Post # 1
Trying to gather some opinions… I have two vintage wedding dresses picked out but I can’t decide which one is my best option. I have thoughts in mind for each one and all are within my size/budget… Which one of these gowns do you ladies like best? I will be adding custom characteristics to each one, so here’s what my plan would be for each of them but I’d love to hear some thoughts! I’m pulling from early 1930’s speakeasy/Hollywood Glam… All of my bridesmaids will be in different flapper dresses/accessories that I will allow them to pick out on their own as long as the colors are relative. Both gowns are authentic 1930’s vintage and in very good condition considering their price/age.
DRESS A: The lace needs to be reinforced and/or replaced. I have already talked to a couple seamstresses/experienced costumers that have said this could be possible. I would replace the top with probably sheer netting and the inlays in the train/front of the gown with new lace of some sort (oh, the options!) I would accessorize with either an art deco bridal sash around the waist line or with jewelry (long beads/necklaces) typical to the time period.
DRESS B: This one I wish could be done into a v-neck but after talking to the seamstresses, it may not be a possibility because of the type of fabric that it is. I LOVE that low back though… (Would it be possible to convert Dress A’s back into something like that?) Even though the style is simple/plain, I would be able to dress it up to my heart’s content with long beads/necklaces typical of that time period… I would also need to sew a border around the sleeves to cover some discoloration.
What do you think, bees? I’d love to hear some opinions/thoughts… But these are the two dresses I’ve narrowed my search down to! My bridesmaids have had 50/50 opinions, my parents hate Dress A but I see so much potential with being able to replace the lace. I have both dresses on reserve through their sellers.
Thanks in advance and I look forward to reading your responses!
Post # 2
I prefer dress B. I don’t like the front of dress A. I love the simplicity of the second one plus what can be done to the back.
Post # 3
nessa.ana: b is absolutely stunning and is so sophisticated. No contest.
Post # 4
B. But it is your wedding, so you should choose which one makes you feel like a bride.
Post # 5
B is pure sophistication!
Post # 6
Have you actually tried on anything similar to either?
Post # 8
I really like A, I’m a sucker for a little bit of lace! But you should try them on (or at least something similar) and see how you feel 🙂
Post # 9
First of all, I LOVE that you’re going the vintage route. I just bought a vintage dress but I’m afraid it is going to be a “project” dress for quite some time. I agree with many of the other Bees, dress B is gorgeous and reflective of the period while maintaining a timeless elegance. How were you thinking of “dressing it up?” By the way, you should check out your era in this awesome book. It covers key bridal looks, vintage inspiration, fashion, beauty, decor and details, and real brides. I checked a copy out from the library and it was really helpful for me as a vintage bride!
Post # 10
I like A! I like the front better than B, and you have many more possibilities with alterations.
I personally don’t believe in buying a wedding dress JUST because of the back – if you don’t like the front. The majority of the time (and in most of the pics), the back won’t show.
Post # 11
- Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base
I voted for B. I think the back represents the theme better. Also, I really don’t like the book section of the first dress. Likes like there are bubbles attached underneath.
Post # 12
Have you tried this style on?
I tried on lots of these kind of dresses (love them!) and it was often difficult to tell if they would work or not until you had them on.
that said I love Dress b and it would be quite similar to what I eventually went for. (I loved a simple dress, you can accessorize to your hearts content then)
Post # 13
I’d also pick the second. The bias cut fabric is very 30s, and I actually love the simplicity of the front. Have you tried them on yet?
Post # 14
nessa.ana: dress B definitely. I love the fabric too!
Post # 15
Have you tried on this type of dress/fabric?