Post # 1
So the gowns from my other super long post didn’t work out, and I mentioned that I had tried on the Lazaro 3955 gown and loved it but the bridal store I tried it on at (which is also the only bridal store that carries it in my province) is selling it at $3490. While my original budget for a wedding dress was $3500, I’m not too sure about spending so much on a wedding gown anymore when I could buy a gown for $1000.
I loved the Mori Lee 1602 gown when I first saw it on their website (a few months ago before I saw the Lazaro gown) and I think they are very similar. I like the bottom part of the Mori Lee more, but I like the top part of the Lazaro gown more. The only thing is none of the stores in my province carry the Mori Lee, so I will have to order it online without trying it on, although I have seen other ladies’ pictures of themselves in this gown, and I do like it.
Mori Lee 1602:
My question is, if you were in my position, what would you do?
The Lazaro gown will run me $3500+alterations, and the Mori Lee will run me ~$1000 + shipping + alterations. Are they similar enough for me to get the Mori Lee? Should I not buy a dress without trying it on? Should I pay the $3500 and get the dress I love?
Post # 3
@corals: Normally I would say to get the less expensive dress (Mori Lee), but I know how it feels to fall completely in love with a dress out of your budget. My original budget was $2000, and I fell in love with a $2450 dress. I tried on similar dresses, but I just couldn’t get the more expensive dress out of my head. It sounds like the Lazaro isn’t outside of your original budget (before alterations)–so maybe if you’re worried about spending so much money on a dress, you could just try to sell it after your wedding and recoup some of the expense?
Post # 4
The Mori Lee is what I would pick, not even cosidering the costs. I think it looks awesome. I don’t really like the Lazaro much, that tulle skirt is not a good contrast against the beaded bodice, in my opinion. I honestly thought the pic of the Mori Lee was the $3500 dress until I read on. Go for what you want!
Post # 5
I tried on that Lazaro gown and it was one of my top contenders. It’s a gorgeous dress. Actually where I tried it on, was selling it for $3000. So my advice to you is to call around ans order it from a different store that gives you a better price. Then they can just ship it to you.
The Lazaro is so gorgeous in person. The lace and tulle are such a beatiful combination and the fit was amazing. THe mori lee is pretty but doesn’t have that same pizzaz to me.
Post # 6
I hate to say it, but I like the Lazaro more, You can see why it costs more in the detail, I imagine the fabric will be much better too. You know what they say you always get what you pay for. If you can afford it, do it, its only your wedding day once (hopefully lol)
Post # 7
Have you considered buying a used dress? I see there is at least one on POWD.com right now.
That being said, I would honestly say that if you can afford it, just buy the one you love! You’ll always think about it and wonder. And you could resell it afterwards to recoup some of the cost.
Post # 8
Honestly, I think the Mori Lee looks more expensive. The style of tulle on the Lazaro appears cheap. (I’m sorry if that’s someone else’s dress!)
Post # 9
I like the Mori Lee a lot better. It might help to try on a similar style, though, before ordering just to make sure it suits you (since a fitted style like that isn’t always forgiving). Though if the Lazaro worked for you, it might be similar enough to get an idea of how the other might fit.
Post # 10
I prefer the Lazaro too but you are the one paying so you need to be comfortable with what you are spending. As mentionned above, you can always try and sell the dress after to get some money out of it. You are only going to be a bride once – how many times in your life are you going to wear a dress that expensive? Now is the time to feel glamourous. I’m sure whatever you decide you will look great anyway!
Post # 11
Hate to say it! But the Lazaro is definitely my choice. The difference is really aparent in the bodice between the two and I love the textures of the Lazaro. Also, I don’t like that bow on the Mori Lee dress. The lazaro’s floral accent is done much better.
I say CLOSE YOUR EYES and buy the Lazaro! I have a feeling that if you get the Mori Lee, you will be settling and lured by the lower price tag…. and down the road you will most likely continue to look at the Lazaro dress. It isn’t too much different than your original budget.
Also, its really risky to buy the Mori Lee without trying it on.
Post # 12
I tried on this Mori Lee and it was one of my top contenders. The top is like ruched/gathered tulle. Underneath that, there is sparkly lace. So, whenever you move, the top of the dress is catching the light, etc… It’s very pretty! Also, there is a lace underlay on the bottom. If I went with the dress, I was going to pull the tulle overlay up at the bow/flower so the lace would show some. I personally prefer the Mori Lee to the Lazaro, but it is really YOU who needs to make the decision. You know how much you love the Lazaro and you know whether or not you will be disappointed with the Mori Lee 🙂 I hope my info helps!
Post # 13
honestly, just from the pics, I would choose the Mori Lee- I think it looks so pretty! But it all comes down to which dress you are comfortable in. I was in the same position a while ago, and ended up going with the $1,000 dress. I realized that I would be more comfortable physically in the dress, and mentally (think going to a bar post-wedding :)).
Good luck- they are both lovely!
Post # 14
I like the simplicity of the Mori Lee, and you can’t beat the price!
Post # 15
I am biased, but coming from me, get the Mori Lee, I did and I have no regrets!:D
She is absolutely beautiful, well made from the boning to the materials. And like Jenlon said, the lace underlay is gorgeous — the internet pic doesn’t do it justice.
If you like the Lazaro more b/c it has more lace on the bodice , since you are saving money I think you could satiate that with a cathedral mantilla or lace edged veil. I am wearing a cathedral veil ( not lace but lace does look amazing with it ) and it looks awesome !
Post # 16
I love the top of the Lazaro but I like the bottom of the Mori Lee better. You have to go with the one you really love or you might regret it, but you have to be ok with spending the money for it! I went over my budget on my dress and I absolutely love it but I wish I would have looked a little more to see if I could find something else I loved just as much for less money!