Post # 1
How many bees bought their dress, knowing that they want to change the neckline, etc? After I bought my dress, everyone wanted to see pictures of it, and if I showed them, I made sure I told them, “But this isn’t how it will look on the wedding day!!” The dress I got is a straight neckline, and it comes with a sash around the middle with a tiny bow right in the front center of the dress. The rest of the dress, I LOVE. I love the shape, the material, the length, everything except that neckline and the bow. I haven’t gotten it altered yet (plenty of time) but I almost want to get it altered early so I can show people how beautiful the dress is capable of being. I just see all these dress posts where brides are happy with their dress right off the bat. I have no regrets, I’m super excited to see my dress after it becomes a sweetheart and I change the sash, but I would never post a picture of it when I first bought it. I’m kind of embarassed at how it looks right now. Anyone else feel this way about your dress?
Post # 3
I really wanted a sweetheart neckline as well. The dress I ended up buying has just a slight dip, but the rest of the dress i love.
I bought it on sale off the rack and took it to my alterationist. She said she could make the alterations (sweetheart neckline, shorten, bustle, and make it more of a mermaid than an A-line) for $450 so I’m super excited to get it done!
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
I did this! But I am changing a lot more than a neckline. The dress I bought was a sweetheart, but it had tulle “straps” which I am removing, and right now it is a poofy ballgown- I am adding lace to the top part and will be using some of it to hug in the skirt around my hips, where it will then flare out. It’s a long project, because I am sewing the lace on by hand.
I have shown a picture of the “before” to one of my bridesmaids, and the real thing to my mom and sister (they are helping me with alterations), but i don’t want to show it to too many people, because I want it to be a surprise (even though it will look different on the day of).
Post # 5
I bought a dress that needed added poof to the natural waistline, buttons added, the top material “restructured” to look different and the belt it came with needed to go! I had the same problem as you, all of the pictures of me in the sample dresses were dissappointing, even though I could visualize the finished product in my head!
I would recommend getting the major alterations done early so you have time to make sure it turns out the way you want, but not so early that you might change size (lot’s of people gain/lose weight closer to their wedding).