Post # 1
I am hemming and hawing between three dresses–two very expensive Augusta Jones dresses and one Mon Cheri dress. My wedding is 4 months away (yes…4! January 2008!), but I’ve been told that a rush order would be possible. I want a fabulous dress because neither my FH nor I ever get out and this is my ONE CHANCE to wear something really special. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to be ridiculous or tacky (and honestly, I do not have good judgement–some people just know what is appropriate…I am not one of those people). I am 5’5, slim hourglass figure, Asian, and all three look great on me. I like the Augusta Jones Sterling dress the best, but my mother thinks that the Swarovski crystals and beading (and sheer weight of the gown) would be inappropriate for the small Korean restaurant where the reception will be held (less than 40 guests expected). Also, the cost would be more than half what my FH and I had discussed for the entire wedding budget (though I have the dough stashed away for it…and he never need know!) The Mon Cheri Sabrina dress would be the most economical–the only drawback is that it is a little common (standard A-line…imagine it in ivory) and you have to be very careful to slightly lift the skirt up when you sit otherwise you’ll tear the delicate netting. The Augusta Jones Tia dress is lovely, simple, actually has straps…but shows more cleavage than I’ve ever shown in my life (apparently, I am more well-endowed than the model). As the reception will be all sitting (no dancing), this is a drawback. The ceremony is in a huge Gothic chapel, so any of the dresses would be ok there. Any opinions? Help!
Post # 3
1. augusta jones sterling (but i favor the form-fitting and straight dresses rather than A-lines)
2. mon cheri sabrina
if budget is a big issue (i.e., if you will miss the extra few $$ 10 years from now), mon cheri is a pretty dress. i wouldn’t worry about your dress being fancier than the reception restaurant, since you have a Church ceremony. 🙂 i would go with the one that makes you happiest.
Post # 4
I vote for the moncheri dress since it’s the most unique and distinguished look out of the three Plus, it’s the cheapest right? At the same time, you should go with the dress that "wow"ed you… but all within reason. If you know your Fiance would disapprove of spending that kind of money, I would think again. If he found out how much money you spent after the wedding and was upset, it would be a bad way to start the marriage. Why don’t you talk it over with him, without showing him the dresses of course.
Post # 5
It sounds like you have a lovely, intimate event planned. As you will be sitting most of the time, I think the Tia has the prettiest neckline. A good seamstress can work with the bust area so the "girls" aren’t quite as out and about.
Would your fiance support you spending 50% of your entire wedding budget on your gown? (And doing it without asking him – does that really start off your marriage on the right foot?)
You may be happier spending that extra cash on a few evenings out with your Fiance – and perhaps buy a new outfit for each of those couple evenings! Good luck!
Post # 6
I am so glad I found this post. I recently bought the same Mon Cheri dress (for a steal at $550) in Ivory, size 8 and I think it is gorgeous. You can also work with your bridal salon to get a bolero made of the same lace…On the other hand, just like you I have also been hemming and hawing about gowns with all-over lace and minimal beading which I really love more.
My suggestion would be to check out Watter 9046B, which is strikingly similar to the first Augusta dress you have. On the internet you can find it for $850 (this one has no beading though). Also, Casablanca 1769 is gorgeous, has beading, and you can buy it for $700 at some websites.
I would check those dresses out as alternatives. I wish I had waited to buy my dress as now I think I want the Watters one! Do you want to buy my Mon Cheri 🙂