- 2 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I knew going into the great wedding dress hunt that I wanted a ballgown… But, nothing with a lot of embelishment, very simple. I fell in love with several dresses wayyyyyy out of my price range, Christos Primrose, Amsale Melina, Lazaro 3108, all beautiful gowns around the $5K price point that I would have had a hard time justifying purchasing even if I had the budget for it, it seems a bit crazy to break the bank for a dress you wear less than 12 hours to me.
So with a budget of $2K I went to try on a handful of gowns in my range, one of them was the Mori Lee 4808. l had seen ads for this dress and a few others of theirs, the company’s ad pictures are so over photoshopped its hard to tell if the dresses are worth looking into… but the second I tried on the dress I knew it was exactly what I was looking for, ballgown, simple, minimal embellishment and a great fit! The Mori Lee gowns are very well made even if the fabric isn’t silk or other expensive material. I bought the dress for around $700! Far, far less than my budget.
I did do alterations to make a cummerbund sash, using some extra buttons I ordered from the company and satin I ordered from them. The dress comes with an incredibly ugly jeweled sash and even uglier feather flower that had to go. I paired it with a custom jacket by I Heart Bride, and custom veil by Veiled Beauty both of Etsy. For the reception I changed into a little sweater that I made by dying a white cropped sweater from Old Navy and adding appliqué from the same lace as my jacket. I loved making an inexpensive dress my own, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect dress for me. It fit perfectly with our vintage early 60’s aesthetic.