While we can't all snag a coveted spot on Say Yes to the Dress—even without cameras rolling, the dress shopping experience can be fraught with drama, joy, and plenty of tears (both the good and the bad kind). We asked real brides to share their stories and give us the dress-by-dress recount of one of the most exciting aspects of the wedding planning process. Some nailed it on the first try (don't worry, most didn't!) but all ended up with a gorgeous gown they can't wait to be married in.
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