Post # 1
So I bought my dress back in November, from David’s Bridal. I honestly didn’t think much about it. I was home with my mom and sister for Thanksgiving, we decided it would be fun to go dress shopping, and I tried on all of the David’s Bridal dresses with straps for under $1,000. I bought the one I liked best that day.
I didn’t care that much and in some ways still don’t care that much about the dress. I’m not someone who’s going to feel beautiful no matter what I wear, and I’m certainly not going to cry happy tears in a bridal shop. So I found a dress that I like at a price I was willif to pay, swiped the credit card and was done wih it.
But I have been through a hellish January, involving being diagnosed with a brain tumor and having neurosurgery and about a third of my hair shaved off. Not in my wedding-year beauty plan. I don’t want to be embarrassed about how I look in my wedding pictures! Since then, I have been stressing so much about my wedding day look, and I can’t help but feel that my dress is just horribly cheap looking. It is lace appliqués on netting over polyester satin. It’s a fairly dark ivory, and I feel like the lace and the satin don’t match. It’s the most expensive dress I’ve ever owned and I’m worried it looks cheap and tacky! That just doesn’t seem right.
What I like about it are the keyhole back, the size of the skirt, and the sweetheart neckline. Honestly, I do still like it. But I don’t love it.
I’ll post a picture or two, and I’d love to hear your opinions and also suggestions for dresses with sleeves or straps that are under $1000. I’d especially love to hear from those of you with alterations expertise…the straps currently hit at the wrong place and I’m wondering if moving them is even really possible – they told me it was, but they also let me buy this bra and a slip even though both clearly show Above the low back of this dress, which I didn’t realize until I looked at the pictures. I’ve returned then and put the credit towards bridesmaids dresses. Thanks!
Post # 2
first being said you look beautiful and I am sorry this is all been thrown on you but, I actually do like the dress on you … 2nd , My dress is mori lee 1960 and was $1100 before taxes or alterations and is kind of similar in generic style to your current one but, it is a little more fitted in the back and natural shaped in the front. <br /><br />Best of luck in dress shopping and your health !
Post # 3
dizzybee130: I’m sorry to Hear about your situation! But situations like this is exactly the reason why we shouldn’t be too cheap sometimes IF we have the money to spend anyway! It’s important to be happy, because you know what? You’ll never know what could happen to you or your life! It’s good to be thankful with what you have, you don’t have to be spoiled, but you certainly have to be happy! Especially when things seem to be going down hill. I suggest you go dress shopping again! Enjoy the experience!
I pretty much had the same situation as you when it came to dress shopping. My husband and I was about to leave the country, he was gonna get deployed, and I had to go back to my family (different country) while he’s gone, so I only stopped by 2 shops, tried on dresses and picked the simpless one that’s within my budget. Sadly I won’t have enough time to get all the alternations needed done due to not being in the US etc., so a custom dress that’s already in my size was my best bet. I found an awesome seamstress and designed my own dress with her, and this time, I’m actually very excited! Something that I didn’t feel when I went dress shopping!
Post # 4
TBH, that doesn’t look like a $1000 dress at all….
Post # 5
Oh my! I can’t even imagine having the year you’ve had and trying to plan a wedding at the same time!
I think the dress you bought looks so romantic. And you’d be amazed what the right undergarments and alterations will do. (I can’t stand how I look in my dress without a bra)
My advice is to take a deep breath, maybe have a nice bath, then go shopping just for fun with only one other person. Maybe you’ll find something stunning, and you’ll know that its a better pick for you. if you don’t find something you love more, you know you have a gorgeous dress waiting for you at home. No harm no foul.
Post # 6
rosecut: thats because it’s not! I paid $600 for it.
SimTeam: Mrs.DK: LadyPeacockk: Thanks, ladies.
Post # 7
I really don’t think it looks bad. Your body looks great. I’m not sure why you think you won’t be beautiful no matter what. Everyone can look beautiful when they’re happy and especially when they’ve spent more money on their look than they ever do any other time!
The strap placement can definitely be moved. That’s pretty easy. I wouldn’t take it to David’s for alterations though. They overcharge and don’t always know what they’re doing.
That said, I think everyone is capable of having a fun (maybe not earth-shattering) dress shopping experience. If you want to keep looking, keep looking! Dresses with sleeves and straps are definitely more common in stores than they were even a few months ago.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2013 - Cornucopia St. Charles
Firstly, I echo all of the sentiments in this thread you seem to have more to deal with than most brides and for that my heart goes out to you. Secondly, you can buy a wig if your hair situation doesn’t change. Some are pretty awesome looking and you can choose the style color etc and just make it part of your wedding plan. Not knowing what third was cut off and how much there are also hair extensions that you can wear just for that day, I actullay did that to poof up my hair and make it a little longer for my wedding.
You can buy so many dresses for under $1000. I went with a casablanca at a small boutique it was about 900 and she took off another $100 just beacuse, my lucky day. I did not have it altered with her I went somewhere else. The problem I had at Davids bridal is they don’t make you feel special, like a bride ought to. I went there for my bridesmaids dresses and was happy I didn’t use them for my dress. We all had our dresses altered at a different place. DB is so bad, my sisters shoes were tie dyed the first time they dyed them, they lost one of my bridesmaids orders. They are run by kids and they don’t get how important this day is. I would run from there don’t walk.
Go shopping again at smaller shops, tell them what you are looking for and when it feels right you will know.
If DB won’t take the dress back, which they probably won’t, you can always sell it. Don’t fret about that it won’t be a loss someone will buy it.
Having said all of that a seamstress who knows her biz can do amazing things to fit the dress to your body and it will look awesome. if she is good she can do just about anything.
Post # 9
dizzybee130: I tried on this dress back when I was dress shopping 🙂
after all you’ve been through you should do whatever is going to make you happiest and feel your best. You can either sell the dress online and buy a new one, which I’ve had great success with, or get it altered. I agree with a PP that you should take the dress elsewhere to be altered. Davids bridal kind of sucks in that department and they way overcharge.
I also wanted a dress under 1000 but ended up buying a $1300 one plus 200 in alterations. It was worth it in the end but I still feel like that’s so much for one little dress!
you look great in it for what it’s worth. Best of luck!
Post # 10
I think your dress is beautiful!
Pit sounds like life has thrown you some curve balls lately and that would make anyone feel insecure. I honestly think it’s a very nice dress, but if you need something else to make you feel extraordinary I say go for it if you can.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2016 - Modern, Classic, Fun
dizzybee130: first off, I’m sorry to hear your going through hard times right now — sending positive thoughts and vibes your way.
On another note, I think that dress looks beautiful on you and does not look cheap at all!! But I understand that you need to “feel” the best is your dress, so if you think another dress will make you happier, I say go for it. You could probably sell your dress online
Post # 12
Sorry to hear about what you are going through. You definitely deserve a day where you feel STUNNING! I absolutely love your dress. I don’t think that it looks cheap at all. In fact, I would play around with different jewelry, hair accessories, veils, or different style sashes before throwing the towel in on the dress. No matter what, your fiance is going to be so happy to see you on your wedding day , you will get married and that is a beautiful thing.
Post # 13
You can make this one work for sure, it is flattering in you. But you can also get the dress of your dreams, which might help you feel your most beautiful given all you are going through.
You could also try pre owned dresses so you can get a great fabric and designer cut for a huge discount! Just a thought but with your hourglass figure, you could rock a mermaid with a corset back. Any way you go you will e stunning to your guy.
Post # 14
I think that this dress is beautiful on you! I wouldn’t change it but would take it to a seamstress who can suggest alterations to ensure that it fits you perfectly. Add some lovely jewelery & a veil & hopefully you will feel like the stunning bride you deserve to be x
Post # 15
dizzybee130: So you have already returned it and got a credit?
If so look for something else. There are plenty of dresses at DB that are gorgeous.