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  1. Member
    HappilyEverAfter54 10833 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 6:44 am

    I love that first Demetrios dress. It’s from the same collection as mine which was Demetrios Blue 122, it’s recently been retired. I’m a huge fan of his gowns and any ball gowns really! I ended up buying the 3rd dress I tried on, I was so happy because I did not want to have to go out shopping again. lol

  2. msdragon Bee
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:44 am

    Those are all so fun! I love your taste in dresses.

  3. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 7:05 am

    I tried on that VW in pink at David’s Bridal, too. It wasn’t what I was looking for, but a really nice dress.

  4. Member
    jleighr 275 posts, Helper bee @ 7:34 am

    if you’re looking for that BIG DAY BIG DRESS but movement and easy walking you should take a look at the Justin Alexander collections! i tried a bunch of the big skirted ones on and they are so so so comfy and light! except one, but it was awesome, the whole skirt was ostrich feathers engaged by tulle 🙂 i wanted to post some pics for you but it wont let me. anyway..totally agree could shop for dresses ALL day! i ended up going to about 4-5 locations and was torn between 2 dresses, picked the one lucky one i found at my last location!…best of luck in your search

  5. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:10 am

    I love that first one, the details are so pretty!

  6. sword Bee
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:45 am

    Oh man, I love the first and the last dress you tried on, can’t wait to see what you picked!

  7. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:05 am

    I love that last one, it’s flowy but it gives you a great shape.

  8. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:40 am

    the last one is definitely one of my favorite. so pretty. can’t wait to see what you pick

  9. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:52 pm

    I loooove that Vera Wang dress too… I didn’t try on any ball gowns but sometimes I wish I had tried on that dress. It looks so soft and flowy.

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 2:36 pm

    The last one was my dress!

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