- 3 years ago
- Wedding: November 2014
Let me start from the beginning.
Background:We are getting married in Las Vegas. Our ceremony venue is outside in an open, airy, waterfall area. Reception is in a private room of an irish pub/restaurant, and then we plan on spending the night on the town.
I bought the Pronovias Ocelada dress at a sample sale. I love it. It’s an amazing tulle ballgown with lace. I also purchased an ivory colored and all-over beaded Great-Gatsby style floor length party dress for once we head out on the Vegas Strip. Again, love it!
One day I was looking at pictures on WB of other brides in their dresses just because dresses are pretty and that’s what I do sometimes 🙂
I fell in love with the Maggie Sottero Cleo, which was just discontinued this summer. I searched classifieds and preownedweddingdresses.com for used dresses, and found a few, but I was really not up for spending $500-600 on a third dress + alterations.
Enter ebay, and seller bridal4u. The seller has quite a few gowns that are all designer and listed as either brand new or sample. One day a Cleo in Alabaster color, size 14 popped up and I about died. Starting bid was $150 + 30 shipping. I was hesitant at first about buying from ebay, but the seller had many pictures and a good description promising authenticity. I took a bit of a chance and won the auction. I paid
Shipping/Delivery/Packaging – 10/10: The seller shipped lightning quick – it shipped out within hours of my winning the auction and arrived in 2 days! The packaging was well done. A large, sturdy cardboard box was securely taped shut. Inside, the dress was carefully rolled up, wrapped in plastic wrap, and placed inside a clear plastic dress bag. The sash was also wrapped well, and the certificate of authenticity was placed in a large zip-lock style bag.
Dress- 10/10: It was indeed a brand new dress with tags that confirmed designer, style and size. I inspected the entire dress and train and could not find a stitch out of place or a smude, etc. Obviously it will need steamed since it has been in transit, but that’s to be expected with any dress. The crinoline is intact and very stiff and crisp feeling. The dress smells like it’s straight from the factory (basically, it smells like fabric and plastic from the dress bag) – no odd odors whatsoever.
The construction is wonderful – boning in all the right places, strong seams and satin that could only be described as decadent – soft, thick, but not too shiny. I had never seen a Maggie Sottero dress in person, and this did not disappoint! The alabaster color goes great with my skin tone and the corset back hugs in all the right places. The flower sash is well-made and is growing on me, surprisingly. There are also extra corset laces; one set is thinner and the other thicker. I think I will end up using the thicker ones.
I could not reccommend this seller more! S/He seems to sell older gown styles, but mine is in perfect condition, exactly as described and at an amazing price. 10/10!
So, without further ado, here are some (kind of cruddy, sorry) pictures of me in the dress! Keep in mind I laced myself into the corset, so the fit is not perfect, but I think I did a good job! She will need hemmed, but that is all I foresee in terms of alterations besides the bustling and steaming! I plan to have the dress bustled permanently and wear it for the reception.
AAAAND…May I present: The Wedding Closet! May I just add I think I have *THE* best FI ever? I told him I was thinking about buying a reception dress on top of the ceremony and party dresses (he hasn’t seen any of them, just knows I have them) and says “Whatever makes you happy. As long as it’s not a mermaid.”
All in all, I have spent