You see, the thing is, each time I try my dress on and see myself in it, I love it. My mom loves it. My sister loves it. And my seamstress went on and on about how great it looked when I went for my fitting in December. When I’m wearing the dress, I feel beautiful and confident, knowing I made the right choice.
But when I see photos of myself in the gown, I’m suddenly filled with doubts. Maybe the problem is that when we took the photos, the lighting was awful. Or maybe it’s because so far, I only have pre-alteration shots. I’m not sure.
All I know is that when I see the pictures, the crystal and pearl details I love so much in person aren't as sparkly and prominent. Does the cinched waist really look OK on me? And why didn’t I notice the way the fabric hugs my hips when I sit? And on and on the thoughts roll through my brain…
When I first laid eyes on my gown last August, I learned it was a sample that the designer had initially considered introducing into the season's lineup. But that wasn’t to be. The gown wasn’t selected, and now needed a good home with a bride who loved it. And I did love it. A lot! Enough to buy it on the spot, out of fear that leaving it behind might allow someone else to snap it out of my hands. But why am I now, with less than five months to go, suddenly second-guessing my choice?
I’ll share the actual photos and more details about my dress hunt soon, but for now I want to know, have you ever had doubts about your gown? Do you think the thoughts I’m having are a normal part of being a bride, or are they a sign I might really have made the wrong choice, thinking a dress was “the one” when it wasn’t?
And what about trying on more dresses to try to put my mind at ease? Good or bad idea?
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