Post # 17
I would try the AA gowns on and see what you think.
When I was trying dresses on I didn’t really find anything wrong with them in terms of quality. Yes, I’m sure they are lower end because they are less expensive, but I woudn’t say they look or feel “offensive”. (Lets face it its not a Lazaro)
Plus, as long as a) you love your dress and b) its formality and style suits both your personalty, stlye and wedding none of your guests will notice if your weearing a “high quality” or “budget dress”.
Post # 18
definitely go to the store and see. I’m not sure what your standard is but when I tried on AA I thought it was really good quality. The beading sparkled and looked beautiful and the taffeta was really smooth and pretty and looked like satin.
I went to davids bridal after that and hated everything because I compared the quality to AA. Maybe if I tried on Lazarro I’d find AA cheap too, its all in the perspective I guess.
Post # 19
I just bought Alfred Angelo 2181 from the spring line and I LOVE it. (I paid $749 for reference.) I was impressed with the construction first off. I’m a busty girl and I was very concerned about popping out of a dress, The bodice of this dress is sculpted. I wish I had a picture of the inside. As a sewer I was fascinated with the bodice construction. I put the dress on and I was so snug and secure that I even did the “bend over and jiggle” and nothing moved. The crystals on the front were lovely but strangely didn’t draw attention to my chest. It’s made out of this lovely shimmery taffeta that is quite light and breathes. I didn’t feel hot or stuffy in it at all. I was pleased with the fit, and the only problem I had was that it was a little short. This dress is 59″ hollow to hem and I’m 60.5″.
My bridesmaids also got their dresses from Alfred Angelo’s 2011 spring line, and they really loved them. One of my bridesmaids is a difficult fit, due to a back injury her spine is fused, and she even found a dress that was beautiful for her shape in a lovely chiffon.
We were all really happy with our selections which is what I think counts. Of course there is far more luxurious fabric out there, but for my price range I think Alfred Angelo had the nicest dresses.
Post # 20
I just bought an AA wedding dress, after trying on a few other designers I have to say I agree with people’s post. There were some great quality and some not great quality dresses by all of the desingers. It all depends on the dress. So I say go try it on and decide for yourself.
Post # 21
I tried on a few AA dresses that I loved in pics and even in person. Once I tried them on, though, I wasn’t happy with the quality. But, like PP said, it might depend on the dress.
Post # 22
@JamieL17: Exactly what you said.
Surprised about Sophia Tolli, I cut out quite a few of their dresses as inspiration and thought they looked expensive, shows what a camera can do.
Post # 23
@CatyLady: yes i was really surprised too. i think JA really has good quality, oh pronovias too!
Post # 24
I have an AA dress and I love it. They even order it to fit your measurements which places like DB don’t do. (or atleast the ones around here don’t) So less money spent on alterations.