Post # 1
I have an evening wedding ending at 11pm in downtown Charleston, SC. My Fiance and I, along with numerous guests are planning on going out to the bars to keep the party going after our reception. I wanted to buy/wear a cute get-away outfit for this but am already over budget and feel like I spent soo much on this designer dress to not keep wearing it. I just think it may be ridiculous to show up at a bar on a friday night in a full-on wedding gown.
Since my dress is mermaid, and the bottom third is very distinct from the top two-thirds, my dress could stand alone without the bottom and be transformed into a cocktail dress by cutting the bottom “tiers” off. I talked to my seamstress and she said it would be very difficult and too intricate to make the bottom “detachable,” and the only way to acheive the cocktail dress look is to literally cut off the bottom right after the reception. The bottom will probably never be able to be reattached.
– Do I say heck with it and cut the bottom off to make my wedding dress a cocktail dress that I can wear out after the wedding (and several other times in the future)? But never have my fully-intact wedding dress, ever again (so scary). And cut-up this expensive, beautiful gown.
– Do I just wear my dress out to the bars…you’re only a bride once so who cares what others think. If it gets stained, at least its not in 2 pieces?
Post # 3
I’d be too afraid to cut off my dress. Could you possibly set up a way to ‘bustle under’ that last layer on the bottom? Or even the bottom two so that it’s more tea length and not dragging?
I know you’re watching your budget, but maybe check out overstock.com. There are some very cute short white dresses for under $100, even under $30! It may not be your ceremony dress, but if it’s white and bridal and cheap, you preserve your gown and still get to go out on the town as The Bride 🙂
Post # 4
Don’t cut off your dress! It’s gorgeous!
If the seamstress can’t make it detachable, I’d either just wear your dress bustled to the bars or find an inexpensive white/ivory cocktail dress (I bet for ~$100 you could find many really good options!).
Post # 5
Please don’t cut it off, it is too pretty to do that to the dress. Either find a different dress to wear or see if you can bustle it in a way that it doesn’t get in the way for you.
Post # 6
Try another seamstress? I’ve seen a dress JUST like yours be made detachable so it can be done.
Post # 7
unless you are going to do a full on hem before the bars, i think it won’t look very good with all the fraying and loose ends.
Post # 8
you paid what you did for the dress because of it’s style/fabric. Cutting it off would make it seems like you paid WAY too much for a cocktail dress. Personally, I would spend $150 more and get a cocktail dress.
Post # 9
It’s so pretty! I would see why you would want to cut it off, because it’s so distinct. That would scare me as well. But honestly, what are you going to do with your wedding dress? Do you know of anyone who has actually done anything with theirs? I know people who use the fabric for something else. I know that some daughters like to wear their mothers’ dresses. But if your daughter wants to do that she can get it replicated maybe? My mom’s dress is sitting in her closet somewhere. It’s sentimental but, not the end of life.
Let us know what your decision is. And take pictures 🙂
Now that I think about it.. don’t do it! Find something cute and really really cheap. Do you want to wear white?
Post # 10
oh my, your dress is beautiful! you can’t cut it!! i would say try and find something cute and short for afterwards…i think it will be money well spent. or just wear your bridal gown out to the bars – you’re only a bride once!!!
Post # 11
Wear it out! you will never be able to wear it again and you paid alot for it! I would!
Post # 12
I dont think it would be that quick and easy to cut the dress between the ceremony and reception. It would still need to be hemmed and “finished” and that would take time. If you really want to wear a short version of this dress you can take it to another seamstress so they can make it detachable but it would cost alot more money than just buying another cocktail dress
Post # 13
white house black market on ebay! go try it on in the store and buy it off ebay. I do it all the time and I never regret it.
Post # 14
IF you are over budget and not attached enough to it to cut it off, why dont you consider selling it?
Besides imagine all the free drinks you will get showing up in your wedding dress! I could save you money!
Post # 15
Thanks for all the great comments!
You’re all so right, I’d be crazy to cut it. At first I thought I’d never wear it again and it’s such a unique idea, so why not? But when it came time, I’d probably back out anyway because there would be no turning back after it’s cut (and like some said, who knows if the hem would fall right).
I think I may just wear the whole gown out afterward. You’re only a bride once! I will check out White House Black Market though…love their dresses. I’ll let you know…weddings two weeks from tomorrow! Ahhh.
Post # 16
I’d say get a seperate white cocktail dress to wear out to the bars afterwards. You may very well regret cutting up your wedding dress.
Check the sale racks at BCBG, I’d found some real gems there, gorgeous $400 dresses for $100! They usually have short white dresses that would be fitting for the situation at hand.