Post # 1
I am a size 14 street size mama having a winter-glam themed wedding (in eastern canada where we have REAL winters, ie. Snow, ice, etc). Our two little ones will be 3 and 2 when we get married, so needless to say im scrambling now for ideas!
I am looking for gown ideas that would suit our hotel wedding of 140 guests. We are only have a MOH and Best man, along wth our children standing (I couldnt handle the drama of bmaids), but this still my first time (hopefully only time) being a bride and I want something glamourous that shows off my hourglass full figure (38DD bust, 35 waist, 45 hips), especially since i was pregnant for what seemed like forever with the kids being so close together!
We are limited in my region in bridal salons as well, so ordering online is a possibility (altho I was burnt lately by ordering a “china” dress from an eBay store and it didnt fit at all and was very poorly made.
Post # 3
Thank you in advance, and sorry for the rant… im new to the board!
Post # 4
Any particular silhouette in mind? Price range?
This dress is $1050 at David’s Bridal
I love the look of the fur capelet / shrug for winter weddings, too.
Post # 5
Right now the price range is probably flexible, since if I found the gown I LOVED it would be okay – although I have already spent about 250 on the china dress. so around $1000 would be max I would say!
Hmmmm- Silhouette…. not an empire waist line… maybe a droppped waist ball gown? But Im open to anything that looks wintery! Im thinking glitzy, glamourous, something different besides an aline strapless gown!
Post # 6
I would choose whatever style of dress is the most flattering to you and the one you feel most comfortable in. After all, the majority of the time you will be indoors.
You can add the “winter” look with a wrap, coat or fur-faux if you choose.
I love the look of a vintage Persian Lamb jacket
Post # 8
I love the dresses with an illusion back and straps or sleeves for winter. Also there is something about Alencon lace that is so textured that just screams winter….sooooo elegant.
I did a modern twist on my wedding day outfits with all my accessories….ahhh the jackets and boots!!! It was awesome being able to wear it all!
Here is what I wore throughout the day:
My husband even took off his jacket for a sweater vest for the reception…I loved the outfit change!
Good luck….and post pics!
Post # 9
@Barika: WOW, your photos are beautiful!!!
Im starting to panic ALOT. I dont feel like im one tiny bit ready.
There are only a few stores here to try on gowns, so Im worried about what I will find or not find and I dont wanna settle!
Post # 10
@glamourmama: don’t panic- it won’t help.Try on whatever dresses you can find locally just to decide on a style.
Then do some looking online to find one that you like in that style. You will already know what the style looks like on you so you won’t be taking a great risk.
You can find pics of real life brides in their dresses on the used wedding dress sites like
Post # 11
I’m getting married in January 2013 and planning on everything winter. My dress is Maggie Sottero Priscilla. I think it’s going to be perfect for a winter wedding. 🙂
Post # 12
@glamourmama: Well thank you very much…I kinda had every type of weather you would expect in March in the mountains that day…I do come prepared!
I also agree do not panic. I hated every minute of dress shopping in Calgary. Designer shops were too expensive, didn’t have what I wanted (covered back and sleeves and not just a bolero), plus they didn’t have anything for me to try on.
I found a few bridal stores that make and import dresses from Asia that had tons of selection. I was able to confirm my idea that a fit n flare gown would work for me. I then approached 1 store that I was comfortable with the saleswoman and tailor about a custom made (and designed) dress. I gave her 5 different pictures and they made the dress for me AND for about the same price as an in stock dress. I figured that they could do alot with a dress to tweak it once it was here so I decided to do it – BEST DECISION EVER!
I am sure you will find your dress….there are numerous amounts of dress shops that sell beautiful NON-designer gowns. You will find it. Hang in there!
Oh and another site to check out is Etsy.com. Most things are vintage or handmade….so for us Canadians as it is made in the USA we don’t have to pay duty. I ordered alot of items (veil, faux furs, glasses all custom made) with great service, prices, and delivery. I mean who gets a hand written thank you for a purchase?? Maybe someone can make you a dress??
Post # 13
Thanks so much ladies! Everyone on this board is so sweet and helpful!
With two toddlers its really hard to get time to do all this wedding stuff! The gown I had ordered was an organza sweetheart neckline with what I thought was a fit and flare but turned out to be MAJOR mermaid… I never would have passed the sit test! It has tons of ruffles and flowers on the skirt. But the more I look the more I like either a lacey gown or a glitzy embelished bodice and full satin or tulle skirt. Sounds specific I guess… but I know the styles I dont like! Last time I tried on gowns was Dec ’11 because I then ended up with a rough patch of PPD. 🙁 Being a mom is such a blessing, but I also know I deserve my princess day!
I definitely have alot of online browsing to do!
My wedding colors are going to be gold and fuschia. My MOH is wearing a fuschia gown, and most of the decor will be gold and white, with lots of sparkles and shine, the pink will be pops of colors throughout. My bouquet is also going to be a crystal and feathery type bouquet.