Post # 1
Originally, I was going to get married on June 3rd, 2017. I was planning a traditional wedding, and looking at “heavier” dresses (by heavier, I don’t mean bigger- I mean dresses with heavy fabric). Fast forward to now, I have already planned and booked a destination wedding in Jamaica on April 13th, 2017 (my reason for change is a long story you can read about in the 20 something brides forum- titled “for the brides who want to ditch everything they’ve planned so far”). When originally planning, I thought August would be a good month for me to start trying on dresses… Now that my wedding is in April, I feel like now would be a good time, BUT I want to lose about 18 pounds (or about 4-6 inches around my waist) and tone up my arms before trying on dresses. So my questions are…
When is the best time to try on wedding dresses? And when is the absolute latest I should be trying them on?
When should I expect my last “fitting?”
Are there any designers out there known for making beautiful beach-appropriate gowns?
I am looking for a gown with light flowing fabric, but I want it to be somewhat form fitting. I want to have air circulating around my legs in the hot caribbean sun, so a gown with a leg slit would be lovely, but a slit isn’t an absolute. I want an elegant wedding dress. Not something uber sexy that’s typically associated with leg slits. And I do NOT want something plain jane, which is what I have been finding when I search for beachy wedding gowns… If my description seems crazy to you guys, here’s a link to my pinterest board. I would love any of these dresses, some more than others. https://www.pinterest.com/claireburr/wedding-dress-ideas/
I guess I should also add- my budget is around $3,000 tops, but flexible
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Post # 2
It really depends on the resources where you live. Most people start alterations 4-6 weeks prewedding in just there are any hiccups or other issues.
You can start looking now. The more time the better in case it has to be made to order. I recieved mine in a week, but it was a sample. Others take a few months. You can call salons you intend to go to and ask what the average wait time is. It doesn’t hurt to start looking, some purchase the first dress but other people take much longer to find their’s.
Personally, I am partial to the Mori Lee Voage line. The dresses are very light, comfortable, beautiful and are a decent price. I’m sure others will have other suggestions and your salons may have other brands.
Post # 3
It just depends on the designer with how long it should take. I ordered my dress in January and it came the end of August so it took awhile. I started alterations in March for my May wedding, but they only had to hem it, nothing crazy. My dress was a mermaid, but they entire too was mesh and the skirt was tulle so I was never got, even though we got married on a beach in Hawaii. My advice would be not to be too close minded and only look for something “beachy” and to just keep an open mind! Also, check out grace loves lace!
Post # 4
I am getting married in Vegas July 7th and wanted something bridal but still light, I went with a mori lee bridesmaids dress in ivory and it looks like a wedding dress but is so light and comfortable! I suggest anything by mori-lee voyage or their bridemaids collectio! (you can check the threads i’ve started if you want to see my gown too)
Post # 5
Alice Temperley Bridal would be my pick for beach appropriate wedding gowns.
Post # 6
Bhldn has great beach dresses.
Post # 7
+1 to Grace Loves Lace, some of her line has the most beachy vibe I’ve seen on a wedding dress. I think the Hollie is really pretty.
Post # 8
grace loves lace; anna campbell; willowby by watters; madewithlove;
and my personal favourite: rue de seine.
Post # 9
grace loves lace
stone cold fox bridal
and some berta dresses ive seen could be considered beach dress attire
Post # 10
holamarcia: catsanddogs: FantasticFawn:
Thank you guys for suggesting Grace Loves Lace! I really LOVE her wedding dresses… However it’s online exclusive and my grandma is buying my dress. Unfortunately that won’t fly with her :(. If I don’t find any I like shopping I might have to resort to buying a Grace Loves Lace myself.
Post # 11
Anna Campbell is also GORGEOUS. And I have several of her dresses pinned that I didn’t know were hers.
Post # 12
I’m also having a destination wedding on the beach, and an Anna Campbell gown was one of my top contenders! They are so surprisingly lightweight even with the intricate beading.
Post # 13
also check out Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta (cheaper boho/casual range).
They have a couple with leg slits eg these ones:
Also, the Blush by Hayley Paige line – cheaper HP line with more flowy dresses including this one:
Post # 14
grace loves lace has trunk shows i’m pretty sure. i followed them on instagram for a while and they were in the US etc. I looooove grace loves lace