Post # 1
I’ve been shopping for dresses forever. I’ve finally found my favorite style–lace all over, with sleeves. Both stores include veil, sashes, hair pins, fittings, and tax in the rental price.
- re-rents dresses commonly so they will not cut length. I have to wear at least 3″ heels or have pick-ups put into the dress (which i’m not a fan of with lace)
- dress is cap sleeve
- single layer lace
- not sure about any penalties for damage (will be calling on Monday)
- the dress fits me PERFECTLY (other than length)
- will willingly cut length (I’m 5’1″)
- uses double layer lace
- used rental I will not be able to get fitted for until 11/2 (wedding on 1/4)
- No guarantee the used rental will be cleanable after the girl’s Oct. wedding
- custom design I have to put down deposit now to give them enough time.
- they can make my dress with 3/4 or long sleeve (which I prefer to cap sleeve)
- MUCH better service
- no penalties for getting dress dirty/ripped
Question: are all of store B’s qualities worth the price increase? I would like to spend the least I can, but I am fully able to spend more. I am only planning on a 4 hour afternoon wedding.
Which dress would you choose and why? I hope I am not too ambiguous in this post!
Post # 3
What length are the sleeves on the used rental at Store B?
Post # 4
@JulietFoxtrot: They will custom make additions to the dress to whatever I want. I think this might be my best option, but I do worry about the process starting so close to my wedding date.
The dress is currently a strapless lace dress, but they will add on illusion top with sleeves. I think I prefer full long sleeves.
Post # 5
IMO that just seems so expensive for a dress rental. You could probably find something comparable and then resell it. I guess store B though.
Post # 6
@miss narwhal: That’s what I thought but.. this is the closest thing I could find at a cheaper price. David’s Bridal $724. With tax, about $780.
- Alterations $200
- Veil $50
- sash $50
- hair piece $50
That would bring me to just under $1200. For $1150 I could have the cap sleeve rented. It’s actually $950 but it has a keyhole back. The shop is charging $200 extra to cover the keyhole (and continue buttons down it as well)
This is the long sleeve look I love. I would go with a design similar to this one with store B.
I’m open to any dresses you ladies can recommend at around this price point~ 🙂
I’m leaning towards the $1600 dress. Just nervous about having no back-up plan!
Post # 7
I agree that those prices seem very high for rentals. I think you can do much better. My dress was $400 to own (not your desired style), alterations were less than $200 (you just have to do your homework- as soon as many people heard “wedding,” some people wanted to charge me as much for alterations as I paid for my dress, but I took it to a dry cleaner that’s also known for their tailoring, and they really want above and beyond). You can find cheaper veils, sashes, and hairpieces on Etsy. My viel was less than $10 from Michael’s. I made my own hairpiece by altering a couple flowers I got at H&M for $4 each. I promise, as “cheap” as some of my stuff was, nothing looked cheap. I got my dress at RK Bridal. They have a lot of popular dresses, for discounted prices and they ship. If you can find a style you like, and are certain what size you need (since they don’t allow returns), you might have some luck.
Post # 8
@EastMeetsBarn: thanks for your advice! I actually got in trouble from the “grown ups” about going too cheap with my dress. I was happy with a $100 macys dress! But it wasn’t the lace style.
I like store A price best but they weren’t as friendly. On that alone I don’t really want to give them my business. Even though the dress was beautiful. I’m so stubborn 🙁
Any dress shops good with rentals? I can go anywhere between Los Angeles and San Diego!
Post # 9
@kuma311: That’s too expensive for a rental – a dress that other people already worn and altered to their their size. Look for sample dresses in the same price range, then you’d own it, you can do whatever you want with it. http://www.bridepower.com has a bunch designer dresses for 50-75% off retail that were former sample gowns.
Here are a few with lace and an illusion neckline/sleeves that are under $1k:
Post # 10
What stores are they from? What part of Cali?
Post # 11
@kuma311: Just saw that you are in So Cal. Go visit Glamour Closet. They sell sample gowns for a discount (similar to http://www.bridepower.com). http://glamourcloset.com/closet/index.asp
Post # 12
@kuma311: How about this dress? It is Dalton from Maggie Sottero (yes BBP.com is an authorized retailer according to Maggie Sottero’s website, but you could always try to find a salon near you that carries Maggie Sottero.) Right now BBP.com has a free veil with the purchase of a Maggie dress.
It is $679, so that seems like a HELL of a lot better deal.
Post # 15
@dancingriss: Store A is Tomato Bridal and Store B is Shin Bu Bridal. Both are in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
@GamersBride: Thanks! That dress is pretty but some lace dresses just look like table cloth on me 🙁 I already had one internet ordering experience and didn’t enjoy it so I’m going to stick to brick and mortar shops.
I appreciate all the advice! Thank you! I think I’ll keep looking, OR I’ll try to bargain more ..
I did try on this one at David’s Bridal and I looked like a table cloth! It looks really pretty in the picture and on the hangar–just not on me. I’m not sure what it is that makes one lace dress look so different from another.
Post # 16
And here’s a picture SIMILAR to the gown I tried at Tomato Bridal (store A). They don’t allow photos.
It’s a regular satin gown underneath and then a lace dress thing that sits on top of it. Haha, does that make sense?