(Closed) Cut off the bottom of my dress?!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I cut off the bottom of my dress?!
    Yes, do it...you'll never wear it again anyway. : (11 votes)
    25 %
    No, you'd be crazy to cut the bottom off your beautiful, expensive dress! : (33 votes)
    75 %
  • Post # 3
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d be too afraid to cut off my dress. Could you possibly set up a way to ‘bustle under’ that last layer on the bottom? Or even the bottom two so that it’s more tea length and not dragging? 

    I know you’re watching your budget, but maybe check out overstock.com. There are some very cute short white dresses for under $100, even under $30! It may not be your ceremony dress, but if it’s white and bridal and cheap, you preserve your gown and still get to go out on the town as The Bride 🙂

    Post # 4
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Don’t cut off your dress!  It’s gorgeous!

    If the seamstress can’t make it detachable, I’d either just wear your dress bustled to the bars or find an inexpensive white/ivory cocktail dress (I bet for ~$100 you could find many really good options!).

    Post # 5
    6824 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Please don’t cut it off, it is too pretty to do that to the dress. Either find a different dress to wear or see if you can bustle it in a way that it doesn’t get in the way for you.

    Post # 6
    1052 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Try another seamstress? I’ve seen a dress JUST like yours be made detachable so it can be done. 

    Post # 7
    5890 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    unless you are going to do a full on hem before the bars, i think it won’t look very good with all the fraying and loose ends.

    Post # 8
    682 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    you paid what you did for the dress because of it’s style/fabric. Cutting it off would make it seems like you paid WAY too much for a cocktail dress. Personally, I would spend $150 more and get a cocktail dress.

    Post # 9
    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    It’s so pretty! I would see why you would want to cut it off, because it’s so distinct. That would scare me as well. But honestly, what are you going to do with your wedding dress? Do you know of anyone who has actually done anything with theirs? I know people who use the fabric for something else. I know that some daughters like to wear their mothers’ dresses. But if your daughter wants to do that she can get it replicated maybe? My mom’s dress is sitting in her closet somewhere. It’s sentimental but, not the end of life.

    Let us know what your decision is. And take pictures 🙂

    Now that I think about it.. don’t do it! Find something cute and really really cheap. Do you want to wear white?

    Post # 10
    183 posts
    Blushing bee

    oh my, your dress is beautiful! you can’t cut it!! i would say try and find something cute and short for afterwards…i think it will be money well spent. or just wear your bridal gown out to the bars – you’re only a bride once!!!

    Post # 11
    541 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Wear it out!  you will never be able to wear it again and you paid alot for it!  I would!

    Post # 12
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I dont think it would be that quick and easy to cut the dress between the ceremony and reception. It would still need to be hemmed and “finished” and that would take time. If you really want to wear a short version of this dress you can take it to another seamstress so they can make it detachable but it would cost alot more money than just buying another cocktail dress

    Post # 13
    541 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    white house black market on ebay!  go try it on in the store and buy it off ebay.  I do it all the time and I never regret it.

    Post # 14
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    IF you are over budget and not attached enough to it to cut it off, why dont you consider selling it?  

    Besides imagine all the free drinks you will get showing up in your wedding dress! I could save you money!

    Post # 16
    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d say get a seperate white cocktail dress to wear out to the bars afterwards. You may very well regret cutting up your wedding dress.

    Check the sale racks at BCBG, I’d found some real gems there, gorgeous $400 dresses for $100! They usually have short white dresses that would be fitting for the situation at hand.

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