Post # 1
I always wanted a princes ballgown for my wedding gown, but as I was looking it became apparent that years of pageants and being to other weddings gave me far far too high expectations of dresses available without going into couture territory.
Fast forward to getting engaged, FI wanted to elope but that idea was dashed when he realized how much a fairytale wedding with a princess dress meant.
The shape was found but custom work was needed (common pageant girl problem, “i’ve seen this on some other dress at some point, lets add that!” haha).
My dress fitting is coming up, and hopefully all the changes I wanted will be finished. My dress was perfect EXCEPT for its lack of sleeves, I have a particular love of long sleeved gowns (Thank you Aurora, Ariel, and Mulan), and I have overdone ad burnt myself out on strapless revealing gowns through pageants.
So with a few alteration later (few being an under statement), it will be a sheer bateau neckline over a sweetheart satin bodice. With long sleeves and light lace accents and those little round stain buttons on the inside of the wrist on along the back… Whew! (Good thing I didn’t want the bottom lol…)
While I wait for mine to be complete,…
I’d love to see what other Bees have done with their gown.
Please share a before and after with an account of the changes and what they did for you!
Post # 3
Just shortened it, and just the front, actually. No sense in shortening the train, too, so we just shortened the front and tapered the sides toward the train.
Post # 4
@vorpalette: Very nice! I’m glad you didn’t have to do too much and a bonus having a longer train. Its crazy how long the some of the sample dresses are, I always think… Am I really short?
Post # 5
I changed the neckline to a sweetheart 🙂
Post # 6
@mrsbordoni: Although I absolutely love my dress, I thought of a few things that could make it even better. I have my alterations appointment tomorrow so we’ll see how it goes! Here is what I’m asking for:
– needs to be taken in
– needs to be shortened
– I want to make the back go into a V shape as opposed to straigh across
– Like you, I like the idea of sleeves so I have a lace bolero for the ceremony. I’ll be asking her to add hooks inside the bust line to make it stay in place
– Bustle for the train
– Adding a rhinestone applique to jazz it up a little (but still tasteful and classic)
Post # 7
@magglemay-2013: Such a stunning bride! Thank you for sharing! Isn’t it wonderful how a few changes make it your own?
Post # 8
@DeeVine1217: I’m loving all the chages your making to your dress, sounds like your a creative person like me! I’d love to see you dress once its an after! =)
Post # 9
I changed alot!
At 1st, my dress was a halter… which I wanted changed to strapless.
2nd, I needed to add length to the gown b/c I am tall, and although I loved the fit of the gown, it was a little short.
3rd, I asked the alterations person to make the dress convertible.
It was a process, but SOOOO worth it when I see the pictures.
Post # 11
@magglemay-2013: I love the sweetheart on you, it really flatters your figure!
@scqt13: The strappless looks so great, and the convertible is really fun 🙂
I took out the satin under train, so that the lace train could be seen better and so that it wouldn’t be so heavy in all of our Hawaii heat.
Post # 12
My dress was completely customizable through the designer, but I ended up loving EVERYTHING about the runway piece I tried on. The only thing I changed was the length, I asked for an overly long hem to hollow so I could wear my 5 + inch heels I had my heart set on.
Here is an example of how the dress is customizable. This bridal salon had the dress made with pearl buttons, whereas mine has austrian crystals in the shape of little flowers down the back.
Post # 13
@scqt13: Wow, you should be a fashion designer. I saw your first dress and thought ‘hmm that’s pretty,” and then after you got your hands on it “whoa that’s beautiful!” You have a great eye, I’d have never thought to change that dress to strapless but it’s so much prettier that way and you look gorgeous on your wedding day 🙂
Post # 14
@scqt13: that is a gorgeous dress ! Who is it by ?
Post # 15
I feel in love with everything about my dress, except that it was strapless. I ended up having them change the bust to that of another dress. I also ordered it hollow to hem. It was totally worth it. I can’t wait until the alterations are complete, and it fits me just right 🙂
My Dress (pre-alterations):
Post # 16
@scqt13: Your dress transformation is so inspiriing!!!!! I love how you changed it to be exactly what you wanted! Thank you for sharing!