Post # 16
It’s a lovely dress! I’m about your size and you’d be surprised what you can wear if it’s the right proportions. I’d definitely want to try it on before committing to it though. As a PP mentioned, some alterations are easier than others. Or at the very least, ask for the measurements of the dress (e.g., bust, waist, etc.) and go from there. I think a chapel or cathedral length veil would look great with it. I’d probably wear a small heel (1.5 to 2 inches).
Post # 17
I love your dress, though I like the inspiration ones better , they are less ‘Mormonised’ and more elegant . If you do go with the pictured one, I agree strongly with the pp who said the sleeves need shortening and tightening . If you wear gloves with them as is it will look quite odd, you need some flesh showing in between gloves and sleeve ending.
It has a lovely bateau type neckline, the most flattering of all necklines I think , so I;d find a veil that didn’t obscure it , perhaps a plain long one with horsehair or ribbon edging as has been suggested .
Post # 18
squirrelyone : wow i loveeeee your first pic!!! what era are those from ? 1940s?amazing
Post # 19
I like it!! But I wouldn’t pair gloves with that.
Post # 20
I second checking Etsy. I had a vision in mind and was having a very difficult time finding anything in person… I found what I had dreamed up on Etsy. The dress you have here looks like it will fit your tastes quite nicely though too. I don’t know how I feel about the gloves though :/. Also, I’m 5’3″ and was initially afraid of the ballgrown/lage A-line silouette too. I thought it would overwhelm me but I ended up buying a huge multilayered ballgown skirt and LOVE it. In fact, paried with my height, I think it looks both elegant and adorable. I say go for the big skirt!
Post # 21
Shinytoy : it’s gorgeous and the fabric is beautiful. PP is so right about the waist- that’s the biggie for us petite brides. It will make all the difference to make sure the waist hits you perfectly.
That said, short brides can wear any kind of dress, so don’t worry about that:-)
:@uk-bee had a very elegant simply dress with a beautiful veil with satin edges. Very crisp and elegant. If you go to her recap, you’ll see it.
I think a 3/4 sleeve would look great with a wrist glove, and it would cut up all of the white to take away any lingering Mormon look.
I looove simple elegant dresses made with great fabric that are tailored to a woman’s body- nothing like it.
ETA- here’s the link to @UK-bee’s recap, hopefully she won’t mind!
Post # 22
BalletParker : thanks I have already chatted to her on here while ogling her amazing gown!!
Post # 23
I saw this video and it instantly made me think of your post!
Post # 24
Bees I thought I would give you all an update.
The dress is secondhand vintage and just arrived last night. Many of you know my long dress hunt and very picky weird tastes. Well. Its finally over. The dress is incredible and brought tears to my eyes. It totally suits me and my personality. I really thought I would never have a “OMG THIS IS *THE* DRESS” moment.but i totally did. It looks kind of like a victorian or 1800s wedding style. But as I am a young woman it looks perfect and not like costumey. i think i will keep the sleeve lengths and not have the white gloves
it is a silk satin dress, with white lace applique to the neck, waist and bottom hem with mini pearls to the neckline lace. the sleeves have long bridal buttons.
Also it was under $350 including delivery but not including the $100 customs charge. So I do recommend secondhand online sellers using ebay or such with good reviews and good refund policies.
My main things for me to do with it now are to get it professionally cleaned. it is an off white/light ivory, and I think that will lift a couple shades in cleaning.
I also dislike the boat neck, for some reason I dont suit boats. So I will probably get it altered to make into a jewel necklike or something (advice welcomed).
Thanks bees who suggested to lift and take in the waist, you are right, the waist needs lifting as i am a mini-bee. it may need to be shortened too.
IT is amazing how the dress sets the tone for the rest of the hair, makeup, accessories. i always thought i would have ahalf up half down but it really needs a formal updo.
anyway i am totally pleased and just deciding how/where to clean it. it is around 50 years old. im thikning to soak in Rit but imnot sure
Post # 25
patchm : OMG!!! that is the same as my dress almost!!! the exact same look !!! how funny!!!! love it hehe
Post # 26
I’d do a veil like the one I wore on my special day because this screams classic to me. Beautiful dress bee. From a fellow small bride. I’m 5″2 and 58kg 🙂
Post # 27
Shinytoy : my dress was a vintage that I altered too 🙂 also about 50 years old! I was young bride too but felt like the older style was definitely more me xx beautiful