Post # 1
I have only tried on the Dallas Marie. The assymetrical ruching and pick-up A-line skirt was really flattering but I was bored by the lack of embellishment. I found the Carrie dress online which is similar in style but with some crystals at the bust line. I’m planning on purchasing a dress through a legit online wholesaler for 3/4 the retail price.
I’ve found “Carrie” for a great price but now I’m concerned about not being able to try it on. I’m having a destination wedding and and “Dallas Marie” had a bottom half I felt would be tolerable for the event. When comparing the pictures of the two dresses together, I’m now concerned that Carrie’s train and lower half in general seems significantly longer than that of Dallas Marie’s. I could be over analyzing this so I wanted to get some other opinions on this.
I just wish the Dallas Marie had some bedazzles. I tried it on with and without the bow. The bow was awkward looking but the dress felt unfinished without it. Other than that the width of the skirt and the style of the top was perfect. I can’t wait to hear back from this!
Post # 3
I think that both dresses look beautiful and I think that either one will work for your destination wedding! Is there any way to try on the Carrie dress?
Post # 4
Could you have a seamstress add some beading to the one you tried on? Or maybe locate the Carrie and at least go to try it on…
Post # 5
I am personally an a bigger fan of the Dallas Marie. Would you be a fan of maybe not getting the sash on there and going with some sort of beaded belt. Or maybe have the company making it for you put embellishments on the sash?
Post # 6
You should try the Dallas Marie with a beaded belt. My seamstress is adding a beaded belt/sash to my plain dress to add a bit of drama/sparkle to it. Good luck!!!
Post # 7
Carrie is my dress 🙂 Here’s a pic of the back of the dress (not altered, or pressed for that matter!), so you can get an idea of how long the train is:
Post # 8
I personally like the dallas marie sooooo much more!
Post # 9
I like Carrie better. It seems more elegant.
Post # 10
I tried on Carrie…I really liked it. I wanted to try on Dallas Marie but I can’t find one around here… although now I have had a change of heart. Looking at all the pictures online of the maggie brides, the crooked bow just looks stupid -espcially when it is a different color than the dress is. Dallas Marie has very subtle pick ups….. Actually both dresses do — that’s why I liked both originally
Go with Carrie
Post # 11
I hope that one of you ladies can reassure me of this dress… “Carrie”
I have an issue that I am hoping someone out there knows about.
Purchased my gown last November 09. I went on the Maggie website and chose my gown from there and found a shop that carried this gown.. when I tried it on, it didn’t really hang or present itself as the picture on the website..I was assured that it was because it was too long and needed to be pressed..ok. made sense..or so I thought it did. In addition it was recommended that I get the hem to hollow measurement, it was more money upfront but that it would save me on alterations, so I did it…well:
Friday I went to my first fitting, OMG it was too short and the dress looked horrible..nothing like the one on the website, thank G-d I brought pics of the dress from the website.. the end result is that the shop is ordering me a new gown, the owner of the store did admit that they had never seen the dress on the website and that they have only seen store stock, they have sold this dress numerous times and no one has questioned it until now..I looked at the store stock dress…bubble hem yes, no defined pleats and I noticed the testimonials where the girls are wearing “Carrie”on the maggie site; they do not look like the dress either! Now I do understand there are photo shoot changes made to the gowns, however, it should not be that dramatic, and I cant imagine a company that puts quality gowns on the market would do that..
So when the new dress comes in, if it looks the same what should I do? does anyone know enough about the gown that an experienced seamstress can produce that effect, just seems to me you should not have to do that.
With kindest regards,
Post # 12
Both dresses are beautiful. However for a destination wedding, I think the Dallas Marie is your girl. Carrie looks more formal and I bet she’d be happier indoors in some airconditioning. From your original post I’m guessing your destination wedding is in a warm climate and you might be outside. Seriously, Dallas Marie all the way for you. Add a beaded sash if the lack of bling is really bothering you, and you’ll have the best of both worlds!
Post # 13
I actually purchased the Dallas Marie almost one year ago and had horrible regret for months. It didn’t have enough sparkle for me, either. I searched online and found all kind of rhinestone trim. Now my Dallas has the perfect amount of sparkle while still keeping the shape it’s known for.
Post # 14
@Rebekahr:that’s crazy! I’m a carrie bride to, and just tried on my dress, I was a little disappointed because when I tried on the sample the pick ups were almost triangle shaped, which is what I loved! I do think once it is pressed it will look like that. I went to the maggie website while I was eagerly waiting for the dress to come in and noticed some of the real pics look different, but I figure that is based on different body shapes and different seamstresses.
I hope when the dress comes it, everything works out!
Post # 15
I feel for you in this choice…I was having the hardest time deciding between both these dresses. The Dallas Marie was the first dress I ever tried on and I thought that was it for sure (except I would take the bow off)…but I saw the Carrie in pictures and thought that that was EXACTLY what I wanted – so similar to Dallas Marie but without bow, and with the subtle sparkle I wanted. But no where I went for dress appts had a sample for me to try.
Finally, in August I found a place in SC near my parents that had a sample and I knew for sure when I had it on that was it. I realized in the Dallas Marie I felt more “cute” and more girl like, which is my normal style to be honest (prob why I liked it so much the first time around!) In the Carrie, I felt more elegant and womanly, and I finally realized on my wedding day I wanted to feel like a woman.
Oh! And my wedding is a dest. wedding – ceremony on beach, reception inside. I know the Carrie seems a lil formal for the beach, but you have to adore your wedding dress and have no regrets… so with that said, go for the one you love the most. Not necessarily the one “more fit for inside or outside”.
For those still trying to decide on the Carrie, my pics are below and maybe that will help you decide. I know it always helped me see “real people” in the dresses I was interested in. Good Luck!
Post # 16
If anyone on a budget is looking for a Dallas Marie- I have a NEW mikaella by paloma blanca for sale that is very similar with the bow and beautiful pleating. Its a size 10 bridal which is a size 6 in normal wear. The best part is the price- the mikaella retails for $1500 but im reducing it –> $375 (75% off!!!) as i am hoping for a quick sale…
please pm me or look at my listing for further details