Post # 1
Okay, So I need some help. First of all, the dress I LOVE is Dabra by Blue by Enzoani and my price range is ~$500…so that’s not happening. (at the very bottom Miss Navy in Dabra) You should know that I’ve never seen this dress in person.
Before trying on any dresses, I wanted a pretty sparkly belt, a dropped waist gown, white, and a cathedral length veil. After trying on dresses I’ve basically narrowed it down to these two(or keep looking??? I don’t know, I’m freaking out a bit).
The first one is Allure 8488, it’s a sample sale so the dess is marked down to $500, which I like very much.
the dress is very pretty, but super ivory/antique. which wouldn’t go too well with yellow bridesmaid dresses (which was my first choice, but I might go with deep teal or black).
The second dress is Casablanca 1827, I’d have to order it and it’s regular price so it’d be about $750. I added the belt, it was just a piece of applique lying around the store.
Which dress is best? Should I keep looking for a more dabra-esque dress? I don’t think that even exists in my price range. BAH! HELP! :/
Post # 3
I really like that first dress you posted.
Post # 4
The picture of Dabra is not very good – I can’t tell what it really looks like, so I looked at the stock photo of Dabra, and I found similar dresses to it…
This one is $460.. it’s not quite as full I think, but it has the applique on the tulle.
This one is $525 – bit more of a mermaid shape.
This is $483, but it’s got a rouched bodice.
This is $168, and it’s the closest I could find.
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
Thanks! Do you have any experience with replica dresses? I’ve seen a few of the websites (even replicas of Dabra) and I’ve read a lot of the threads. I’m not sure if it’s one of those “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is” things. Seems a little hit or miss?
Post # 7
@booka345: My cousin ordered one that just came in from Dressily, and she loved it. The beading was a little different, but that wasn’t a dealbreaker.
Post # 8
@booka345: Her wedding was Sunday – This is the only picture I have.
Post # 10
I agree you should not panic and take a week to let things sink in about the dress you tried on that’s in your budget. It is beutiful and you really can’t go wrong with it, but I don’t want you to have dress regret…so I think you should take a breather and get back out there. Put this dress on your top contender list.
My dress is similar to the one you want..not nearly as much tulle or detail…and more of a mermaid style than a drop waist..but take a look at mine and you will see ther are others out there that might fit into what you dream of and can afford. Mine was not under 500.00 but It I tried on similar styles in drop waist ball gown that were within that range. I ended up going mermaid cuz I wanted that sexy look. Anwayzz..just take it easy, you will find something you love. Dont’ get hung up on a dress you’ve never even laid eyes on or tried on.
Post # 12
The first dress is jaw-droppingly gorgeous! 🙂
Post # 13
have you checked preowned sites like preownedweddingdresses.com, oncewed.com, recycledbride.com, etc? or craigslist? you might be able to find your dream dress used or as a sample on one of those sites if you have a fair deal of time before your wedding?
Post # 14
you wedding date says June 4, 2015, if this is correct i would definately keep look like other bees have said but them on your top contender list and keep shopping, something amazing is bound to come up at the right price in the next 3 1/2 years
oh and the 1st dress is beautiful
Post # 15
I thought the first one is seriously beautiful, and then I saw your Dabra pic – woah! I love the Dabra! And although the first dress is beautiful, it’s a completely different dress, and if you truly love the Dabra, then I think you should keep looking for something more similar to it. You can do a search on the replica dresses on here, and find out which ones people had good experiences with. I second the preownedweddingdresses.com suggestion. I purchased my Vera Wang from that website, the original price was $6K, and I got it for $1400. Good luck!
Post # 16
Thanks for all the advice! I’m going to go try on the first dress again with my mom and sister today.
Maybe I’ll call around and see if someon has Dabra for me to try on, maybe I only love it on other people. If it is “the dress” then perhaps I’ll consider a replica. I’ve been looking at a few of the used gown website, but i can’t quite find it in my size.
@stokieGal:whoops, my actual wedding date is April 28, 2012. I forgot to change that.
@julz114: I’m a size 12