Post # 1
I’ve said it a thousand times on here but I’ve been going INSANE trying to pick between 2 gowns that I LOVE. I went again this weekend with my mother and we’re both undecided. They’re both Alvina Valenta & I can buy either sample in a bridal salon near me so they’re MUCH cheaper than the usual price (both samples the store quoted charging me less than 1/2 the orig. price so price doesn’t make the decision any easier).
I’ve tried on both dresses a jillion times – I’ve been holding off on posting this because I can NOT get a picture of me in the dresses – the salon doesn’t allow it. I’m planning on going to another salon further away & maybe I can try to sneak pics but for right now, this is all I’ve got.
Dress #1 – Alvina #9860Holy Cow does this dress make me look skinny!! It looks awesome on – it’s def. made to be worn by a woman with curves. Ya see the lace detail on the tush there – it slims your butt so it looks teeny (amaaazzziinnng). It’s not too sexy and the lace at the top hides that little flab at the under-arm/sideboob area that comes with me in a strapless dress. It’s also very light & won’t weigh me down. It’s more trumpet shaped than A-line though so it’s less of a traditional bridal gown.
Dress #2 – Alvina #9801: A little bigger than dress #1 because it’s a fuller skirt but I feel more like a “bride” in it because it’s more of an A-line. I love the detail at the neckline/bust, the lace trim at the waist and this dress looks better with a bustle than #1 (IMO). The model in the picture has the tea-stained lace & sash where the dress I’d buy is all Ivory.
Help Bees!! They’re both classic dresses, that I love (I love the buttons down the back on both) but I’m losing my biscuits trying to figure out which one I should go with. I thought about getting both, but I’m just not a 2-dress bride.
Post # 3
I absolutely LOVE that first dress! Those buttons are to die for. I love the lace detailing on the toosh. Man, I wish I had been able to try on that dress when I was looking! 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I think that if the first one does as magical-figure-things as you say it does, 100% go with that one. I think it’s a prettier dress, and has an awesome shape.
Post # 5
I LOVE the first one! Go with that ;o)
Post # 6
I really like number one! Would be great to see it on you though!
Post # 7
Love the first one! It’s more interesting of a line to me, and less overwhelming but still gorgeous.
Post # 8
The first one looks like it would compliment the body more
Post # 10
yes the first one FOR SURE, love it!
Post # 11
They are both gorgeous!! Personally, I prefer the second dress (what i love most though is the color lace and sash which you were planning to change). But it sounds like the first dress would be very flattering on you. You can’t go wrong with either dress.
Post # 14
I don’t know, I have a trumpet and part me of is still stuck on an A-line/ballgown silhouette because of that “feel more like a bride” thing. If it’s going to nag at you afterwards like it is at me, I’d say go for #2. However #1 is beautiful and I’ve been noticing trumpet/mermaid seem to be the most preferred silhouettes by brides here, so it comes down to how you feel about it.
Can you maybe talk the store into taking pics if you put a deposit down, to be applied to either? I can always decide better when I have photos in front of me to compare.
Post # 15
First dress all the way! Funny, ’cause when I first went dress shopping I had it in my mind that I should get A-line because I’m “hippy.” However, I ended up witha trumpet dress and couldn’t be happier!
Post # 16
Number One!! It’s gorgeous!!