Here is the update: I went to the bridal shop last night to try on my dress. It. is. FABULOUS. I love it! I put it on and got butterflies in my stomach. Mom says my whole demeanor changes when I put it on...in the best kind of way.
I still have some hesitations about the back of the gown. Wish I could show you pictures, but I'm trying to keep this a secret (and too many wedding guests read my blog - love you guys!) :) I find, however, that my concerns about the back are usually diminished as soon as I see pictures of it. I think I'm overthinking things. As always. :)
My seamstress has my dress (and another great thing - she lives in my parent's neighborhood! Super convenient!) She will be taking it in a bit (YAY!) and then I get to try it on again. I can't wait until it is hanging in my closet at my parents' house. But first...we have to figure out the bustle. Who knew this could be so complicated? Apparantly it is. There are all types of bustles, all with different numbers of "pick ups". I've been told that the more "pick ups" in the bustle, the more complicated it is. But never fear - I have Super-Crafty Sister as my Maid of Honor!
How did you decide what your bustle should look like? Do you have any bustle insight to offer?