Is anyone else bypassing dress shopping all together ?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I am bypassing the buying of a dress too! I’ve got me heart set on a specific dress, but unfortunately it was only made for one person. Portia De Rossi. 😀 I have been in love with this dress ever since I met my now FI. My FMIL and her sister will be making the dress. Both are quite talented, FMIL’s Sister has made many Bridesmaid dresses, and a few wedding dresses. So… I”M FREAKING EXCITED! Lol Prduction won’t be for a while, as we have not even set a date yet, but I guess that gives me plenty of time to get everything perfect, just the way I want it. 😀

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

KinD of – I live in Japan where dresses are EXPENSIVE (think $500 plus to hire), and not my style (not that some people don’t look good in glittery pink ruffled ball gowns)

So I went online, found a cheap dress on David’s Bridal andfought it. Done!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MissBettsy:  Oh wow. Your dress is going to be STUNNING. 

I’m getting mine (both of them) made by a local dressmaker. My dream dress doesn’t exist, so I can’t really go and buy it. I’m plus size, and I wanted something vintage-inspired and in midnight blue – it was not going to happen.

My dress is probably best described as a mix of these two dresses (the lace details of the first plus the draping of the second), but a more a-line silhouette:

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m going to go try on dresses to see what I want and like. But ultimately, I’m getting mine made and buying it online.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@MissBettsy:  May I ask for the name of the site where you got the replica jewellery please? And that’s so exciting that your look is coming together!

I’m having my wedding gown made by Michi Calica, a bridal designer in the Philippines. My gown has been inspired by the dress below – the skirt will be similar – but mine will be in red. Admittedly, I have gone to three bridal salons to try on dresses but it was purely for the purpose of seeing what styles and silhouettes suited me. I learnt that I can pull off ballgowns with full textured skirts – which actually influenced my decision to go with Michi – and that I can wear certain trumpet/fit and flare style gowns if the skirt doesn’t start too abruptly. Also, I look like crap in horizontal ruching Tongue Out

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought a wedding dress from the rack, took it to a seamstress to have it altered and it was ruined (cut too much fabric, lost frabric, didn’t tie off seams correctly… etc). That dress had been close to what I wanted but not exactly (nothing is made that I want in my head). Now, I am having a custom dress done by a dressmaker who did my FSILs dress. Hope this works!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Miss Circe:  That sounds fantastic – I can’t wait to see it!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@clairebbbear:  Thank you! I can’t wait to see your dress as well. I like the colour midnight blue and I love the top of that Jenny Packham dress so I really want to see your dress turns out.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MissBettsy:  I found my dress online ($400 for a $2400 dress!). I never tried on one single gown. Purchased my dress on a wing and a prayer and it worked out for me!

Post # 12
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294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m having mine made too. I’ve always planned to go the custom route. I did go dress window shopping just for the fun of it. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yep, I have never tried on wedding dresses! I thought about it for a minute but decided there was no point. My mom is a designer and seamstress. She is making my dress.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I bought an off-the-rack dress from an online retailer specializing in retail (eta:  retro) clothes – I’d post a picture but FI is sitting right next to me (I don’t mind, but he will be crushed if he sees my dress).

Some people were bummed I didn’t go to bridal boutiques, but I just shrugged them off – these are the people who have never experienced the full wrath of a angry, shopping-tired, CakeyP. I admit… I may or may not throw grown-up tantrums. Ahem.

Anyway, my wedding dress is a very cute, retro antique-white dress with a deep sweetheart neckline, full shoulder straps, and a full knee-length skirt.

I’m planning on sewing a long skirt to slip over the dress for the ceremony/family photos. It’d really be the only time in my life I’d be wearing a gown, and I think I just want to look very elegant to actually get married, and very fun for the reception. I’m thinking red crinoline with red heels for the short skirt version!

Basically, it’s a convertible dress – I just decided to make the dress convert myself! 🙂

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

wow, I am impressed by those of you brave enough to do this! I found that many dresses looked *very* different in pictures than they did on me, and I even ended up going with one which I would never have even tried on based on the picture. Good luck and I hope you all have lovely dresses that you are super happy with!

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