Post # 1
Hi bees! I fell in love with the Claire Pettibone Chantilly dress at first sight awhile back. I thought it was very unique and who can forget the lace back.
Since then, I’ve seen a fair number of brides wearing the dress…on blogs, pinterest, etc. And now I’m just not sure anymore. I find the back of the dress still gorgeous as always, but the front is another matter. In many of the real life bride pictures, I found the bust of the dress either looks ill fitted or does nothing to prop up the bust.
Also, the dress no longer looks as unique as more designers are shifting from the ball gown (strapless + puffy) to the romantic vintage (sleeves + fitted) look.
I’m not sure if I still want to shell out $6000 plus to be yet another bride on pinterest wearing the Chantilly. I’m beginning to be tempted by some beautiful Jenny Packham dresses, which while not cheap, usually costs a bit less than the Chantilly.
So bees, do you still love the Chantilly? Am I crazy in thinking that this dress is over exposed?
Post # 3
@rwa078: Two things. 1. You are seeing the dress everywhere because you love it and it’s your style…so it’s popping up as part of the stuff you’re looking for. 2. Your wedding will be unique because it’ll be YOUR wedding…so if you love the dress, get the dress.
One more thing: I did see that there is a knock off version of the dress, so you could get that instead and not spend $6K on something you’ll wear for like five hours.
Post # 4
Anything by Claire Pettibone, despite what you see on wedding blogs or Pinterest, would still be an incredibly dramatic and unqiue dress to 99% of people attending a wedding. It is a totally gorgoeus dress and if you have the budget, I would go for it. I still love the Chantilly and I’m certainly not tired of seeing it, and I don’t see it often at all, and I check all the major wedding blogs pretty much daily.
Post # 5
This dress is stunning, and I hope one day my daughter wears it. Though I’ve seen many beautiful dresses, none have been as beautiful as this one.
Post # 6
Why not try on other dresses, see what else is out there? It might give you an idea re: if you’d be happy in something else!
Post # 7
I think the Chantilly is gorgeous, and the level of detail and craftsmanship in the dress sets it apart from others on the vintage-chic train. Besides, I think you need to put things into perspective – to 99.9999% of people you know and non-brides, they’re not going to know whether something is trending on Pinterest, or what the top 10 most popular wedding dresses are. So I wouldn’t be too concerned about wearing a ‘mainstream’ gown, which the Chantilly isn’t just by virtue of its price tag alone.
Having said that, it’s not uncommon for a bride’s tastes to shift even during the course of the dress shopping process. I know mine did, oscillating from wanting a classic ball gown to a more modern trumpet to a more 1930s silhouette. Depending on when your wedding is, I would take as much as possible to explore your options, consider, let it all sink in before making a decision. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and fall in love with the first dress you see.
I do love Jenny Packham gowns – I have Astrid from Fall 2012 – and I think they’re definitely worth investigating, particularly as they are slightly less damaging to the bank account than Claire Pettibone!