Post # 1
Hey I’m new. I went dress shopping just for fun before budgets or anything were set (silly me!) and fell in love with dress #1. There’s no way I can afford this dress (even secondhand) and didn’t feel that comfortable spending much on a dress anyway.
Then I found #2 at a sample shop for £375, bargain! The trouble is I’ve been rapidly falling out of love with it and keep looking back at pics from dress #1, it just seems a bit boring in comparison.
I really want a boho look and at first I thought no 2 achieved that but I’m since thinking otherwise – is there anyway that you think I can alter this dress to look more boho?!
I also ordered a belt with no 2 but I’m also starting to dislike this?!
Help me please!! We are getting married on the beach in Crete if that makes any difference!
Post # 2
The skirt of number 1 and 2 are very similar. It’s only the bodices that differ. I think a decent seamstress would be able to add on some lace around the neckline and make it look pretty much identical to dress number 1.
Post # 3
The second dress is very structured in comparison to the first one. If you worked with a seamstress, they could build up the lace on the bodice, and maybe add more tulle to the skirt (possibly as a removeable overskirt) since the first dress is a lot more lush. However, I would recommend getting price quotes for the alterations before making the final choice. Alterations can be pricey, especially custom work, and it might be more cost effective to buy the dress you want than buy a less expensive dress but wind up spending a fortunate on the alterations.
Post # 4
I agree with a PP: alterations might end up being very costly. I suggest you consider other options within the boho look that you want. When I think of boho, kimono tops, fringe and flower crowns come to mind immediately. You could incorporate all of these without it looking as if you were marrying at Coachella or investing too much of your budget:
From HippieMassa, an Etsy store:
From BeSomethingNew, another Etsy store:
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
I would leave it as is and accessorize with boho like things!
Post # 6
I think everything honestly looks great on you. I would keep the dress you have and maybe do a boho hair do and accessories! Dont worry though. You are so pretty no need to worry.
Post # 7
I agree with MrsSapphire
. Tbh, I actually like dress 2 more for the strapless neckline on you and think boho accessories like a flower or baby’s breath crown would give you the look you are looking for. The belt is nice but more princess over boho. I say, give your hair a nice wave, pick up an inexpensive flower headband/crown, and try 2 on again.
Post # 8
I think if you got the seamstress to build up the bodice with lace sleeves that would make it very close to dress one. Not identical but you look beautiful in your dress. I’d go with no blingy belt as it’s not very boho, have lace straps/cap sleeves added and wear with a flower crown and soft floaty 1 layer cathedral veil to add that volume over the train. Your dress looks much more expensive than it was btw
Post # 9
Wow thank you all so much! Definitely feeling the love again for this one.
it’s nice to hear that you think they look similar!
ah thanks for the tips, is that how they would get that crinkly look in the skirt, with an additional layer?
thanks! Yeh I’m definitely wearing a flower crown, and this cool velvet shawl I found on Etsy (although that’s more for the evening) and funnily enough I had a fringe put in last week! Altho I’m not sure on it lol
Post # 10
wow thank you, you made my day!
thanks! Yeh I think i definitely agree about the belt, do you think I’d need some sort of sash or a tulle belt instead?
thanks! Hurrah for sample outlets! Your ideas are so helpful thank you. Will see what a seamstress says.
Post # 11
I dont think the second one is boho at all , pleasant and safe dress though it is . You look wonderful and fey and whimsical in the first one . No question to my mind which is the better dress and look !
Post # 12
Keep the second one as is, but scrap the belt…
Post # 13
I think you are wanting a belt of some sort in order to define your waist as the dress 1 does this a bit in how the dress is designed and constructed. But your dress has a beautiful flow to it while also defining your waist in its shape. I would not divide it up with any type of fabric, belt, or sash. If anything, your dress looks more soft, boho, romantic wedding than the out of budget dream dress. Look at that first picture of you in it without the belt. It’s dreamy! I really think having it fitted to your body, hemmed, and adding some accessories would complete your look. Since you skipped over the dream dress and if possible in your budget, maybe splurge on a headpiece or jewelry. Something that could be passed down or something you would wear again.