I’ll Wear White, Part 1

When I first started my dress search, I had these beauties in mind:


Designer: Vera Wang, featured on Us Weekly.com


Dress by Vera Wang, Img via Vera Wang Real Weddings


Carol Hannah Spring 2013

It was immediately obvious that I loved floaty folds of tulle or silk. What I quickly realized was that yards and yards of tulle and designs like these…well, they’re expensive. We’re talking 5-10k. Or more! My original budget for a dress was around $1200. I wasn’t yet aware of the realm of pre-owned dresses, so I did what I could with my budget. The only other pre-requisite I had for my dress was that it have a sweetheart neckline.

I started my search because of a dress I found at Davids Bridal that was similar to the Vera Wang folds dress. It belonged to the White by Vera Wang collection, but as soon as I stepped into it I could tell it wasn’t matching the vision I had of the original Vera.


White by Vera Wang from Davids Bridal


White by Vera Wang from Davids Bridal

My mother immediately compared the folds to “folds of toilet paper” or worse, “like lady parts.” And after she made that comparison, I couldn’t see it any other way. The v-neck option was pretty, but my bridesmaids finally admitted that it made me look…well…older than I am. I gave up on the folds and decided to focus on the floaty sweetheart options.

The next dresses I tried on were at a bridal salon called Classy Concepts in Mansfield. This is where I first started to consider lace. I peeked over at the bride one stand over and was experiencing some serious dress envy of her full lace dress. I tried on several dresses, but only one really caught my interest. I tried it on, and it completely fulfilled my “floaty” requirement. It also had this gorgeous flower embroidery, and a pretty barely-pink empire waist. It didn’t have a tag, and I plagued the hive with this mystery dress picture until the designer was found. This is Casablanca 1951.


I really did love this dress. The gemstone in the middle made me feel like a hippie version of princess Jasmine, and I’m experiencing a little dress regret as I post this. The only problem was that it was very slightly too short for me, something probably only I noticed. My mom offered to pay the “hold price” of $50, and off we went with promises to bring my mother-in-law back to take a look at it before I pulled the trigger. However, the longer I was away from the dress, the less sure I was…so I kept looking.

I tried on some dresses at GroupUSA in Grapevine, but they were inattentive and unhelpful, and MOH Ashley had to help me in and out of the dresses. We didn’t find anything that stood out, either— a lot of overpriced, old fashioned designs.

Overall, I probably tried on close to 30 dresses if I had to guess, but in the end it came down to two. Tune in for Part Two!  😉


Miss Manatee

Fort Worth, TX
Wedding Date:
June 2013
Puppy Love: An Ode to My Bouquet (and to the 'Bee)
How Wonderful Life Is: Just You and I, The Outtakes
Add a comment


  1. Member
    halolover 248 posts, Helper bee @ 2:42 pm

    That last dress pic is GORGEOUS. It is floaty and romantic and classic. It truly is one of the loveliest dresses I’ve seen on the Bee….

  2. Member
    DoneBee54 3022 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:46 pm

    WOW that last dress is SO pretty! I love how it’s so romantic looking! *swoon*

  3. Guest Icon Guest
    Lone Star, Guest @ 3:36 pm

    You’re so right– those folds TOTALLY look like lady parts. I’ve thought that ever since those dresses come out, I feel glad I’m not alone!

  4. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:50 pm

    I love your romantic, tulle inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you choose!

  5. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:40 pm

    Hahaha so true about the VW folds dress!!! I can’t wait to see what dress you chose 🙂

  6. Member
    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:34 pm

    Oooh looking forward to part 2! The comment about the folds on that dress is hilarious!

  7. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:52 am

    ooh I love your inspiration dresses. can’t wait to see what you picked!

  8. graywolf Bee
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:38 am

    i love these big dresses!

add a comment

Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors