- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
It is customary in my culture to change into 3 dresses (or more). Initially, I was prepared to wear only two: a simple and modern-looking red Kua (without the dragons and phoenix) and this Oleg Cassini number for my outdoor Canadian Rockies wedding and indoor evening reception:
My accessories, that would affect the choice of this (second ivory) dress; dress has to match existing accessories:
– Blue shoes (as shown in picture above)
– Lace Cap (and elbow tip veil; veil has minor lace/rhinestone/pearl embellishments)
The problem is that with an illusion neckline of the dress, adding any kind of necklace would take away from the dress. My mom and (late) dad went through a lot of trouble to get me this necklace they both liked to go with my dress. (Getting a second dress would also allow my mom feel more included in the planning — I picked my tea-length dress with my future mom-in-law. My mother has offered to pay for my second dress. My mom and I live 12,000 km from each other; my mom has voiced that she would like it if my dress had a train for the ceremony.)
For my every day dresses, I rarely wear strapless and seldom wear halter. Maybe I did use to wear halter tops in my earlier 20s — almost a decade ago! 😀 Even though my mother is paying, I’m hoping to spend way less than $400 on a possible second dress since I’d wear it for the length of the ceremony and formal pictures. Then, change into my reception dress for outdoorsy pictures by the bird sanctuary.
I tried to get FI to help me pick my second dress (for the outdoor garden wedding ceremony) between the first 4 options; he likes/”doesn’t mind” Option 2, 3, and 4. My mom likes Option 2.
Here is how our venue looks like:
The bird sanctuary/marsh right behind it (close-up)
Basically, I’ve got 5 or 6 options, with my body-shape and fit, as well as keeping accessories in mind.
I’ll place them in order of price:
Option 1: “Something Borrowed”
My little cousin got married last December and sent me pictures of her dresses. One’s a strapless and the other one’s a halter. Since I’m not much of a corset-back laced dress kind of person, I would much rather prefer a zipped-back.
My loves: The lace details, the neckline, sleeves, zipper-back. Skirt/train is not too long; sweep length.
Option 3: Quite similar to a dress I tried and fell in love with 3 years ago — long before I was engaged, hah.
Loves about this dress: Natural Waistline, sweep train, key-hole back, A-line silhouette, Tulle on the shoulders (comfortable), chiffon on the outer layer is fine since the lining is satin.
My loves:Neckline, capped sleeves, tulle (comfortable material), natural waist
Alter the heck out of my existing dress to adjust the illusion neckline; see a seamstress about making an attachable skirt with a train. However, I already love the tea-length dress the way it is.
Keep looking — post your suggestions in the comments below.
Thanks in advance for your input! I am uncertain which ones would go best with the lace cap and veil. We don’t have a strict theme at all although a lot of my accessories would hint at a fun/simple 1950s/early 1960s. 🙂