Monique Dress Dilemma

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which dress?
    bridesmaids monique : (2 votes)
    17 %
    monique candy - from the botique : (5 votes)
    42 %
    used monique candy - from online : (5 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    5228 posts
    Bee Keeper

    bellaJax2014:  I’m not sure if his is helpful or not, but David’s bridal has a dress that reminds me of that gown. I love the buttons down the back.

     

    Post # 3
    Member
    2763 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    If you have the time, I suggest to keep shopping around & trying on dresses within the budget that you’re comfortable with. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Bottom Lounge

    bellaJax2014:  I would look around more! I love Monique as well but it was waaaay above my budget.  There’s a store here near Boston called Vows.  There’s a show I found the Gown films there. 

    But anyways I found my Monique gown there for $1850!!! Retail price $6500! Not altered but a sample gown.  

    So keep looking! 

    Post # 5
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    857 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I purchased a preowned Gemma from an online wedding dress resale site.  The dress has extensive fraying under the arms along the bust.  A ripped underlayer and a very soiled hem.  I had requested dated photographs of the dress but none of this showed up in the photos.  The cost of cleaning and what can be repaired is substantial.  I would suggest buying a new dress in your price range.  

    Post # 6
    Member
    884 posts
    Busy bee

    I think the dress is beautiful but it might be worth it just to keep looking for awhile. Even with a 6-7 thousand dollar dress brand new you can still expect alterations unfortunately.

    Post # 7
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    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’d keep looking…I wouldn’t recommend trying to DIY that dress, I think you’d be disappointed. The Candy is really popular, if you have time I would wait and see if a preowned/sample pops up. 

    Post # 8
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    375 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I agree with the other bees: keep looking.

    My targeted designer was also Monique Lhuillier and I was aware of the steep price range so I search for a used dress first. Even though sellers say  they only wore the gown once for a few hours, the material is so delicate that it can’t withstand the stress of that short amount of time. I tried on a used Monique Lourdes gown and much of the lace under the arms were frayed. Also, the dress looked droopy after the dry cleaning process.

    One potential solution is to consider gowns from the Bliss line (2K-4K range). I bought one from a sample sale and only paid $1500 (regular 3500).

    Post # 9
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    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch

    I recommend continuing to look. I bought my Monique dress from a formalwear consignment shot. It’s a sample, has never been worn to a wedding and is in perfect condition. All for $700! It was an older season’s design, but I don’t mind. I used LeDress Boutique in Atlanta. They have a Monique dress that kinda has the same silhouette as the bridesmaid’s dress you posted. Check it out: http://www.ledressboutique.com/find-my-dress/wedding-gowns/search?keyword=monique+lhuillier&limitstart=0&option=com_virtuemart&view=category

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