Wedding Dresses I Love (But Didn’t Buy)

A week after we officially started wedding planning, I found my dream dress. I had seen it online and once I tried it on in person, I knew it was the one. It was perfect. It checked all the boxes.

I didn’t realize how many different things needed to be considered when picking a wedding dress. Sure, there are styles and fabrics you might like more than others, but if those don’t match your theme or location or season, forget about it. Wedding dresses are personal, but they also tie everything together. If all eyes are on the bride, the dress needs to be perfect. Today I’m sharing three wedding dresses I love, but didn’t buy. Actually, one of them, I did buy. Then I returned it without even trying it on.

If we were having an intimate, backyard wedding.

This is the dress I bought and returned. Originally, Ryan and I were thinking we could pull off a 50 person backyard wedding. Then, after discussing the pros and cons of that scenario, we decided against it. Prior to that, I had been worried about this dress being backordered so I put it on order (free returns, so no worries there.) I think it’s whimsical, detailed, and beautiful. However, it’s a little too simple for what we have planned now. Thus, in the end, it was a pass.

Shop the dress here.

If we were having a winter wedding.

I’ve always loved long sleeve wedding dresses. However, when we started planning a summer/early fall wedding, I knew long sleeve was probably not the most comfortable option. I still think the lace is beautiful but this was not the dress for our time and place.

Shop the dress here.

If we were getting married in Newport.

Ryan and I agreed we wanted to celebrate our wedding in New Hampshire, where we’ve started building our life together. However, we met in Newport so it was of brief consideration whether we wanted to get married there. If we had, I would’ve worn this dress. I love the chic, luxe fabric and the classic ballgown shape. The deep v-neckline is flattering and the long train is dramatic. If we were going fancier, I would have gotten this one for sure.

Shop the dress here.

My advice for anyone looking for their wedding dress: have a clear vision, do your research, and then find something you feel beautiful in. When you can’t wait to put it back on, you know it’s the one. The rest will come together from there.

Leave a Comment