Post # 1
I currently have a dress that I want to wear for the reception because it is flowy and relaxed (while I will be wearing a form fitting dress for the ceremony). It has a train which will be a problem when it comes to dancing. The obvious solution would be to bustle it, but I despise the look of a bustle. Can the train be removed and the length hemmed (to accomodate lack of heels) when the material is see through and the material is chiffon-like? I do not know how this would look because it is my understanding that hemming requires a certain amount of dress to be folded under (or removed) and then sewed.
Post # 3
Chiffon can be hemmed. It’s a bit of a pain but it can definitely be done. Do you have a seamstress who is altering your ceremony gown who you could ask to do the reception dress as well?
Post # 4
@kelseyrose: Chiffon is hemmed using a rolled hem.
Post # 5
@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina: I actually haven’t found my ceremony gown yet. I do have one in mind, and would likely see if I could get my reception dress done there. I got the reception dress at Davids Bridal and I have heard some horror stories regarding their alterations department, so I will likely avoid it coming down to that.
Post # 6
@julies1949: thank you for the pictures! Gives me a better idea of what it will look like (and that it will not look as horrible as I was imagining). I think I will go through with the alterations as long as the seamstress has no objections or warnings.
Post # 7
Definitely can be hemmed… having had several of my own long gowns done over the years (and I am short compared to the fact that the average off the rack gown is made for someone in the 5’8″ range … so have to always get full-length gowns hemmed).
Post # 8
It can definitely be done but likely won’t be super cheap. Mine was organza which is a similar hemming method and just a hem cost $300 at the bridal shop. Hopefully you can find an independent seamstress thought that might be a little less costly.