Post # 1
So I just got engaged June 18th but I have been planning my wedding since about February. I have had my eye on the Maggie Sottero/ Sottero and Midgley dresses Billie and Caprice. They are almost identical but they are different fabrics. The Billie dress is taffeta and the Caprice is chiffon. We originaly decided in December 17th for our wedding but have since changed it to June. I went to a local bridal salon and tried on Billie and it was beyond beautiful. I will say that I did not really care for the material of the Billie. It felt cheap. I will admit that I got attached to it (I took it off after about 30minutes; I just loved it) But I am still not crazy about the fabric but I love everything else and I felt like it would fit with our winter wedding. Since we have changed our wedding to June I am a little unsure about the dress.I feel that the light chiffon material wouldbe perfect for our small chapel wedding in June. I have never tried on the Caprice or a chiffon dress at all. I have called all the bridal salons in my state that carry these designers and they do not have it . I know it will look great on me and will fit my figure perfectly but I am terrified to buy it without trying it on. If anyone has bought this dress or has tried it on or just has any general advice about faith-buying a wedding gown please respond!
Also I am not opposed to purchasing a replica or knock off of the dress if anyone knows of a websites they have bought from or has seen them first hand. Pictures would be great as well!!
Post # 3
Definitely think you should try on a chiffon dress in the same shape. I tried chiffon and absolutely hated it. I felt like a grandma ghost in a nightgown. I ended up with a taffeta dress 🙂
Post # 4
Do you have pictures of them on? and or photos of the dress?
Post # 5
definitely try on a chiffon gown in the same silhouette first (preferably a maggie or a sottero and midgley, so you stay within the same designer)…doesn’t have to be caprice, just a fit-and-flare chiffon gown. you may not like the fabric as much when you get it on. i thought i’d want a chiffon gown too, but i’m finding i very much prefer the satin and taffeta gowns to chiffon when i actually put them on. i just love the luminescent glow of taffeta, and the way it rustles a bit when you walk…
ETA: i have to say, the necklines are very different on between those two gowns as well. billie has that nice deep sweetheart (almost a V-neck) and caprice has a slight scoop…almost straight across. generally speaking, unless you’re super busty, sweetheart necklines are usually more flattering to most body types, so you might want to consider that too.
Post # 6
@Kristen: I agree, thats what I am afraid of too. I don’t want to be a grandma bride!
@Mrs. Anchors: I have picutres of me in the Billie dress but none of me in the Caprice dress. I will upload them both thoough 🙂
@Cardus: I prefer satin gowns too!! I’m still a little unsure about taffeta and the way it feels though. I am definately not super busty lol and the sweetheart neckline did look very flattering. I was told that the caprice could be made a sweetheart neckline, but you are definately right about testing out other chiffon gowns to see how I feel about them.
Thanks for the tips ladies!
Here are the pictures of me in the Billie dress and pictures of the Caprice dress.
Post # 7
Congrats on the Engagement!!!
First: You are gorgeous!!
OMG!!! HANDS DOWN BILLIE!!! OMG!!! That is HAUTE HOT HAWWWTT!!!
I like that it has more structure -fabric wise- than the chiffon or the looser/flowier fabric pictured in the Caprice! But its all you and what your style and preference! And “flow” of your wedding style!
I was a bride that was totally hating on Tafetta, and I asked the consultant not to show me anything in Tafetta. Well my dress and LOVE is Bourdeaux Tafetta. I like that its MUCH lighter than Satin even though its gorgeous, I wanted to not be literally weighed down by my dress. Have an open mind, consider your time and ceremony setting; outdoors/indoors. I get hot when I get excited/nervous/anxioux! Best of Luck!
Post # 8
The dresses kinda look the same to me, but both are stunning. You have such a great body!
Post # 9
Have you looked on the pre-owned wedding dress sites? I recall seeing a lot of the Maggie dresses with the jeweled back on there for like under a grand and since you seem to be a pretty standard size I think you would be able to find one.
Also, definitely the chiffon for a summer wedding I think, but that is a personal opinion. Plus I think the Caprice will skim your curves more.
Post # 10
billie all the way. i very much prefer the neckline on billie to that on caprice, and i really like taffeta.
ETA: you look AMAZING. OMG…*jealous* of that figure!
Post # 11
I have to say that I have found the exact opposite. I have tried on both the chiffon and the Silk Taffita and LOVE the soft romantic feel of the chiffon. It is extremely comfortable to wear is definitely my favorite faberic hands down. I have to agree with you that the Taffita, although can be very flattering and is widely used, felt cheep and makes a kinda swishing sound when you walk. It kinda reminds me of a shinny bridesmaid faberic and can be pretty heavy.
I really dont want to upset any brides who love the look of Taffita, it can make beautiful dresses. It is just not my taste and I would like to share the possitives that I personally have found with Chiffon
p.s: I just purchased Clarice as my wedding dress (today actually <3) and it is the most flattering amazing dress I have ever worn. It has structure and softness and the skirt will float amazingly when u walk down the isle. Putting on this dress brought me (and my best friend) to tears. It was the easiest decision this increadibly undecisive bride has ever made <3 Highly recommended!