Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Down To Two Dresses

They say when you pick out the wedding dress you love, you'll just know.  Something inside you will say, "this is The One."  I have two The Ones.  I guess it's a good thing--it's better to have two dresses you love than not being able to find any.

Here's dress number one:

(photo credit Amy Kuschel)

This dress is so flattering.  You can't really see it, but it's got beautiful ruching on the bodice that really suits my figure.  The fabric is just a dream--it's silk chiffon and is so light and airy, it's like wearing a cloud.   I'd dress it up with a crystal belt to give it a little bit more pizzazz.

This dress is similar to dress number two:

(photo credit Michelle Rahn)

The skirt is straight and A-line shaped, as opposed to picked up like you see here, and there's less ruching on the bust.  What makes this dress (which unfortunately is hard to see in the picture), is the gorgeous hand-crocheted fabric on top of the dress. It's woven in all sorts of swirls and flowers, with glints of gold thread.  It really is a work of art.

I've been making my pros and cons list with both dresses.  Dress number one is easier to accessorize with a veil, jewelry, and cool shoes (I want to wear bright blue shoes at my wedding!) Dress two doesn't look as nice with a veil and is definitely more limited with accessorizing.  Dress one is easy and comfortable.  I'll worry about snagging dress two all night.  Dress one looks like lots and lots of wedding gowns.  Dress two looks like nothing I've ever seen, and I love the idea of being the bride that wears the completely unusual gown.  Dress one is flattering and pretty, while dress two is a showstopper.   Dress one comes slightly under budget, dress two s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s the budget a bit more than I'd like. 

At the moment, the pros and cons are almost neck and neck.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do.



Blogger style-for-style said...

oh, thats a tough one, they are similar, but different, both beautiful of course...


I can't pick

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have the time I would keep looking I felt the exact same way two dresses I thought I loved did the pros and cons but I kept looking just to see and I found MY dress and got that exact feeling everyone talks about when they find the perfect dress I never wanted to take it off haha. I loved the other two but in the end the last one was the one for me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 7:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't believe you have to have that "OH MY GOSH THIS is my dress!!" moment. if your budget is unlimited you might get that, but i don't know anyone who's actually had that.

personally, i say go with the one you'll be more comfortable in (sounds like dress #1 if you're worried about snagging the other one). i'm torn between two distinct styles too, it's hard to decide between things when they're so different. go with your gut.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 9:35:00 AM  
Blogger Mrs. in May said...

OK, I was down to two also in the bridal salon and my bridal rep said something that stuck with me. Your dress sets the tone of the entire event. To me the first dress has a modern classic feel to it where the second has a romantic slightly vintage feel. When you close your eyes, what do you picture as the feeling of your wedding? I did this and instantly knew which was the one for me! I loved the other dress but it was just a whole different wedding.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger Mrs. in May said...

I thought I saw #1 some where but turns out it just looks really similar to a dress shown on a real wedding at the Bride's Cafe:

Either way, I think this goes back to the point of setting a style of "modern classic".

I really love it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dress one ... hands down.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 6:07:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Charlottesville said...

Thanks so much, you guys! The advice is so helpful. I think you're right, Mrs. In May, to think about the style of the wedding. My style is more modern classic but the venue lends itself to romance. Maybe that's why I'm so torn!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 7:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i might be too late to offer my 2 cents...but i had 2 dress i was torn between as well, and then decided to try 1 more store and found THE dress. another thing...your dress really does set the tone for everything at your wedding. i can't believe how many ideas i had in my head that i couldn't decide between and then once i picked the dress, i knew exactly what the entire wedding was going to look & feel like. both of those dresses are beautiful...but i say wear #2 if you don't find another. wear the dress that will knock their socks off!!! :) i'm sure #1 will be just as beautiful but you only do it once!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008 8:53:00 AM  

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