The One That Got Away: 4 Brides on Why They Chose the Wrong Wedding Dress

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Wedding Dress Regrets

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While their marriages have stood the test of time, their wedding dresses have not. Four women reveal why they regret their gowns so that you can avoid making the same mistakes.

Anjana wore a "long, fair-trade hippie dress that was white with purple flowers embroidered down the entire hideous thing," she describes. "My husband picked out the dress and I wanted to make him happy, but it made me look like a country bumpkin! The wedding dress I always envisioned was Old Hollywood [style]. I still have the dress, but it just isn't me. I am a fashionista, not a barefoot hippie!"

While Donna paid extra to cut out the back of her head-to-toe beaded gown, "I really bought my dress based on price — it was about $600," she says. "The dress wasn't well made. And I made my own headpiece and veil. I was so concerned about saving money on our wedding, and I wish I hadn't skimped on the dress! I still cringe when I see pictures of me in the dress!"

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Maigen is "5-feet-10-inches with a very hourglass figure: Small waist, big boobs, big butt," she describes. "I decided I wanted to feel lithe and lean and elegant on my wedding day, so I purchased a replica Pippa Middleton dress — the one she wore to William and Kate's wedding. I looked as elegant as three pigs fighting in a silk sack! Turns out the laws of physics still apply, even on your wedding day. I was heartbroken, because I felt really, really unattractive. The opposite of elegant. I ended up having to buy an off-the-rack dress three months out, and I sold the Pippa dress at a loss."

Kristen's "lace strapless dress looked vintage, and perfect for my rustic wedding!" she says. "I loved the fit, the train length, and the rustic lace details. [But] I jumped the gun and purchased it my very first day looking. I didn't want to let my bridesmaids and my mom down on the experience and feel like it was a waste of time. The cost was listed at $1,500, which was above my budget for a dress. Plus, cost aside, my main issue was that I had reservations about the dress' length to begin with. The dress was slightly too short in the front, which was a concern and would make me wear short-heeled shoes. Looking back at pictures now, I hate the length and should have followed my intuition."

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