Altering an evening or prom gown to make it more "bridal"

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you consider buying an evening or prom gown and altering the bottom to make it more "bridal"?
    Yes : (29 votes)
    41 %
    No : (13 votes)
    18 %
    Depends on the dress : (29 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    19 posts
    Newbee

    Wow this is exactly what I am planning to do. I have tried on so many wedding gowns it stresses me out. When all along I know exactly what I’m looking for. However, what im looking for classifies as prom/evening wear. Here are some that I am thinking about altering. I would definitely be changing the bottom of the dress and adding a different train. I’m having a beach wedding with just the two of us. I think this is all the more reason to push the envelope and do what I want for a change. Although I have always been so fond of the traditional bridal look I personally dont think I would be satisfied.

    Post # 3
    Member
    2873 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I actually met a girl at my bridal store who is getting what is typically a bridesmaid dress and wearing it as a wedding dress.  Absolutly nothing wrong with it as long as you feel beautiful, which is why I went with “depends on the dress.”

    Post # 4
    Member
    1926 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think you could def use one as a wedding gown. I’m not sure I understand what you mean by “altering hte bottom”. What are you thinking of doing to the bottom?

    Post # 5
    Member
    9529 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I absolutely looked at evening gowns/prom dresses/bridesmaid dresses when I was looking for my wedding gown! I think it’s a great idea and there are some great options. I’m not really sure what you mean by making the bottom “more bridal”. Do you mean adding a train? Making it more poofy? What?

    I didn’t want a train and so when I ended up in a bridal gown that had a big train, I actually had it cut off. You don’t need a train to be bridal! 

    So, personally, I’d probably just buy the gown and wear it, as is. It would be difficult and detract from some of those dresses to alter the bottom. But I guess it really depends on what you mean by altering to be “more bridal”.

    Post # 6
    Member
    3097 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

    Yes, though I would go for something that needed the least alterations like an off white evening gown or something so I’d already know what it would look like. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    7075 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think any of them would be fine. Not sure what you mean by altering the bottom.

    Post # 10
    Member
    245 posts
    Helper bee

    I LOVE the Sherri Hill 11127!! It’s beautiful!!!!

    Post # 12
    Member
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I love the dresses you’ve posted and I think they all look rather bridal. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    2151 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’ve been wondering about this! I’m not quite at the trying on dresses stage yet, but I’m extremely frugal (and also petite) so of course it occurred to me that maybe a prom dress would work. The ones you posted are BEAUTIFUL. I would definitely wear one to my wedding.

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