Should I buy a Pronovias Finisterre second hand? Pics of me in it unaltered!

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I buy this dress?
    No, it's better to buy from a bridal shop. : (4 votes)
    7 %
    No, the style doesn't suit you. : (10 votes)
    18 %
    No, this dress would suit a taller woman. : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, but you could probably find a great dress in a bridal shop. : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, go for it! The dress maker can alter it so why not! : (36 votes)
    64 %
  • Post # 2
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I truly don’t know what everyone is talking about – I love the dress on you! If you love it, that’s what important! 

    Post # 3
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    449 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 1993

    Rachaelemma:  I like it. I can already imagine it with the alterations! But it’s totally up to you.

    Post # 4
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    297 posts
    Helper bee

    I love the dress! I bought it second hand as well 🙂 Mine fits me perfectly so I am not in the same boat as you but my guess is that your seamstress will alter it so that you will absolutely beautiful and stunning!! It’s such a show stopper dress!

    Maybe you can try on the Pronovias Petunia dress somewhere? It looks a lot more like the Finisterre than the Denia does. If the Finisterre is discontinued your only chance to try another size is finding in second hand I guess..I think there is a Pronovias Flagshipstore in London, maybe they can help you out? Have you called them?

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  Zimtstern. Reason: typo
    Post # 7
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    297 posts
    Helper bee

     

    Rachaelemma:  So that’s me in the dress 🙂 Sorry but I cut my head of, don’t need my SO to see me in the dress before the wedding.. I really love this dress, it’s so romantic and elegant and even a littly sexy. I love love the train! It’s a very special dress! I’m just a little bumped that the mermaid figure isn’t as visible as I have seen it on others but I had no alterations yet. Looking at the pictures I just see a very plain A-line and I am always someone for a lot of drama 🙂

    Good luck to you! Please keep me posted 🙂 

     

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  Zimtstern.
    Post # 8
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    297 posts
    Helper bee

    Oh and yes I am pretty tall! 5’9 1/2 The dress could actually be a bit longer for me lol I will need to wear flats but that’s ok as I can’t walk elegantly in heels anyways.

    Post # 9
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    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I think it is a lovely dress and you should purchase it.  However, I do have one word of caution: The hem.  One of the lovliest things about this dress is the lace hem.  I can’t see well from the pictures how the the waist of the dress is designed and in order to preserve the hem, it will need to be taken up from the waist.  Is there anyway the owner of the secondhand dress would let you take it to a seamstress to see if what you want is possible?

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    Rachaelemma:  Have you tried contacting the Pronovias Flagship store in London? If it’s still a current design they should still have a sample.

     

    Ah, I see that you have! Should have read the whole thread first!

     

    If you do go there though, don’t let the saleswoman try and bully you into buying the dress there right away. I went and the sales lady told me that if I ordered my dress from any other shop than them, the shop would definitely go bust and I’d be out of a dress, and that other shops were not to be trusted. Well that’s just nonsense, and as I live in the Midlands, travelling to London for anything dress-related just wasn’t feasible. And what do you know, it worked out perfectly with my local shop and I’ve got my final fitting tomorrow!

     

    Good luck, I hope you manage to find a dress you love. If you’re not sure on the Finisterre, try others within the line – I thought I’d get the Berta and ended up ordering the Lany, totally different dress!

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Rachaelemma:  I think it looks beautiful! 

    I wanted to try the Pronovias Petunia, which is also discountinued, I emailed a few local stockists and found it in a shop in Wimbledon, they have a shop and also a sample/sale store in Elys Department store (where they had the Petunia). It’s called Teokath, they had a lot of dresses in there and the lady was lovely. 

    Post # 14
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    250 posts
    Helper bee

    Is the dress significantly cheaper than buying it through Pronovias?  If so I would say go ahead with it and get it altered.  A great seamstress will be able to shorten and pull the dress in.  Regardless of any dress you buy there is going to be alterations needed.  I was measured, bought a dress custom and still needed to have the skirt length raised, waist, sleeves brought in, ect. PS I have not lost any weight from my first time at the shop. If you love it and it sounds like you do, go for it!

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