I tried on maybe 30 wedding gowns, and they were all beautiful; but, I knew that I hadn't found the "one." I swear to you, the second I tried this on I immediately cried and knew it was the one I would walk down the isle in. It is soft and light delicate lace, with amazing detail. I agree with some of the reviews that it looks even better on a female with curves! I have an athletic petite body type, and it was perfect. I am normally a 2, but I ended up getting a 6 because of bridal sizing. I cannot wait until my wedding day to wear this gown, with it's champagne underlay.
May 7, 2015
I've never written a review here before, but this dress is too perfect to not tell everyone about it. I went to the Georgetown store for this dress specifically. In the store, I tried on the dress with the champagne slip. I decided to order the Ivory/Ivory because I think it looks more "bridal" and is more flattering to my fair skin. It shipped quickly and I couldn't be happier. It is flattering, well made, and just perfect.
For reference, I am 5'5", 116lbs, 34/27/37, and the 0 fits perfectly. I will have to hem the bottom, as I don't want to wear super high heels.
January 20, 2015
Perfect and romantic
I have never written a review before, but I am so thrilled by this dress, I couldn't not.
The dress is stunning, with lace detail, champagne underlay (or ivory, but I think the champagne makes the lace detail pop, and gives a nice vintage feel), flattering v neckline and gorgeous detailed button back.. i never expected to have a wedding dress 'moment', but I did, and once I tried it on (4th dress, but the one I came to BHLDN to see) I knew I had found the one! :-) For reference, I am 5ft 7in, 138lbs, and the 4 fit perfectly, no alterations required (assuming 4 inch heel).
I have done a lot of online searching, and for the price, this dress cannot be beat if you are looking for comfort and elegance for your special day.
The only issue I have now is trying to find a lace bolero or some kind of cover up in the event of chilly weather!
January 8, 2015
I felt compelled to leave this review after reading a review that stated they were disappointed in the dress they received.
I loved my experience at BHLDN, and I can't shut up about it. I went to the Georgetown store and was helped by the lovely Sydney. To any DC brides, I would *highly recommend* working with her.
It was my first experience dress shopping, but I had gone to multiple appointments with my sister in law in DC and NYC when she was dress shopping. Some reasons why I loved BHLDN:
- They had dresses in my requested styles and some additional ones pulled for me.
- I was able to try on dresses in my size (!!) instead of being clamped into or feeling like a sausage in too big or too small dresses.
- They let you take photos, which a lot of bridal stores do not. It's nice to be able to see how a dress photographs, and it's also nice to be able to share with and send to your loved ones.
This was the fourth dress I tried on, and it was "the one". I wasn't sure if I'd have a dress moment, but this dress was just so perfect. I had originally really wanted to try on an additional style, but when I was in this dress I did not feel the need. I will be having a Catholic 2pm ceremony followed by a 5pm reception, so comfort was a big concern for me. The dress is light and airy. As other reviews stated, it really nicely hugs your curves. The V-neck and open back add some interest/fun, but are still quite modest. In the store, I tried on the Ivory/Champagne, which I really liked b/c it really makes the lace detail pop. I decided to go with the Ivory/Ivory, which the store did not have stocked b/c it was a new color, b/c I thought it would be better for my skin tone. I'm having a May wedding, and I think the Champagne in certain lights could fade me out. I'm also quite fair skinned, and I think the Ivory/Ivory makes a more traditional/bridal statement.
The dress came promptly in 5-7 days (with a 30 day return policy!) and was packaged beautifully. I was wow-ed by the dress I received. Obviously samples are a bit beat up, so I was very anxious to see my new dress. The lace details are beautiful. I love the flower detail. In the Ivory/Ivory, you still capture the lace detail at the bottom of the dress. Also - since I had tried on the dress in my size, I had no surprises sizing-wise.
I don't think I will need any alterations aside from a bustle. I am 5'9 and I should be able to wear 2.5-4" wedges for the perfect length. I will consider alterations closer to the date, but I'm not sure if I'll need any. I was considering two sizes, and I ordered the larger. I'm also hoping to lose some weight before the big day. The dress falls really nicely. As I said before, it really nicely hugs your curves - while the v-neck and open back add a sense of fun / sexiness while still being very modest. I don't think I'll need any alterations b/c it gives a slightly loose/billowy look while still hugging curves. The pictured model (is gorgeous) but I think has a pretty straight body, so you don't really see this. So sorry for the ramble. but love BHLDN and love this dress.
October 29, 2014