(Closed) Anna Campbell dresses – anyone?

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Have you found out if there is enough time to put in an order? I didn’t order this brand but it took like 8-9 months to receive my dress from point of order.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

There’s probably a better chance of a flowy dress like this fitting than, say, a structured mermaid, but it’s still impossible to tell how it will look on you. I am very wary of this website you mention though! Are you sure it’s legit? I had a look at the oficial Anna Campbell site and they do have rush fee options to get it done quicker. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m plus sized and I tried on a couple of Anna Campbell dresses. They are beautiful on but for me I felt I needed something to hide my hips better (so went for a full skirt). I kinda found the waist a bit empire style (slightly too high for me). Having said that, if i had taken the chance and ordered online, I still would have worn the dress as I thought it was beautiful. And comfy!! They definitely seem to require less alterations than other styles. 

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Wannabee

I love love love Anna Campbell! She would have been my dream designer.

However for me it was a “no go” as her designers didnt have enough structure to “hold me in place”

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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claudiatroncosou :  I looooove Anna Campbell! I was convinced that I was going to be an Anna Campbell bride! I had the opportunity to try a few of her dresses on back in February, and much to my and my bridal party’s surprise – did not end up with an Anna Campbell dress. It was a combination of just not feeling bridal (I think it is her white, that is actually a silver grey? And I wasn’t allowed to try on a veil *insert eye roll here*) and the consultant being a heinous b**** 

 

However! I’m hoping my experience can help you. At the time, I was probably a street size US 14-16, and her dresses are actually sized Small – Medium – Large (at least in samples). I WAS able to squeeze into a couple of mediums, but pending the shape of the skirt, a large may or may not fit. As you are opting for a flowier skirt, I think as a size 16-18 you should be fine. Is the dress you’re looking at custom cut to your measurements? I’m going to hesitantly share photos of me in 2 of her flowier styles (hesitant because my friend took these with her fancy camera, and I felt like it added 20-30 pounds. Also, did not come armed with shapewear), the first was in the “medium,” and the second in “large.”

 

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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libellules :  Thank you for sharing these pictures.  I think that you are being much too hard on yourself and I really love the photo of you in the second dress.  I am looking at an Anna Campbell dress.  Is there a special way that they tie the waist?  The shop told me that the dresses have an elastic waist and can be adjusted to a range of waist sizes? 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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delphinia :  well thank you – I appreciate that! There IS a special way to tie the waist…the bridal consultant had to do it for each dress and it’s very very time consuming. However, if I recall correctly (this was back in February), once you receive your dress, you have to do it once or the seamstress does it and it’s more or less set. Since these were samples for different sizes, she would have to do it forme every time.

 

Which dress are you considering? I thought for sure the Ashlyn would be mine, in spite of its hefty price tag, but it just didn’t work out that way (which is fine, I am in love with the dress I did choose)!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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libellules :  I also thought I would wear anna campbell, but when I tried them on…. I didnt like how you have to wrap yourself up and tie it etc. There was no… structure. An elastic waist band? That I have to cover? That I will no doubt wiggle loose as the day goes on? No thank you!

I ended up in Hayley Paige which has a similar vibe but more structure/defined waist.

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Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

These dresses are gorgeous.. but I do think they’re hard to wear unless you are super thin with no breasts. These kinds of skirts cling to everything and accentuate it.

They lack structure! Structure is usually what you’re paying for in a wedding dress. that said, 

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libellules :  looks great in these dresses (and how sweet to share them for OP when you didn’t feel 100% but you do look beautiful in them), so a lot of this depends on your body type. 

Even on very thin people who are apple shaped, for example, dresses like this can accentuate the tummy because of how they’re constructed. And it’s tough to get shapewear that will work if you’re bigger breasted with low backs. 

Point is, OP, you might want to try on dresses like this to see how they fall on your body.,

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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MrsBuesleBee :  mmm I could totally see that frustration! Ultimately, the dress I was enamoired with was the Ashlyn. The skirt had beading and overall it DID feel more structured (it had the price to match though).

You and your dress are positively gorgeous! I can see that it channels Anna Campbell, but is enhanced by the structure. It fit you like a dream!! Hayley Page dresses are honestly very beautiful, so good choice. I ultimately settled on the Eden by Claire Pettibone  it’s not very Anna Campbell like – but I’m in love!

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BalletParker :  Seriously, thank you! That means a lot! I agree, you definitely need the undergarments – really, for any dress, to make the whole picture work. Wedding dress shopping for me was an extremely difficult experience as it was hard for me to have the vision, and no matter how hard I tried my mother absolutely COULD NOT see past how a sample fit, but yes – trying on the dresses = super important!  

 

FWIW, this is the Ashlyn:

 

 

 

The SA really killed this sale and whole experience for me. The biggest issue I had with this dress was that while it photographs white, in person it really reads silver, and I just didn’t feel like a bride. I’d requested to try on a veil (the appointment had already been on a nosedive for many reasons), and the SA wouldnt let me. She said one doesn’t wear a veil with a beaded dress, it’s just not done 😳  

I know that Anna Campbell dresses aren’t easily accessible in the States – I was lucky to find a salon in my city that carried her dresses, so hopefully these photos do help someone!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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libellules :  god what an ish that sales lady was, I’m so sorry you had that experience! “One doesn’t wear a veil with a beaded dress”?!?!?  Ok, lady, whatever😡

That dress is gorgeous… but I can see the silver tone even though it photographs white, so totally get your concern. Plus, why would any woman want to buy from someone who isn’t helpful. Ugh. You are so sweet to share all of your pics! 🙂 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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BalletParker :  Ugh – it was bad. Not going to delve into the details, but it was so, so bad lol.

Thank you again! Anna Campbell definitely isn’t for everyone, and her dresses aren’t necessarily traditional – I could get past the color, but the feeling just wasn’t there. 

What dress did you wear for your wedding?

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