Pettibone vs Packham Dilemma

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1013 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think you picked the best one already… that Pettibone dress is a dream!


The Packham dress is pretty, but I really can’t imagine it having more of an impact for a wedding than the other dress, no matter how great it looks on you.


No regrets! You made the right choice!

Post # 4
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love these sorts of dilemmas, hehe! Both gowns are gorgeous. Here are my thoughts:

– The Brigitte is more bridal. It’s ethereal, romantic and very dreamy. It’s more youthful and innocent. It’s so, so pretty and if it was me, I would feel more like a bride walking down the aisle in it. 

– The Esme, which I also love, is a really slinky, old Hollywood, Jazz Age sort of gown. Very on trend with the whole Great Gatsby thing going on right now. For me, it looks like a reception gown – or better suited to an older bride. I’ve seen in on real brides and it seems to project a very glamorous, chic, somewhat more mature look. It doesn’t scream bridal to me. On the upside, you could probably find an occasion to wear it again. I also think it’s pretty limited in terms of what kinds of venue/style of wedding it would suit – ie, a formal hotel wedding would be best. I think the Brigitte would suit a broader range of venues. 

Post # 5
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I have tried on Brigitte. I loved it because it shaped my curvy body really well. I am not normally a belt person but it really suits this dress. I think Rene can be dangerous as far as how it will look in photos. I would imagine you need a perfect body. I tried on a similar style to Esme (it was by Jenny) BUT THE TOP OF THE DRESS could be more defined at the waist. Sorry for caps lock.


I think Brigitte is lovely and was one of my tops, but myself, I am struggling between Toulouse, Eloquence and Maiden (which is being retired) from Claire and Aspen and Willow from Jenny.  At least it’s narrowed down to 5 haha.


My vote, stay with Brigitte. 

Post # 6
8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

They’re both gorgeous, so I can see why you’re having a hard time deciding. But I really love the one you bought.

Post # 7
473 posts
Helper bee

The back of the Brigitte has me swooning. Its beautiful.

The Esme is pretty, but not very… Bridal. It’s slinky and jazzy, and it seems like something more appropriate as an evening gown. 

What’s your venue? 

Post # 8
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I love your dress so much more. 

Post # 9
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Honestly, I think you already picked the nicer dress!

At the end of the day, there are lots of nice dresses out there. I don’t believe that there is one perfect dress out there for each bride, or one perfect ring, etc etc. So yes, maybe you also love the other dress, but that doesn’t mean the one you have isn’t the right decision! Enjoy the lovely one you have and don’t stress. I’m sure there was a reason why you picked that one at the time.

Post # 11
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I love the Brigitte! It was the first dress I wanted but I ended up going with a packham. Between these two I would definitely pick the Brigitte!! It’s gorgeous 

Post # 12
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Packham bride here, but I LOVE the Pettibone.  Georgeous back.. very similar to mine. Stick with it. Plus, the Esme is all over the internet right now.  

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