So I feel like every bride I have ever talked to knew exactly what she was looking for in her dress before she bought it. I don't. I haven't been dreaming of my perfect dress since I was a little girl. Now that its time to start looking (I have been engaged since Sept.), I am totally overwhelmed and have no idea where to start.
I have been looking online and at bridal magazines for months, flagging dresses that I like, but there is no consistency. The dresses I like vary in style, cut, neckline, fabric etc. The only thing I know for sure is that I don't want a big ball gown, which probably means that I will end up in a ball gown
. I am fairly petite and I think I will get lost in a big ball gown.
I think at this point I just need to start trying on dresses to see what cuts/styles I like and look good on me so I can narrow my focus. My MOH is flying in two weeks from CA, so I will be dress shopping for the first time then. I live in NYC (Manhattan) and am looking for suggestions for places to go.
Should I book appointments at full service salons or just drop in places and try some dresses off the rack? What stores will have a good selection of lots of different styles so I can narrow down what I want? I am ok with purchasing a dress the first day out if I find one I love (whatever that is), but I think its unlikely.
So what stores do you recommend? My parents have graciously offered to purchase my dress and have given me a budget of $2500 for just the dress, not including alterations, accessories etc. So while I can't afford some of the ridiculous designer gowns, I should be able to find something in my budget almost anywhere (I hope). Thanks for your help. (I have also posted on the Attire board.)
CN: I don't really know what style/silhouette/fabric/neckline etc. I want for my wedding dress. I am going to begin shopping/trying on dresses in about 2 weeks in NYC. Where should I go first? Should I try full-service salons or more low-key pull off the rack yourself kind of places to start? My dress budget is $2500 for just the dress, not including alterations, accessories, etc.