(Closed) Dolly Couture buyers opinions please….

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Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m stuck between a Dolly dress and an Allure dress. I love how many real brides Dolly has on her Facebook page. That makes things easier. What dress were you thinking about? 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I ordered my custom Dolly dress last month… after months of back and forth design customization discussions with them.  They have been sooo great about everything.  I didn’t try any of their dresses on, and I was really wary at first about that.  After trying on sooo many dresses in traditional bridal stores, and being sooo unhappy with what was readily available, I decided to take the plunge and just go for it.  I am really excited I went ahead and did it, and I can’t wait for my dress to arrive. LIke MissTatto said, Dolly has so many real bride photos on her facebook page!  It’s awesome to see all of their designs on REAL brides, not models.  I think it gives you a good idea how well her dresses are constructed.  I did pay extra to go the custom measument route, instead of the off the rack sizing.  I’m busty, so I wanted to make sure my dress was comfortable in the chest/shoulders/arm area.  My dress won’t be here for another month or so, but I can’t wait!  Here’s what my custom dress will look like.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I LOVE the dresses but I am so nervous about spending several hundred dollars on a dress I have never tried on. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Dolly always seems to be right on top of things for communication- I very much considered the Edmonton for a good long while. I was just afraid that I would have too much cleavage for it.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@simplifiedbride: I’ve considered the BEverlywood with a crossover. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Miss Tattoo: this is actually a modified (sleeveless) Coney Island.  It’s a pretty new dress.  It differs from the bev as it doesn’t have rouching on the bodice or the gathered skirt.  It also has polka peeking instead of lace.  It was a popular custom dress that they added into the collection about a month ago.  I wanted a smooth look, and I was worried about the traditional gathered skirt giving me too much bulk around the middle, so I think the circle skirt style will work really well.  Mine will be sleeveless, as well, and will have a little cummerbund type action at the waist.  Have you seen her other new dresses in the black collection?  So many to choose from, it’s great!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@simplifiedbride: Yeah, I always called it a sleeveless Beverlywood. Nicole from sales told me a few weeks ago about the difference in the bodice. I knew, but before she announced the new designed, it was just closest to the Bev. Here was my wow photo for the above dress: 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Please note that I did not buy a Dolly in the end but I thought you could benefit from seeing some of them on my body. I’ll be 41 when I marry in May and some worked, some didn’t. I had miscarried in the fall and now weigh 138 and probably should be at about 125 lbs. I’m shortwaisted but not a petite. I’m about 5’4 and tried these with my Norma Kamali rockabilly pumps.

I had a blast with Dolly and highly recommend trying the dresses on at the showroom -even if you have to fly here – worth the trip. It’s not a bridal salon, it’s a showroom but she was very kind to me and my family enjoyed her so much.

The newest gowns were not out on the showroom floor the day we went. The bride before me bought the Beverly Hills. She was a bit shorter than me and more rounded in the arms and it looked great on her. My chest looked like cantaloupes in the same dress, go figure.

I’d be happy to answer any particulars offline if you want to email me.

For some reason, I have no photo of the Manhattan without the jacket. The fabric on the Manhattan and the Avila Bay were exquisite – the poshest of posh in my opinion.

Note, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – alterations are a must, these cannot be worn off the rack and it’s obvious to me by the images on facebook who had altering and who did not.

The models on the website are willowy thin and narrow and I’m neither. Above the images of me is the inspirational photo of an SF/Brit bride and her customized Dolly gown.

 

 

Manhattan with custom aqua sash and custom aqua crinoline.

The Verona – a bit too sporty for me and I felt my waist looked really wide. Beautiful vertical seaming and gorgeous craftsmanship.

 

Then a series of the Beverly Hills. My apology to Miss Tattoo – I called this the Beverlywood. This looked great on a shorter rounder chick. It comes in 3 different fabrics I believe.

 

 

The Beverly Hills was really REALLY comfortable but it didn’t flex when I sat in it. It has a real rockabilly look to me, not so much the wedding feel but I loved it, sans cantaloupe chest ๐Ÿ™‚

Not sure if I tried the Avila Bay with two different kinds of arms or if one is a completely different design. The fabric was so beautiful and felt very couture. It made me look really wholesome and I’m not so I passed. Mom was not happy! Longer sleeve.

Shorter sleeve with the woman! ๐Ÿ™‚

Other images of Manhattan with cream sash and without colored crinoline: 

And finally, the Edmonton. I felt like Loretta Young or Doris Day. It was a beautiful dress but my chest disappeared in it. Very youthful, wholesome, and die hard vintage. Would be great with little mesh gloves! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 14
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@CrunchieBar: yo baby, If I were you, I’d fly out here if you’re that set on getting one of her gowns. That way you’ll get exactly what you want. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sfchick: I’m so jealous that you met Dolly! You look great!!!! I wonder if I can convince Mr. T to fly out to Cali….

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Honestly, I regret not going with Dolly Couture. 

@sfchick: You look fabulous in all the dresses!  I’m so jealous you got to try so many dresses on.

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