Post # 1
I’ve been looking for a super-full tulle ballgown for my dress, and even things marked as “ballgowns” seem kind of small and tight. (My Bridesmaid or Best Man has commented that I’m looking for a “Holiday Barbie” dress.) I was poking around on a designer’s website and found out where they’re hiding all the big ballgowns ~ in the Quinceanera dresses. To my mind this is where I should be shopping; I don’t want a train, I want a boned, tight bodice, I want a big, dramatic skirt. Still, I’m a little confused/concerned by the fact that these dresses, even the white ones, are about half or less of the cost of the same designer’s wedding dresses. Has anyone used a Quinceanera dress? How did it go? And as always, pictures are fantastic!
Post # 3
We must be 2 halves of the same soul! I felt the exact same way! I wanted that super nipped in basque waist with a huge skirt, traditional wedding ballgowns just weren’t getting it for me. What I did was choose a couple Quince dresses I like, and had my dress custom made in China. I still feel like shes not quite big enough, but everyone says im bordering My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding at this point. Quince dresses are usually cheaper because the material used, and the quality of craftsmanship usually aren’t as good as wedding dresses.This is the dress my skirt is based off of
<–This is the dress the train and bodice were based off of
Thats the finished product. I added sleeves. I don’t think the mannequin is wearing the 6 hoop skirt in this picture; thats the dress with just the crinoline. Keep in mind a very full dress will be HEAVY!!!! I was shocked at how heavy my dress is!
Post # 4
I’m having my dress made which is the easiest way to get the full skirt that you want. Here is my dress (model pic) and it is actually a wedding dress by a Japanese designer:
Post # 5
Also, while the quinceanera dresses retailed around $600, my dress costed a bit over $1100, and thats at a wholesale price. So with designer markup, a dress similar to mine wouldve cost me around 3 grand; on the contrary, the quince dresses, at wholesale price, would probably cost no more than $200, $250 tops.