When I first got engaged, I pulled every wedding magazine off of the shelves, eager to start planning. While I’d never been the kind of person to daydream about my wedding day, the first thing I couldn’t resist doing was figuring out what kind of dress I was going to wear.
While it was fun to start narrowing down what I liked and disliked, the one thing that was frustrating was having no idea what these dresses would look like on me. I’m 5″2′, of a thicker set, and of course, not a single model in the magazines looked the way I did. I was clueless for so long, and of course, the rational thing to do was to actually go and try some dresses on. But being the researcher that I was, I really wanted to have a decent idea as to what a dress would look like on me before I wasted my own time trying it on. I also wanted to avoid the crushing ego blow of seeing the perfect dress on a model, and realizing that it looked absolutely terrible on me. I wanted to go into my first fitting prepared, so I turned to Weddingbee and the boards to find as many real brides in wedding dresses as I could. Exhaustive research proved to be a success, as I started to see other brides with similar body types to mine, and what looked good on them.
That being said, we’re embarking on a new series that’ll hopefully be a resource to you if you’re trying to figure out which wedding dresses could potentially look great on you. Here’s the thing: Your body isn’t exactly like anyone else’s (being the special snowflake you are!). But, getting an idea of what things look like on your general body type could help shave hours off of your wedding gown shopping adventures.
We’re kicking off our ‘Real Brides in Their Wedding Dresses’ series with none other than the bee bloggers’ dresses. Much like our Real Engagement Rings series, it’ll eventually be broken up into the following dress categories: A-Line, Ball Gown, Empire Waist, Fit & Flare/Trumpet/Mermaid, Sheath, Short, and Alternative.
Most importantly, we want YOUR wedding dress submissions to feature here on the blog! See more details on how to submit your dress at the bottom of this post (and they don’t have to be post-wedding pro pictures! Pics from your fittings, even a dress you didn’t eventually choose as “the one” can be submitted) and be a part of this series.
Here are some of our blogger bee-submitted wedding dress photos by category:
A-Line Wedding Gowns (submit your A-line wedding dress here)
Mrs. Camel’s ivory Jim Hjelm wedding dress, featuring silk chiffon ruffles with a blue sash. Photo: Christopher Helm
Miss Mink’s Jorge Manuel wedding gown (one of a kind style). Image: Jen Fariello Photography
Miss Mink’s reception dress, Kennedy by Amsale. Image: Jen Fariello Photography
Mrs. Elephant’s sweetheart, strapless, A-line wedding dress by Mori Lee. Photo: Lynn Michelle
Mrs Cinnamon Bun wore Watters Lasara, a birdcage veil from Etsy, and her glasses. Photo: Fotograffika
Mrs. Meerkat wore Sottero and Midgley #RSM1036. Photo: Del Sol Photography
Mrs. Cola’s A-line, strapless, spun gold Sophia Tolli Alexandria wedding dress. Photo: Shoot Me Now Photography
Mrs. Coyote’s Private Label by G A-line wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, corset back and chapel train. Photo: Upstate Photographers.
Mrs. Earrings’ wedding dress from David’s Bridal. Photo: Jane Sanders
Mrs. Powder Puff’s lace v-neck wedding dress with low back and sash with bow. Photo: Shutter Sam
Mrs. Wizard topped her dress off with an Alencon lace bolero from Alexbridal on Etsy. Photo: MichaelWill Photography
Ball Gowns (submit your ball gown wedding dress here)
Blue Whale’s Constance by Lis Simon, a ball gown with hundreds of folds of organza. Photo: Brenda Upton Photography
Mrs. Boa’s custom made wedding ball gown. Photo: Keli Art Photography
Mrs. Lox’s silk strapless Mikaella ballgown with a sweetheart neckline and a natural waist. Photo: Chad Lippiatt Photo
Mrs. Lyre’s Monique Lhuillier Bliss dress style #0915. Photo: Mike Landis
Mrs. Mongoose’s Pronovias Benicarlo wedding gown: A strapless sweetheart neckline A-line ballgown with organza skirt and white feather bodice. Photo: Sorelle Photos
Mrs. Ribbons’ tulle Vera Wang wedding dress. Photo: Our Labor of Love
Mrs. Sunhat’s Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress, style: Virginia. Photo: Stephen Martin
Mrs. Waterfall’s Vera Wang style #VW351112 for David’s Bridal.
Empire Waist Wedding Gowns (submit your empire waist wedding dress here)
Mrs. Glasses’ tried on a ton of classic David’s Bridal dresses in her search for the perfect wedding dress. Her dress is a tester that never made it to mass production.
Mrs. Sand Dollar’s ceremony wedding dress, accessorized with red cowboy boots.
Fit & Flare/Trumpet/Mermaid Wedding Gowns (submit your fit & flare/trumpet/mermaid wedding dress here)
Mrs Elk’s Romona Keveza L854, a lace mermaid with cap sleeves. Photo: Ruby Star Photography
Mrs. Hyena’s Mori Lee wedding dress. Photo: DB Photography
Mrs Jaguar’s La Sposa ‘Madeira’, a strapless, ivory satin and lace gown + Paloma Blanca lace bolero. Photo: Follan Photography
Mrs. Pony’s Paloma Blanca #3691, a v-neck, fit and flare wedding dress with lace on the bust and hem. Photo: Jamie Grant Photography
Mrs. Rainbow’s Wedding Dress by Brides By Demetrios. Photo: Jessica Charles Photography
Mrs. Pain au Chocolat’s dream gown was “Wallis” by Melissa Sweet from Priscilla of Boston. Photo: Heather Fowler Photography
Sheath Wedding Gowns (submit your sheath wedding dress here)
Mrs. Dragon’s J. Crew Sophia in silk chiffon, worn with a statement necklace, flats and a bubble veil. Photo: Rozy Seitz
Mrs. Fox wore a flowy, summery Allure style #922 wedding dress. Photos: Exclamation Imagery
Mrs. Wallaby wore a sheath-style Allure gown with silver beading, ivory lace, and a champagne charmeuse slip.
Short Wedding Dresses (submit your short wedding dress here)
Mrs. Mary Jane’s Cachet short wedding dress, purchased online from Belk department store.
The side view of Mrs. Mouse’s Sarah Seven short wedding dress. Photo: The Nichols of Austin, TX.
Ms. Sloth wore a short BHLDN dress. Photo: Morrissey Photo
Alternative or Non-Wedding Dresses (submit your alternative wedding outfit here)
Mrs Bacon’s Chinese Tea Ceremony Cheongsam/Qi Pao. Photo: JordanQuinn Photography
Mrs Hot Wing’s Vietnamese Wedding Dress (Ao Dai) for her Tea Ceremony. Photo: Hanssie Trainor
Mrs. Sewing’s wedding reception kimono. Photo: Terra Photography
Be a part of this ongoing “Real Brides in Their Wedding Dresses” Feature! Just fill out the corresponding survey to your wedding gown style, which will prompt you to upload your dress photo to the Weddingbee Gallery, and then once at least 10 people with that style of wedding gown have filled out the survey, it will become a post on the Weddingbee blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new wedding gown submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL wedding gowns to inspire bees for years to come.
If you want to participate in this Real Wedding Gowns series, select your style of wedding gown below and fill out the corresponding survey! Remember, we want to see what the dress looks like on your body. No hanger or model shots, please!
Don’t see your style here? No worries! Drop us a note in the comments on this thread, and if we get enough interest in that style (minimum of 10 bees) we will create a new survey for that wedding dress style!