Post # 1
Hello fellow bees… this is my first post 🙂
I saw a picture of the Alfred Angelo 205 for the first time when it first came out (must be over a year ago now, maybe 2?) and I instantly knew it was my dress (hence where my username comes from hehe). But the price tag always made me hesitant… $1000 before alterations may seem cheap to some ladies but to me that would be really hard to afford.
Then, after many online searches for used or bought-but-never-worn Cinderella dresses, I found it brand new in my size online and bought it sight unseen for $337.
Some of you may think you shouldn’t buy a dress sight unseen, but I’d been stalking photos and listings of this dress since the moment I saw it, and for 1/3 of the price I couldn’t pass it up.
Now it has arrived and I have put it on and it is just as lovely as I imagined. I am so thrilled. However, I am a little unsure about the sparkly tulle bottom… for any brides who have only seen pics (like me), let me tell you that it looks much more sparkly in person!!
Anyway, on to my point: I know they CAN make this dress without the sparkle in the tulle and some brides choose to do that, but I assume that is a custom ordered piece made to order. Would I be able to have the sparkle layer removed from this dress once it is already made? (there are 3 layers of tulle on the outside, and the sparkles are only on 1 of the layers, the middle one). I’m not too concerned about losing too much of the volume of poofiness because there is a built-in crenalin and I feel that it’s plenty poofy already 🙂
I love love LOVE the dress and I have no regrets for buying it online without trying on, but I am torn now on the sparkle thing. Would love feedback from any other Cinderella 205 brides: would it be possible to remove that layer? Did you go with the sparkles or without on your dress?
Thanks all 🙂
Post # 3
@Cindersarah: I tried this dress on about a year ago (I had a long engagement) and you’re right – it’s very pretty in person and the skirt much sparklier in person.
I would imagine bringing it to a seamstress (a good one) and having the top layers removed would be completely doable. I bet they could even replace those layers with regular tulle.
Just find a reputable seamstress to do it.
Post # 4
This is my dress!
It’s the sparkle tulle that sold me on it. It’s absolutely stunning and I feel that it makes the dress!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
The sparkle adds SO MUCH to the dress… I don’t know if there is a way to remove it when you get the dress with the sparkle already. I ended up going with a different AA Disney dress…
I tried on the Cinderella dress without the sparkle, and I held up the sparkle version of the dress to the sample I was wearing.. here’s a picture if you need reference.
Post # 6
@missmorganista: Do you happen to know if the dress you tried on is the Diamond White or Ivory? I ordered Diamond White and I’m so stressed out that they are going to send me the Ivory lol.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
@meetmethere2013: That was the diamond white. 🙂
Post # 8
I believe it comes in 2 colors… ivory and white… correct? either way. I tried on both. The ivory was too yellow for me and the white was pretty!! Went with the feel of the dress. I say KEEP the sparkle!!
Post # 9
I would leave the sparkles in…you can barely tell in the pictures and if a little sparkle came through that would be beautiful.
Post # 10
@Cindersarah: I actually used to work at an Alfred Angelo, and when the order is put in it’s put in either as sparkle tulle or no sparkle tulle. Unfortunately I’m pretty sure to remove the tulle a seamstress would have to completely take the dress apart to remove the sparkle layer and then put it back together. Obviously depending on the seamstress, this could fairly expensive.
As far as the sparkle goes, I never thought that the sparkle was too much, and I’m definitely not a very sparkly person myself. Do you have any stores near you where you can go try the dress on so you can at least see it before it comes? They should have samples both with the sparkle and without so you should be able to get an idea for whether or not you’ll want to remove it. If you do have an Alfred Angelo Signature store (store that only carries Alfred Angelo) near you, then they should have an in-house seamstress. If the dress truly is new and unaltered then you should be able to use their seamstress if you decide to have the tulle removed. At least then if something goes wrong they can fix it for you. I wouldn’t tell them that you bought the dress used, just that you changed your mind about the tulle.
Post # 11
Sigh… that dress is one of my favorites! Are you suuuurrrreee that you don’t like the sparkle tulle?
If you really don’t, a seamstress can tell you more.
Post # 12
I say keep the sparkle – this is me in my Cinderella and everyone loved that it sparkled. And as you can see from the pic, unless I was in the right kind of light it didn’t even show up that much. Sparkle power 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks for the replies all!
I have the diamond white, not the ivory, fyi.
I do think that the sparkles are pretty on the right bride, but they just might not be for me… then again, I tried on the dress in my bedroom where the lighting is kind of weirdly low (which somehow made the glitter stand out much more than it would in daylight), so I suppose that would be one factor in deciding whether or not to keep the glitter layer.
I’m going to leave it for now and think on it for a bit before taking it to a seamstress. I have a pretty good idea of how it would look without the glitter just from folding up the glittery tulle layer and looking at it that way. Maybe the sparkle will grow on me 🙂
And the dress looks beautiful on you almajele… you actually can’t see the sparkle at all, but I’ve been wondering whether that’s just an effect of photographs (as the sparkles looked minimal in all the pics I saw before buying) or whether I really just tried it on in the wrong light?
Post # 14
I was a Cinderella 205 bride, my dress was in Diamond White. I could not imagine my dress without the sparkle!
I believe there was at least 5 layers of tulle. I’m not sure if it would look good without any of the tulle.
Post # 15
@Cindersarah: thank you! Also had another thought which may help you out. Instead of losing the glitter through alterations you could get it drycleaned? When I took my dress in to be cleaned and preserved they said I’d be losing about 75% of the glitter From the process. May be cheaper and more effective? GL 🙂
Post # 16
@almajele: noooooo this is terrible news for glitter loving me!! I think my dress will need to be cleaned after and I want to preserve it but the glitter NEEDS to stay lol I repeat needs!
@Lyndzo: every time I see you post in this dress I get super excited to get mine! You look SO perfect in this dress!
it seems like all bees have got diamond white. There is one bee who has posted outdoor photos in her 205 and it looks much more yellowy, so maybe that one is ivory. I will post a pic of me in the one I tried on in the store when I get the time to find the pics!
ps did any of you girls wear a crinolin under it to puff it out more!? I tried on a pretty big poof in are store and liked it but I think my mom thought it was a bittoo much