Dress Quest: Part 1

I know that most brides start looking for their dress even before getting engaged. I was never like that. For me the dress was important, but I just didn’t have any idea of what I wanted. While browsing bridal magazines, I always skipped the dress pages. What I wanted to see were the invitations, cake, and small details.

So, when I was finally ready to go dress shopping (after losing weight and with just six months left before the wedding) I pulled out all my Martha Stewart Weddings magazines and started browsing the dress pages.

Since we are only having a civil ceremony, I didn’t want anything too big or poufy (so ball gowns were out) or with a super long train. I also knew I wouldn’t wear a veil.

The more I looked, the more I liked the mermaid/trumpet/fit-and-flare type of dresses. I have an hourglass shape, so I was hopeful that they would look good on me, but I am also short, so I didn’t know if they would make me look shorter.

Finally I made appointments at two bridal houses. One carries only their own styles, while the other sells dresses from different brands.

So, it was just my mom and me, on a Thursday morning, which was a great day to go, because both stores were empty. I had a light breakfast, and went with a fresh, clean face and a pony tail.

I had a blast! It was so much fun trying all those dresses, looking at the 180º mirrors, with the help of some amazing lighting. My mom was on the other side of the curtains, so every time the consultant opened them I felt like a star!! Haha!!

Before going, I browsed both stores’ catalogs, so I knew exactly which dresses I wanted to try on. Sadly, pictures were not allowed. I don’t understand why—I mean, if you want to copy the styles you can look at the pictures on the web, right?

At the first store I tried these…

Berna: I liked this dress and the sweetheart neckline looked great, but it was a bit too much lace for me.

Picasso: Loved how this one looked on the model and on the hanger, but the skirt was a bit too poufy for me.

Ensueño: I liked it, but again, too much lace. I found this to be a problem. Most of the dresses they carried had lace. And I like lace, but more for a day wedding. I wanted something a bit shinier.

Enamorada: I tried this on only because the consultant insisted I tried different silhouettes. I hated it.

Benice: I love love love this dress. It gave me the best shape ever. It has a bit of lace, a bit of satin, and a bit of tulle. Plus, it has tiny crystal beads that reflected the light when I moved”¦but there was a problem”¦I couldn’t move! Only tiny steps. Besides, I couldn’t get the skirt up, so going to the bathroom was”¦not happening! The consultant suggested I take it off entirely every time I needed to pee”¦ha!! Still, I was in love”¦

All photos via Essence

That appointment was over, so we left that store and went to the next one.

Did you try on different silhouettes or were you set on a particular one?


Mrs. Weather Vane

June 27
Mexico City
Wedding Date:
March 2014
Watercooler: December 28, 2013
Budget ESP
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  1. Member
    alysee 1646 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:12 pm

    My first appointment I went with friends to find good silhouettes so I tried on everything, since I am 5’0 and quite petite so wasn’t sure what would look good on me. Next month, I’m going officially. So we will see what I end up with!

    I’m not a huge fan of lace for myself either but the dresses do look great!

  2. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:09 pm

    Beautiful dresses! Can’t wait to see what you picked! 🙂

  3. weathervane Bee
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:03 pm

    @alysee: I’m also 5’0! What silhouette did you liked most?

  4. weathervane Bee
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:03 pm

    @Miss Wellies: Next post! 🙂

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    alysee 1646 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:28 pm

    @Miss Weather Vane:

    I loved the Fit n flare dresses. They made me look my age and flattered my body.

  6. msclover Bee
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:23 am

    I picked my dress my first time out, with about ten minutes of background knowledge.

  7. pyramid Bee
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:33 am

    These are pretty dresses! I stayed mostly in the same silhouette when looking for dresses, but I agree that it was really fun!

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    bebelicious1 1891 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:09 pm

    I see why you love the last dress… Although it is beautiful, I think that it is important to be comfortable. I went with my MOH on a whim, and I bought my dress that same day at the first store we went to, haha! I love shiny, too. It is a sequined spaghetti strap dress that made me look so good…

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 10:44 am

    Those are all great dresses. I went with the fit-n-flare/trumpet/mermaid style too. I loved mine and didn’t have a problem going pee. I did need help though. Haha.

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