Dress dilemma: no longer sure about the Claire Pettibone Chantilly dress

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@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
703 posts
Busy bee

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
72 posts
Worker bee

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
18 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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!

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