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I am having soooo many issues deciding on a style of dress. At first, I was absolutely positive I wanted to look just like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. That was my thing. 50's and poofy and tea length. This was a dress I loved:


I always pictured my wedding just being very simple and elegant and nothing too over the top, just our family and friends witnessing our love. I think the original dress I wanted suited that.

And this was before my fiance let me know he wanted something more formal and kind of elaborate. That simple little dress has been eaten alive by our wedding. We have a long way to go, but we have already booked a venue and includes elaborate things like horse drawn carriages, vintage luxury cars, a dove release, and even a fireworks display. Even though our plans are certainly more elaborate than I had originally wanted, I'm kind of in love with this fairy tale wedding we're planning. 

I just really feel like I need a more formal gown to suit the formal celebration. I'm having a hard time committing to a dress style, and I think it is because I feel like the details swallow me up. I also am picky and dislike many modern wedding dress details on me. Like, I absolutely do not want anything strapless, heavily beaded or in a shiny fabric. Those things just don't feel like me, you know?

I'm having a hard time finding a dress that doesn't make me feel like I'm compromising my personal style. Some of the dresses I'm considering are:





I do like these dresses... I'm just afraid that they are so different than what I had originally envisioned that I am going to have buyers remorse. What do you girls think?
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    I bought a dress that had everything I swore I didnt want initially. When I saw it on a dummy I knew it was my dress though. Go try some dresses on and see what you like thats the best way to do it.
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    I do love that maggie sottero though.
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    [QUOTE]I bought a dress that had everything I swore I didnt want initially. When I saw it on a dummy I knew it was my dress though. Go try some dresses on and see what you like thats the best way to do it.
    Posted by dewingedpixie[/QUOTE]

    This! Go see what works on your body type. You never know what you may find.

    And whatever it is you can MAKE it your personal style.
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    I'm not really a fan of the dress you love, esp. if you are having a more formal wedding.

    Have you tried on any dresses yet?  Many, many brides post on here (like PP said) that they ended up loving the style dress that they thought they hated, and ended up hating what they for sure thought was "the dress!"

    I love the Alfred Angelo.

    Could you compromise by looking for a shorter, poofier dress like the first one, but that has some more formal details?  You could always dress something up with a fancy bolero, really formal jewelry, etc.
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    Why not just get a long version of the dress you love?

    http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/49278/Rosa-Clara-anouk-Size-10.html

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    You don't have to compromise on your style to get something more formal. I agree with PPs though, you really need to go try on a bunch of dresses to get ideas though. I ended up getting a dress that was almost exactly what I had envisioned, but I tried some on that were WAY different that I really liked also. I actually tried one on that I think would be perfect for your style, but I can't remember what brand it was for the life of me!! I would also check with the Dolly Couture company to see if they can do a long version of your dress, that page says to contact them for customization. Here are some dresses that are my interpretation of your style, maybe you'll like one:

    Tulle skirt (but strapless) - http://www.theknot.com/wedding-dress/tara-keely/2059tara?src=res
    -1&src=res">http://www.theknot.com/wedding-dress/ariadress/141fb?ctx=2:15:-1:-1&src=res
    -1&src=res">http://www.theknot.com/wedding-dress/jim-hjelm/8063jhb?ctx=2:15:-1:-1&src=res
    -1&src=res">http://www.theknot.com/wedding-dress/allure-romance/2562?ctx=9:15:-1:-1&src=res
    -1&src=res">http://www.theknot.com/wedding-dress/sincerity-bridal/3700?ctx=11:15:-1:-1&src=res - (I think this one combines original with what you've been looking at perfectly!)
    -1&src=res">http://www.theknot.com/wedding-dress/watters-brides/7074bescalante?ctx=18:15:-1:-1&src=res
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    I agree with PP! Go try on dresses. When you step into them your heart is going to tell you what you want and go from there. I fell in love with a style I really didn't expect to and couldn't be happier. If you stay true to yourself in the process you can't go wrong!

    AurorasEnvy in saying that the Alfred Angelo is just gorg!
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    I have gone to try on dresses, but I think you are all right and I need to try on more. The shop I went to was a small privately owned store owned by a friend on my FMIL. It was mostly blingy very ornate gowns that just didn't work for me.

    You all had pretty suggestions. I'm really holding out for the Alfred Angelo in my first post, but I live in the middle of nowhere and the closest store to me is about two hours away. They said it is a new dress and they don't even have a sample in yet! Our wedding isn't until next September so, I will be trying to order my gorn in Feb. I will probably make a trip down there to try it on in December or so.

    I'm just worried if I don't get the dress I've been dreaming about since I was a little girl I will be sad about it later. I think I am probably overthinking it. I will find a gorgeous dress, I'm sure. Besides, I am marrying the man of my dreams and I would marry him wearing a potato sack, honestly. :)
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    I agree with PP. I didn't end up buying a gown like I had imagined. First, I didn't want strapless and I want something simple and understated. Turn out those looked boring on me.  Here's the gown I ended up with.  It looks fab on me.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_attire-accessories_dress-style-2?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:15Discussion:a2c4c4c8-53d8-472d-9222-5a7fd14e86ddPost:a7afaf29-eb95-4f6a-bf00-8c4def76360f">Re: Dress style</a>:
    [QUOTE]I bought a dress that had everything I swore I didnt want initially. When I saw it on a dummy I knew it was my dress though. Go try some dresses on and see what you like thats the best way to do it.
    Posted by dewingedpixie[/QUOTE]

    <div>agree w this</div>
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    I like the first two dresses you posted! Your original one doesn't quite fit the overall atmosphere that you've described so far...but maybe could work as a reception gown if it's in your budget? That way you can have the more formal dress you want, plus a super fun one for the rest of the night! But then again, what is your reception going to be like - dance party all night, or super formal all around? I agree you can make it yours if you really love it.

    I definitely agree with PP that you really should try on more dresses, even ones you don't think you'll like. I thought I knew what I wanted, but as I thought about it more and tried on more dresses, my vision changed. I eventually chose the dress that I had tried on a whim - just because it looked fun. So be open to everything, but also don't feel pressured to have the OMG Cryathon moment when you find your dress. I didn't - I had to talk it out and analyze it from every angle, because that's just the kind of person I am.

    You've got this! :)
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