Post # 1
The very first thing I bought for my wedding was my dress. I went into David’s lured by their $99 dress sale, and tried on maybe 12 dresses. Some for the $99 and some were way expensive. thennnnn I saw this bad boy girl and knew I had to try it on.
And I had that moment. The “I can’t stop smiling and I want to cry because I actually feel like a bride and not a girl in a bride costume! This is my dress, don’t ever take it off!!!!” moment. Atleast thats what my moment felt like. I was different, which is what I wanted. It was red, my main wedding color, and it had the corset back… hott.
(and you know what else I loved? that it was $250! heck yea.)
What sold me on it was the top. Honestly it could have been a burlap sack tied to the bottom and i still would have loved it. That lacey beaded corset is just too perfect for me.
I like the big ballgown look (whenelse in my life am i going to be able to go all out like this again?) but I’m afraid the pick up skirt makes me look a little too bulky on the bottom.
(here’s me in my shower dress… to show you just how much volume the weddin dress adds to my lower half.)
And then while I was worrying over the skirt volume… I came across this dress online. And I love love love it! I’m having a garden wedding, and my BMs are all wearing tea length dresses. Do you think my dress would lend itself well to this type of alteration (imagine pickup layers instead of bubble layers), or would you keep the full length skirt??
I’m Ok with losing the train because 1) it’s going to cost almost as much to french bustle the train as it did to buy the dress anyway and 2) I’m going to be on grass the entire time, and even with an aisle runner I know it will get dirty.
I’m leaning towards the shorter style… I can keep my beloved corset, it’s less formal looking for my less formal wedding, and it will show off some leg and allude to my not super wide bottom half. Mom’s even ok with a tea length dress imagine that!?!
What do you Bees think?
I’m just nervous because once you go short you can’t take it back. Opinions?? Suggestions??
Post # 3
No! Don’t change your skirt bottom!!!!!!! It looks so good on you, and it is easy to tell that you are very slender and thin, and that the bottom of the dress just poofs out. You look amazing in it! Plus, I REALLY don’t like the skirt on the other dress, In My Humble Opinion 🙂
Post # 4
I think the short dress idea is cute for an outdoor wedding. But you are right, once you cut it off, you can’t go back. Is there a way you could make the dress convertible? Like maybe keep the bottom fabric and snap it on for the ceremony or formals pictures, and then take it off for the reception. Or… have some bustles or whatever put in on the front so you can raise the hem that way. I had a dress for my Barbies that kinda worked like that.
Post # 5
that’s a tough question because its a big change! I first want to say that every ball gown widens dramatically in the hips, and I don’t think it makes you look big!
But if the tea length is what you really want, I think it can be pulled off, if you find a really great seamstress! I’m not sure sure how it would go with the pickups though.
Post # 6
I think it would be a cute idea, but I don’t think it will solve you bulky bottom half (which I’m really seeing by the way). The dress that you have that is short has a dropped waist & the dress from David’s is not. You could maybe have the seamstress pin it up, to maybe get an idea of how it will look before she actually cuts it. I hope it works out for you, because that’s a gorgeous dress!!!
Post # 7
I love your dress just the way it is!! It doesn’t seem bulky at all.
Post # 8
Thanks for your comments ladies, I’m happy to get some new opinions.
Jacqi- I’ve been toying around with the idea of a removable skirt. They’re going to have to take in my dress anyway (it was the only one of a discontinued style so I couldn’t order it smaller) so it might not be too big of a problem. Not quite sure exactly what to attach underneath though. But it would be a really awesome twist on the reception dress.
Has anyone had good/bad experience with the D.B.’s seamstresses? I was going to use her for my alterations just because she’s familiar with working with those dresses, but can I trust this place for a really big change like adding a removable skirt (with maybe a permanent shorter skirt underneath??)
Post # 9
I agree with the removable skirt. A lot of dresses in that style are a two piece top and skirt anyway and it would mean you could use both the full one and a shorter one. You wouldn’t need to keep the second skirt underneath it – it could be something completely separate.
It could also be possible to bustle it at the front – check out what this bride did to her huge ball gown: