1. Just because a shop "carries that designer" doesn't mean they have the gown you liked.
Alas, even though the store I visited carried Alfred Angelo and Mon Cheri, they didn't have any of the gowns I posted in my last entry!
2. It is hard to pin a non-strapless gown so it fits on someone smaller than the sample.
My favorite dress was this one, Mon Cheri's Nadia:
But the sample was several sizes too big for me and it was hard to get a sense of how the bodice would look once fitted for someone my size. As it was, I looked like a little kid playing dress-up:
3. It is also hard to take a picture of yourself in the mirror.
Witness how the flash messed up that last photo. Also, I loved this pretty strapless lace gown (designer unknown, and out of my price range anyway) but the picture I took was horrible -- my arms kept getting in the way!
Conclusion: I really need a dress shopping buddy. Without someone to discuss the pros and cons of each gown with, I was stuck with awkwardly saying "this is pretty" to the bridal salon owner. Only with a couple of gowns did I feel OK saying "yeah, not for me" (like the ultra-fitted satin mermaid gown that made my hips look huge). Time to bribe my East Coast-based bridesmaids into visiting a salon with me.