(Closed) Dress to beat Enzoani Dakota? (& how to give Dakota more pizazz & wow)

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What do you think generally about Dakota? & for the 2nd wedding, what wow should I add?

    Dakota probably cannot be matched or beat.

    Dakota can probably be matched/beat. (please write suggestion below)

    Do not add a crinoline.

    Add a crinoline

    .Add a belt or sash.

    Add a detailed and/or long veil.

    Add a statement necklace.

    Add a detailed bolero or shawl..

    Add something else described below

  • Post # 3
    3370 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think the Dakota is a beautiful dress, and I prefer it with a mermaid crinoline to really give justice to the dramatic silhouette. Without the crinoline, the skirt seems to fall a bit flat.

    To jazz up the dress, I would say go for a blingy crystal belt and a beautiful lace-edge or lace-applique cathedral veil. I would give the statement necklace a miss, as it would detract from that beautiful detailed neckline. Some sort of bolero/jacket/sleeves would also work, an off-the-shoulder lace overlay or lace-applique tulle sleeves would be some options. I have a dress that’s a similar style, and I’m thinking of doing something like this:

    Post # 4
    1131 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Definitely go for a blingy belt/sash! 🙂

    Post # 6
    1619 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I love the Dakota! Tried it on but preferred a fuller silouhette in the end.  I would definitely add a blingly belt (Etsy has LOTS of gorgeous belts), but I prefer it without the added crinoline.  A long cathedral veil and maybe a lace bolero for the church ceremony.  As for the neckline, I generally prefer the sweetheart but would keep the originial neckline if you’re generous in the bust area.

    Post # 7
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    It’s such a gorgeous dress, and there are defintiely a lot of things you can do with it.  I personally like the sweetheart neckline, but you’ll have to judge what works better with your body.  I would wear it with a sash (not too blingy) and a long lacy veil.  The veil will add lots of WOW.  I would skip the flashy necklace, I think the dress should take center stage.

    Post # 8
    6104 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Martina Liana 346 is very similar but it has sparkle all over the dress so it gives it a little something extra. And it has a sweetheart neckline that I prefer




    Post # 9
    1509 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Shkragoldfish:  That dress is gorgeous, and if you love it you should definitely get it!  I also prefer the look of the gown without the mermaid crinoline … I agree that it drapes a little more beautifully/romantically without the crinoline, and I tend to prefer that type of look on a wedding gown.  I also voted to add a blingy belt/sash and a dramatic veil with lace detailing.  I’m not a huge fan of veils (I’m personally going without one), but the veil you posted with the lace edges made my jaw drop … So gorgeous!


    You should do a little searching on some belt/sash and veil options and post those along with polls to get some more suggestions … Bees love a good poll!  Laughing


    Post # 10
    506 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

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    @IzzyBear:  and it comes with corset or button as options. 🙂 

    Post # 11
    8679 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I just want to say you look GORGEOUS in that dress!

    Post # 12
    6104 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @zoecn:  that’s true!! I forgot Martina Liana offers a choice of corset or buttons!

    Post # 13
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Shkragoldfish:  This is me when I tried on the Dakota. I was (and still am) in love with that dress.  I would have purchased it but when I tried this on I unfortunately already had another dress that I could not return. I have since spent over $1k on alterations on my current dress to try and make it looks as much like the Dakota as possible. I say don’t add crinoline, but add a blingy belt and a long veil. Also, you should alter the neckline to a sweetheart for sure!

    Post # 14
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Shkragoldfish:  Since you asked, in addition to the Dakota (which is gorgeous), you might also like La Soie Private Collection (photo another Bee):

    Post # 16
    11050 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Shkragoldfish: I know you’ve decided but for what it’s worth, I voted for sash, I like the look of the last one from the back anyway and ove the veil, that type of veil goes great with the Dakota. Crinoline I’d be tempted to say without. I don’t think it needs the neckline alteration.

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