I promised I would do this blog post all about my wedding dress ‘near-misses’ and now that we’re so close to the wedding, I thought it was about time I did just that! I documented my wedding dress shopping journey pretty thoroughly on this blog but even then, I don’t think it showed just how extensive my search was. It got to the point that I was embarrassed to tell bridal consultants how many appointments I’d had or how many dresses I’d tried on for the fear of their judgement! I am definitely glad I held out though because I’m still as in love with my dress as ever and I can’t wait for you all to see it!
That said, I had a LOT of dresses that I very nearly bought. So here are the finalists that were very almost the ‘one’!
Oscar De La Renta V Neck Gown
This was a really early dress that I tried on and I was absolutely in love with it. For some reason though, I had a niggly doubt in my mind every time I went to put the deposit down. Just before I was about to make the call, I cracked and showed Dan a photo just to ease my mind… and he hated it. This was before I knew about his intense hatred of anything ‘net-like or only half see-through’ (seriously, men are the weirdest) and I was gutted. And of course, I wasn’t about to spend thousands on a dress that he hated so that was promptly scrapped!
Mira Zwillinger Fiona
This was an internet stalking find and one of the first few dresses I searched out and tried on (please excuse the… er…. ‘vintage’ mirror – it had a lot of character haha!). Truth be told, I think I loved this dress on others more than I loved it on myself. That said, I really really loved it on others so I kept coming back to this dress even though no one was really a fan of it! I think I must have tried this dress on 3 times because I kept wanting to love and commit it to but again – something just held me back.
Inbal Dror Plunge Gown
This one came out of left field. The fabric was just incredible and I’d not tried on anything like it before. I did NOT think I wanted anything quite that dramatic but… I absolutely fell in love. I felt like a modern day Marilyn in it and just loved the drama. Yes it was low cut but it didn’t feel crazy to me and I loved how it looked with my hair up. The only deal breaker was the pattern – this one was pretty much made for a winter wedding with the silvery branch pattern being undeniably Christmas-like. If we had gone for a winter wedding, there is a high chance this would have been my dress.
Vera Wang Georgina
This remains my favourite next to my actual wedding dress. The Georgina has been around for years and years; no shortage of brides have worn this dress and I completely understand why. Even though I didn’t think I wanted anything too form fitting, the Georgina seemed to hug everything in just the right way and I loved how clean cut it was in the front whilst hiding a little party in the back. I would have purchased this (and was actually set on doing so) had I not found my eventual wedding dress.
Even though my dress hunt went on for far longer than I wanted it to, I’m grateful I kept searching otherwise I wouldn’t have stumbled across my eventual dress. Even though I’ve always been skeptical of talk of ‘the one’ in terms of dresses, it’s undeniable that I felt differently in my dress than I did the others. Whilst I sent everyone the pics of all the other contenders, needing and wanting opinions – I didn’t have this same need with my dress. I bought and paid for it with only my mum’s 2nd opinion and even though I’ve seen countless dresses since, I’m happy to say that there’s been zero dress regret!
I’m beyond excited for Dan to see the dress (and I actually have a little story to share about it which I’ll do after the wedding!) and can’t wait for the day to be here so I can actually wear it!
I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane with me and thank you so much for stopping by!