Post # 1
My Fiance and I are having a rustic & intimate outdoor wedding, and I’ve decided that I’ll most likely use a bridesmaid dress as my wedding dress, as I much prefer understated designs (plus it’s budget friendly!)
I’ve found two designs that really like, and I can’t seem to make up my mind!
The first dress is an Alvina Valenta, style 9228 in chiffon. I would order this in ivory:
Description: fit’n’flare, scoop neckline with lace shoulder straps and open back.
I absolutely love keyhole backs, and was thrilled to find a simpler dress that had this feature. I’m a bit more iffy about the front though, not sure if it looks a bit too plain? I would love to see what this dress looks like on another model, as I have more of an hourglass shape than this model, and I think that a larger chest/smaller waist might make the front of the dress look a bit more interesting??
The second dress is a Jim Hjelm, style 5129 in chiffon. This would also be ordered in ivory:
Description: A-line, sweetheart neckline, natural waist with removable reversible vest.
So the far left and right photos in the top image shows the basic gown. It then comes with a reversible vest with the frills that you put on top of it. I love this style! Would probably wear it with the frills on the back and V-shape on the front?
Ok ladies, so what do you think?? They are both at a similar price point (around the $230-$250 mark). So which do you think would look better?? Would love to get people’s input!
Post # 3
I should probably add that I don’t have the option of trying these dresses on atm as they’re not sold in my city in Australia. 🙁
I’m going to New York in 3 months though, and will definitely try them on then if I haven’t already picked one by then!
Post # 5
I love the first one. understated elegance. the jim hjelm has too much going on for me.
Post # 6
I like both dresses. I voted for the second one, for the versatility of the vest (love the frills on the back!), but honestly both dresses look beautiful and classy to me.
Post # 8
I like the second one! I agree the front might look too plain with the lace dress in ivory. With the second dress, maybe you can do the frill for the ceremony and then take it off later in the reception? You should go with whichever you feel most beautiful in 🙂
Post # 9
i don’t like keyhole backs but i voted for the first one as i prefer it out of the two 🙂
Post # 10
I absolutely LOVE the keyhole one! I think it is absolutely gorgeous! And I know you like the simple stated dresses, but if you wanted to add a little bling a sash would look gorgeous too 🙂
Post # 11
I think if you cant try them on then #2 is the safest option. You could well end up needing alterations on #1 given the style.
Post # 12
ohhh tough one – they are both gorgeous!
Post # 13
Love that first dress! Stunning.
Post # 14
I love the second one! I’m not a fan of keyholes- I don’t know why. I see them on other people and think they look beautiful, but they don’t work for me. But you’re not buying for me! Love the versatility of the second dress. Holy options! You could even one look for the vows and another one or two for the reception!
Post # 15
I think the frills would be too much on a larger bust.
Post # 16
Both are really pretty! I’ve been thinking about doing a bridesmaid’s dress as a gown instead too—sooo much cheaper! I think the first is my favorite. If you wanted to dress it up a little you could always add a belt–something in champagne or blush would look nice and would tie in with your rustic theme.