(Closed) Alternative wedding dresses

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t know if this is something you would want to do or not, but I have seen Simplicity and Butterick patterns in the style you are looking for. I would see if you can find a seamstress to make it for you or make it yourself. It looks like a pretty easy pattern, and it should cost you way less than $2,000.00.

Post # 8
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wanted light blue satin underneath lace, so I found a dress I liked, brought pictures to a seamstress, found fabric and had her make it.  We did several “patterns” out of muslin to make sure it would fit me correctly.  It looks beautiful. She charged me $1350, and I bought the fabric (which was expensive because I chose very expensive Alencon lace), but it was that much because it was a lot of hand sewing. 

Post # 10
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

+1 to the custom made dress idea.  A good seamstress is pretty much the most awesome thing on earth.

Post # 11
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Have you considered a place that specializes in evening gowns instead of bridesmaid/prom?  Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, etc. as well as one-brand boutiques (BCBG) might have what you’re looking for.  

Post # 13
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Try Saks. They have some GORGEOUS ball gowns and very fancy dresses in all colors. I tried on a gorgeous green one by Reem Acra. Loved it!

Post # 14
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Not sure who these are by, but found them on a google image search:

Also, check out http://www.hotpinkbrides.com! Looks like it’d be up your alley!

Post # 16
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MissNoodles: I second what the PP’s said about a seamstress.  Take in a pattern or pictures and they can tell you about how much it would cost in labor.  Then, go to a GOOD fabric store and talk to someone about what type of dress you’re having made and/or what’s mentioned on the pattern and they can help you out.

If you have an Amish community around you, and a fabric store in that area (probably will), then go to them.  They are VERY nice and VERY helpful (I speak from experience).  Just be really sweet, kind, and have a forlorn/lost expression/tone of voice.  That’s what I did and I got lots of help from the ladies.  

good luck!!!

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