Post # 1
Today begins my 6 month countdown…and I still have no dress. I’ve narrowed it down to Allure 2252 and Mikaella 1406, but while I’d be happy in either one of the gowns, neither of them is exactly what I’m looking for.
If I did the Allure, I’d want to alter to a sweetheart neck (either cut & sewn or just drastically pinch in the middle) but I’m not sure how realistic that is. The Mikaella I like as is (would probably see about converting to a corset or adding buttons to hide the zipper, but I’d ideally like to do that for either dress) BUT it’s almost twice the price ($700 & $1300).
I’m afraid if I chose the Allure, I’ll end up spending another couple hundred to alter and still won’t get the sweetheart shape I want (one person I asked said it could only be slightly pinch for more of a scalloped looked) and I would have been better off just choosing the Mikaella. The shop I tried the dresses on said adding a corset would be $250 and all other alterations would be at or less than $350 (for any dress). We budgeted $2k for my dress, but I never thought I get anywhere close to that since I’m not into really ornate styles. To add to my confusion, I’ve always HATED taffeta and only looked at satin (like the Mikaella) or silk but Allure calls their material ffor this one “silk-like taffeta” – and it really is! It falls softer than most taffeta I’ve felt and is SO super light-weight which is ideal for my outdoor July wedding.
Does anyone have an experience converting to a sweetheart neck or changing the back? How much longer can I realistically hold off on getting a dress ESPECIALLY since I’ll want some fairly significant alterations.
Post # 3
I always said if I did strapless I would do a sweetheart neckline because I think it looks so much better. With that being said, every dress I tried on that was just strapless, every time they told me that it would be no problem at all to take a strapless and turn it into a sweetheart. I even ask one lady if almost all strapless dresses can be made into a sweetheart neckline and she said yes. Personally though, I LOVE the Mikaella dress so much. It is gorgeous! 🙂 Try Maggie Sottero for the corset back. Most of her dresses have the corset back and I am going to go and see if I can find one similar to the Mikaella you like. They are both gorgeous dresses though!! 🙂
Post # 4
My dress isn’t in yet, should be here any day now, and it’s kind of “scalloped” so it dips slightly. And actually it’s an Allure gown too! Style no. 8593. I also was looking for a sweetheart, but found that this was much more flattering for me. I would say to try more styles, I think both dresses are very nice, but the second one is much more striking for me.
Post # 5
PS. We are so alike! I was thinking that as I was reading your post. I hate taffeta too! And I love sweethearts & corset backs! 🙂
Post # 6
You need a fresh approach. Stop thinking about those two and start browsing each and every possible gown…. you’ll find yours.
I had been agonizing over a similar choice for many months, then I started doing some “free” browsing, not selecting the “perfect gown” in my head before browsing… and there it was, I found theone and only. Which, btw, does NOT look like any of the two gowns I was agonizing over
Post # 7
second dress made me gasp, BUT i think you could fake the look by modifying the david’s bridal strapless dress and adding a flower and a sweetheart neckline… but i agree maybe you need a fresh approach and to start all over again…
Post # 8
my wedding is May 30 and I have no inkling as to what dress I’m gonna get! you’re ahead of me..
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
I love the second dress…and love sweetheart!
Post # 10
I freakin LOVE the second dress. I think it’d be perfect as is. I can’t see the back but the front is amazing. I’m not sure if that helps at all! I hope you can figure it out soon 🙂
Post # 11
I love, love, love the second dress.
With that said, I got engaged six months before my wedding. I then bought another dress in June/July for my September wedding. Worst case scenario, you can buy the rush shipping for the dress.
I also got my dress altered in one week before the wedding. Yes, they weren’t as significant as yours will be but you have time!
Would alterations make the dress the one you love? If so, buy the dress!
If not, then keep looking. No sense in buying a dress that you don’t love. Keep looking and you will find it. Don’t stress over the timeline, you will be fine. 🙂
Post # 12
If you are looking for this dress (Mikaella #1406) and would consider unworn and unaltered by not technically *new*, please either reply to me here or email me at [email protected] – one of my best friends just canceled her wedding and my wife and I are trying to find a new home for her wedding dress. It’s a Mikaella #1406, size 12, never worn and not altered, in the bag. My friend was planning on getting this altered to fit her (sz 6) but called things off before getting there. I can answer any questions you might have.
Post # 13
I really love that second dress!